Commissioner of Competition John Pecman

Commissioner of Competition John Pecman.

John Pecman

Biography

John Pecman was appointed Commissioner of Competition on June 12, 2013 for a five-year term. Mr. Pecman is an economist with an M.A. from McMaster University who has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive for more than 30 years.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Pecman held the position of Interim Commissioner from September 2012 to June 2013. As Interim Commissioner, Mr. Pecman provided stewardship for the Bureau's continued investigation and litigation of significant merger cases, deceptive marketing practices and other important criminal and civil matters. This stewardship resulted in consent agreements in the Air Canada/United Continental joint venture, the Waste Management/RCI merger, and the Bell/Astral merger; ongoing litigation against Rogers, Bell, TELUS and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association regarding premium text messaging services; the successful response to the appeal of the CCS decision (regarding hazardous waste disposal in British Columbia); guilty pleas and the successful prosecution of participants to the retail gasoline price-fixing in Quebec, as well as additional charges against Irving Oil; record fines being imposed under the bid-rigging provisions against the suppliers of motor vehicle components; the recommendation of further charges in a price-fixing conspiracy involving the construction industry in Quebec; the completion of the Competition Tribunal proceedings against the Visa/MasterCard and the Toronto Real Estate Board; and the commencement of proceedings against Direct Energy and Reliance Comfort for anti-competitive practices in the water heater market.

Mr. Pecman is also responsible for reinvigorating the Bureau's role in conducting strategic regulatory interventions, including a submission to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission on its proposed Wireless Code of Conduct. He also introduced an Action Plan on Transparency that aims to promote the development of a more cost-effective, efficient and responsive agency, all the while providing Canadians with more opportunities to learn about its work.

Mr. Pecman is currently a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Competition Committee and the Steering Group of the International Competition Network.

Before he became Interim Commissioner, Mr. Pecman held the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch, where he directed significant criminal investigations, including an investigation into a price-fixing conspiracy in the chocolate industry, which resulted in charges and the retail gasoline cartel investigations in Ontario and Quebec, which resulted in multiple charges, guilty pleas, and jail sentences.

He also worked closely with foreign competition authorities in the enforcement of multi-jurisdictional cartel cases, such as the Air Cargo and Foam price-fixing conspiracies. In his position as Senior Deputy Commissioner, he also served as the Co-Chair of the Enforcement Techniques Sub-Group of the International Competition Network's Cartel Working Group.

In addition, Mr. Pecman's enforcement experience includes a number of years as the lead Bureau officer in the highly contested Superior Propane merger.

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