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Jean H. Gagnon | Franchising Counsel in Montréal

Jean H. Gagnon, AdE

Mediator | Arbitrator | Counsel Fasken
Beyond judicial proceedings and the courts, there is a variety of effective, efficient and rapid tools and means to resolve disputes. I help businesses and individuals (entrepreneurs, managers and professionals), as well as families in business, to prevent and resolve their difficulties and disputes in a way that firstly takes their interests into account.
Jurisdiction Québec, 1974
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal


Jean H. Gagnon is a mediator, arbitrator and counsel.

Jean H. Gagnon has more than 40 years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator for the resolution difficulties and disputes between businesses, shareholders, partners, entrepreneurs, managers and professionals, as well as within business families. He is an accredited mediator (by the Barreau du Québec and the Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec) and an accredited arbitrator (by the Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec). He is recognized by his peers for his integrity, his ability to listen and his determination to seek practical and realistic solutions. He also has an exceptional understanding of business issues and non-judicial methods of resolving business disputes.

He also has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of non-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as in the drafting of appropriate clauses to that effect.

Jean also has over 47 years of experience in the areas of franchising and other forms of strategic business partnerships, pharmacy law and drug distribution. For several decades, he has been recognized in many renowned legal directories as one of the best lawyers in Canada in these fields.

In 2011, he was awarded the title of Lawyer Emeritus (Ad.E.) by the Barreau du Québec, an honour reserved for lawyers known for their outstanding professional career, outstanding contribution to the legal profession, or outstanding social and community standing that has brought honour to the legal profession.

He was the first inductee in the "Builders" category to the Franchise Hall of Fame (2011), received the "2006 Tribute Award for a Non-Franchisor Member" from the Canadian Franchise Association, the title of "Honorary Member" awarded by the Federation of European Partnership and Franchise Networks (Paris, 2006), the "Tribute Award" from the Conseil québécois de la franchise (2002), and the "Small Business Showcase Prize" (1983). In 2018, he also received a special award from the Conseil québécois de la franchise for his "exceptional contribution to the franchise industry".

Mr. Gagnon has completed specialized studies in negotiation and mediation (including three intensive sessions at Harvard University).

He is the author of 20 books and countless texts, articles, courses, sessions and seminars on franchising, shareholders’ or partners’ relationships and disputes, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.


Career & Education


  • 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
  • LL.L. 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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