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February 18, 2020 – William Robson, President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the appointment of Melanie Aitken to the Institute’s Competition Policy Council.

“As one of Canada’s most prominent competition lawyers, and a former Competition Commissioner, Melanie brings analytical strength, experience, and policy insight to the C.D. Howe Institute’s Competition Policy Council,” said Robson. “The Institute has benefited from collaborating with her in the past, and we are delighted at the prospect of further work together.”

Aitken is co-chair of Bennett Jones’ Competition/Foreign Investment practice and Managing Principal of the Washington, DC office. She specializes in the Canadian aspects of global competition law and litigation. Aitken leads and litigates major international and domestic merger cases, and represents clients in significant abuse and class action matters.

Aitken was Canada's Commissioner of Competition from 2009 to 2012, in charge of the Competition Bureau, and headed merger review from 2007-2009. She is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading competition lawyers.

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

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