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Professional Development Session: Competition Bureau

May 19, 2021
May 19, 2021 1:00 pm - May 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Are you a compliance professional or a business leader? Does your company market a product or service online? Does your company sell products with “Made in Canada” or other labelling? If so, you should know about the federal laws related to competition, deceptive marketing and labelling, which apply to virtually all businesses in Canada regardless of size. The Competition Bureau is the federal agency that enforces these rules and advocates for pro-competitive policy and regulations at all levels of government in Canada. The Bureau is also at the forefront of cutting-edge international research into inclusive competition policy, which examines how diversity and gender can impact competition.

About The Speakers

Majid Charania

Majid is Director of Compliance with the Competition Bureau of Canada. He is responsible for promoting compliance by businesses of all sizes with the Competition Act and other labelling statutes that fall under the responsibility of the Bureau. Prior to assuming this role, Majid was Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition, the head of the Competition Bureau. He has significant enforcement experience leading or participating in complex merger reviews and abuse of dominance cases, both at the Bureau and at the European Commission as a visiting case handler. He also has experience litigating on behalf of the Commissioner and providing legal advice to the Bureau as counsel with Competition Bureau Legal Services, a unit within the Canadian Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Competition Bureau, Majid worked for a national law firm and in sales and marketing for a major integrated oil and gas company. Majid holds a JD from the University of Ottawa and an international bachelor of business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Marie-Hélène Brière

Marie-Hélène Brière is a Competition Law Officer with the Competition Bureau’s International Affairs Directorate. She is a Co-Champion for Official Languages at the Bureau and a member of the Bureau’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Working Group. She has been championing research on competition and gender, and advocates for an inclusive approach to competition policy. Marie-Hélène has worked on a number of the Bureau’s competition advocacy projects, including the Broadband Market Study and Fintech Market Study. She previously worked with the Bureau’s Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch and received her master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.