Canadian Chamber Future of Business Centre

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is committed to enabling the future of business success. To advance progress on forward-looking public policy issues, the Canadian Chamber Future of Business Centre is our platform for placing these topics into the public debate.

To drive forward the work of the Canadian Chamber Future of Business Centre, we are engaging external Fellows to complement the insights of our members. The reports authored by our Fellows, and with the added insights of our Advisory Councils, will be the foundation of the Centre’s work.

We will be announcing our Advisory Council members shortly.

The Future of Competition Policy

As policymakers globally explore reforms to their competition policy rules to respond to the increasing amounts of economic and consumer activity occurring in digital formats, there will be an upcoming review and likely changes to the Competition Act in Canada. This Canadian Chamber Future of Business Centre project will outline the competition policy our country needs to support economic growth. The Fellow for the competition project is John Pecman.

About Our Fellow

John Pecman, Fellow, Canadian Chamber Future of Business Centre

John is an economist with an MA from McMaster University and has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive for more than 34 years. He worked in every enforcement branch at the Bureau and held increasingly senior positions since first joining the organization in 1984. John served from June 2013 as the Commissioner of Competition of the Competition Bureau Canada for a five-year term. Under John’s leadership, the Bureau’s enforcement actions preserved competition and drove innovation in a variety of major areas of the Canadian economy, including the automotive, manufacturing, ecommerce, telecommunications and retail sectors. John was responsible for reinvigorating the Bureau’s role in advocating for Canadians by promoting the benefits of increased competition in regulated sectors of the economy. John’s philosophy of a more open, transparent and collaborative Bureau led to many initiatives including a realignment of the organization, prioritization of corporate compliance programs and building many trust relationships with domestic and international partners. John held executive positions with the OECD Competition Committee and the International Competition Network (ICN) and also served as ICN/OECD Liaison to ensure coordination of work by these international bodies. Presently John holds a number of appointments, including as a Non-Government Advisor (NGA) to the ICN, Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, Vice-Chair of the U.S. Comments and Policy Committee at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section, as well as the TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote Business School at McMaster University. John is also a Senior Business Advisor in the competition, marketing and foreign investment group at Fasken.