Vancouver Competition Policy Roundtable

The Vancouver Competition Policy Roundtable discusses current issues in competition policy, often facilitated by a guest speaker. Participants include lawyers, economists, students, and government officials.

The Roundtable is coordinated by Tom Ross.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:00 noon

We will have a session on the current state of competition class actions after the trilogy of Supreme Court cases. Reidar Mogerman and David Jones (from Camp, Florante, Matthews, Mogerman) and Kevin Wright (DLA Piper), all of them active in this space, will lead the discussion.


Host: Francois Tougas


Place:  Offices of McMillan LLP

            Royal Centre, Suite 1500

            1055 West Georgia


            (604) 689-9111


Thursday, September 22, 12:00 noon
Speaker: Professor Li YU,


We will have a session on the current state of competition class actions in Canada after the trilogy of Supreme Court cases.  Reidar Mogerman and David Jones (from Camp, Fiorante, Matthews, Mogerman) and Kevin Wright (DLA Piper), all of them active in this space, will lead the discussion.

Professor YU is Vice President of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TUFE) in Tianjin, China and an expert on China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.  He is a member of the expert panel of China’s Anti-Monopoly Commission.  In addition, he is the Director of the Center for Economic Analysis of Law & Policy Evaluation at TUFE.   Professor YU will speak to us about the evolving role of competition policy in China.

Place: McMillan LLP
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street
tel. 604.689.9111


Tuesday, April 12, 12:00 noon
Speaker: Commissioner of Competition, John Pecman

Place: DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Suite 2800, Park Place
666 Burrard St.
tel. 604.687.9444

September 15, 2015, 12:00 noon

McMillan LLP Vancouver Law Office

Matthew Boswell, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch
Stéphane Hould, Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch, Cartels Directorate
Jonathan Chaplan, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel of Competition Bureau Legal Services of the Department of Justice

Among the topics we may discuss will be the Bureau’s Intellectual Property Guidelines and more to be announced later.

Please R.S.V.P to Sonia Gill.

May 5, 2015

McMillan LLP Vancouver Law Office

Rambod Behboodi, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion, Competition Bureau

Mr. Behboodi is interested in meeting with us to discuss the work of the Bureau, its recent realignment and the leadership role his Branch plays in advocacy, international and legislative affairs and economic analysis.

February 16, 2015


We have decided to arrange a luncheon to discuss the recent important Supreme Court decision in the Tervita merger case. Kevin Wright (of Davis LLP) has kindly agreed to host this meeting again – and to take the lead on the discussion. 

You can find the judgement here:


October 15, 2014

Davis LLP Vancouver Law Office

Jeanne Pratt, Associate Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch, Competition Bureau

Ms. Pratt manages teams of competition law officers and paralegals who conduct criminal investigations into allegations of price fixing and bid-rigging.  Ms. Pratt joined the Competition Bureau in 2009 on secondment from the private sector as Special Legal Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition, providing advice on a range of issues across the Bureau’s mandate. Prior to that, Ms. Pratt practiced at a large national law firm where she represented and advised clients on all aspects of competition law, including mergers, Competition Bureau investigations and related litigation.


September 10, 2014

McMillan LLP Vancouver Law Office

Topic:  Competition Authority Substantive Standards and Social Welfare

Abstract:  Recent years have witnessed a very significant resurgence in the debate concerning the optimal substantive standard to be used in the enforcement of competition law. One of the arguments, initially made by Lyons (2002) in the context of mergers, that has been used in favour of using a consumer surplus standard, is that it may induce firms to adopt those, among mutually exclusive, actions that lead to a higher level of total welfare than would a total welfare standard. In this paper we generalise and re-examine this argument for any anti-competitive action – we have in particular in mind extending the existing analyses to actions often challenged as attempted monopolisation (or abuse of dominance).  We confirm the presence of what we term a Lyons-effect in this more general setting and examine how the magnitude of this effect depends on parameters such as the extant market power of the firms taking anti-competitive actions, the size of efficiency effects and the strength of the price-raising effect generated by different actions.

Presented by Professor Yannis Katsoulacos, Athens University of Economics and Business

At this meeting we will hear from Professor Yannis Katsoulacos, a well-known competition economist from Athens, where he is a professor in the Athens University of Economics and Business.  Professor Katsoulacos has served as a consultant to a number of organizations in competition matters in Greece and internationally. He was a Commissioner of the Hellenic Competition Commission from 1995 to 2005.   He is also the founder of the CRESSE Annual International Summer School and Conference in Competition and Regulation, held each summer in Greece ( .  This summer school and associated conference attract leading competition scholars from around the world.


December 9, 2013

BIG 4 Conference Centre, Sauder School of Business

John Pecman
, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau

The Commissioner was joined on this visit by Matthew Boswell, Acting Senior Deputy Commissioner, Criminal Matters Branch and Jeanne Pratt, Acting Associate Deputy Commissioner, Criminal Matters Branch.


July 11, 2013

Davis LLP Vancouver Law Office

Leslie Marx, Robert A. Bandeen Professor of Economics, Fuqua School of Business and Department of Economics, Duke University

Professor Marx was the Chief Economist at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 2005-2006 and has consulted on a number of antitrust cases.

Massimo Motta, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Research Professor , Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Professor Motta is the author of the very widely-cited text “Competition Policy: Theory and Practice”; and he has been a Member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy for DG Competition in the European Commission since 2003. He has a large number of publications on competition policy.