Building momentum on intellectual property protection: The trade agenda and Canada’s IP regime

MLI5thAnniversaryTwitter470x470newThe Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Dawson Strategic invite you to participate in a lively and informative discussion on how intellectual property (IP) protection is evolving in Canada and around the world as a result of free trade agreements. Our expert panel will examine the impact of international trade agreements and negotiations such as the CETA agreement between Canada and the EU and the proposed EU-U.S. Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with a particular focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As the TPP gains momentum towards conclusion, we will discuss whether and how Canada’s IP interests will help to further our competitive negotiating position with the agreement.

  • When: Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Where: The Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., Floor 15, Ottawa, ON

Space is limited. To avoid disappointment, click here to register.

Highlighting the event is Dr. Laura Dawson, a leading expert on international issues, who will present her new report: “Slow and Steady Will Not Win the Race: Trade Negotiations, IP protection, and Canada’s Innovative Life Sciences Industry”.  Dr. Dawson’s report examines the strategic opportunities that Canada’s IP position provides to the completion of the TPP, and the contribution of trade agreements to the creation of robust IP protections for Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry.

A panel discussion will follow, bringing together subject-matter specialists from across the spectrum of Canada’s IP industries, including entertainment, media, and telecommunications. The panel will be moderated by Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley.


  • Laura Dawson, MLI Senior Fellow, President, Dawson Strategic, and Director-Designate of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.
  • Tanya Woods, Vice President, Policy and Legal Affairs, at the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.
  • Colleen Spring Zimmerman, Partner at Fogler Rubinoff

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