Partner, Fasken, Strategic Advisor, Promerita Group
Geoffrey Cowper Q.C. is a partner at Fasken, one of the largest business law firms in Canada with more than 700 lawyers and agents in ten offices on four continents. He is also a Strategic Advisor at Promerita Group.
As the national leader of Fasken's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, Geoff is one of Canada’s leading trial and appellate counsel and is internationally recognized as a leading jurist in a number of aspects of commercial law. Geoff’s appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada have included leading cases concerning banking, contracts, trusts as well as constitutional and civil rights. He has also been counsel in leading private and public cases in Canada and internationally. These cases include investor-sovereign state and international commercial arbitration matters and have led to significant decisions with national and international dimensions respecting commercial law, public law and human rights.
Geoff is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was named Canada’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Benchmark Canada for 2016, and is repeatedly cited as a leading counsel in many areas of law by a number of the profession's leading ranking services including Chambers & Partners and Best Lawyers.
In addition to bringing preeminent legal expertise to his role as a Strategic Advisor to Promerita Group, Geoff brings significant investment, commercial and strategic business insight from his many years serving as a board member or investment committee member of several prominent corporate and charitable boards both regionally and internationally. Geoff is passionate about sustainable economic development and the rule of law, and education. He believes bringing people, communities and sustainable business initiatives together in a way that benefits all stakeholders is critically important in improving our society and economy, and has served the national and international community in leadership roles in law reform, legal aid, housing services to the homeless, and international economic development and conservation.
Geoff was raised on the outskirts of Calgary, Alberta, and attended the University of British Columbia to study ornithology, but got sidetracked on a bird walk and ended up graduating with a degree in Law. He received his QC (Queen’s Counsel) in 1997 and in 2012, at the request of the Province of British Columbia, Geoff conducted an independent review of that province’s judicial system.