Jonathan T. FRIED

Jonathan T. FRIED

Member of FMG

Mr. Fried retired on August 19, 2020 from his role as Coordinator for International Economic Relations at Global Affairs Canada

Mr. Fried retired on August 19, 2020 from his role as Coordinator for International Economic Relations at Global Affairs Canada, where he carried a horizontal mandate to ensure coherent policy positions and government-wide strategic planning in international economic organizations and fora regarding both current and forward issues, ranging from responses to the CoVid pandemic to Canada-Asia and other international trade and economic matters.  From 2017 to earlier this year, he served as the Personal Representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the G20.


He was Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO from 2012-2017, where he played a key role in multilateral trade negotiations, including as Chair of the WTO’s General Council in 2014 and chair of the Dispute Settlement Body in 2013.  He was the co-Chair of the G20’s Trade and Investment Working Group with China in 2015, and the “Friend of the Chair” for Germany in 2016.  Formerly Canada’s 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.  Mr. Fried has also served as Associate Deputy Minister; Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade, Economic and Environmental Policy; Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; Director General for Trade Policy; chief counsel for NAFTA; Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; First Secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil and Canadian delegate to the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly.


Mr. Fried is one of two Lead Advisors to the World Economic Forum’s International Trade and Investment Platform and is a Senior Adviser (Non-Resident) to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was Canada`s representative to APEC`s eminent persons “Vision Group” on the future of that forum whose report was issued in 2019, and was a member of the OAS Inter-American Juridical Committee from 1994-2003.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Standards Organization (formerly Accreditation Canada), and the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the World Trade Symposium, and the Central and East European Law Institute.  Formerly professor of law at the University of Toronto law school, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Fried was named in 2015 as the inaugural recipient of the Public Sector Lawyer Award by the Canadian Council on International Law to honour his service and contribution to public international law.