John D. Gregory retired in 2017 as General Counsel in the Justice Policy
Development Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). After
clerking for the Chief Justice of Canada, he was called to the
Ontario Bar in 1977. He practised commercial law in Toronto with
Wright & McTaggart until 1985, when he joined the provincial
WIth the Justice Policy Develpment Branch, John developed policies on - among many other topics - alternative dispute
resolution, private international law, trade law and provincial
offences, including the electronic filing rules for photoradar
John's role often took him beyond Ontario's borders. He served as president of the Uniform
Law Conference of Canada and continues to be active in Canadian interjuridictional projects.
John chaired the working group that produced the Uniform
Electronic Evidence Act and another that created the Uniform
Electronic Commerce Act.
From 1997 through 2013 he was a member
of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Commission on
International Trade Law's working
group on electronic commerce. UNCITRAL has invited him to chair panels at meetings on electronic commerce topics in New York and Vienna.
The UN connection also led to a speaking enagement in Korea in 2012. In 2015 John served as UNCITRAL's expert representative at an UNCTAD conference on e-commerce legislation in the Caribbean region.
He has also advised the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam on the development of policy and legislation, as part of a long-term Canadian aid project.
In 2017 John was elected a Fellow of the American College of Commercial and Finance Lawyers.
John writes a bimonthly technology law column for the collection law blog Slaw.ca. He has also managed since 1997 a well-regarded mailing list on the law and policy of electronic communications, a list with over 500 members in 20 countries.
John has been a director of the Information Technology Lawyers Association of Canada and is
currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Internet
and E-Commerce Law in Canada and the Canadian
Journal of Law and Technology.
He is also co-chair of the Subcommittee
on International Trade of the Cyberspace Committee of the
Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
John is a frequent speaker in English or French on electronic commerce and electronic government, domestic and international.
He has been Editor and member of the Editorial Board of The
Philanthropist, an online journal about
legal, accounting and management issues affecting Canadian charities.
Interview: American Bar Association, "Business Law Today" : Member Spotlight. (April 2016)