John Pecman, an economist with an M.A. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has been with the Canadian Competition Bureau for 27 years, and is currently the Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch. John is also the Chair of the Bureau’s Enforcement and Policy Committee and Co-chair of the Cartel Working Group subgroup 2 (Enforcement Techniques) for the International Competition Network.
His enforcement record includes spending a number of years as the lead Bureau officer on the highly contested Superior Propane merger. More recently, he oversaw the Bureau’s role in the retail gasoline cartel investigation in Quebec where multiple charges, guilty pleas and jail sentences have been imposed. Under John’s leadership, the Criminal Matters Branch also works closely with foreign competition authorities in the enforcement of multi-jurisdictional cartel cases, such as the Air Cargo price fixing conspiracy.