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Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C.

Counsel

cgoldman@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.5914
Fax:   416.979.1234

Cal Goldman is Counsel and Co-Chair of the Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group at Goodmans LLP.  His practice covers all areas of Canadian competition law, with a particular emphasis on Canadian and international matters before the Competition Bureau, as well as foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act.  Cal has acted as counsel in a number of leading competition law and foreign investment review cases in Canada, including competition cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Cal is a former Director (since renamed “Commissioner”) of the Competition Bureau in the Canadian government and a former Vice Chair of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Competition Committee. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Canadian Government while he was head of the Competition Bureau. Cal was the first appointee to the Soloway Chair of Business and Trade Law, University of Ottawa.  In the 1990s, Cal successfully represented the Attorney General of Canada as special counsel in the appellate proceedings (which included the Supreme Court of Canada) on the constitutional validity of Section 45 (the cartel provision) of the Competition Act.

Cal is a Special Advisor to the Business at OECD Competition Committee (BIAC).  He also is co-chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on the International Competition Network.  Cal is co-chair of the Future of Competition Law Standards Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section (‘ABA ALS”).  He was co-chair (2017-2019) of the National Interest and Competition Law Task Force of the ABA ALS. In 2013-2015, he was co-chair of the Foreign Investment and Antitrust Interface Task Force of the ABA ALS. He has held a number of other earlier leadership positions in the ABA ALS, including as co chair of the Section’s International Task Force.  He also is a former chair of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Cal is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council.  Effective July 2, 2020, Cal`s earlier appointment to the NAFTA Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) Binational Panels Roster will continue under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) for a term of ten years commencing on February 6, 2018.

Cal continues to be widely recognized globally as a leading competition and foreign investment review lawyer in numerous directories and guides, including:

  • Who’s Who Legal, 2020 where he is ranked Global Elite Thought Leader – Foreign Investment Review, and which states that he is “Top practitioner”, “well respected” for his sweeping knowledge of competition and foreign investment laws.’’  He is also ranked Recognized Global Leader, Competition, with a similar ranking in 2019.
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2020 where he is ranked Most Frequently Recommended, Competition Law, with a similar ranking in 2019.
  • Euromoney`s Guide to the World`s Leading Lawyers, 2020 where he is Recognized, Competition and Antitrust.
  •  Best Lawyers in Canada, 2020, where he is Recognized, Competition/Antitrust, with a similar ranking in 2019.
  •  Chambers Global and Chambers Canada 2020, where he is ranked as one of the Senior Statespeople for competition/antitrust law and which states that he “is a distinguished figure in the Canadian competition market, having previously served as Commissioner of the Competition Bureau. He has a wealth of experience advising clients on merger review as well as antitrust investigations.’’
  •  The Legal 500 Canada, 2020 where he is ranked Leading Lawyer, Competition and Antitrust, with a similar ranking in 2019.
  •  Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, 2020, where he is Recognized, Competition.


In recent years, he also has been recognized by:

  • Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, 2019 where he was ranked - Tier 1, Competition/Antitrust – Nationwide; Chambers Canada, 2018 where he was ranked –Tier 1, Competition/Antitrust – Nationwide, stated that Cal is regarded by his peers as an “undisputed leader of the field”.
  • Lexpert Magazine, 2019 where he was Most Frequently Recommended, Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada, Regulatory.
  • Euromoney’s The Best of the Best, 2018 where he was recognized as one of the top 30 competition lawyers worldwide.
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2017, which quoted a client that says group head Cal Goldman is ‘without qualification the finest competition lawyer in Canada’.
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada November 2015 (published by Law Business Research Ltd.), which stated in respect of its competition chapter that Cal “is the most highly regarded practitioner” and “is recommended as Canada’s most highly distinguished competition lawyer”.
  • Cal also has been recognized in the top tier by The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2017),  The Lexpert Guides to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (2017) and the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2017), and Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2017).


In recent years, Cal has represented:

  • The Vancouver Airport Authority in the successful defense of the Commissioner of Competition’s abuse of dominance application before the Competition Tribunal, and in the prior appellate proceedings before the Federal Court of Appeal, which resulted in a fundamental change to the law of privilege in the competition law context.
  • Spectra Energy Corp in its merger with Enbridge Inc. for $37 billion in stock, creating the largest energy infrastructure company in North America.
  • Cintas Corporation in its acquisition of G&K Services, Inc. for total consideration of approximately US$2.2 billion.
  • 7-Eleven Canada Inc. in its acquisition of 144 retail gasoline sites from Imperial Oil.
  • Vista Equity Partners in its agreement to acquire DH Corporation and combine D+H with its portfolio company, Misys for $4.8 billion.
  • The NHL in relation to the review by the Canadian Competition Bureau of the 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement between Rogers and the NHL with respect to broadcasting rights for NHL hockey games in Canada.
  • The Mark Anthony Group in the sale of its ready-to-drink and other assets, including the Mike’s Hard Lemonade brand, in Canada, to Ambev.
  • The Match Group, a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp in connection with its US$575 million acquisition of PlentyOfFish Media Inc.
  • Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in its acquisition of Sun Media’s English language newspapers and digital properties across Canada.
  • Park’N Fly as regulatory counsel in connection with the sale of its national car park business assets and operations in Canada to a joint venture led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited.

Cal also has been involved as defence counsel in Canadian and international cartel matters, from earlier cases pertaining to fax paper, lysine and vitamins through to more recent cases pertaining to auto parts and other product markets.  In addition, he has been involved as defence counsel in a number of abuse of dominance matters in Canada.

Cal has published extensively and spoken widely in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia on the subjects of competition law, foreign investment review and trade practices.  He also has spoken on various panels on the interface of foreign investment/national interest reviews with competition reviews. He is editor (2013, 2017 and 2018) and co-editor (2019 and 2020) of the Foreign Investment Regulation Review (Law Business Research).  He also has been co-editor of Competition Law of Canada (Juris Publishing).

Education Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. (Gold Medalist))
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association 
American Bar Association
International Chamber of Commerce
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development