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John R. Houghton

Corporate Counsel

John is a senior corporate/commercial lawyer with broad experience in business law. He has significant expertise in project developments in the oil sands and the North.  He routinely provides opinions in connection with license agreements, distributorship agreements, technology transfer documents, professional management and sports
/ entertainment law.  John is also an experienced arbitrator in business dispute resolution proceedings and is a registered trademark agent.

Recognition and Ranking
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recognized as a Leading Practitioner for franchising law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for franchise law
Professional Activities
  • National Business Law Section for the Canadian Bar Association and the Business Law Sub-Section of Alberta for the Law Society of Alberta, Past Chairman
  • Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, Member
  • The Canadian Franchise Association and Alberta Franchisor's Institute, Member
  • Canadian Franchise Association Convention (1999), Legal Chair
  • University of Calgary Law School and MBA program, Sessional Lecturer on Franchising and has taught courses on Real Estate Law
  • Federated Press Franchise and Distribution edition, Contributing Editor
Community Activities
  • Together for Canada (1993), Executive Commitee
  • Accommodation 1990 Federal Liberal Leadership Convention, Chairman
  • Olympic Housing Bureau providing spectator accommodation, 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Chairman
  • Heritage Park Foundation, Capital Campaign (Former Foundation President), Chairman
  • University of Calgary Football Alumni Association, Past President
  • Ducks Unlimited, Executive Committee, Past Member
  • Alberta Ride for Sight, Past Director
Bar Admissions
  • Alberta (1978)
Education
  • University of Alberta (LL.B., 1977)
  • University of Calgary (1974)
John is based in Calgary, AB.

Phone:  (403) 510 2255
Email:  john@meridiancanada.com