Christine Jackson

Christine Jackson

Partner, Commercial

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6706



Christine has a diverse commercial law practice with an emphasis on technology, franchising and retail.

The technology aspect of Christine’s practice is comprised of advising technology suppliers and customers on various commercial and contractual issues, including software-as-a-service agreements, service-provider arrangements, financial technology arrangements, data agreements, outsourcing arrangements, software licensing, consumer protection and financial regulatory issues. Christine’s technology practice has a particular focus on advising FinTech companies on contracting issues opposite financial institutions.

In the franchising industry, Christine provides Canadian and international franchisors with business practical advice on all aspects of Canadian franchise law, including the preparation of franchise agreements and disclosure documents, acquisitions and dispositions of single unit franchises and franchise systems as a whole, managing franchisee relationships and expanding operations to Canada. Christine also has a particular expertise in franchise bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Christine also regularly advises retailers and other businesses on general commercial and contractual matters, including distribution agreements, supply agreements, reseller agreements, licensing agreements, manufacturing agreements, co-packing agreements, interim services agreements and warehousing agreements. Christine also provides retailers with advice on consumer protection issues, e-commerce issues, advertising, marketing and promotions, product warranty issues and financial regulatory matters related to consumer lending and credit reporting. 

She works with clients in a broad range of industries including FinTech, emerging and high growth companies, consumer goods, food and beverage, private equity, artificial intelligence, financial services, apparel, real estate, automotive, hospitality and leisure, oil and gas, telecommunications, childcare, personal and fitness services and cannabis.

Christine brings a unique perspective to her commercial practice, having previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Superior Court of Justice.

Christine regularly writes and speaks on commercial law issues and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Franchise Law Executive and the Consumer Law Subcommittee. Christine is also the former Chair of the Osler Women Lawyers’ Network.

  • Sheertex

    Sheertex in its $101 million Series C financing round

  • Inkbox Ink

    Inbox Ink in its US$65 million acquisition by BIC

    Daylight Automation

    Daylight Automation in its acquisition of Proof Data Technology


    Epiq in its acquisition of Simplex Services Inc.


    Swyft in its US$17.5 million Series A financing

    Cambridge Brain Science

    Cambridge Brain Science in its round of expansion capital


    Borrowell’s acquisition of Refresh Financial

    Drop Technologies Inc.​

    Drop Technologies Inc. in $44 million Series B round of capital financing

    Regis Corporation

    Regis Corporation in connection with its sale and subsequent franchise of substantially all of its mall-based salons in Canada

    Target Canada Co.

    Target in connection with the wind-down of its Canadian operations under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

    Dwyer Group and The Riverside Company

    Dwyer Group, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company, in its acquisition of The Grounds Guys of Canada

    Tim Hortons Inc.

    Provided franchising transaction support to Tim Hortons in connection with its $13 billion acquisition by an affiliate of Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.

    Provided franchising transaction support to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of restaurants from its Canadian master franchisee

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  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Franchising (Canada)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Franchise Law

  • Franchising in the 21st Century: How Technology is Altering the Franchise Landscape

    Speaker, April 19, 2022

  • 1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc.: Implications for Product Liability and Franchise Law

    Speaker, Toronto, December 15, 2020

  • OBA Annual Franchise Law Conference

    Conference Chair, Toronto, November 30, 2020

  • Fintech Workshop: Negotiating with FIs

    Speaker, Toronto, December 5, 2019

  • "Challenges and Opportunities of Third-Party Food Delivery Service Providers", Canadian Franchise Association National Convention

    Moderator, Toronto, April 9, 2019

  • "Non-Traditional Franchise Relationships – Unravelling the Complexities", OBA Franchise Law Program

    Speaker, Toronto, March, 5, 2019

  • “Putting Business in the Driver’s Seat,” Franchise Law Day, Canadian Franchise Association

    Co-Presenter, Toronto, September 2017

  • “How to Establish & Maintain a Meaningful Franchisee Advisory Council,” Canadian Franchise Association National Convention

    Moderator, Niagara Falls, April 2-4, 2017

  • “Purchase and Sale of Franchise Business,” Franchise Law Section Institute, Ontario Bar Association

    Speaker, Toronto, February 8, 2017

  • “Purchase and Sale of Franchise Systems,” 16th Annual Franchise Law Conference, Ontario Bar Association

    Speaker, Toronto, November 17, 2016

  • “Designing and Executing Effective Franchise System Advertising Programs,” Franchise Law Day, Canadian Franchise Association

    Speaker, Toronto, September 22, 2016

  • “Dealing with Franchisee Associations,” National Convention, Canadian Franchise Association

    Moderator, Ottawa, April 17-18, 2016

  • Canadian Franchise Association - Law Day

    Speaker, Old Mill Toronto, January 28, 2016

  • “Your First Franchise Client,” Young Lawyers Division and Franchise Law Section Joint Dinner Program, Ontario Bar Association

    Speaker, Toronto, March 10, 2015

  • “Buying and Selling the American Dream,” Franchise Law Day, Canadian Franchise Association,

    Speaker, Toronto, January 29, 2015

  • CPD Liason, Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Consumer Law Subcommittee
  • Former Chair, Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyer Division (Central)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising