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Jeff Dennis Toronto Lawyer

Jeff Dennis

Counsel | Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fasken
Bitcoin and blockchain continue to receive widespread attention, and many people are beginning to consider the breadth of application of these new technologies.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1985
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Jeff Dennis acts as the firm’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. A trusted advisor, Jeff works with high growth companies, providing strategic advice and financing.

Frequently working with start-ups, acquisition and financing for a variety of businesses, Jeff has assisted clients spanning a range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, film , insurance, cosmetics, franchising, high technology, alternative energy, investment management, medical software, online auctions, incentive marketing and employee motivation.

Co-founder of the Toronto Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now called the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Jeff has served in many leadership capacities for the organization, both nationally and internationally.

Through his association with EO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Jeff created a seminar series called “Lessons from the Edge.” Through this series, which is the highest rated session at the annual EO conventions, entrepreneurs share their worst mistakes in business and the important lessons they learned. Jeff’s book Lessons from the Edge was inspired by this successful seminar series.

Jeff was also Profit Magazine’s “Entrepreneur in Residence,” and continues to write a blog on issues of interest to entrepreneurs.

A lawyer by training, Jeff is also a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A sought-after public speaker by both entrepreneurial groups and business schools, Jeff has traveled to countries including Thailand, India, Nepal, the U.S. and Canada to speak.

  • Runner-Up, Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year, Startup Canada Awards, StartUp Canada Awards 2014
2014 StartUp Canada Awards Runner-Up, Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year, Startup Canada Awards
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  • LLB University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association 
  • Certified Director, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Co-Founder, Toronto Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, (1991-2011)
  • Executive Committee Member, Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, (2008-2010)
Article Canada’s Immigration Start-Up Visa Lexology
Article A Crackdown in Ontario on Unpaid Internships Start-Up Blog
Article Startup Weekend, Your IP and Unintended Consequences Start-Up Blog
Speaker Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICOs: What’s It All About? Fasken Toronto Mini-Symposium 2017 location location Toronto, ON
Access to Capital Panel Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) Knowledge & Networking Forum location location Toronto


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