As a successful lawyer and businessman, Paul Zed has been a member of the Saint John Law Society, the New Brunswick, Canadian and International Bar Associations since 1982.
Mr. Zed was also a lecturer in contract Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa from 1982-1984. He then became a senior partner at Clark Drummie & Company and Barry Spalding as counsel working in the area of corporate, commercial and securities law, including lead counsel to New Brunswick Power, while also teaching Business Law (1984-1994) at the University of New Brunswick.
In 1993 he was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Fundy Royal, NB.
Mr. Zed was the first and youngest Liberal ever elected in the riding’s history.
During his parliamentary career Mr. Zed served as the Chairman of several important committees of the House of Commons including the Standing Committee on Industry, Government Operations and Procedure and House Affairs.
He has authored reports on banking, financing and doing business with governments. He is also considered an expert on ethics and governance as the author of the first major piece of legislation on Lobbying and Ethics.
Mr. Zed founded and chaired the all-party Sugar Caucus opposing unfair American trade practices and also founded and chaired the all-party credit card caucus working with Canadian banks and retailers.
In 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien named Mr. Zed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government.
Upon his return to the private sector in 1997, Mr. Zed co-founded a very successful public policy and business advisory company in Ottawa, Summa Strategies Canada Inc., and served as its President for eight years representing some of the largest American and Canadian companies and their CEO's with offices in Ottawa, Washington and London.
Upon re-election to Parliament in 2004, Mr. Zed was named Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and National Security reviewing the Anti-terrorism Act and also served on the Standing Committees on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities serving as Official Opposition Critic.
A founding member of the Urban Cities and Communities Caucus hosting dozens of meetings with provincial governments and Canada's big city mayors, publishing a report 'Foundations for a Nation' on Canada's infrastructure deficit.