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Donald H. Bunker

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DCL, FRAeS, LLM, BCL, BA

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Career and Professional Development

Biography

Donald H. Bunker is a Canadian, practising in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Prior to 1995, Dr. Bunker was the Aerospace Partner of the Canadian law firm, Ogilvy Renault, with whom he was associated for over thirty years, specialising in international commercial and aerospace law and representing clients such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Air Canada, Emirates, Air Mauritius, Aeroflot, International Lease Finance Corporation, Bank of Montreal, and many other well known financial institutions, airlines, leasing companies and manufacturers. Some of the other aspects of his career are as follows :-

  • holder of an economics degree and three law degrees, including a Doctor of Civil Law degree from McGill University (aerospace finance law);
  • currently serves as a Professor of Law at the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal teaching aerospace finance law (over 20 years);
  • served as a visiting professor in the International Aviation MBA Program of Concordia University, Montreal (10 years);
  • conducts regular courses on Aircraft Financing for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annually in Geneva (May) and Montreal (August) and;
  • regularly participates as a guest lecturer at numerous universities, institutions and conferences on aviation finance law;
  • is a member of :
    • Quebec Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • International Bar Association
    • Academy of Transport of Russia
    • The Royal Aeronautical Society (Fellow)
    • Aviation Working Group Legal Panel (Retired)
    • Editorial Board of the McGill Annals of Air and Space Law;
    • Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
    • Member of Centro de Investigacion y Difusion Aeronautico – Espacial (Uruguay – 1992)
    • International Institute of Space Law
    • Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA)
  • former trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (Dubai);
  • aviation counsel to Stikeman Elliott LLP, an international law firm based in Canada (retired); and
  • director of various corporations including Airclaims International Inc. and past director of Volvo Canada Limited, and CIAF Leasing Limited (an affiliate of Egyptair).