John C. Drake is a lawyer, philanthropist and accomplished businessman. John is well known for his business acumen, but few know that John is also a successful trial lawyer who graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario’s Law School. John was called to the bar in 1973 and was counsel on one of Canada’s most notorious cases, the Helmuth Bauxbaum Murder. In 1986 John transitioned into the business world and blazed a path of success that eventually led to his induction into the London Business Hall of Fame in 2017. He never shelved his skills as a Trial Lawyer, as they were powerful tools that helped him assess risk, disassemble complex problems and uncover the truth when millions of dollars were on the line. Today John is returning on a part-time basis to his first love, the law and fighting for justice and truth.
John’s business career spans three decades and is complemented by a long record of community service. In 1986, he co-founded the DrakeGoodwin Corp., a small merchant bank that invested successfully in manufacturing, financial services and real estate. In 1992, he and business partner Chris Goodwin founded the Redtail Golf Course, an exclusive Elgin County private course, considered one of the best in North America which has hosted royalty and Hollywood celebrities. John is eager to get back into the melee of meaningful legal battles.