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Blakes 2022 Canada/U.S. Legal Update Seminar Series: Public Sector Engagement in Canada

March 8, 2022 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

When it comes to engaging with governments and public-sector entities, there are significant differences between Canada and the U.S. that businesses need to be aware of. Canadian governments are structured differently than American governments and make decisions through different processes. There are also a host of regulations that affect public-sector interactions that do not apply in the U.S., including lobbying laws, gifting rules, conflict of interest regimes, security clearances, election finance laws, access to information disclosures, and more.

When American businesses interact with the Canadian public sector, it is important that they are aware of these structural differences and regulatory regimes, and understand the enforcement and reputational risks they may represent.

Join members of the Blakes Public Sector Crisis & Compliance group as they discuss the legal issues and situations that can arise at the intersection of business and government in Canada, and how it can impact cross-border business.


  • An overview of the key differences between Canada and the U.S. government decision-making, including the integration of executive and legislation branches, government structure, lobbying laws and gifting rules

  • An overview of the separation of responsibility between the federal and provincial governments, conflict of interest regimes, government procurement rules and election finance laws   

  • Access to information regimes and the Canadian public-sector media environment

Blakes Speakers:

March 8, 2022
Live Webcast
1 - 2 p.m. (ET)


Mandatory Continuing Education

New York

Blake, Cassels & Graydon (U.S.) LLP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in the State of New York. This seminar is appropriate for newly admitted and/or experienced attorneys and has been accredited for 1 hour of CLE credits.

Other U.S. Jurisdictions:
Under Approved Jurisdiction Policies, so long as certain requirements are satisfied, attorneys may count towards their CLE requirement credit earned through participation in a New York accredited course. If you are in need of credit in another jurisdiction, please reach out to Stacey Evans Greenberg.

This program contains 15 minutes of Professionalism content and 45 minutes of Substantive content.
This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for 1 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.