Jeffrey Thomas, Chair and Director
Jeffrey Thomas is a lawyer and partner at the national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais. He is the firm’s Regional Co-ordinator for its International Trade and Arbitration Group, Government Relations Group, Competition Group and Business Immigration Group. He holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LL.M. (in international trade) from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Thomas practices primarily in the areas of trade, competition and business immigration, where, for over 20 years, he has dealt with legal issues relating to the international movement of goods, services, investment and people. He has advised clients participating in the negotiation of most of Canada’s domestic and international trade agreements (including NAFTA, WTO, AIT, TILMA and NWPTA, as well as the ongoing Canada – EU “CETA” negotiations). He also provides advice on all aspects of Canada’s Competition Act and Investment Canada Act. In the immigration area, his practice focuses primarily on business immigration and international employee movements.
Previously he was an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School where he lectured on international trade and investment law for over nine years. He has spoken and written widely on international and domestic legal issues and has co-authored texts on Canadian trade and investment law and on the WTO (The New Rules of Global Trade: A Guide to the World Trade Organization).
In his spare time, while not dealing with issues relating to the BCWA or studying about wine, he can be found on the soccer pitch trying to coach a team full of boisterous 12-year-old girls.