Paul Johnson appointed as special economic advisor to the Commissioner of Competition
Bureau’s economic leadership strengthened with appointment of new T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics
August 22, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
The Commissioner of Competition is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Johnson has been appointed to the position of T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics.
Dr. Johnson will provide advice directly to the Commissioner on economic matters relating to the Bureau’s high profile cases, including litigation and advocacy, over the two‑year term of his appointment.
Economic analysis plays an important role at the Bureau, including in merger reviews and investigations into abuse of market power. As the "chief economist," the T.D. MacDonald Chair provides economic expertise and leadership to Bureau investigations, policies and emerging issues.
Dr. Johnson is returning home to Canada from Washington DC, where he is partner at Bates White Economic Consulting. He has expertise in applied econometrics and 15 years’ experience working on civil antitrust litigation and high profile mergers before United States and European antitrust agencies, over a wide range of industries.
Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Montreal and is fluently bilingual. He joins the Bureau via the Government of Canada’s Interchange Program.
- The T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics was established in 1990 and is named after the late T.D. MacDonald, in honour of his extensive contributions to modern competition law in Canada.
- Mr. MacDonald was the first Director of Investigation and Research, which was the precursor to the role of Commissioner of Competition, and held the position from 1950 until 1962.
- The Government of Canada’s Interchange Program facilitates temporary assignments for employees to or from the Federal Public Service.
"The Competition Bureau’s ability to ensure that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace has been strengthened with the appointment of Dr. Paul Johnson as T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics."John Pecman
Commissioner of Competition
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