Gary Zed

An internationally-recognized lawyer serving the largest corporations in Canada and many of Canada’s wealthiest families, Gary brings an integrated and innovative perspective to all aspects

Trusted, principled and connected, Gary’s innovative and unfiltered advice, creative thinking, strategic acumen, and unparalleled relationship intelligence are frequently sought by start-ups, multinationals, business leaders, philanthropists and Canada’s most successful families and entrepreneurs.

Over the past 30 years Gary has served national senior executive roles in the public and private sector and continues with his deep community leadership. He previously served as Deputy Director General at the Canadian Revenue Agency and Counsel with the Department of Justice prior to embarking on a 20 year career as an executive and senior partner for two of Canada's major professional services firms.

Gary currently advises several Canadian families and businesses including the Family Office at KPMG Enterprises. He provides counsel on some of the most complex and sensitive corporate and family matters. His passion is counseling families on succession planning and generational transitions and he brings his depth of experience to help integrate the intricacies of business, wealth and family dynamics through a framework of communication and governance structures to sustain the strength of both the family and the business.

An active investor and entrepreneur in a wide variety of sectors including technology, forestry, real estate and media, Gary serves as Chair and board member for several private companies and family advisor to many of Canada’s most prominent families. Known for his philanthropy and commitment to building a strong community, Gary has been the recipient of numerous recognitions including The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Order of Ottawa, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and has been awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteerism.

Gary holds a BA in economics, an MBA in management and marketing (Dalhousie), and an LLB (University of New Brunswick).