Competition Bureau hosts the 14th ICN Cartel Workshop

News Release

Combatting Cartels in Public Procurement

October 4, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

Today, the Competition Bureau kicks off the 14th annual International Competition Network (ICN) Cartel Workshop in Ottawa. This three-day conference, hosted at the Fairmont Château Laurier, will be attended by approximately 250 representatives from 50 different jurisdictions around the world. Participants will share insights and best practices on this year’s theme: Combatting Cartels in Public Procurement.

The workshop will have a strong focus on participation by attendees, and an emphasis on matters of practical application. Participants will engage with topics such as tender design, proactive bid‑rigging detection and deterrence, as well as the value in establishing corporate compliance programs.

John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, will deliver opening remarks today. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, will address participants on the second day of the workshop.

Quick Facts

  • Each of the three days of the workshop addresses a specific sub-theme: detection, investigation and deterrence.

  • Cartels can significantly reduce governments’ ability to ensure best value for procurement spending, and this failure to use tax dollars to their maximum efficiency negatively impacts national economies. Deterring and detecting cartels in public investment is an important way to ensure economic growth, job creation and broad-based prosperity.

  • The ICN is a group of national and multinational competition authorities devoted to improving global collaboration in competition law enforcement. The Competition Bureau takes a leadership role in the ICN, including as a member of the ICN Steering Group, as co‑chair of the ICN’s Agency Effectiveness Working Group, and as the ICN Secretariat.

  • The Competition Bureau’s international partnerships help ensure that Canadian consumers benefit from competitive prices and that Canadian businesses prosper in both domestic and foreign markets.

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