• F.C.I.Arb., 2013
  • JD, 1972
    University of Toronto
  • BA, 1967
    University of Western Ontario

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1974
  • Northwest Territories, 1974
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • British Columbia
  • Québec
  • Alberta
  • Manitoba

Languages Spoken

  • English

John A. Campion

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John Campion is nationally and internationally recognized (Chambers, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) as one of Canada’s leading senior trial, appeal and arbitration counsel. He is senior counsel at Fasken Martineau (former Chair, Litigation Department and the Firm). He has been an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2000 and was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing Canada’s 100,000 lawyers nationally and internationally. He has been active in his community: President of The Empire Club of Canada, counsel to the Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and an adjunct professor of law, Toronto and Osgoode. He is an author of Professional Liability in Canada and publishes and lectures broadly throughout Canada and internationally.

Selected Experience

Provincial and Federal Trials and Courts of Appeal, Tribunal Hearings and Arbitrations throughout Canada and Supreme Court of Canada - over 200 reported decisions

Courts and Tribunals (selected matters)

Class Actions – defence and settlement – UPS (BC, QC, ON), The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company (AB, ON), VIA Rail, Bristol-Meyers, Boston Scientific, Walkerton, Bre-X
Corporate/CommercialCanadian Tire ownership; Toronto-Dominion Bank; Pacifica Papers (BC), Highfields Capital ILP v. Telus Systems International Wireless Inc. (ON, QC); Cardinal Insurance Co.; Xerox Canada; Keating v. Bragg (NS); Teachers’ Pension Plan
MiningLac Minerals v. New Cinch; Scintillore Explorations; Bre-X; Boart International; Pennaroya Ltée
Competition – Counsel to the Commissioner in Commissioner of Competition v. Canada Pipe (abuse of dominance trial), numerous private law matters
Securities – class actions – Bre-X Minerals Limited for Nesbitt Burns; cases before and for the Ontario Securities Commission; securities appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal

Arbitration, Tribunals, Inquiries and Mediations

Energy – over 25 years as counsel for Ontario and at the National Energy Board; deregulation of the natural gas industry in Canada, natural gas and oil pipeline rates; utility ownership; review of Ontario Hydro
Mining – arbitration in Sweden, South Africa and Canada; Bre-X Minerals Limited class action and defence; Australia – mining course and Osgoode – mining course
Construction – litigation and mediation for Cardinal Power with Eric Green as mediator; numerous permits to construct – Energy Board; Churchill Falls; Fort Francis and Cardinal Cogeneration Plants
Corporate/Commercial – $1.6 billion arbitration against Atomic Energy of Canada Limited over nuclear power reactors; control of McCain Foods Limited; MetCap arbitration
Transportation VIA Rail – numerous appearances before the Canadian Transportation Agency
Public InquiriesUnited Nations Oil for Food Investigation and Canadian Sponsorship Inquiry (Gomery Inquiry) 
BankingToronto-Dominion Bank vs. Leigh Instruments
Economic Regulation - securities, energy, insurance, competition, planning, labour and transportation
Labour – Board and court appearances (Via Rail vs. Cairns

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 for Commercial Litigation
  • The 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Litigation
  • Lexpert 2014 and 2016 Guide to the Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers for Class Action and Corporate Commercial
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2015-2017 for Administrative and Public Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2012-2015 for Director and Officer Liability  
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2016 for Class Actions, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Directors' & Officers' Liability
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2015 for Litigation - Securities
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011 for Litigation - Class Actions, Commercial Insurance, Corporate/Commercial, Director & Officer Liability, Securities, and Professional Liability
  • Chambers Global Guide 2011-2014 for Dispute Resolution in Ontario
  • The 2011 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Practical Law Company 2009 for Dispute Resolution (Canada: Ontario)
  • Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation
  • Arbour Award for outstanding contribution to the University of Toronto
  • Profiled as one of "Canada's Top 25 Corporate Litigators," Lexpert Magazine, July/August 2002 - based on combined ratings of corporate commercial, class action, securities and competition litigation and a survey of 3,224 practitioners
  • Lexpert 1997-2006 - rated in the corporate commercial litigation, securities litigation and class actions categories
  • Lexpert 1999-2006 - rated in the corporate commercial litigation, securities litigation and class actions categories
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating
  • Chambers Global 2002-2006 for Commercial Litigation
  • Who's Who Legal 2002-2006 for Commercial Litigation
  • Global Counsel 2002-2006 for Commercial Litigation
  • Euromoney, Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2002-2007

Community Involvement

  • Director and Chair, Audit Committee, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1995-2001) 
  • Commissioner, Commission on Election Finances (1989-1999) 
  • President, The Empire Club of Canada (weekly live televised and broadcast speaking platform); 49 speakers in 35 weeks to a live audience of 14,000 people; broadcast across Canada - including four heads of state, chief justice, six cabinet ministers, three premiers, authors, artists, bishops, ambassadors, former vice-president and Nobel laureate
  • Counsel to National Political Campaign (1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006)
  • Director, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews
  • Trustee, Moorelands Camp for Underprivileged Children
  • Director, Downtown Churchworkers Association
  • Coach - Mooredale Soccer
  • The Dickson Circle - pro bono work for persons with disabilities


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Elected Bencher (Governor), Law Society of Upper Canada (2000-2015)
  • Past President, Federation of Law Societies of Canada (2009-2010)
  • Executive, Council Member, Federation of Law Societies of Canada (2007-2011)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • North American Committee of The Commercial Bar Association (Combar)
  • Trustee, American Bar Association Foundation
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2013