In Canada, approximately 45% of all retail businesses are franchised. Above and beyond retail, an increasing number and variety of service providers are also in franchising. Overall, franchising is a huge industry that accounts for 12% of the GDP and more than 20% of all consumer sales in Canada. Franchising provides a wide range of goods and services that help sustain and build the Canadian economy.

John appreciates the great contribution that franchising provides to the Canadian economy, and he enjoys working with franchisors, franchisees and their advisors to help them deal with the many legal issues that arise in the franchise field.

Work Highlights

Goodbye Graffiti Inc.

  • Incorporated the franchisor and prepared a franchise agreement and several supporting documents for a very unique, new franchise system, which has since expanded from Vancouver across Canada

UBIF Franchising, Co. (“U Break I Fix”)

  • Canadian counsel to this Florida-based franchise system, ’Canadianizing’ UBIF’s US franchise agreement and US franchise disclosure document and providing advice on applicable laws of Canada to help UBIF become established legally in Canada

US and other foreign franchisors

  • Expanded established franchise systems to Canada, including advising on Canadian laws related to trademarks, franchises, employment laws and taxation
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John works with the intricacies of franchise regulation, trademarks and corporate and commercial laws to construct a finished franchise package that can sustain the weight of day-to-day and long-term issues facing franchisors and franchisees.

Franchise Services
Franchise agreements Franchise disclosure documents
Master franchise agreements Area development agreements
Trademarks Leases and Subleases
Employment Laws Mediation and arbitration
Franchise regulation
Corporate & Commercial Services
Incorporation and organization of simple and complex Canadian and international corporations Shareholders agreements
Joint venture agreements Planning, structuring and implementing contractual relationships on a local or cross-border basis
Providing opinions on Canadian commercial legal issues Ongoing representation of Canadian and international clients

For many years, John has been repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, has been named to the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and named as a “Legal Eagle.” For eight years, John practiced in Toronto, where he became experienced in advising on franchise legislation and drafting of franchise disclosure documents in many provinces. For four of those years, John served as general counsel, a director and secretary of the Canadian Franchise Association. In those roles, he helped develop policies and programs for the betterment of the franchise industry in Canada and promotion of ethical conduct and camaraderie among industry members.

There are many different types of franchise systems, and each is operated with a different marketing and profit outlook. Our clients rely on John for his dynamic abilities in marketing, negotiation, contract drafting and general legal representation.

Awards & Distinctions
  • Lexpert-ranked for Franchise Law (Canada)
  • Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers (International)
  • “Legal Eagle” (US)
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Goodbye Graffiti Inc.
  • Incorporated the franchisor and prepared a franchise agreement and several supporting documents for a very unique, new franchise system, which has since expanded from Vancouver across Canada
UBIF Franchising, Co. (“U Break I Fix”)
  • Canadian counsel to this Florida-based franchise system, ’Canadianizing’ UBIF’s US franchise agreement and US franchise disclosure document and providing advice on applicable laws of Canada to help UBIF become established legally in Canada
“Making John Rogers our attorney at Goodbye Graffiti was the best decision I ever made. I have worked with John since our conception 20 years ago. I would not be where I am today without his expertise in the world of franchising and his support as a friend. I was truly lucky to have met him before I began franchising. I will never use another lawyer. John is truly a loyal and trusted partner in any endeavor.”

Perri Domm, President and Owner, Goodbye Graffiti Inc.

US and other foreign franchisors
  • Expanded established franchise systems to Canada, including advising on Canadian laws related to trademarks, franchises, employment laws and taxation
Western Professional Hockey League Ltd.
  • Structured and documented a professional ice hockey league franchise system in Texas and adjoining states
Speedpro Systems Inc.
  • Upgraded existing franchise agreement and franchise disclosure document; providing ongoing project advice
“I have worked with John Rogers for 6 years. During this time John has been tremendous at providing to the point advice. He has taken the time to learn our business model and understands our values. Accordingly his recommendations are relevant to Speedpro’s culture. John and I have worked together on several projects and he has always been professional, prompt and punctual. Speedpro enthusiastically recommends John Rogers for any and all types of Franchise legal matters."

Stuart Burns, President and Owner, Speedpro Canada

Ashley Homestores, Ltd.
  • Expanded franchise system to Canada
REACH Orton-Gillingham Learning Centre Ltd.
  • Franchise documentation and trademark registration for this unique “start-up” franchise system for children with learning disabilities and their teachers
“John Rogers has for years been a go-to resource for responsive, practical, and sound advice and insight on behalf of our U.S. clients bringing their franchise systems into Canada, and dealing with ongoing legal issues under Canadian law.”

Kenneth Costello, Partner, Bryan Cave

Awards & Distinctions
  • Lexpert-ranked for Franchise Law (Canada)
  • Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers (International)
  • “Legal Eagle” (US)
Industry Involvement
  • Member, Legal & Legislative Committee, Canadian Franchise Association
  • Former General Counsel, Director, Secretary, Canadian Franchise Association
  • Former Member, Supplier Forum Board, International Franchise Association
Community Commitments
  • Palliative Care Volunteer, St. John Hospice, Vancouver
  • Sovereign Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, Knight of Justice
  • Canadian Franchise Association, Legal & Legislative Committee
Education & Calls to Bar
  • Calls to Bar: British Columbia, 1977; Ontario, 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), University of British Columbia, 1973
  • Vancouver College (with Honours), 1968
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