Commissioner Pecman champions innovation in remaining months of his term

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Looking to the future, the Commissioner emphasizes how enforcers and regulators must leverage competition to maximize innovation in the Canadian economy

January 19, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

As Commissioner of Competition John Pecman nears the end of his 5-year term in June 2018, he is emphasizing the vital importance of embracing competition to create the conditions for innovation in Canada.

In a forward-looking speech that draws from his 34 years of experience in competition law enforcement, the Commissioner highlights innovation-related challenges and opportunities in an ever-changing marketplace.

During the remainder of his tenure, the Commissioner will continue to support innovation through targeted enforcement and competition promotion. He will also advance other key initiatives, including:

  • Updating the Competition Bureau’s Immunity and Leniency Programs;
  • Providing further guidance on the Bureau’s evolving enforcement approach; and
  • Promoting further cooperation with the Bureau’s international and domestic counterparts.


“As I approach my departure this coming June, I am working hard to ensure that the Bureau will continue to support innovation through its enforcement, outreach and advocacy — with a focus on the important issues we are now facing in the rapidly-evolving digital economy.”

John Pecman,
Commissioner of Competition

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