CEO and Senior Counsel


Phone Toronto:  647-748-8436

Phone Ottawa:  613-612-8436


Duncan is CEO and Senior Counsel of Heuristica Discovery Counsel and manages the firm’s Ottawa office.


One of Canada’s leading eDiscovery lawyers, Duncan has over 20 years’ experience in both public and private practice including substantial litigation experience in fraud, aboriginal, environmental, and injunctive matters.  Duncan advises law firms and corporate and government clients on all stages of the eDiscovery process, information governance and privacy law.


Prior to moving to private practice in 2015 Duncan was General Counsel and Director of eDiscovery and National Litigation Support Services for the Federal Department of Justice and under his direction, the Department became a public leader in electronic discovery.  Duncan created the Department’s evidence management service, which delivers expedited document review to litigation teams across the country.  He also provided litigation readiness advice and strategies to other government departments in order to reduce the cost, risk and disruption of the disclosure process in litigation.  His team was responsible for the department’s eService initiative, disclosure project management, courtroom technology, and the development of national eDiscovery standards/best practices.


Based in the firm’s Ottawa office Duncan manages the firm’s business in the National Capital Region, Québec and Eastern Canada.


Duncan frequently presents, lectures or appears as a panellist or speaker and also is a published author on eDiscovery law in Canada.   He was a sessional lecturer in Civil Procedure in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, as well as a Lecturer and Instructor for the Law Society of Manitoba’s Bar Admission Course.  He is a member of the Sedona Canada Working Group 7, Vice-Chair of the Ontario eDiscovery Implementation Committee (EIC) and Co-Chair of the ULCC Electronic Evidence Committee.


Duncan Fraser - Heuristica Discovery Counsel


  • LL.B., University of Manitoba, 1996
  • Called to the Manitoba Bar, 1997
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2009

Professional Involvement

  • Ontario eDiscovery Implementation Committee, Member
  • Sedona Canada Working Group 7, Member
  • Information Governance Institute, Member
  • Federal/Provincial/Territorial eDiscovery Task Force Founder and Chair (2012-2015)
  • Osgoode CPD eDiscovery Certification Course, Board Member and Lecturer (2012-2015)