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John ​P. ​Beardwood

John ​Beardwood
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.
Title Partner, Leader of Information Technology Group
Languages Spoken English


John ​Beardwood


John Beardwood’s corporate/commercial practice deals chiefly with technology law, outsourcing and privacy access law.

Advising and negotiating technology transactions, John works closely with clients on outsourcing procurement, licensing, implementation, distribution technology, transfers, strategic alliance and e-commerce related transactions. 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, John has been interviewed regularly by leading business-media outlets including The Globe and Mail, CBC Marketplace and Canadian Business Magazine. John also co-authored the 2016 IP Survey Report, an analysis and summary of industry-trends in the IP sector.