Francois Tougas Photo
Francois Tougas Photo
Francois Tougas Photo

 

François Tougas is a leading expert in the transportation, forest products and mining industries. He advises shippers and other stakeholders in connection with their commercial dealings and disputes with railways, and advises clients on competition / antitrust matters in the transportation, forestry and mining sectors.

Recognized by domestic and international directories as one of the leading transportation and competition lawyers in Canada, François has been repeatedly listed in Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers. He is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Canada (2021) in the Transportation, Rail and Road category, and Leading Individual in Legal 500 in the Transportation category.

Admired for his work in competition matters in the railway industry, François has been instrumental in seeking statutory reform in the rail transportation sector. He teaches competition law at Allard Hall School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has lectured in transportation regulatory economics in the MBA program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He writes and speaks extensively on a variety of related legal matters. François leads the firm’s Transportation Group nationally.

 



Representative Matters

Competition Matters (Publicly disclosed matters only)

  • Aurizon Mines (precious metals) in hostile takeover bid by Northgate Minerals (approx. $400 million)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of MedReleaf ($3.2 billion)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of CanniMed ($1.2 billion)
  • Aurora Cannabis in acquisition of Alcanna/Liquor Stores ($103 million)
  • Ballard Power Systems (fuel cells) in strategic alliance with Daimler Benz AG (approx. $600 million)
  • Ballard Power Systems (fuel cells) in formation of strategic alliance with DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Company ($861 million)
  • Ballard Power Systems (fuel cells) in acquisition of XCELLSIS Gmbh and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems from DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Company
  • Burcon International in acquisition of certain assets of Concord Pacific (former Expo lands)
  • Canfor Corporation, Slocan Forest Products, Weldwood of Canada and West Fraser Timber in dealings with the Competition Bureau in sale of operations of British Columbia Railway to Canadian National Railway Company ($1.02 billion)
  • Crestbrook Forest Industries, MC Forest Investment and Kanzaki Paper in disposition of respective interests in Alberta Pacific pulp mill (amount not disclosed)
  • Crown Packaging (paper packaging) in sale of Canadian divisions to Norampac, Paperboard Industries and Allpak Holdings ($174 million)
  • Domtar Inc. (pulp and paper) in sale of Dryden, Ontario pulp mill to Dryden Fibre Canada, ULC, an affiliate of First Quality Enterprises, LLC (US$240 million) and sale of Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay, Ontario pulp and paper mill to Thunder Bay Pulp and Paper Inc, an affiliate of Atlas Holdings LLC (US$219 million)
  • FreshPoint in merger of food service business (Pacific Produce) with Sysco Corporation (amount not disclosed)
  • Glamis Gold in hostile take-over bid for Goldcorp ($4.3 billion)
  • Glamis Gold in the acquisition of Western Silver ($1.2 billion)
  • Glamis Gold in plan of arrangement with Goldcorp (US$21.3 billion combination)
  • Great Canadian Gaming (TSX:GC) in its acquisition by Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) (C$3.3 billion)
  • Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming GTA Bundle ($170 million)
  • Great Canadian Gaming and Clairvest Equity Partners in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming West GTA Bundle ($134 million)
