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April 1, 2020 – William Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of Jon Johnson as a Senior Fellow.

“Jon is one of Canada’s most respected minds in trade law and policy,” said Robson. “The C.D. Howe Institute benefits from his deep knowledge, and his insights on breaking issues.”

A former partner of Goodmans LLP, Jon Johnson has had extensive experience with international trade law. He was a legal advisor in Canada’s Trade Negotiation Office respecting the automotive provisions of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and he advised Canada’s Office of the Trilateral Trade Negotiations during the negotiation of the NAFTA. 

He has also advised industry associations and other clients, both in the public and private sectors, on matters involving international trade arising under the WTO and NAFTA. These have included: advising industry stakeholders in respect of WTO challenges brought against Canada regarding automotive duty remission programs and pharmaceutical patent issues and in respect of WTO challenges brought by Canada against the United States in respect of the softwood lumber dispute ending in 2006; and advising the Federal Government in respect of a claims brought by U.S. investors against the Federal Government under the NAFTA investment chapter. 

He taught two Masters of Law courses at Osgoode Hall Law School and was the lead trainer in a two day course in 2004 organized by MOFCOM in Beijing on WTO litigation strategy and compliance.  He has spoken frequently respecting international trade issues, including at recent C.D. Howe Institute events.

He is the author of The North American Free Trade Agreement: A Comprehensive Guide,  Canada Law Book, Aurora (1994).

For more information please contact: C.D. Howe Institute at 416-865-1904, email: media@cdhowe.org.

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