Sweeping Changes to Canada’s Food Regulations

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

It is fair to say that Canada’s food safety programs strive to keep pace with the global food environment, with a view to protect the health of Canadians. For years the federal government has been working on improving standards in food safety while keeping an eye on harmonizing the Canadian system as much as possible with those of its key trading partners. Well, the long-awaited modernization of Canada’s food regulatory landscape is finally coming...

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Jean-Marc Clément and Michael Woods Speak at ACI Forum on U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

Jean-Marc Clément and Michael Woods both spoke at the  American Conference Institute (ACI)  6th Forum on U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations which was presented in Toronto January 30 to February 1, 2017. Jean-Marc partnered with Pascal Girard, the Director of the Government of Canada’s  Controlled Goods Directorate, offering a workshop on obligations under recently revised Controlled Goods Program (CGP).  Later during the conference Michael teamed up with Selina Hui-Garreaud, Director, Export Controls, Bombardier, and...

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Michael Woods Participates in CIGI Roundtable on International Human Rights & Trade

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

On January 20th 2017 Michael Woods participated in the Bridging International Human Rights, Trade and Investment Law Roundtable in Ottawa. This by invitation event was organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. The roundtable featured experts from government, academia, and private practice.  The participants reviewed recent developments in international economic and human rights including the adoption of the UN...

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Michael Woods Presents on NAFTA and Aboriginal Law at Global Tribal Trade Conference

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Michael Woods participated in two panels discussing NAFTA and Canada’s First Nations U.S. Tribes at the Global Tribal Trade Symposium on November 11 and 12, 2016 at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.   This is part of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization’s on-going series, online at: http://iitio.org/woods-nafta-global-tribal-trade/ Powerpoint slides for these two presentations are embedded below: International Trade Law and Aboriginal-Law (Part 1) from Woods, LaFortune LLP Internation...

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Michael Woods Presents at Inter-tribal Trade Conference

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

Michael Woods will be, participating in the second Inter-Tribal Trade Investment Organization (IITIO) Conference (November 11-12) hosted by the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops British Columbia. He will be speaking on a panel chaired Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation on the topic of “Mechanisms for the Implementation of International Trade.  Michael will address the implications of Canada’s investment treaties and NAFTA Chapter 11 as recent Federal Court and Supreme...

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Michael Woods Lectures on International Business at Algonquin College

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

Michael Woods has been engaged by the Faculty of Business at Ottawa’s Algonquin College where he teaches the course, Global Business Environment.  Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is a publicly funded college with an enrolment of over 60,000. It is a member of Polytechnics Canada and its School of Business has a long tradition of focusing on international business and trade as a major area of study.  The course Michael teaches is...

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Woods LaFortune Submission in the SIMA Review

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

The Department of Finance is currently conducting a review of the Special Import Measures Act (“SIMA”), the basis of Canada’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty system, and issued an Invitation to Interested Parties to submit their views on a “focused set of potential changes.” Although the SIMA review is intended to take all stakeholder interests into consideration, the issues raised in the Invitation focus on increased protection for domestic producers. For example, the Department has...

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Michael Woods Presents at Inaugural Conference on International Inter-Tribal Trade

Posted by on May 13, 2016

On April 22, 2016, Michael Woods gave a presentation on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at the Inaugural Conference on International Inter-Tribal Trade at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oklahoma. The conference was organized with the assistance and hard work of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Mohawk Council of Akwensase, the Chickasaw Nation, the Law Faculties of the University of Oklahoma and Thompson River University and Donna William. Woods,...

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Michael Woods Joins Algonquin College Advisory Committee

Posted by on May 11, 2016

In April 2016, Michael Woods was appointed to a two year term on Ottawa-based Algonquin College’s International Business Advisory Committee.   He joins leaders from the international trade community, government, academia, and the private sector in the work or assisting the College’s faculty designing and defining the continuing development of the College’s International Business Management Programs.  These programs focus on programs and courses designed to provide students with an in-depth international management skills and knowledge for...

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TPP and the Evolution of Investor Rights

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015

Michael Woods of Woods, LaFortune LLP recently teamed up with  Josh Scheinert, a Toronto-based  lawyer who specializes in international investment and human rights law, on a two part series  on the TPP and the Evolution of Investor Rights. Ghislaine Murango, a third year law student at the University of Ottawa (Civil Law Faculty) and intern with Woods, LaFortune LLP, also assisted on the article.  See: http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/December-2015/TPP-and-the-evolution-of-investor-rights,-part-II.aspx http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/December-2015/The-evolution-of-investor-rights,-part-I.aspx...

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