John Pecman was appointed commissioner of competition on 12 June 2013 for a five‑year term.
Mr Pecman is an economist with an MA from McMaster University and has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive for more than 30 years. He has worked in every enforcement branch at the Bureau, and has held increasingly senior positions since joining the organisation in 1984.
Under Mr Pecman’s leadership, the Bureau’s enforcement actions have preserved competition in a variety of major areas of the Canadian economy, including the automotive, manufacturing, e‑commerce, telecommunications and retail sectors.
Mr Pecman is a member of the executive bodies of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) Competition Committee and the International Competition Network (ICN). He currently serves as ICN–OECD Liaison to ensure coordination of the work by these two international bodies.
Before his appointment as commissioner, he held the position of interim commissioner, beginning in September 2012. Prior to serving as interim commissioner, Mr Pecman held the position of senior deputy commissioner of the criminal matters branch, where he directed significant criminal investigations, including retail gasoline cartel investigations in Ontario and Quebec, that resulted in multiple charges, guilty pleas, fines and jail sentences. As senior deputy commissioner he served as the co‑chair of the enforcement techniques subgroup of the ICN’s Cartel Working Group.