Jonathan Fried

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Jonathan Fried. Associate, Canada 


Now based in Ottawa, Jonathan is an independent consultant. He is a Senior Advisor with the Ottawa office of Bennett Jones, LLP, a Canada-based international law firm; with the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC; and a Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also in Washington, DC. In addition, Jonathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Foundation and of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; one of two Lead Advisors to the World Economic Forum’s International Trade and Investment Platform; and member of the Board of Directors of the Health Standards Organization and of the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the World Trade Board, and the Central and East European Law Institute.


Jonathan’s distinguished diplomatic career for Canada has spanned law, economics, and trade, including as G20 Sherpa; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO; Ambassador to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the IMF; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance and Canada's G7 and G20 Finance Deputy. He was formerly Canada’s Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; chief counsel for NAFTA; and Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.


Mr. Fried holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from Columbia University.