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Jean H. Gagnon

Counsel and Strategic Advisor | Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP| Company

Jean H. Gagnon, Ad.E., F.C.Adm., works with the Commercial Law Group as Counsel and Strategic Advisor,and is part of our Montreal office’s franchise and distribution law team.

Prior to joining FMC, he was the Vice‐President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel of The Jean Coutu Group Inc., a large retail franchisor.

Mr. Gagnon has over 38 years of experience as a lawyer, both in private practice and as corporate counsel, and as a negotiator, mediator and commercial arbitrator. He pioneered franchise law in Québec and Canada and, amongst other things, is one of the founders of the Québec Franchise Council, for which he has served as director, chair (for over seven years) and governor.

Mr. Gagnon has authored 19 books and countless papers and articles on franchising, business law, negotiation and mediation, including La franchise au Québec, Comment lancer votre réseau de franchise, Les pièges du franchisage : comment les éviter and La négociation stratégique : mieux négocier en 12 étapes. Not only was
he the first person inducted into the Franchise Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the franchise industry in Québec, he is an Advocatus emeritus and a Fellow Chartered Administrator, and has also received many other distinctions and prestigious awards. He has delivered numerous speeches in Québec and Canada, and is the former editor‐in‐chief of a specialized publication,Franchise & Distribution.

Mr. Gagnon has been Vice‐President and a member of the Managing Committee of the ADR Section of the Canadian Bar Association’s Québec Branch, a member of the board of directors of the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec and a member of the Québec Bar’s Participatory Justice Committee.

He pursued postgraduate studies in the fields of franchising, distributorships, banners and groups, notably at the University of London, and completed specialized studies in negotiation and mediation, including three intensive sessions at Harvard University in 1987, 1991 and 2005.

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