Canada's Minister of Industry has just announced, on behalf of the Federal Cabinet of the Government of Canada, the appointment of John Pecman as Commissioner of Competition for a five-year term. John has served as Interim Commissioner of Competition since September 2012.

Commissioner Pecman began his career at the Competition Bureau in 1984. He has worked in every enforcement branch at the Bureau and has held a variety of senior investigative and managerial positions, including Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch. Commissioner Pecman has a wealth of experience across a broad range of merger, cartel, abuse of dominance and deceptive marketing practices cases.

Over the course of his tenure as Interim Commissioner, he has articulated his enforcement priorities as follows:

  1. benefiting Canadians, through focused enforcement and strategic regulatory interventions;
  2. applying Canada's competition laws in a transparent and predictable manner; and
  3. building trust through enhanced collaboration.

In his capacity as Interim Commissioner, he has brought back an open door, consultative approach with stakeholders in relation to the development of enforcement policies. John will be developing the Bureau's enforcement policies of increased transparency and predictability with input from stakeholders including members of the bar, the business community and public organizations. John also has extensive experience in international competition law and policy matters which he brings to the office of Commissioner, having had considerable involvement in many transborder cases, as well as in the leadership of the International Competition Network and the OECD.