MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 2010 ANNUAL FALL COMPETITION LAW CONFERENCE
September 30-October 1, 2010
Presented by the Canadian Bar Association's National Competition Law Section and the Professional Development Committee
Competition law in Canada has never been as important as it is today. Fundamental changes in 2009 and 2010 to the Competition Act have ushered in a new era of enforcement, with key amendments to the law regarding cartels and merger review, new penalties for abuse of dominance and increased penalties for misleading advertising. Moreover, recent court decisions have potentially broadened the scope for Competition Act based class actions. The Investment Canada Act has also witnessed significant recent changes, including the introduction of a national security review process.
Please join us at the CBA Competition Law Section's 2010 Annual Fall Competition Law Conference, which will bring together an outstanding roster of leading Canadian and international competition lawyers, economists and government officials to discuss the current and future state of Canadian competition law. In addition to a variety of information-packed sessions, the conference also features a lunch address from the Commissioner of Competition, Melanie L. Aitken, as well as a dinner address (for dinner registrants) by Andrew Coyne, National Editor of Maclean's.
All individual conference registrants will receive the new second edition of the book Fundamentals of Canadian Competition Law, edited by James Musgrove on behalf of the National Competition Law Section of the CBA.
Make sure to also register for the Competition Bureau's Third Annual Charity Golf Event to be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Antitrust, competition, commercial, corporate, advertising and marketing, telecommunications and international trade lawyers in private practice, civil and criminal litigators, in-house counsel, economists, enforcement officials, academics and business persons with an interest in competition law and policy.
On-line registration is now open. Simply click on the REGISTER NOW button located on the right-hand side of your screen. If you do not wish to proceed with on-line registration you can print, complete and send (by fax or mail) the available PDF Registration Form
Registration Fees (in canadian dollars)
||$640 + taxes
|CBA Young Lawyers (5 years or less)
||$440 + taxes
|CBA Student Members
||$250 + taxes
||$750 + taxes
**Competition Bureau Personnel must register via Christine Mao**
MEETING VENUE & ACCOMMODATION
3 Casino Boulevard, Gatineau, QC
Please contact the hotel directly and refer to the CBA Competition Law Conference to obtain the preferred rate. The preferred room rate is available until August 30, 2010.
Book online at www.aircanada.com to take advantage of a 10% discount on Tango Plus, Latitude and Executive airfares to Ottawa (YOW). You must quote promotion code NFPRUTV1 at the time of booking and must book online.
AVIS, the official rental car supplier of the CBA, offers several special rates. Call 1-800-331-160 or visit www.avis.com to reserve your car. You must quote discount number C136498.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
12:00-21:00 Competition Bureau Charity Golf Event
Location: The Rivermead Golf Club in Gatineau, Québec
Event: Space is extremely limited. Register on the attached registration form. This event will include one round of golf, a shared power cart, practice balls for the driving range and a bag drop service, with a reception and dinner to follow. Proceeds will be donated to the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Sponsored by Navigant Consulting)
9:00-9:05 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
9:05-10:30 PLENARY: Year (and a Half) in Review
The past 18 months have witnessed the introduction of the most important changes to the Competition Act in the last quarter century. This panel will discuss the impact to date of the amendments and look ahead to the future, with a focus on the extent to which the Canadian system is moving toward a U.S.-style regime in light of the new per se conspiracy offence, supplementary information request system for mergers, administrative monetary penalties for abuse of dominance and relaxing of rules on pricing practices.
10:30-10:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:45-12:15 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session I: A Moving Target: The Certification of Price-Fixing Class Actions in Canada
Session II: "Right this Way, SIR": Evaluating the Direction of the New Canadian Merger Review Process
Session III: Key Developments in Advertising & Marketing under the Competition Act
12:15-14:00 LUNCH - ADDRESS BY MELANIE AITKEN, COMMISSIONER OF COMPETITION (Sponsored by Analysis Group)
14:00-15:15 PLENARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S SHOWCASE PANEL
Transparency and Agency Decision-Making: International Enforcement Perspectives
With a renewed focus on competition enforcement as a means of promoting economic growth and prosperity, competition authorities are being challenged to improve the predictability and transparency associated with all aspects of their enforcement policy. This panel brings together senior officials from leading competition authorities to discuss transparency and accountability in agency decision-making, including perspectives on the necessarily conflicting values and considerations of confidentiality and measures to increase transparency.
15:15-15:30 REFRESHMENT BREAK
15:30-17:00 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session I: Abuse of Dominance or Aggressive Competition?
Session II: Joint Ventures: Lessons from U.S. Experience for the New Canadian Law
Session III: Foreign Investment Review in Canada: The Uncertain Road
17:00-18:30 COCKTAIL RECEPTION (Sponsored by Charles River Associates)
18:30-22:00 DINNER (FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY) (Sponsored by Cole & Partners)
22:00 YOUNG LAWYERS' RECEPTION (OPEN TO ALL)
Friday, October 1, 2010
8:30-9:00 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Sponsored by MiCRA)
9:00-10:30 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session I: Competition Compliance Programs - What You Don't Know Will Hurt You
Session II: Advanced Topics in Merger Analysis
Session III: International Roundtable on Cartel Enforcement
10:30-10:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:45-12:15 PLENARY: Competition Law in the 21st Century: A Look Ahead
This distinguished group of former Commissioners of Competition will discuss the future of competition law in Canada in the 21st century, with a particular spotlight on the application of competition policy to the communications and new media sectors. Topics will include: how foreign ownership restrictions are impacting the development of competition policy; evaluating the best institutional roles for the Competition Bureau, Competition Tribunal and CRTC; assessing the merits of competition law versus sector-specific regulation; and the challenges of applying traditional competition law principles to the new media environment.
12:15 CLOSING REMARKS
WE WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR SUPPORT
Thursday Reception Sponsor
Thursday Dinner Sponsor
Continental Breakfast Sponsors