  • Great Canadian Gaming in acquisition of Ontario Lottery & Gaming East Bundle ($51.3 million)
  • Great Canadian Gaming in acquisition of Flamboro Downs from Magna Entertainment (C$50 million, plus US$23.6 million, plus debt)
  • Great Canadian Gaming in acquisition of Casino Nova Scotia from Caesars Entertainment (US$70 million)
  • IGI Resources (natural gas distribution) in sale to Amoco Energy (amount not disclosed)
  • Leavitt Machinery in acquisition of Interior Lift Truck from Finning ($63 million)
  • Paper Excellence in the acquisition of Resolute Forest Products (US$2.7 billion)
  • Paper Excellence Announces Sale of the Domtar Kamloops Mill (US$300 million)
  • Paper Excellence in the acquisition of Domtar (NYSE/LSE/TSX:UFS) (US$3 billion)
  • Paper Excellence (pulp and paper) in acquisition of Catalyst Paper Corporation (amount undisclosed)
  • Plentyoffish Media Inc. in its acquisition by The Match Group (‎US$575 million)‎
  • Primary Metals Inc. (tungsten) in sale to Sojitz Corporation of Japan (C$49 million)
  • Revelstoke Home Centres (retail home improvement) in acquisition of Lumberland Building Materials (amount not disclosed)
  • Revy Home Centres (retail home improvement) in acquisition of Lansing Buildall (amount not disclosed)
  • Revy Home Centres (retail home improvement) in sale of certain assets to RONA Inc. ($221 million)
  • Sierra Systems Group Inc. (information technology) sale to Golden Gate Capital ($93 million)
  • Teck Cominco (diversified mining) in unsolicited takeover bid for Inco Limited (nickel) (C$16.8 billion)
  • Teck Cominco (diversified mining) in acquisition of Aur Resources Inc. (precious metals) (C$4.1 billion)
  • VersaCold Corporation (public refrigerated warehousing) in acquisition of QF Distribution (amount not disclosed)
  • VersaCold Corporation (public refrigerated warehousing) in acquisition of Trans-Canada Freezers ($110 million)
  • Waterous Energy Fund (oil & gas) in acquisition of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. ($244 million)
  • West Fraser Timber (TSX/NYSE: WFG) acquisition of Angelina Forest Products lumber mill Lufkin, Texas (US$300 million)
  • West Fraser Mills (NYSE/TSX:WFG) acquisition of Norbord Inc. (C$4 billion)
  • West Fraser Mills and Canfor (integrated forest products) timber tenure exchange with Canfor (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Mills (integrated forest products) in acquisition of Chasm Division of Ainsworth Lumber ($22 million)
  • West Fraser Mills (integrated forest products) in acquisition of interest of Daishowa Paper interest in Quesnel River Pulp Company (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Mills (integrated forest products) in acquisition of certain assets of Zeidler Forest Products (Alberta Plywood)
  • West Fraser Mills (integrated forest products) in sale of Babine and Decker Lake sawmills to Hampton Lumber (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Mills (integrated forest products) in the acquisition of timber tenures from Weyerhaeuser Company Limited (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Timber in connection with swap of timber tenures with Canfor Corporation (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Timber (integrated forest products) in acquisition of Weldwood of Canada from International Paper Company (integrated forest products) ($1.26 billion)
  • West Fraser Timber (integrated forest products) in acquisition of the forest products division of Alberta Energy (amount undisclosed)
  • West Fraser Timber (integrated forest products) in acquisition of Eagle Hardware (retail home improvement)
  • West Fraser Timber (integrated forest products) in acquisition of interest of Enso-Gutzeit Oy in Eurocan Pulp and Paper (amount undisclosed)

