OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 12, 2013) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Minister responsible for the Competition Bureau, today announced the appointment of John Pecman as Commissioner of Competition for a five-year term.

"I am pleased that Mr. Pecman will continue to contribute significantly to the Competition Bureau in assuming this key leadership role," said Minister Paradis. "His proven commitment to protecting and promoting a fair, competitive and innovative marketplace will benefit Canadian consumers and businesses alike."

Mr. Pecman has been with the Competition Bureau since 1984. He has worked in every enforcement branch of the Bureau and held a variety of increasingly senior investigative and managerial positions, including Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch. Most recently, he served as Interim Commissioner of Competition. In that role, he provided stewardship for the Bureau's continued investigation of and litigation over significant merger cases, deceptive marketing practices and other important criminal and civil matters.

Mr. Pecman is an economist and holds a Master of Arts from McMaster University. He represents the Bureau on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Competition Committee and in the Steering Group of the International Competition Network.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. For more information, visit the Competition Bureau website (

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Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry

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