Public Services and Procurement

Jefferson Huebner has held various positions in academics over the past decade, most recently as associate professor of international business.  He has been actively involved in developing innovative international travel courses ranging from business and politics in the European Union to economic development in Latin America.  Jeff is currently in the PhD program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo where his research focuses on international trade policy and regional integration, including Canada-EU economic relations and the CETA agreement.  His previous research work also includes examining the impact of changing trade and investment strategies on Canadian global competitiveness under NAFTA.

Scott Sinclair is a senior research fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he directs the centre’s Trade and Investment Research Project.  Before joining CCPA he was a senior trade policy advisor to the Government of British Columbia.  He has written widely on trade policy, specializing in the impacts on public services and public interest regulation.  Relevant publications include “Trade agreements, the new constitutionalism and public services” in Stephen Gill and A. Claire Cutler (Eds.), New Constitutionalism and World Order; Cambridge University Press. 2014; TiSA Troubles: Services, democracy and corporate rule in the Trump era (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Brussels 2017) and “The WTO and its General Agreement on Trade in Services.” in The Handbook of Globalisation. 3rd edition. ed. Jonathan Michie. Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2018.

Dmitry Lysenko is an applied economist focusing in part on the implications of trade liberalization for the Canadian economy. He has done economic analysis for the Government of Nova Scotia, participated in several international consulting projects assessing impacts of trade policies, and taught at the economics department of Saint Mary’s University. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and an M.A. in economics, both from Carleton University.

Saul Schwartz is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He is the author, with Dmitry Lysenko, of “Does Canada Need Trade Adjustment Assistance”, an IRPP study asking whether CETA might create the need for adjustment programs. More recently, he has been working on the effect of CETA on municipal procurement.


Labour Mobility and Labour Relations

Cara Spittal was appointed as the Fair Registration Practices Act (FRPA) Review Officer by the Government of Nova Scotia in January 2016.  She is responsible for the implementation of the FRPA, which was proclaimed on December 7, 2009 and applies to 49 regulatory bodies in Nova Scotia, covering over 58 occupations and 68 designated trades.  Cara and the FRPA Review Office staff work with regulators to ensure highly trained and educated applicants for licensure in Nova Scotia have access to registration processes that are transparent, objective, impartial and procedurally fair. Implementation of the FRPA is a key component of Nova Scotia’s integrated approach to international qualification recognition (IQR). The FRPA Review Office collaborates across government and with the public and private sector to develop profession-specific programs and initiatives which support the economic integration of highly trained and educated immigrants. In previous life, Cara read for a Doctor of Philosophy in History at the University of Toronto from 2004-2009. She was a Social Sciences and Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian History and Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 2010-2013.

André Gariépy is the Commissioner for Admission to Professions in the Government of Québec. He plays an oversight role (complaints and verification) with regards to regulatory bodies and third-party activities in professional licensing, which includes qualification recognition. As part of his work, he also looks at compliance with agreements on trade in services, international mobility and mutual recognition of qualifications. He has more than 20 years of experience in professional regulation and mobility. In 2015, he served on a WHO Expert Advisory Group to review the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. He has participated in technical consultations on labour mobility, qualification recognition and professional licensing during recent trade negotiations. He has also worked for a few years in international technical assistance as a consultant and project manager in relation to legal reform, international trade, and professional regulation and mobility. He was then on assignments from international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in Europe (Balkans) and West-Africa. Mr. Gariépy has degrees in Economics and Law. He is a member of the Bar and accredited as a Fellow Chartered Administrator in Québec.

Sylvain Zini is a member of CEIM and a lecturer at UQAM and the Université de Montréal. Economist and political scientist, his research focuses on the global political economy of labour. Holder of a PhD in Political Science since 2014, his dissertation dealt with the link between labour and trade in US trade policy. His work focuses on mechanisms to reconcile globalization with social progress and the improvement of working conditions. In 2017, he co-directed a research project on “Canada: Towards a Socially Responsible Trade Policy”. This project took the form of a pan-Canadian public consultation that produced the report “A challenge for Canada and its partners” published in December 2017 for the Government of Canada.


Lunchtime Presentation from Global Affairs Canada

Cindie-Eve Bourassa – TBA



Elizabeth Whitsitt teaches various courses in international law and dispute resolution at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Liz received her LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University and completed her PhD this past fall. Her PhD research focused on the intersection of trade law and investment arbitration. More specifically, Professor Whitsitt’s work considered the role that adjudicators play in the continuing conversation about the relationship between the international trade and international investment law regimes and the extent to which the international trade and international investment law regimes are uniting through the process of adjudication. Liz has published and presented extensively in the areas of international trade and investment law, most recently the University of Copenhagen’s iCourts Conference on “The Investment Court: Challenges and Perspectives.” She is also the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Killam Memorial Scholarship and the Marc Lalonde Prize for Excellence in International and Commercial Arbitration.

Wolfgang Alschner is an empirical legal scholar specialized in international economic law and the computational analysis of law. He is a permanent faculty member of the Common Law Section with cross-appointment to the Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Wolfgang worked for several years as an individual contractor for UNCTAD’s Section on International Investment Agreements and as a research fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland. He is co-founder of the investment treaty analytics portal and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as theYale Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law and the Journal of International Economic Law. His research focuses on using social and computer science methods in order to empirically investigate international law. His areas of interest include international investment law and arbitration, WTO law, regional trade agreements, international dispute settlement, law & economics and empirical analysis of law.

