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Ex-ambassador joins Bennett Jones as senior adviser

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 2:26 PM | By John Chunn


Bennett Jones announced that Jonathan Fried has joined the firm as a senior adviser in Ottawa.

According to the firm’s press release, Fried has had a long career in the Canadian public service in diplomacy and international affairs, trade and finance. He will help Bennett Jones advise its clients in navigating international trade and financial regulations and frameworks in other areas such as competition, informatics and telecommunications, extractive industries and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.

Fried was the personal representative of Canada’s prime minister for the G20 and the co-ordinator for International Economic Relations with Global Affairs Canada from 2017 to 2020. His mandate encompassed COVID-19 responses and other international trade and economic matters.

As Canada’s World Trade Organization (WTO) ambassador from 2012 to 2017, Fried was general council chair in 2014 and dispute settlement body chair in 2013. He also served as the Canadian ambassador to Japan and as the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund.

He was formerly Canada’s representative to APEC’s Vision Group that delivered long-term objectives to leaders (2019), Canada’s chief negotiator on China’s WTO accession and Canada's chief NAFTA counsel.