Éric Bédard is Managing Partner of the international law firm Fasken for the Québec region and has been a member of its Global Management Committee since 2011. The firm is a leader in Canada and internationally, with over 800 lawyers and ten offices on four continents.
With an exceptional legal background spanning over 30 years in the areas of labour law, administrative law and strategic advice, he held several positions at Fasken, including lawyer, partner and then managing partner for the Québec region.
A leader in the community, he sits on the board of directors of several public and private institutions, including the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie française au Canada, the Jean Duceppe Company and LANDR Audio Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Montréal Heart Institute.
Since 2012, he has been involved as a member and vice-president of the Board of Directors of Montréal International, whose mission is to act as the economic engine of Greater Montréal to attract wealth from abroad while reinforcing the success of its partners and clients. He has also presided over the governance committees of the boards of directors of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal and the 50th anniversary of the Ballets Jazz de Montréal.
An involved citizen, Mr. Bédard presides over many charitable events, mainly as part of fundraising for community organizations, including co-chairing the 2013 edition of the Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s CancersTM benefiting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre.
A Commonwealth Scholar, he obtained a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a degree in European law from the University of Exeter.
Mtre Bédard served as Assistant Chief of Staff to the Premier of Québec from 1994 to 1996, an experience during which he gained a detailed understanding of the different structures of the Québec government. He also benefits from his expertise in petroleum price regulation before the Régie de l’énergie du Québec.