I am a Canadian competition and advertising lawyer based in Toronto. I have significant experience counseling companies, associations and national and local governments on the application of Canadian competition and advertising laws and have worked on hundreds of matters in the competition, advertising and marketing, contest, conspiracy/cartel, abuse of dominance, compliance, refusal to deal, pricing and distribution and Investment Canada Act areas.
My practice experience includes working at some of the leading business law firms in Toronto (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), Vancouver (Lang Michener, now McMillan) and London, UK (Linklaters). I also served as in-house competition counsel for The Canadian Real Estate Association in Ottawa, one of Canada’s largest associations.
My academic experience includes adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law for four years and publishing widely in the competition law area. I am a frequent speaker at industry events and routinely contacted by the media for views on Canadian competition law and policy matters. My media appearances include BNN, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, Lawyers Weekly and many other online, print, television and radio outlets.
My publications include Lawyer Editor for Practical Law Canada – Competition (Thomson Reuters), The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada (Carswell), Competition Law and REALTORS (ACRE/CREA publication) and subject matter expert and advisor for Competition Law and REALTORS (national compliance course for REALTORS), as well as authoring many articles, papers, presentations and lectures in the competition law area.
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
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Markets/industries in which I have experience providing competition 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, paper, pencils, pet food, pharmacies, port terminal grain handling facilities, potash, printing, pulp and paper, 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.