Jean Bédard is a member of the Bar of the Province of Quebec (1975) and of the Law Society of Upper Canada (1988). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Laval University in Quebec City in 1974. He also holds an M.B.A. from the same University and an LL.M. (in International Business Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Administrators in the Province of Quebec. In 2002, he was granted the designation of Accredited Expert in Franchising (EAF) by the Chartered Administrators in the Province of Quebec. He is also a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario (Toronto Region) since 2002. He now practices in Kingston under the name “Bédard, Business Law”.
He practiced law in Quebec City until 1988 where he was also in the family business (in the distribution of medical supplies and equipment) until 1983. In 1988, he moved to Toronto where he became General Counsel of Beneficial Canada Inc (which subsequently became Associates Financial Services of Canada Ltd.). He was a Director of Beneficial Canada and a member of its Executive Committee. During his tenure at Beneficial, he also acted as General Counsel (International Operations) for the subsidiaries of Beneficial Corporation and was responsible for major files in Canada, Europe and Latin America.
At the beginning of 2000, Jean Bédard returned to private practice in Toronto. He practiced law at Sotos LLP, a law firm specializing in Franchising, Licensing and Distribution law. At Sotos LLP, he focused his practice in the franchising area while also acting of clients in other areas of commercial and corporate law. In 2005, he relocated his practice to Kingston, Ontario. He has been a speaker at various seminars on legal and business issues including at the International Bar Association meeting in Durban (South Africa) in 2002.
In addition to his experience in franchising, Jean Bédard offers to his clients a vast business experience, a general perspective of Business Law and an expertise in Commercial and Corporate transactions (both domestic and cross-border), Consumer Finance and Consumer Protection law. He also offers a wide experience in Government Relations.
Active in the community and in the profession, Jean Bédard is a member of the Government Relations subcommittee of the Privacy Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and, until recently, was an executive committee member of the Ontario Bar Association’s subcommittee on Franchising. He is a member of the Frontenac Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
He is currently a director and Treasurer of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (Mille-Îles) and he is a member of the Advisory Committee of Glendon College in Toronto. In October 2006, he was appointed as a Member of the Kingston 2006 Election Compliance Audit Committee pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act. He was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus (1985-1988) and, in 2000-2001, was a member of the “Investing in Students” Task Force appointed by the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. In 1998-1999, he was chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Franco-Ontarian Development Fund. He has also served on various committees and on the governing bodies of several community organizations. Prior to his appointment to the Small Claims Court, he was a frequent guest commentator on political and economic affairs on radio and TV.
Mr. Jean Bédard
Barrister & Solicitor
2-159 Wellington St.
P.O. Box 695
Telephone 1 : 613-542-3552
Fax : 613-542-1034
Email : JB@BedardLegal.com
Web : www.BedardLegal.com
Categories : Justice
Last Update : 2007-04-05