Transportation Matters (publicly disclosed)

  • Canfor Corporation, Slocan Forest Products, Weldwood of Canada and West Fraser Timber (sale of the operations of British Columbia Railway to Canadian National Railway Company, 2003-2004)
  • Canadian National Railway Company and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company v. Normerica Inc. (Federal Court, demurrage claims and service counterclaims, 2006)
  • Canadian National Railway Company v. Western Canadian Coal Corp. (Final offer arbitration and application for judicial review, contesting operability of final offer arbitration provisions of Canada Transportation Act, 2004-2005)
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company v. Teck Coal Limited (defence of CP’s application for leave to appeal decision of Canadian Transportation Agency to refer matter to final offer arbitration; application denied, 2009)
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian National Railway Company
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Canadian Pacific Railway Company: CP and Canpotex enter new long-term agreement (2021); Canadian Pacific announces long-term potash agreement (2012)
  • Canpotex Limited and related entities in rail transportation services with Union Pacific Railroad
  • Elk Valley Coal Partnership et al. v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company (final offer arbitration and related proceedings, 2004)
  • Elk Valley Coal Corporation (before the Competition Policy Review Panel, 2008)
  • Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) in connection with the formation of Central Maine & Québec Railway and purchase of the assets of bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway, following derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec (July 6, 2013)
  • Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE:FTAI) in connection with the sale of Central Maine & Québec Railway to Canadian Pacific Railway Company (November 21, 2019; terms not disclosed)
  • Gibraltar Mines (NYSE/LSE/TSX:TKO) 2018 final offer arbitration v Canadian National Railway and 2019 judicial review (Federal Court of Canada (amount undisclosed)
  • Gibraltar Mines (NYSE/LSE/TSX:TKO) 2020 final offer arbitration v Canadian National Railway and 2021 judicial review (Federal Court of Canada (amount undisclosed)
  • Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc. (MLMP) in its level of service complaint against Canadian National Railway Company (CN) culminating in Canadian Transportation Agency Letter Decision No. CONF-R-2023, including successful defense of CN’s motion for leave to appeal that decision, and the Agency’s determination of expenses payable to MLMP due to CN’s service failures in Agency Decision-CONF-R-9-2023 (2023)
  • Seaspan International v. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (Canadian Transportation Agency, abandonment opposition, 2005)
  • Teck Coal Limited (NYSE: TECK; TSX: TECK.B) in connection with a five year rail agreement for shipping of steelmaking coal from Teck’s four B.C. operations from Kamloops to Neptune Terminals and other west coast ports (December 4, 2019; terms not disclosed)
  • Teck Resources Limited, agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited (2010) and extension (2012)
  • Teck Resources Limited, 10-year handling agreement with Ridley Terminals Inc. (2011)
  • Teck Resources Limited, 10-year agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway Company (2010)
  • Teck Coal Limited v Canadian Pacific Railway Company, final offer arbitrations (2009)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Canadian Canola Growers Association, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on Cost of Capital (2020) and General Purpose Debt (2021)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association, the Canadian Canola Growers Association, the Mining Association of Canada and the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on the Regulatory Modernization Initiative (2018)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association, the Canadian Canola Growers Association and the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on the Agency Regulatory Costing Model (2017)
  • Teck Resources Limited, supported by the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Canadian Canola Growers Association, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on Capital Structure and Cost of Capital Methodology (2016)
  • Teck Resources Limited, before the Canadian Transportation Agency in connection with its Consultation on Amendments to the Uniform Classification of Accounts (2013) and its Cost of Capital Review (2010)
  • Teck Resources Limited, before the Federal Rail Freight Service Review, Transport Canada (2008-2013)
  • Teck Corporation, Weldwood of Canada, West Fraser Timber (before the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel, Transport Canada, 2000)
  • TransLink (Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority) re application in support of City of Port Coquitlam’s Coast Mountain Overpass over Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Coquitlam Yard (2006)
  • Weldwood of Canada, West Fraser Timber and Weyerhaeuser (legislative reviews of the Canada Transportation Act, 1999)
  • West Coast Express re negotiations with Canadian Pacific Railway Company (2005)
  • (Not Publicly Disclosed) Numerous negotiations and final offer arbitrations on behalf of bulk shippers (forest, mining, energy and agricultural products) and passenger/commuter rail operations with Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad
  • Numerous negotiations with export, domestic and international cargo terminals
  • Numerous submissions to federal legislative review panels and parliamentary committees in connection with the Canada Transportation Act

Speaking Engagements

Competition Policy Roundtable with the Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell, Vancouver, Host

January 26, 2021

Data Solutions for Enhancing Transportation Performance Railway Line Capacity Metrics CTRF 2020 Annual Conference

June 5, 2020

Conspiracy & Bid-Rigging, Presentation to the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-BC, Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, BC

June 4, 2015

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, “Competition Law & Policy” (2006 – 2022) and “Topics in International Law: International Business Transactions” (1994/98)
  • National Competition Law Moot Team Coach, Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2019-2022)

News


Media Mentions


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2024 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2024 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Transportation (Road & Rail)
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2023 as a leader in Competition
  • Listed in the 2023 Who’s Who Legal: Competition Guide as Recommended in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized in the 2023 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as an Infrastructure Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Transportation (Rail & Road)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2022 as a leader in Competition
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers 2023 Competition / Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” in Vancouver
  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Transportation (Rail & Road)
  • Listed in the Legal500 Canada 2022 as a Leading Lawyer – Transport
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2021 as a future leader in Competition
  • Recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Transportation (Rail & Road)
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail & Road
  • Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Transportation (Rail & Road)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 as a leader in Competition Competition Law and Transportation (Rail & Road)
  • Listed in the Legal500 Canada 2020 as a “Leading Lawyer” – Transport
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Rail and Road
  • Leader in Competition/Antitrust Law in Best Lawyers in Canada 2011 to 2020
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 as a leader in Competition
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas Competition Law and Transportation (Road & Rail)
  • Leader in Competition Law in Who’s Who Legal Canada: 2019
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas Competition Law and Transportation (Road & Rail)
  • Leader in Transportation – Canada in Chambers Canada 2016 to 2019
  • Leader in Transportation Law: Rail & Road in Chambers Global 2014 to 2017
  • Leader in Competition Law, The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2011 to 2017
  • Leader in Transportation (Road & Rail) Law, The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2011 to 2017
  • “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Ranking, Martindale-Hubbell 1996 to 2019

