John A. Young, Q.C.

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"Clients, whether they are individuals or businesses, want issues resolved and problems solved. Simply put, they want results. The job of the lawyer is to provide the advice that enables the client to achieve the best result in a cost efficient and timely manner. It is not always easy, but the client expects and deserves your best – nothing less is acceptable."

About John

John is currently Counsel at BOYNECLARKE LLP, having served as the firm Chair from 2012-2018. He acts on behalf of a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, institutions and not-for-profit organizations and advises their senior management in the creation, operation and expansion of their activities.

John is currently serving as a Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (NS), Chair of the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, Director of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society, and Trustee of St. Andrews United Church, Halifax. He recently completed a term as Director of the Nova Scotia Health Authority and has served on a wide variety of boards of Canadian corporations.

John enjoys golf, politics and community service.

Areas of Practice

John's Background

  • 1974: Masters of Laws, University of London, England
  • 1969: LL.B, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1966: Bachelor of Commerce, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2019 - Present: Counsel, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 - 2018: Firm Chair, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 -2012: Managing Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1975 - 2018: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1970 - 1973: Executive Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Hearing Committee
  • Member - Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Hong Kong/Canada Business Association
  • Former Chair - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Ethics Committee
  • Former Vice Chair- Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Discipline Committee
  • Former President - Dartmouth Barristers' Society
  • Former Member of Council - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Former Member - Queen's Counsel Advisory Committee
  • Former Member - Experts Group on Non-Profit Law and Directors' Liability to advise Department of Justice (Canada) on proposed Not-For-Profit Corporations Act
Community Activities
  • Chair - Canadian Forces Liaison Council (NS)
  • Chair - Board of Trustees - St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax
  • Co-Chair - Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation
  • Chair - Spring Garden Area Business Association (SGABA)
  • Board Member - Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society
  • Member - The Presidents Advisory Council at the Atlantic School of Theology
  • Member - Ashburn Golf & Country club
  • Honorary Lieutenant - Colonel of The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)
  • Honourary Trustee - QEII Health Sciences Centre Charitable Foundation
  • Former Director - Spring Garden Area Business Association
  • Former Director - Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Former Member - Board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia
  • Former President - Halifax Club
  • Former President - Nova Scotia Liberal Party
  • Former Chair - Capital Campaign, Brigadoon Village
  • Former Director - Dalhousie Alumni Association
  • Former Board Member - Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation
  • Former Board Member - International Ocean Institute of Dalhousie University
  • Former Volunteer in support of the activities of Ronald McDonald House, Nova Scotia Hospital, The Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia, and the IWK Children's Hospital
University Activities
  • President - Dalhousie Student Union
  • Managing Editor Dalhousie Law Review
Appointments (Previous)
  • Chair of the Board of Directors - Cabot Development Corp. St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Chair - CBC Pension Fund Board of Trustees
  • Chair - "Headline", Baton Broadcasting Ltd. (Toronto) and CBC (Ottawa)
  • Cabinet Member - Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Capital Campaign
  • Advisor to the Wuhan Municipal Government (China) for promoting International Economic Cooperation
  • Director - Secunda International Limited
  • Director - International Ocean Institute of Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Director - Sempra Atlantic Gas Incorporated
  • Director - Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Director - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Director - Canadian Red Cross Fractionation Corporation
Awards & Honours
  • 2019 - Honorary Degree from Saint Mary’s University
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2006-2020)
  • 2013 - Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 1988 - Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1986 - Queen's Counsel
  • Presented on various topics such as the role and duties of corporations, institutes, associations, as well as the obligations and liabilities of Boards if Directors and Senior Management
  • "Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements" - at the Major Business Agreements Insight Conference, Halifax, March 24, 2010
  • "Municipal Law and Financial Administration" - to Executives of Atlantic Canadian Municipalities at Dalhousie University Seminars
  • " Liability Arising from Electronic Health Records" - at the E-Health Insight Conference, June 2009