Among the hostages taken in Friday’s Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attack in the Malian capital of Bamako was Canadian oil and gas lawyer, Pierre Boivin. Taken hostage during the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel, he was later freed and unharmed.
The attack left 22 fatalities. Two other Canadians, Patrice Martin, who works for Canadian parliament, and Maxime Carrier-Legare, who works for Quebec’s National Assembly, also emerged from the ordeal unharmed.
A partner in the business law firm McCarthy, Tetreault, Boivin serves as counsel for several clients who are engaged in O&G activities in Quebec. He also provides counsel to the Quebec Oil & Gas Association, according to his online biography. He has also advised clients in the renewable energy, mining and LNG sectors.
Boivin is a member of various associations: the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Longitude Pipeline Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
He is the National leader of the Africa Initiative of the firm, co-leader of the Africa District of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Longitude 75 Association and of the Canadian Council on Africa.
The Friday attack began when gunmen entered the hotel and opened fire at guests, many of whom were foreigners. About 170 people were taken hostage until Malian troops stormed the Radisson Blu hotel.
Reports indicate that two gunmen were killed in the seige, the responsibility for which was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremist group Al-Mourabitoun.