Senior Business Advisor
John Weekes is a senior business advisor at Bennett Jones, based in Ottawa. Bennett Jones LLP is one of Canada’s premier business law firms with more than 380 lawyers and business advisors with offices in Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Washington DC, Doha, Bermuda and Beijing.
John provides advice on how trade agreements and negotiations impact on business. He was Canada’s chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He subsequently served as the senior official in Ottawa charged with responsibility for managing Canada’s relations with the United States and the implementation of NAFTA. From 1995 to 1999 he was Canada’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Earlier he served as ambassador to GATT during the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations which led to the creation of the WTO.
John also serves on the Board of the Washington-based Cordell Hull Institute and the Management Board of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law in Geneva.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto.