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Date of Birth: 1924
Gotlieb completed a History degree at Berkley, an MA at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a law degree from Harvard. In 1957, he began his career working for the Department of External Affairs. He held numerous positions: the deputy minister of the Department of Communications, the deputy minister of Manpower and Immigration, and the undersecretary of State for External Affairs. From 1981-1989, Gotlieb served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States. In Washington, he developed relationships with some of the most powerful people in the world such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In the early 1990s, he returned to Canada to work as the Chair of the Canada Council, he published Saturday Night Magazine, and he was the senior counsel at the law firm Stikeman Elliott. Historian John English described Gotlieb as a“first rate intellect with extraordinary energy and endless curiosity.” Gotlieb is a Companion of the Order of Canada (1987).