Paul Johnson appointed as special economic advisor to the Commissioner of Competition

News Release

Bureau’s economic leadership strengthened with appointment of new T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics

Paul Johnson

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.

Quick facts

  • 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

Related information

Associated links


For media enquiries, please contact:
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-5945

For general enquiries, please contact:
Information Centre
Competition Bureau
Telephone: 819-997-4282
Toll free: 1-800-348-5358
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-866-694-8389
Stay connected

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

Search for related information by keyword

Hon. Navdeep Singh Bains Competition Bureau Persons

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: