John Whyte

Of Counsel

John is a seasoned corporate commercial lawyer, former General Counsel, board member and business executive with well-developed business acumen advising on legal issues with a pragmatic business lens. 


Commercial; Corporate; Corporate Governance; Litigation; Employment; Information Technology

Former firms & in-house roles:

Beard Winter LLP; Noranda Inc./Falconbridge Limited; Xstrata Canada Corporation/Glencore Canada Corporation; New Gold Inc.; Goldcorp Inc.; Impala Canada Limited




John is an experienced senior lawyer, executive and trusted advisor with substantial experience, primarily in the resource sector, as a lawyer, General Counsel, board member and business executive.  He has in-depth knowledge both as a lawyer and as an executive advising and executing on business strategy, and has expertise ranging from the board room to line functions, providing both corporate and operational support. He has considerable experience applying best practices in commercial law, compliance, transactional M&A, ESG, stakeholder engagement, risk management, environmental regulation, governance, privacy and employment law.  He also has vast experience with dispute resolution management, crisis management, and law department management.

A proven leader, John is known for his common-sense pragmatic approach to problem-solving and for being a great listener who wants to understand a client’s needs, their business strategy and how they operate before providing strategic legal and business advice as a clear and concise communicator. John is seeking opportunities to work inclusively with a broad range of clients with diverse businesses and backgrounds. 



Queen’s University (L.L.B.) 1988

University of Toronto (Hons. B.A.) 1984 – Dean’s List

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