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 government.

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 speeding tickets.

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)