Jeff Beedell Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1985 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0171

Fax: +1 613-788-3587

Email: jeff.beedell@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa


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Jeff Beedell

Jeff Beedell is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. His practice is focused on providing Supreme Court of Canada agency services to other Canadian lawyers, including drafting materials and strategic advice on leave applications, appeals and motions.

Jeff was a key collaborator with the Registrar and Supreme Court staff on the 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2017 Rules amendments, the Court's e-filing initiatives, and the use of electronic materials at the Supreme Court.

Jeff has also represented clients in a wide variety of commercial real estate, Aboriginal and environmental law matters.

Active in the community, Jeff has served on the Boards of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Ashbury College, Canadian Condominium Institute (Ottawa Branch), REACH Canada and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

Career & Recognition

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  • 1985

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1985
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1983

    • Education
      1983
      Osgoode Hall Law School, JD
    • Education
      1983
      York University, Master of Environmental Science
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      Carleton University, BA (Economics)

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association (Ontario Environmental Law Section)

Publications

  • Supreme Court of Canada Practice 2018, (2018: Carswell, Toronto), co-authored with D. Lynne Watt et al.
  • Mr. Big: Reliability and admissibility in Hart and Mack, co-authored with Matthew Estabrooks, Supreme Court of Canada Bulletin, October 2014
  • Internet and privacy: Spencer v. Her Majesty the Queen, Supreme Court of Canada Bulletin, August 2014
  • Ontario Environmental Protection Act: Supreme Court says "when in doubt, report," Environmental bulletin, 2013.
  • Supreme Court revisits conflicts of interest in CNR v. McKercher, Litigation bulletin, 2013.
  • Supreme Court weighs in on age-old question in Daishowa-Marubeni: If a tree falls in the forest and you are not around to replant it, how does it affect your taxes?, Tax bulletin, 2012.
  • Supreme Court takes public interest standing to the streets, Litigation bulletin, 2012.
  • Administrative law - Dunsmuir simplified, Litigation bulletin, 2009.
  • Law Note - Directors' Fiduciary Duty Owed Only to the Corporation, InBrief, 2009.
  • Law Note - The Business Cost of Third-Party Production Orders, InBrief, 2008.
  • Volume Down, Verbiage Up at Supreme Court in 2007, The Lawyers Weekly, 2008.

Presentations

  • uOttawa Environmental Law Career Panel, Faculty of Law, Panel Speaker on Environmental Law and the Supreme Court of Canada, 2012
  • The Law and Ethics of Supervised Injection Site Facilities: Guiding Principles from the Vancouver Insite decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, 2012.
  • SCC and Surviving Stage Two of Anns Test, 41st Annual Law Society of Alberta Refresher Course, Lake Louise, Alberta, 2007.
  • A View On The Supreme Court of Canada, Address to The Rotary Club of Ottawa, 2007.
  • Written Advocacy, Practical Considerations for Motions and Appeal Tips from the Trenches: Motions and Appeals Seminar, presented by the CCLA, Upper Canada Law Society, Ontario Bar Association and University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, 2003.

Jeff Beedell's representative work includes acting as the Ottawa Agent and advising on submissions by counsel in the following Supreme Court leave applications and/or appeals:

