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AuthorJohn S. Tyhurst
John Tyhurst is currently a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section (English), where he teaches com-
petition law and supervises directed research. He practiced civil litiga-
tion, including competition law, at the Department of Justice in Ottawa
for over thirty-two years. Born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, he
completed his BA in economics at the University of British Columbia,
his LLB at the University of Toronto, and his LLM at McGill University
as a recipient of a Du-Rinfret Scholarship. He articled in Vancouver
and then moved to Ottawa to practice with a consumer organization
that intervened before various regulatory tribunals, including the CRTC
and CITT. He participated in the process leading to amendments to Can-
adian competition legislation in 1986. He then joined the Department
of Justice, providing advice and litigation support to the Competition
Bureau at the Departmental Legal Services Unit, where he practiced for
ten years. He prosecuted criminal price f‌ixing and bid-rigging cases, and
appeared before the Competition Tribunal in civil merger, abuse of dom-
inance, and vertical restraints cases. He moved to the Civil Litigation
Section in 1997 to work on the f‌irst NAFTA Chapter 11 investor- state
proceeding, and thereafter litigated trade, telecommunications, judicial
review, and Indigenous law matters. As a member of Department of Jus-
tice’s Supreme Court Practice Group, he appeared before the Supreme
Court in competition law, tort, and Indigenous law cases. He appeared
before other appellate courts, including the Federal and Ontario courts
of appeal and conducted civil trials, arbitrations, and interventions as
counsel for the Attorney General of Canada. In 2020 he was awarded
the J Edward (Ted) Thompson, QC award for excellence in trial advocacy.

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