The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement is Now in Effect: What Questions Should Importers/Exporters Ask?

On August 1, 2017, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (“CUFTA”) enters into effect. The CUFTA is a trade in goods agreement (that is, it does not cover services and investment). Canada has agreed to reduce most customs duty rates to “free” or 0% immediately upon implementation on goods that meet the rules of origin.  View Full Post
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Canada Commences Review of Carbon Welded Steel Pipe Order After WTO DSB Panel Report

In December 2016, Canada lost a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute (Canada – Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports of Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (DS482)) concerning the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury determination in the Carbon Steel Welded Pipe case NQ-2012-003 (which involved Chinese Taipei, the Republic of India, the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the Republic of Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and the subsidizing of carbon steel welded pipe originating in or exported from the Republic of India, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates). View Full Post
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Would U.S. Sanctions Against China Affect Canadian Companies?

There are news reports that President Trump is considering imposing economic sanctions against China.  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made comments that suggest that sanctions are on the horizon (not quite imminent, but no longer unrealistic). If the United States imposes economic sanctions against China in response to the perceived/real lack of action curtailing the intercontinental ballistic missile testing by North Korea, Canadian companies (and in particular, Canadian corporations with U.S. View Full Post
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Canadian Government Export Controls Policies Under a Microscope

On July 28, 2017, Global Affairs Canada issued a statement of concern relating to escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia. In the Statement entitled “Canada concerned by escalating tensions in eastern Saudi Arabia”, Global Affairs stated: “Canada is concerned by the escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in civilian and security force casualties. View Full Post
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What Proponents Need to Know About the New SCC Decisions On Consultation of Indigenous Peoples

Patrick Duffy and Alex DeParde – In Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. and its companion case Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., released this week, the Supreme Court of Canada addressed questions about the practical dimensions of the duty to consult. View Full Post
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CSA Staff Publish Commentary On MI 61-101 Including the Use of Special Committees and Fairness Opinions

Staff of the securities regulatory authorities in each of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, and New Brunswick have published commentary on Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (MI 61-101) which advises of a “real time” review program of transactions to which MI 61-101 applies and puts forward Staff’s views with regard to the use of special committees and fairness opinions. View Full Post
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Stikeman Co-hosts Board Diversity Workshop with Women Get On Board

Last month Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office was delighted to co-host “Getting Yourself on a Board” with Women Get On Board (WGOB), a member-based company that connects,  promotes and empowers women to corporate boards.  Led by Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director, Co-founder and CEO of WGOB, and facilitated by a number of leading and serving corporate directors and board recruiters, this workshop provided tips and tools for board career planning, board resumes and interview preparation for aspiring corporate directors.  The evening began with an update on developments in board diversity from Raman Grewal, counsel in the Corporate Group of Stikeman Elliott.  “An interesting trend in our more recent research shows shift in how asset managers and proxy advisors are emphasizing substantive inclusion in leadership positions along with structural changes to promote diversity,” said Raman. View Full Post
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