  • Groia v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 27, determining that the Law Society's disciplinary decision was unreasonable when its Appeal Panel held that certain in-court conduct crossed the line of incivility under the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33, upholding the Law Society's administrative decision to not accredit TWU's proposed law school as reasonable based upon considerations of equal access to the legal profession, diversity in the bar, and preventing harm to LGBTQ law students.
  • Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co., 2018 SCC 18, construction law decision placing onus on trustee of a labour and materials bond to notify potential beneficiaries of the existence of the bond.
  • Green v Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20, professional discipline case upholding authority of a Law Society to impose mandatory continuing legal education on members.
  • Ernst v Alberta Energy Regulator, 2017 SCC 1 , administrative law decision rejecting s. 24(1) Charter damages claim against a regulator.
  • R. v Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13, striking down mandatory minimum sentencing under s.12 of Charter relating to drug offence.
  • British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 49, holding that BC legislation unconstitutional as province did not consult in good faith with teachers contrary to s. 2(d) of Charter.
  • R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27, recognizing right to be tried within a reasonable time under s. 11(b) of the Charter and imposing presumptive ceiling of 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in superior court for criminal cases to be tried.
  • Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5, s. 7 Charter decision on physician-assisted dying.
  • Tervita Corp. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition), 2015 SCC 3, competition law decision on proper test for anti-competitive effects of merger.
  • R. v. Fearon, 2014 SCC 77, Charter decision on police powers to search incident to arrest an accused's cell phone.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 503 v. Wal Mart Canada Corp., 2014 SCC 45, labour relations decision re employer right to close a business in context of a union certification process.
  • Amaratunga v. North Atlantic Fisheries Organization, 2013 SCC 66, upholding immunity of an international organization under the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act (NAFO Immunity Order) to a wrongful termination action by a managerial employee.
  • CNR v McKercher LLP, 2013 SCC 39, conflicts of interest and whether a law firm can bring a lawsuit against a current client in an unrelated matter.
  • Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers, 2013 SCC 6, priority of pension plan wind-up deficiencies versus DIP lenders in CCAA proceedings.
  • Catalyst Paper Corp. v. North Cowichan (District), 2013 SCC 2, clarifying the deference standard of review for municipal bylaws.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador v. AbitibiBowater Inc., 2012 SCC 67, examining the priority of environmental remediation orders relative to other claims in a CCAA proceeding.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union v. Newfoundland and Labrador (Treasury Board), 2011 SCC 62, in right of NFLD and Labrador refining Dunsmuir analysis for judicial review of adequacy of labour arbitrator's reasons for award.
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, [2011] 3 S.C.R. 134, Charter and division of powers challenge to Minister's refusal to extend exemption for Vancouver Safe Injection Site (Insite).
  • Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2011 SCC 61, jurisdiction of tribunal statutory time lines in own procedure.
  • Lax Kw'alaams Indian Band v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 SCC 56, constitutional claim for Aboriginal fishing rights along northwest coast of British Columbia.
  • Fullowka v. Pinkerton's of Canada Ltd., 2010 SCC 5, known as the "Giant Mine" case examining various tort duties of care in the context of security service, territorial government health & safety regulation, and union strike activity where 9 miners were killed underground by a planted explosive device.
  • R. v. Morelli, 2010 SCC 8, acquitting accused as police search of a home computer breached accused's rights under s. 8 of Charter.
  • BCE Inc. v 1976 Debentureholders, 2008 SCC 69, interpretation of board of director duties to stakeholders in "going private" reorganization and sale.
  • Honda Canada Inc, v Keays, 2008 SCC 39, setting aside of aggravated and punitive damages in employment termination case.
  • R. v. Kapp, 2008 SCC 41, s. 15(2) Charter validity of commercial fishing license privileges to Aboriginal people in pilot program on Fraser River.
  • Canada (Privacy Commissioner) v. Blood Tribe Department of Health, 2008 SCC 44, upholding of solicitor-client confidentiality over powers of Commissioner, to compel production for investigation of privacy complaint.
  • Saulnier v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2008 SCC 58, recognition of Bank's security interest in debtor's fishing licenses as "personal property" under PPSA and as "property" under BIA.
  • R. v. Bryan, 2007 SCC 12, media intervention in s.2(b) Charter challenge to strike publication bans of closed poll results on federal election day.
  • Citadel General Assurance Co. v. Vytlingam, 2007 SCC 46, limits of insurance coverage relating to use of an automobile.
  • Health Services and Support-Facilities Subsector Bargaining Assn. v, British Columbia, 2007 SCC 27, s.2(d) Charter protection against arbitrary roll-back of collective agreement provisions.
  • Hill v Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police Service Board, 2007 SCC 41, recognition of new duty of care in tort of negligent police investigation.
  • Resurfice Corp. v. Hanke, 2007 SCC 7, clarification of "but for" test to determine causation in negligence cases.
  • GMAC Commercial Credit Corporation-Canada v. T.C.T. Logistics Inc., 2006 SCC 35, bankruptcy judge lacking jurisdiction to bar successor employer application under LRA.
  • Canada v. Marlene Cloud, dismissal of Canada's leave application to appeal certification of class action in Residential Schools litigation.
  • Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, 2004 SCC 79, federal question to SCC on Charter compliance of proposed same-sex marriage statute.
  • Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem, 2004 SCC 47, Quebec and Canadian Charter freedoms of conscience and religion over private use restrictions in a condominium.
  • Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), 2004 SCC 73, duty to consult Haida Nation by a private company under a Crown forestry license.
  • Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership v. Rex, 2002 SCC 42, interpretation of Canadian broadcasting legislation governing DTH satellite service.
  • Berendsen v. Ontario, 2001 SCC 55, Canadian Environmental Law, Association's challenge to limitations period under the Public Authorities Protection Act where historic environmental Contamination.