• LLB, 1996
    University of Toronto
  • MA, Political Science, 1993
    McMaster University
  • BA (Hons), History and Political Science, 1992
    McMaster University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

John P. Beardwood

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John Beardwood is a partner of the firm, engaged in a corporate/commercial practice, with an emphasis on outsourcing and procurement, technology and privacy law related matters. John is regularly listed among the world's preeminent internet and e-commerce lawyers in Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers where, in addition to being referred to as "an authority on outsourcing" in the guide to Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers, he has been identified as being both one of the two most highly nominated Canadian lawyers in the guide, and one of the ten "most highly regarded individuals" globally; and is also listed as one of only five “Thought Leaders” in TMT – North America. He is listed in Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, for Information Technology, as “very effective, efficient and remarkably accessible” and “a great lawyer”, and in Chambers (Canada) as "very polished and has a tremendous amount of experience." He is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada for information technology law, and highly recommended as an outsourcing practitioner in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and in the PLC Outsourcing Handbook. John receives rave reviews as 'a go-to expert in Canada for privacy and IT law' from The Legal 500.

John works closely with clients in advising on and negotiating various technology-related transactions, including outsourcing/procurement, licensing, implementation, distribution, technology transfer, strategic alliance and e-commerce related transactions, including in the airline, health care, financial/insurance institution and public sector contexts. John often advises clients on privacy law and access to information matters, and has been developing and implementing privacy compliance programs for more than ten years. He is a frequent speaker and publisher on various IT law and privacy law-related topics and has been interviewed for CBC Metro Morning, The Globe and Mail,, Computing Canada, CBC Marketplace, Canadian Business Magazine and 1010 CFRB, and was featured on the cover of CBA National Magazine for the article "The Outsourcing Lawyers". John is the co-editor and a contributing author of the industry-leading text Outsourcing Transactions: A Practical Guide, now in its 11th Edition.

John is Co-Chair of the National Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group and Co-Chair of the National Outsourcing Practice Group.

Honours and Awards

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015-2017 for Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2015 for Technology Transactions
  • Chambers Global, since 2011-2017 for Information Technology
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Information Technology
  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Privacy & Data Protection 
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Information Technology
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2011 for Computer & IT Law
  • Who's Who Legal Guide to Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers as being one of the ten "most highly regarded individuals" globally
  • Practical Law Company's Cross-border Outsourcing Handbook and Which Lawyer? Yearbook, since 2008 as "Highly Recommended" for Outsourcing (Canada)
  • International Who's Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers since 2008
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2008-2018 for Information Technology Law
  • National Post's "Best Lawyers in Canada" 2007-2008 for IT law


  • Past President, permanent Advisory Board member, past-member of Board of Directors and past-Program Committee Chair, International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
  • Canadian Chapter Chair, International Association of Outsourcing Professionals
  • Board member since 1998, International Federation of Computer Law Associations
  • Founder & Past-Chair, Canadian Bar Association National Privacy & Access Law Section, and Executive Committee member, Chair of CLE Committee and Co-Chair of CBA National Symposium for Access and Privacy Law, for all four annual Symposiums since first created
  • Co-founder & Past-Executive Committee Member, Ontario Bar Association, Privacy Law Section
  • Co-founder, ex-Director and ex-Treasurer, Canadian IT Law Association