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John Beardwood Toronto Lawyer

John P. Beardwood

Partner Fasken
Unlike many ongoing commercial relationships between parties, the service provider in an outsourcing becomes an integral, internal element of the customer’s business. The key is to negotiate arrangements that ensure that the requisite objectives are achieved without embittering the service provider with whom the customer will have this lengthy relationship.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1998
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

John is a senior partner who Chairs the firm’s Technology practice group, and was Co-Founder of the Outsourcing practice group. His practice is focused on technology, outsourcing and procurement and privacy law matters.

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 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 twenty years.

John is regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal- The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as 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 tremendous amount of experience.” John receives rave reviews as 'a go-to expert in Canada for privacy and IT law' from The Legal 500.

Co-editor and contributing author of Outsourcing Transactions: A Practical Guide [Rel.11], John has been interviewed regularly by leading business-media outlets including The Globe and Mail, CBC Marketplace and Canadian Business Magazine. John is recognized nationally and internationally for his technology and outsourcing expertise by Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada and is highly recommended as an outsourcing practitioner in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and in the PLC Outsourcing Handbook.

  • Recognized nationwide for Privacy & Data Protection, Chambers Canada 2018 to 2021
  • Recognized nationwide in Information Technology , Chambers Canada 2016 to 2021
  • Recognized in Information Technology Law and Privacy and Data Security Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2008 to 2021
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers Canada Recognized nationwide for Privacy & Data Protection Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers Canada Recognized nationwide in Information Technology Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
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  • LLB University of Toronto
  • MA, Political Science McMaster University
  • BA (Honours), History and Political Science McMaster University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 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
Article, Author COVID 19 and Force Majeure/Extraordinary Event Clauses: It’s Time to Dust Them Off Computer Law Review International (CRi)
Article, Co-Author MillerCoors-HCL SAP ERP implementation CRi
Article, Author Agile Approach Case Study of CIS General Insurance v IBM UK: More Lessons Learned from Another Failed Agile Project Computer Law Review International (CRi)
Speaker Privacy and Access in Connected and Automated Vehicles Ontario Bar Association location location Toronto, ON
Co-Chair Provider-Advisor Session IAOP World Summit location location Orlando, Florida
Speaker Trends in Technology Outsourcing - Part II ITechLaw Conference location location Dublin, Ireland


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