International trade and investment is governed by a web of multilateral, regional, and bilateral agreements which are aimed at liberalizing global trade and commerce. If you or your firm are involved in international business and/or investment, these rules are extremely important. The sheer volume and ever changing nature of these rules have created a complex body of regulations, procedures, requirements, exceptions, exemptions, and conflicting interpretations – all of which have a critical application to a business’ bottom line. Whether you are facing trade barriers that affect you products, unfair competitive practices, or unclear and non-transparent government measures, or simply want to know how the international rules apply in your case, our team of trade law professionals can help.  The Woods, LaFortune LLP team offers clients informed advice and strategies which are key to ensuring that they are properly positioned to leverage these rules in a way that benefits their bottom line.

Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience with a wide range of trade instruments and an intimate understanding of how to effectively navigate the legal landscape to our clients’ benefit. Whether informally, through our extensive network of government and institutional contacts, or via available procedural tools, we are able to obtain maximum results for our clients. We have played important roles in GATT, WTO, Canada-U.S. FTA, NAFTA and OECD negotiations and deliberations. Our collective strong and distinguished resume of dispute settlement cases also sets us apart. Moreover, we see the challenge as one of ensuring that our clients build their future prosperity around knowing how to leverage the existing rules and the newly negotiated and/or anticipated agreements such as the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), the Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Borders negotiations.

Our international trade agreement practice includes monitoring, analysis and strategic advice on the following:

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA)
  • Free Trade Agreements (FTA) – including Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Bilateral Trade Agreements (BIT)
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Instruments


If you have a question or face an international trade or investment challenge contact Gordon LaFortune at 1-613-424-3921, e-mail:, or Michael Woods  at 1-613-355-0382, email