Exceptional knowledge of Canadian government, international affairs, cross-border issues and policy development is a key component of our ability to provide clients with strategic legal and business advice in a business environment that is increasingly complex and international in scope.

Members of our Public Policy Group have been invaluable for their leadership in shaping public policy in Canada, and in developing business responses to those policies.

As an exceptional public policy group in a Canadian law firm, we provide clients with integrated policy and legal expertise, and advisory services on domestic and international issues including:

Economic Development

National and global economic developments, and their effect on business in Canada and abroad


Challenges facing the energy sector


Regulatory issues

Canada-US Relations

International trade


Cross-border challenges and opportunities

Pension Advisory

Challenges resulting from the changing nature of work


Legal and governance advice for boards

Climate change regulation

Climate change regulation

Competition Policy

Competition policy

Indigenous relations

Indigenous relations and consultations

Justice System Reform

Justice system reform

Members of the Public Policy Group

Hon. John R. Baird P.C.
Hon. John R. Baird P.C.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; former Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; former Minister of the Environment; and former President of the Treasury Board
Jane  Bird
Jane Bird
Director Canada Infrastructure Bank; former project director Canada House renewal project on Trafalgar Square in London, U.K.; former attaché with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development; former President and CEO of Columbia Power Corporation; and former CEO of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc.
Christy  Clark
Christy Clark
Former Premier of British Columbia
David A. Dodge O.C.
David A. Dodge O.C.
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chancellor, Queen's University
Serge  Dupont
Serge Dupont
Former Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; former Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the International Monetary Fund (IMF); former Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Edward S. Goldenberg C.M.
Edward S. Goldenberg C.M.
Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and Chair, Public Policy Group
Michael  Horgan
Michael Horgan
Former Deputy Minister of Finance; former Deputy Minister of Environment; and former Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Valerie  Hughes
Valerie Hughes
Former Government of Canada counsel before WTO panels and the organization’s Appellate Body; former adjudicator in WTO disputes; and former Director of the WTO’s Legal Affairs Division (2010-16) and Director of its Appellate Body Secretariat (2001-05)
Mark  Jewett Q.C.
Mark Jewett Q.C.
Former General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Bank of Canada; former General Counsel, Constitutional and International Law at the Department of Justice; former General Counsel, Department of National Revenue; former Tax Counsel and General Director, Tax Policy & Legislation Branch at the Department of Finance; former Assistant Deputy Minister and Counsel to the Department of Finance; and former Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Public Law with the Department of Justice
Michael F. Kergin
Michael F. Kergin
Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Hon. John C. (Jack) Major C.C., Q.C.
Hon. John C. (Jack) Major C.C., Q.C.
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Hon. John P. Manley P.C., O.C.
Hon. John P. Manley P.C., O.C.
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Finance Minister and former Industry Minister, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada
Hon. A. Anne McLellan P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
Hon. A. Anne McLellan P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, former Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, former Minister of Health, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, former Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and former Chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera PhD, FRSC, FCAE, DSc, O.C.
Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera PhD, FRSC, FCAE, DSc, O.C.
Former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta; one of Canada's leading metallurgical engineers.
Stephen P. Sibold Q.C.
Stephen P. Sibold Q.C.
Former Chair, Alberta Securities Commission
Lori  Sterling
Lori Sterling
Former Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister, Employment, Skills Development Canada; former Associate Deputy Minister of Justice for Canada; former Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs and former Assistant Deputy Minister for Legal Services in Ontario
John M. Weekes
John M. Weekes
Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO

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