Trade and the Everchanging Community - Top Ten Things Every In-House Counsel Should Know About Importing or Exporting Commercial Goods into or from Canada


In the last year alone Canadian public and private organizations have faced a number of twists and turns in global trade. New free trade agreements like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) created opportunities, while the uncertain status of others, such as NAFTA and BREXIT, created unpredictability. Many organizations were faced with unexpected dumping, safeguard and other protectionist duties (e.g. the U.S. duties on steel) that added cost to their operations or to those of their customers. On top of all these changes were several regulatory changes that added new import/export requirements and restrictions. Those caught off guard, suffered. Some were able to implement rapid corrections so as not to lose ground, while others were not. Those organizations that followed the trends, stayed in the know and had nimble systems in place had a competitive "leg up".

Join our panel to learn about the top ten tips for staying ahead of the curve, including advice on:

  • Understanding general import/export requirements and understanding the most recent changes
  • Ensuring that your organization can identify import costs and anticipate and prepare for those that may arise
  • Understanding what counsel can do to help your organization anticipate, manage and reduce import/export costs
  • Managing sourcing and sales to ensure export and import restrictions are met
  • Finding resources available to help
  • Staying out of hot water when political events generate unexpected challenges
  • Preparing checklists, system "flags", meeting deadlines and record management to maximize benefits/minimize risks


  • Heather Innes, International Trade Lawyer, LexSage
  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, Founding Lawyer, LexSage
  • Elliot Burger, Senior Legal Counsel, Linamar Corporation
  • Rouben Khatchadourian, Director General, Trade and Export Controls Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

When & Where:

  • Tuesday, April 9 – 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM ET
  • Room: TBD