I think that it is especially important to honour those who have lived a life of service and whose work has changed and saved many lives. Mark Persaud is such a man, and I am delighted to share his answers to my 3 trailblazer questions. And, if you want to get inspired, skip to the bottom of this post for his biography. Kudos, Mark Persaud for being a change-maker and trailblazer who has not only inspired many and changed their lives, but also represents leadership in the truest sense of the word.
Success Leaves Clues. 3 important questions, and equally important answers from Mark Persaud and his inspiring bio!
What is your favourite quote? “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for fearlessness, passion, resilience, compassion and love of animals
What have been your greatest accomplishments? (1) Assisting thousands of vulnerable persons in need through my work in the not-for-profit sector and volunteerism. (2) Being an anti-discrimination advocate.
Brief bio of Mark Persaud: Mark M. Persaud, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. honoris causa is a member of the Ontario Bar and held a broad range of positions with the Department of Justice as a prosecutor, counsel to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and civil litigation counsel. He studied political science at York University and obtained his law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School . He also studied at the Center for Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard University. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions for his civic and public sector contributions including a Public Sector Law Gold Key Award in 2007 from Osgoode Hall Law School, both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for leadership and significant service to Canada and being nominated by the diplomatic community for the prestigious 2006 Seoul Peace Prize. He was twice elected to the national executive of a Federal Canadian political party and has chaired and advised on political campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. He has also been recognized as an exceptional lawyer by the Law Society of Upper Canada as part of the Lawyers Make History project as well as receiving a Doctor of Laws ( LL.D.) honoris causa in June, 2016 from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Persaud practises in both civil and criminal litigation including in the areas of commercial and construction litigation, administrative and regulatory law and professional discipline. He has also been an adjunct law professor in the United States and a media commentator. CLICK here to read Mark Persaud’s keynote address upon receipt of his Doctorate of Laws honoris causa from the Law Society of Upper Canada.