Commissioner of Competition
Mike Hollingworth, Chief of Staff
The Commissioner’s Office provides strategic advice and support to the Commissioner and coordinates the Commissioner’s relationship with the Bureau’s branches; Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada; and external stakeholders.
Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch
Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner
The Mergers and Monopolistic Practices branch reviews proposed merger transactions and investigates practices that could negatively impact competition.
Melissa Fisher, Deputy Commissioner
The Mergers Directorate reviews proposed mergers to assess whether the transactions are likely to substantially prevent or lessen competition in the marketplace.
Krista McWhinnie, Deputy Commissioner
The Monopolistic Practices Directorate detects, investigates and deters business practices that have a negative impact on competition, such as abuse of dominance, as well as certain types of anti-competitive agreements or arrangements between competitors.
Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch
Stéphane Lamoureux, Senior Deputy Commissioner
The Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch fights criminal or deceptive business practices that hurt consumers and competition in the marketplace.
Pierre-Yves Guay, Deputy Commissioner
The Cartels Directorate detects, investigates and deters hard core cartels, including conspiracies, agreements or arrangements among competitors and potential competitors to fix prices, rig bids, allocate markets or restrict supply. The directorate also reaches out to stakeholders engaged in procurement to enable them to detect and deter bid-rigging and other cartel activities.
Josephine Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner
The Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate detects, investigates and deters false or misleading representations and deceptive marketing practices identified under the Competition Act. The directorate also enforces related legislation, that is the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (except as it relates to food), the Precious Metals Marking Act and the Textile Labelling Act.
Competition Promotion Branch
Anthony Durocher, Deputy Commissioner
The Competition Promotion Branch actively encourages the adoption of pro-competition positions, policies, and behaviors by businesses, consumers, regulators, government and international partners. The branch also provides economic analysis in support of enforcement, and leads the Bureau’s planning and reporting processes.
Majid Charania, Director of Compliance
The unit is responsible for promoting compliance with the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (except as it relates to food), the Precious Metals Marking Act and the Textile Labelling Act. The unit evaluates corporate compliance programs, promotes compliance in the market, and shares its expertise with domestic and international enforcers and regulators.
Nicholas Janota, Associate Deputy Commissioner
The directorate provides economic analysis and advice to support the Bureau’s enforcement investigations.
Ellen Creighton, Assistant Deputy Commissioner
The directorate fosters strong relationships with key international partners to advance and reinforce the Bureau’s enforcement priorities and coordinates international efforts to promote competitive markets and effective competition law enforcement.
Brad Callaghan, Associate Deputy Commissioner
The directorate provides input into departmental and government-wide policy initiatives, and leads the Bureau’s Parliamentary relations, as well as its integrated planning, monitoring and reporting exercises. The directorate also analyzes regulated markets and makes recommendations to regulators on enhancing competition.
Nicolas Fortier, Director
The directorate communicates the Bureau’s activities and priorities to Canadians so they are aware of its contributions to a more competitive and innovative marketplace. The directorate also supports and coordinates the Bureau’s outreach activities to consumers, businesses and stakeholders.
Digital Enforcement and Intelligence Branch
The Digital Enforcement and Intelligence Branch (CANARI) strengthens the Competition Bureau’s ability to protect and promote competition across Canada. It is a centre of expertise on digital business practices and technologies, and provides intelligence expertise for all directorates at the Competition Bureau. CANARI stands for Competition through Analytics, Research and Intelligence, and it will be the Bureau’s high-tech version of the “canary in a coal mine”.
The Intelligence Directorate provides intelligence expertise to the Bureau’s enforcement and promotion directorates, as well as expertise relating to behavioural economics and remedies.
The Digital Enforcement Directorate is a centre of expertise on how companies use technology and data in the marketplace, and how the Bureau can use technology and data to enhance our enforcement and promotion work.
Corporate Services Branch
Serge Samoisette, Executive Director (A)
The branch provides advice, planning and services for the effective operation of the Bureau’s financial, asset, information management and human resource activities, as well as access to information, privacy, values and ethics, security and procurement matters. The branch also provides expertise in complaint management and evidence collection and preservation in support of the Bureau’s mandate.
The Competition Bureau Legal Services of the Department of Justice is responsible for providing legal services to the Commissioner and for representing the Commissioner on all matters other than those for which the Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible.
The Competition Law Section of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for initiating and conducting criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada and for advising the Bureau on criminal investigations.