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Jean H. Gagnon | Franchising Counsel in Montréal

Jean H. Gagnon, AdE

Counsel Fasken
I don't work on cases or on files. I help companies and individuals (entrepreneurs, managers and professionals) achieve their goals, realize their projects, take advantage of opportunities, avoid pitfalls and neutralize threats, and I help them avoid and settle difficulties and disputes in a way that is primarily based on their interests.
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1974
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal

Jean H. Gagnon acts as Counsel.


He specializes primarily in the areas of franchising and other forms of strategic partnership between companies, and in the fields of pharmacy law and drug distribution, as well as in negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.


Jean has more than 44 years of experience in franchise law and more than 30 years in the negotiation and mediation of commercial disputes.


Jean advises corporations, entrepreneurs, managers and professionals in setting up, managing, developing and expanding their businesses and networks, while providing them with strategic business advice.


He also acts as a strategist, negotiator and mediator when difficulties and disputes arise in business and commercial transactions.

Date Client


  • Attestation, Mediation Harvard University
  • Attestation, Intensive Program on Family Business Dynamics HEC Montreal
  • Attestation, Intensive program on Mastering Consulting Skills HEC Montreal
  • Attestation, Advanced Negotiation Harvard University
  • Attestation, Negotiation Harvard Law School, Harvard University
  • Attestation, International Franchising Queen Mary University of London
  • LLL Université de Montréal

Community involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Council of the Canadian Franchise Association (2004 to 2007)
  • Member of the National Franchise Law Project Committee established by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (2002-2004)
  • Founding member, President and Chairman for more than 7 years, member of the Board of Directors (from 1984 to 2001) and Governor (2001) of the Conseil québécois de la franchise (Québec Franchising Council)
  • Legal counsel to, and member of the Board of Directors (from 1986 to 1998) of, the Association des franchiseurs du Québec (Québec Franchisors’ Association) and the Association québécoise de la franchise (Québec Franchising Association)
  • President for more than 4 years of the SMB Committee of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Former President of the Richelieu Montreal Club and of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Lawyer Emeritus and Civil and Commercial Mediator of the Barreau du Québec (Québec Bar)
  • Member, Accredited Mediator and Accredited Arbitrator of the Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec (Québec Mediation and Arbitration Institute) (IMAQ)
  • Member of the Committee on Participatory Justice of the Barreau du Québec (2005-2007 and 2013-2014)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Dispute Prevention and Resolution Section of the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Bar Association (2012-2013)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec (Québec Mediation and Arbitration Institute) (IMAQ) (2007)
  • member of the Canadian Bar Association's National Dispute Prevention and Resolution Section (2005-2006)


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