Glen Jennings Partner Leader - White Collar Defence and Investigations Group

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1994 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-3537

Secondary phone: +1 647-205-2932

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Glen Jennings

Glen Jennings is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and leader of the firm's White Collar Defence & Investigations Group. A Chambers-ranked litigator with expertise in both criminal and regulatory matters, he has extensive experience in white collar defence, complex regulatory issues, internal investigations, and corporate risk and compliance.

Over the past two decades, Glen has represented corporations and executives in some of Canada's most significant white collar cases. His practice spans a wide range of regulatory and criminal matters at both the trial and appellate levels, with a focus on domestic and foreign corruption, complex tax issues, fraud, environmental, pension matters, money laundering, internal investigations, and antitrust and securities cases. He has appeared at all levels of Ontario Court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice.

Glen has achieved recognition in Chambers Canada since its inauguration in 2017 and every year thereafter including Chambers Canada 2024 for his leadership and expertise in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Glen was a partner at a Toronto-based litigation firm. His practice there included representing a large multinational company in a complex, multi-year litigation, as well as conducting significant securities and regulatory litigation on behalf of the firm. He has previously practised law as both a defence lawyer and assistant Crown Attorney.

Glen has been involved in continuing legal education as a lecturer for the American Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, The Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Hall's criminal intensive program, the Justice of the Peace Spring Conference and the Criminal Lawyers Association Spring Conference. He is a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor Law School, teaching a course in Law and White Collar Crime. Glen has also served on the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Consultation Committee.

As leader of Gowling WLG's White Collar Defence and Investigations Group, Glen oversees a multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary team that offers a range of specialized services to clients, including corruption and bribery prevention, crisis management, internal investigations, corporate risk and compliance programs, due diligence in business transactions, and white collar defence.

Career & Recognition

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  • American Bar Association
  • Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

Glen's presentations include:

  • Speaker, "Legislative Update: Federal Amendments and the New Deferred Prosecution Regime," Osgoode 12th National Symposium on Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, April 26, 2019
  • Speaker, "Understanding New Developments in Environmental Prosecutions," Ontario Bar Association, April 16, 2019
  • Co-chair, Securities Advocacy: Securities Litigation Across Canada, The Advocates' Society, Monday May 16, 2016
  • Moderator, "Criminal Enforcement of Securities Law," ABA National Institute on US-Canadian Securities, Wednesday May 18, 2016
  • "Canada's New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act," Second Annual Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining: Toronto 2015, October 8, 2015
  • "Procedural Fairness in Administrative Proceedings," The 6th Mini-LLB for Regulators Course, Federated Press, September 30, 2015
  • "Joint Regulatory Investigations," The 6th Annual Conducting Regulatory Investigations Course, Federated Press, September 30, 2015
  • "Law and White Collar Crime," University of Windsor Law School, Sessional Instructor, Fall 2015
  • "Anti-Money Laundering - After Budget 2014," Canadian Gaming Summit, Windsor, Ontario, June 16, 2015
  • "Cross-Border Issues for Litigators: Corruption of Foreign Public Officials vs. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," The Advocates' Society, June 12, 2015
  • "Managing Ethics Risk", Business Integrity and Director's Liability Lunch, Gowlings Luncheon Event, May 8, 2015
  • "Books and Records Provisions under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act", TI-Canada Fifth Annual Day of Dialogue: Spotlight on Corruption, May 6, 2015
  • "Mega Projects: Risks and Foreign Corruption," University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, April 1, 2015
  • "Mitigating Risks in Emerging Markets: Lessons for Investors," Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, March 4, 2015
  • "Creating an Effective Compliance Program," Mining Journal's Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Mining: Toronto, December 11, 2014
  • "Canadian Anti-Corruption Laws," Federated Press, 7th Bribery and Foreign Corruption Conference, Toronto, December 4, 2014
  • "Mandatory Minimum Sentences," The Six Minute Criminal Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada, April 12, 2014
  • "Compliance Essentials: Key Strategies for Developing and Managing Effective Programs," ACC Canada, April 3, 2014
  • "Integrity and Corruption in the Construction Industry," Construction Update 2014: New cases, New laws, New Developments breakfast program, Gowlings, November 27, 2013
  • "Reflections on the implications for legal practitioners with corporate clients," Canadian Centre for International Justice seminar, November 1, 2013
  • "Environmental Liability - recent case studies," Environmental Law for Business Seminar, Gowlings, October 22, 2013
  • "Regulatory and Compliance Impact of Bill S-14: The Fighting Foreign Corruption Act," ACAMS Conference, September 27, 2013
  • "CRA's New Enforcement Powers and the Crackdown on International Tax Evasion," Gowlings seminar, June 11, 2013
  • "Common Interest Privilege," Gowlings seminar, June 4, 2013
  • "Money Laundering and Securities Industry," Osgoode 9th Annual National Symposium on Money Laundering panel, February 22, 2013
  • "Anti Corruption Compliance Assessments: Identifying Areas of Corruption Risk," Federated Press' Bribery and Foreign Corruption Conference, December 2012
  • Participated in a roundtable discussion by the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School: "Co-operative Model for a Common Securities Regulator - Enforcement," October 2012
  • "Pre-trial Remedies: Benefits and Pitfalls," OBA Continuing Education, Lies and Deception: Litigating Civil Fraud Claims, October 2012
  • "When do you Need an Internal Investigation and Who Should Do It?," The Canadian Institute, Conducting Internal Investigations, October 2012
  • "Comparing the U.S. and U.K. Statutes to Canadian Legislation," Strategies to Combat Fraud and Corruption Seminar - Gowlings webinar, June 2012
  • "Global Impact of Market Abuse and Anti-Fraud Enforcement Trends in the U.S., U.K./E.U.," Canada, Brazil & Hong Kong, 2Q 2012 SME presentation (Cross-border Group) - webcast, April 2012
  • "Protection Against Self-Incrimination - Update on Section 13 of the Charter," The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer, April 2012
  • "Canada, U.S., U.K. and E.U.: How Does it all Fit Together?: The Canadian Perspective," The Canadian Institute: Anti-Corruption and Bribery Compliance conference, January 2012
  • "Protecting Privilege and Other Challenges in Regulatory Investigations and Internal Investigations," All Banks Quarterly Seminar - Gowlings, presented with Kelley McKinnon and Bob Armstrong, January 2012
  • "Regulatory Investigations: Applying Jarvis in the Securities Context," The Advocates' Society: First Annual Securities Symposium, September 2011
  • "White Collar Fraud Update: Canada's Proposal for a National Securities Regulator," The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer, April 2011

