Competition Bureau to host first annual Digital Enforcement Summit in series of virtual events this fall

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2020 Summit will feature four online panels tracking the stages of an investigation from detection to resolution

August 13, 2020 - GATINEAU, QC - Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau will host its first annual Digital Enforcement Summit this fall to enhance its effectiveness as it takes on new and emerging issues in the digital economy.  

Featuring a series of four online panels throughout October and November 2020, the inaugural Summit will allow the Bureau and its international counterparts to share best practices and explore new tools and strategies for tackling emerging enforcement issues in the digital era.

The Summit will bring together participants from international competition authorities and federal regulators, as well as from the business, legal and academic communities. The four panels will follow the stages of an investigation from detection to resolution, focusing on issues that are central to enforcement in the digital economy.

October 6: Panel 1 - Developments in Intelligence, Detection and Evidence

  • The kickoff panel will cover two topics: the role of digital intelligence in the pre-investigation stage; and advances in evidence gathering, including its collection and processing.

October 19: Panel 2 – The Future of Investigations

  • This panel will examine how enforcement agencies adapt major case management and team composition for digital investigations.

November 10: Panel 3 – Enforcement Tools in the Digital Age

  • This panel will explore innovative investigative strategies, such as AI and predictive coding in document review.

November 26: Panel 4 – Emerging Litigation and Case Resolution Strategies

  • This panel will focus on emerging approaches to case resolution and litigation in the digital economy, including the evolving evidentiary burdens in court. 

Quick facts

  • The Bureau will host annual Digital Enforcement Summits to foster open dialogue and collaboration on the challenges and opportunities of enforcement in the digital era.

  • In May 2019, the Bureau held a one-day Data Forum to discuss evolving challenges and opportunities in the digital era, including panel discussions on platforms, privacy and data portability.

  • By keeping pace with the rapid changes happening in the digital economy, the Bureau is committed to protecting and promoting competitive and innovative marketplaces in Canada, now and into the future. 

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