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:
- National and global economic developments, and their effect on business in Canada and abroad
- Challenges facing the financial and energy sectors
- Regulatory issues
- Canada-U.S. relations
- Cross-border challenges and opportunities
- Pension advisory services
- Legal and governance advice for boards
- Carbon emissions and trading
- Climate change regulation
- Competition policy
Members of the Public Policy Group
John R. Baird PC: 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: 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: Former Premier of British Columbia
David A. Dodge OC: Former Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chancellor, Queen's University
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: Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and Chair, Public Policy Group
Allan E. Gotlieb CC: Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Michael Horgan: Former Deputy Minister of Finance; former Deputy Minister of Environment; and former Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
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, QC: 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: Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Hon. John C. (Jack) Major CC, QC: Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Hon. A. Anne McLellan PC, OC: Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera PhD, FRSC, FCAE, DSc, OC: Former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta; one of Canada's leading metallurgical engineers.
Stephen P. Sibold, QC: Former Chair, Alberta Securities Commission
Lori Sterling: Former Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister, Employment, Skills Development Canada; former Associate Deputy Minister of Justice for Canada; former Assistant Deputy Minister for Legal Services in Ontario
John M. Weekes: Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO