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Mr. Fredeen was General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Deloitte LLP from 2000 to 2020. In June 2020, he was appointed General Counsel Emeritus and Senior Partner, Indigenous and Accessibility, leading Deloitte’s Reconciliation and Disability initiatives both within the firm and in the Canadian marketplace. In June 2021, he retired from the partnership. In September 2021, he was appointed as Managing Partner, ZSA In House and in that role, works to support and develop the role of General Counsel and their teams within Canada.
Mr. Fredeen is a leader in the legal profession. In 2012, he and his team were awarded the General Counsel Social Responsibility Award. In 2013, he was recognized as one of Canada’s most influential lawyers and judges (Canadian Lawyer Magazine). In 2018, he was named Canada’s Outstanding General Counsel and in 2021, he was recognized by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association with the R.V.A. Jones Award which recognizes exceptional contributions to the development of the in-house counsel bar, and later in the same year he was recognized by the Canadian General Counsel Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2012, Mr. Fredeen was asked by the Federal Government to Chair a Panel which studied and reported on employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the private sector.
Mr. Fredeen is a passionate and tireless leader supporting diversity and inclusion. Working with other Canadian General Counsel, Mr. Fredeen was a founding member of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion and has served as president. The LLD is playing a critical role in the creation of a more inclusive legal profession in Canada. Mr. Fredeen is the past Chair of the Deloitte Inclusion Council and former Executive Sponsor or the Deloitte LGBTQ and employees with disabilities networks.
As an active and engaged leader in the community, Mr. Fredeen has received many awards including: the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2012, the King Clancy Award for his work supporting Canadians who live with disabilities in 2014, SABA Diversity Award in 2015 and in June, 2017 he was awarded the David C. Onley Award for his work related to creating a more inclusive Canada for people with disabilities. In November of the same year, he was recognized by Catalyst Canada Business Leader Award for his leadership in diversity in Corporate Canada.
Mr. Fredeen also served as Chair of the Boards for The Learning Partnership and the Ethics Centre.
Mr. Fredeen is married, with three children and pre COVID, volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics basketball.