Article: Trade Associations and Information Exchanges: A Word of Caution

Download this publication January 11, 2013

In remarks delivered on October 30, 2012, John Pecman, Canada's new Interim Commissioner of Competition, highlighted the enforcement risks that trade associations face under the Competition Act (the "Act"). The Commissioner's speech was intended to emphasize the importance of competition compliance generally for Canadian businesses. But he also took the opportunity to single out trade associations for special attention, commenting that while the Competition Bureau does not believe that trade associations are inherently bad, they "are naturally exposed to greater risks of anti-competitive behaviour because they provide a forum that may encourage competitors to collaborate".

Originally Published in Canadian Bar Association, Business & Corporate Bulletin (December 2012)


Mark C. Katz

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