John A. Young, Q.C. – Biography

CFLC Nova Scotia Chair

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, John Young received his B.Comm (1966) and his LL.B (1969) from Dalhousie University. He then received his LL.M. from the University of London in 1974.

John was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1970 and appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1986.

John is currently Boyne Clarke's Managing Partner and practices Business Law. 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 Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Nova Scotia), as a Director of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society, and Trustee of St. Andrews United Church, Halifax. He recently completed a term as Chair for the QEII Health Sciences Centre Charitable Foundation and has served on a wide variety of boards of Canadian corporations.

John enjoys golf, politics and community service.


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


2005 – Present
Managing Partner, Boyne Clarke Barristers & Solicitors,
Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

1975 – Present
Partner, Boyne Clarke Barristers & Solicitors, Dartmouth, Halifax
Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

1970 – 1973
Executive Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member – Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member – Canadian Bar Association
  • Member – Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Hearing Committee
  • 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 – 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 (Nova Scotia)
  • Member, Board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia
  • Board Member – Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation
  • Director, Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society
  • Trustee, St. Andrews United Church, Halifax
  • Immediate Past Chair, QEII Health Sciences Center Charitable Foundation
  • Member, Ashburn Golf & Country Club
  • Member, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  • Former President, Halifax Club
  • Former President, Nova Scotia Liberal Party
  • Former Director, Dalhousie Alumni Association

University Activities

  • President Dalhousie Student Union
  • Managing Editor Dalhousie Law Review

Appointments (Previous)

  • Cabinet Member, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Capital Campaign
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Cabot Development Corp. St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Director, Secunda International Limited
  • Director International Ocean Institute of Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Director Sempra Atlantic Gas Incorporated
  • Director Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, Halifax
  • Director Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ottawa
  • Director Canadian Red Cross Fractionation Corporation
  • Chair CBC Pension Fund
  • Chair "Headline", Baton Broadcasting Ltd. (Toronto) and CBC (Ottawa)
  • Advisor of the Wuhan Municipal Government (China) for promoting International Economic Cooperation

Awards and Honours

  • 1986 Queen's Counsel
  • 2006-2010 included in "The Best Lawyers In Canada"


Mr. Young has presented on various topics such as the role and duties of corporations, institutes, associations, as well as the obligations and liabilities of Boards of Directors and Senior Management, including:

  • "Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements" – at the Major Business Agreements Insight Conference, Halifax, March 24, 2010
  • "Municipal Law and Financial Adminstration" – to Executives of Atlantic Canadian Municipalities at Dalhousie Universitiy Seminars
  • "Liability Arising from Electronic Health Records" – at the E-Health Insight Conference, June 2009


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