Wolfgang holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a Master of Law from Stanford Law School, a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute as well as an LLB from the University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Dresden, Germany.

Lukas Vanhonnaeker is conducting research in the field of international economic law with an emphasis on international trade law and international investment law and arbitration. He completed his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010 and his master’s degree in law at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, in 2012. Before enrolling at McGill, he received his LL.M. in international business law from the Free University of Brussels in 2013. At McGill, Dr. Vanhonnaeker pursued an LL.M. in 2014, where he specialized in the fields of international trade law and international investment law. In the context of his doctorate, he has been conducting research on international investment law, investor-State arbitration and international corporate law.



Jean-Frédéric Morin is Associate Professor at Laval University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy. Before being invited to hold this research chair, he was professor of international relations at the Université libre de Bruxelles from 2008 to 2014. His most recent research projects look at regime complexes, treaty design, transnational expert networks and policy diffusion in the fields of trade, intellectual property, investment and environment. His current working papers can be downloaded from

 Kerrie Blaise is an environmental and public interest lawyer with the Canadian Environmental Law Association, with an expertise in energy regulation, environmental assessment, and international trade law. Kerrie is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (2015) and completed her articles with the Environment and Law Tribunals Ontario (2016). Kerrie has an MSc from the University Edinburgh (2010), where she studied offshore oil regulation and marine protection, and has a BES from York University (2009). Kerrie is also a lecturer on the topic of animal law at Durham College.

Emmanuelle Santoire is normalienne, agrégée de géographie. She obtained both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in geography at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon in France and was formerly French Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She specializes in critical energy geography, and is just about to start a PhD studying the energy-law nexus. She is part of a French-Canadian research project on energy and waste issues in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU, lead by Dr. Myra Hird (School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University) and Mr. Romain Garcier (Laboratoire EVS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon). Emmanuelle’s principal area of research has focused on the relationships between energy, space and sustainability, from a material politics perspective.


Agriculture and Geographic Indicators

 David A. Wirth is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School.  He is former Attorney-Adviser for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the State Department, where he had principal responsibility for all international environmental issues.  David a graduate of the Yale Law School and served as law clerk to Judge William H. Timbers of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He is the author of more than 6 dozen books and articles on international law, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Al Mussell is Research Lead, and founder, of Agri-Food Economic Systems, Inc. Prior to establishing Agri-Food Economic Systems, Al was Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre in Guelph, Ontario for fifteen years. His areas of research expertise are farm management and agricultural systems, agricultural marketing, and agri-food policies.  Previously, Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota.  Al holds bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Al is a past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and has served on the board of the Progressive Dairy Operators.  He currently serves on the board of the Ontario Pork Industry Council. Al is originally from Stratford, Ontario where he grew up in a family with roots in the farm supply and dairy business.

Francesco Maria Froldi holds a bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Nanterre-Paris, specializing in in Franco and Italian Comparative Law (France).Francesco Maria Froldi is currently graduating from the University of Bologna (Italy) and is conducting an analysis at the “Research Center under Public Law” (UdeM – Canada). Always interested in relationships between the European Union and third countries, he holds a particular predilection for food law in an international context and the increase of commercial and economic relations in the food sector. Through study and research in European Food Law, Francesco Maria Froldi wants to promote a style of social well-being and sustainable development, as well as educating others about the quality of food.


 Intellectual Property, Science and Regulatory Cooperation

Adam Falconi is a lawyer at Magyar, Bogle & O’Hara LLP, a cross-border law firm headquartered in Toronto. Adam is a lawyer with particular expertise in intellectual property law and the pharmaceutical industry, and has an educational background and professional experience as a pharmacist. Adam’s practice focuses on advising companies, particularly in the healthcare and consumer goods space, on intellectual property issues involving litigation and licensing, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance. Adam is also called to the New York State Bar and contributes to the firm’s cross-border practice, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation, acquisition, and licensing. He also maintains a general trademark and commercial litigation practice domestically.

Richard Gold is a James McGill Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law where he founded the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and is currently Associate Dean (Graduate Studies). He teaches in the area of intellectual property and innovation with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Bringing a transdisciplinary approach to his research, he examines innovation–even if seemingly technological–as a social phenomenon involving governments, private firms and civil society. His recent work focuses on open science–partnerships based on open access publications, open data and the absence of patent rights over co-created knowledge–from legal, social, economic and governance perspectives.

Stuart Trew is Senior Editor of the Monitor, a bimonthly journal of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and a researcher with the centre’s Trade and Investment Research Project. He is the author of the recent report, From NAFTA to CETA: Corporate Lobbying Through the Back Door (CCPA, Corporate Europe Observatory, Lobby Control, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung), and has engaged extensively with the federal government on regulatory cooperation issues related to CETA and the NAFTA renegotiations. He is the co-editor, with Scott Sinclair, of the book The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Canada: A Citizen’s Guide (Lorimer). Prior to joining the CCPA, Stuart spent eight years at the Council of Canadians as a trade researcher and campaigner.




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