Engage with the Section this fall

  • October 12, 2023

Elisa Kearney

I hope you enjoyed a happy and restful Thanksgiving weekend. With the fall season underway, I encourage you to take advantage of the upcoming opportunities to get involved in the Section.


We invite you to register for the 2023 CBA Annual Competition Law Fall Conference, scheduled to take place at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre on October 26 and 27, 2023. This year’s conference, themed “Brave New World? Confronting Current Competition and FDI Challenges,” features insightful panels, including:

“Are we there yet? Assessing the Efficacy of our New Toolbox”: Our esteemed panelists will engage in a discussion on the perceived shortcomings of the Competition Act and explore potential enhancements required to fortify our regulatory framework.

“Scholar’s Panel: Non-Price Effects: Turning Smoke into Fire”: Delve into the realm of non-price effects under the amended Competition Act as our panelists deliberate on methods for consideration and the evidential aspects thereof.

We are especially eager for the “Women in Competition Law Lunch: Breaking Barriers – A Discussion of EDI with Competition Law Leaders.” This session will feature panelists sharing their experiences navigating diverse career paths within the competition law arena. They will reflect on the evolution of diversity and inclusion within the profession, highlighting achievements and identifying areas for further improvement.

For a comprehensive overview of all conference sessions, please refer to the full conference agenda. We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!



Join an engaging and timely overview presentation on the plans and priorities of the Competition Bureau’s Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate (DMPD) in championing a culture of competition in Canada. The discussion will be both forward looking as well as reviewing the accomplishments and activities of the past year. The session will be led by DMPD management, including its senior and regional managers. This presentation is free for CBA members.



Counter Factual Podcast

Our Podcast Committee is hard at work on Season 2 of the Counterfactual Podcast, which kicked off with an episode featuring the Honourable Andrew D. Little, Federal Court Judge and Chair of the Competition Tribunal in conversation with his former clerk Umang Khandelwal. Remember to subscribe to the Counterfactual Podcast so you never miss an episode.

Looking for more content from the Counterfactual Podcast? Revisit your favourite episodes from Season 1, available wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.


The Canadian government’s consultation on the future of the Competition Act stands to fundamentally change competition law enforcement in Canada. Check out the special edition of the Canadian Competition Law Review (CCLR), now available, which focusses on potential amendments to the Competition Act.

The CCLR is traditionally published twice annually and submissions are accepted year-round. Submissions may be original articles, case comments, book reviews, and essays on significant current issues in competition law and economics. The deadline for submissions for the 2024 spring edition is March 1, 2024.

As a reminder, join the committee listservs to participate in our committees and find us on LinkedIn and X to stay up-to-date.

See you all at the Fall Conference!

Elisa Kearney
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Chair, CBA Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review Section 2023-2024