His articles and papers include:

  • "Canada moves forward with a remediation agreement regime," Canadian Corporate Counsel (Vol. 27: No. 7), September/October 2018.
  • "Factual information provided in the proffer stage of co-operation with the Competition Bureau must be disclosed to criminal defendants," co-authored with Matthew Doak, Gowlings White Collar Defence & Investigations newsletter, February 2015
  • "Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2014," co-authored with Kristine Robidoux and Michael Misener, Gowlings White Collar Defence & Investigations newsletter, December 2014
  • "Bill C-31's Serious Offences Amendment to Section 241 of the Income Tax Act," co-authored with Erica Maidment, June 2014
  • "International business beware: the RCMP reaches outside Canada to enforce anti-corruption laws," co-authored with Michael Misener, June 2014
  • "Criminal liability for corrupting foreign officials: No requirement to actually pay bribes," co-authored with Heather Cohen, June 2014
  • "Don't pay your taxes and you may pay the price," January 2014
  • "The Usual Suspects?: The Scope of Corporate Criminal Liability under Canadian Antitrust Law," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, International Antitrust Bulletin, October 2013
  • "Jarvis Principles Under Siege in Piersanti v The Queen," Small Business Taxation @ Gowlings, October 2013
  • "Enhanced Liability Abroad for Canadian Corporations," co-authored with Anna Abbott, August 2013
  • "The Criminal Employee: A Conviction in the Queen of the North Ferry Disaster," co-authored with Anna Abbott, May 2013
  • "Bill C-10 and Anti-Terrorism," Government of Canada's Intelligence Analyst Training Newsletter, co-authored with David Rubin, November 2011

Glen has been quoted in the following articles:

Representative Work

  • Investigated allegations of corrupt payments to foreign public officials
  • Represented corporate clients in criminal proceedings brought by the RCMP for alleged violations of the CFPOA
  • Guidance to corporate clients with respect to search warrant procedures
  • Represented clients facing criminal allegations in Competition Act matters
  • Represented corporate clients on Pension Benefits Act matters, including representation for charges brought by FSCO pursuant to the Pension Benefits Act
  • Represented clients in financial regulatory matters initiated by FSCO
  • Represented clients facing charges under the OHSA, Pension Benefits Act, Insurance Act, Criminal Code, Income Tax Act, Environmental Protection Act
  • Preparation of internal investigation guide for large multinational corporation