Professor Nathalie Des Rosiers is Principal of Massey College for a five-year term through August, 2024. Previously, she was a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. She served as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Born in Montreal, she studied law at Université de Montréal and received a LLM from Harvard University. She practiced law in London, Ontario, with Lerners LLP, and was also Professor of the Faculty of Law at Western University. She served as President of the Law Commission of Canada (2000-2004), Dean of the Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa (2004-2008), and Vice-President of Governance, University of Ottawa (2008-2009). She was general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2009-2013), and then returned to the University of Ottawa as Dean of Common Law Section (2013-2016). She is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She holds doctorates, honoris causa, from the Law Society of Ontario and Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique). Her scholarship has focused on women’s rights and constitutional law.
Nathalie Des Rosiers est membre des Barreaux du Québec et de l’Ontario et a également été présidente de la Fédération des sciences humaines du Canada, le Conseil des doyens et doyennes du Canada et l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.