I am a Canadian competition and advertising lawyer offering business and individual clients efficient and strategic competition/antitrust law, advertising, white-collar crime, Internet and new media law advice. I also offer competition and regulatory law compliance, education and policy services to companies, trade and professional associations and government agencies.
I have significant experience counselling corporate, association and individual clients on the application of Canadian competition and regulatory laws and have worked on hundreds of competition, advertising and marketing, contest, conspiracy (cartel), abuse of dominance, compliance, refusal to deal, pricing and distribution and Investment Canada Act matters.
My experience includes practising at some of the leading business law firms in Toronto (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), Vancouver (Lang Michener, now McMillan) and London, U.K. (Linklaters). I also served as in-house competition counsel for The Canadian Real Estate Association in Ottawa, one of Canada’s largest trade associations (and so have significant experience in the real estate sector and relating to associations).
I was an adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, for four years and have also published widely in the competition and regulatory law areas. I am a frequent speaker at industry events and am routinely contacted by the media for views on Canadian competition law and policy matters.
My publications include acting as Lawyer Editor for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law Canada – Competition, The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada, Competition Law and REALTORS (ACRE/CREA) and subject matter expert and advisor for Competition Law for REALTORS (REvia) (national compliance courses for Canadian REALTORS) and online and traditional competition compliance courses in a number of sectors, including real estate, construction and several professional services. I have also authored and co-authored many articles and papers in the competition, advertising and regulatory law areas and been interviewed or quoted by many Canadian and international media outlets on competition law developments and trends.
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE WORK
Some of my recent representative work includes:
Association competition law compliance, including in-person and online compliance for some of Canada’s largest associations, competition compliance for a major global construction products company, competition law compliance programs for small and large companies, advertising and marketing law advice (including for several of the world’s largest consumer products companies, local Canadian governments and a European Government), submissions to the Competition Bureau, Competition Bureau complaints, competition and advertising law related memoranda, applications for Competition Bureau advisory opinions, Canadian price-fixing cases, contest law advice including for several local and international governments, competition law seminars and presentations for industry groups, drafting contest rules/forms and assisting litigation counsel with competition law theory and strategies.
B.A. – University of Toronto
M.A. – University of Toronto
LL.B. – Dalhousie University
204 – 3 Bridgman Avenue
Industries in which I have experience providing competition/antitrust, advertising, trade, litigation and corporate/commercial law advice include:
Agriculture, airlines, architectural woodworking, architects, associations, broadcasting, car dealerships (misleading advertising and deceptive contests), cat food, cement, chicken farmers, computers, computer hardware, construction materials, copper mining, defence procurement, diamonds, digital media, direct marketing, dog food, energy, financial services, float plane airlines, floor plan finance, forestry, gaming, gem polishing, gold mining, grain elevators, hedge funds, hotels, insurance, labour unions, LCD monitors, manufacturing, media, mining, news wire services, online contests, online gaming, online search engine ranking, outfitting and hunting expeditions, pencils, pet food, pharmacies, port terminal grain handling facilities, potash, printing, rail, real estate, real estate self-storage, real estate boards, real estate services, residential home construction, retail, retail books, roofing shingles, satellite communications, silver mining, social media, software, stock exchange services, telecommunications, telemarketing, theatre exhibition and film distribution, tires, tourism, trade associations, trailer leasing, transportation, upstream oil and gas, and vitamins.