Goodmans Presents: Working Effectively with the Competition Bureau: A Conversation with Commissioner Pecman
4:30 - 5:00 pm - Networking
5:00 - 6:00 pm - Program
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Cocktails
Goodmans LLP is pleased to invite you to join our program on December 8th with Commissioner John Pecman of the Competition Bureau. The Commissioner will deliver remarks on recent developments in competition law enforcement in Canada, followed by an open and interactive discussion moderated by our partner Cal Goldman.
Forward-looking organizations and their business executives, managers and legal professionals need to be attuned to the potential landmines of the regulatory landscape in Canada and the most effective ways to manage them. Our discussion with Commissioner Pecman will be practical, insightful and will address topics such as:
- Merger planning – key strategies for getting deals done
- Enforcement – current trends and priorities, including the draft IP Enforcement Guidelines
- Compliance – from deceptive marketing practices to ongoing business practices – avoid problems before they start
- Innovation and Competition – synergies and challenges
John Pecman was appointed Commissioner of Competition on June 12, 2013 for a five-year term. Prior to that, he held the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau’s Criminal Matters Branch, where he directed significant investigations under the price-fixing and bid-rigging provisions of the Competition Act.
Under Mr. Pecman’s leadership, the Bureau’s enforcement actions have preserved competition in a variety of major areas of the Canadian economy. Mr. Pecman is also responsible for reinvigorating the Bureau's role in advocating for Canadian consumers by promoting the benefits of increased competition in regulated sectors of the economy.
Mr. Pecman realigned the Bureau’s internal structure to create a stronger, more adaptive agency and maximize the impact of its work for Canadians. Since 2015, the Bureau operates under a new organizational structure, improved decision-making processes and an integrated strategic planning approach in order to increase organizational synergies, provide greater flexibility in allocating resources to strategic priorities, and establish a more complementary balance between the Bureau’s enforcement and competition promotion activities.
See Commissioner Pecman’s full bio here.
Members of Ontario Bar:
This session will be eligible toward the substantive hours required under the LSUC’s annual CPD requirement