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Arbitrator, appointed to the roster of the Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Canadian Bar Association (Competition Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust Section)
  • Canadian Transportation Research Forum
  • Canadian Association of Law Teachers

Education & Admissions

1989
Called to the British Columbia bar
1988
LLB University of British Columbia
1985
International Relations (Department of Political Science)Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1983
Utah Technical College, Orem, Utah, (now Utah Valley University)

Publications

Insights (44 Posts)View More

Featured Insight

Bill C-59’s Expansion of the Competition Act’s Deceptive Marketing Practices: “Greenwashing” and Steering Clear of Environmental Misrepresentation

Guidance on the amendments to the deceptive marketing practices provisions in the Competition Act designed to "crack down" on "greenwashing".

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Jul 8, 2024
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Ready for Change? Bill C-59 Rewrites the Competition Playbook

Bill C-59 has been enacted, introducing significant changes to all aspects of Canada’s competition law regime.

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Jun 21, 2024
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New Era of Foreign Investment Scrutiny Starts in Canada with Passage of Investment Canada Act Amendment Bill

Bill C-34 amends the Investment Canada Act to enhance the government of Canada's national security review powers.

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Mar 27, 2024
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Canada’s New Policies on Investments in the Interactive Digital Media Sector

On March 1, 2024, the Canadian government introduced new policies to increase scrutiny of foreign investments in Canada's Interactive Digital Media sector.

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Mar 6, 2024
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2024 Changes to Canada’s Thresholds for Merger Notification and Investment Canada Act Reviews

Providing updates on the 2024 merger thresholds under Canada's Competition Act and Investment Canada Act.

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Feb 28, 2024
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Rail Policy Work

McMillan’s Rail Transportation Group regularly makes submissions to both Houses of Parliament, Transport Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and other bodies in connection with rail regulatory and economic policy on its own behalf and on behalf of clients.

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Jan 31, 2024
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Comparative Analysis of Canadian Rail Freight Rates

A discussion about Canadian rail freight rates and their impact on Canadian Shippers.

Jan 12, 2024
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Competition Act Amendments Proceed at Pace

Bill C-56, the Affordable Housing and Groceries Act, part of the federal government’s efforts to overhaul the Competition Act, has received Royal Assent.

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Dec 28, 2023
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Transformative Change: Your Guide to Canada’s Breathtaking Competition Act Changes

We provide a summary of far-reaching Competition Act amendments proposed in 2023.

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Dec 5, 2023
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Competition Act Amendments on a Rocket Docket

Bill C-56 introduces amendments to the Competition Act, which are described as addressing rising grocery prices, but which have much broader implications.

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Sep 26, 2023
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A Shopping Cart of Competition Law Changes

The Government announced amendments to the Competition Act as part of its announcement regarding combatting escalating grocery prices.

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Sep 18, 2023
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Key Developments in Competition & Foreign Investment Law: A Cross-Canada Update from McMillan’s National Team

Join us to explore key developments in Canadian competition and foreign investment law. Topics will include new no-poach / wage-fixing offence, Investment Canada Developments, technology markets, greenwashing, class action developments, upcoming Competition Act amendments and more!

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

The Rail Shippers’ Guide

The Rail Shippers’ Guide provides a high-level overview of your rights and remedies when shipping freight by rail under the Canada Transportation Act and related regulations

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Aug 8, 2023
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2023 Budget Legislation Proposes Amendments to the Canada Transportation Act

The Federal Government published draft legislation to implement certain provisions of the 2023 Budget.

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May 3, 2023
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Budget Foreshadows Significant Changes to Federal Transportation Regulation

On March 28th, the Government of Canada tabled its 2023 Budget, which foreshadows significant proposed changes to the federal transportation regulatory regime.

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Apr 12, 2023
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Transport Canada Finalizes Amendments to the Transportation Information Regulations

The Amendments become effective in April 2023 and will increase the availability of basic rail freight service and performance data, primarily by CN and CP.

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Jan 16, 2023
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report – Part III

The Canada Transportation Act contains a few shipper remedies, which are partially or wholly ineffective, but which remain unaddressed.

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Nov 16, 2022
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report – Part II

Modernizing the Rail Transportation System in the National Public Interest

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Oct 25, 2022
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report

The National Supply Chain Task Force underscores what rail shippers are facing: the Canadian transportation network is under stress.

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Oct 18, 2022
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Round One of Competition Act Amendments Passed; National Security Review Regime Amended

New amendments to the Competition Act were passed today as part of the budget implementation bill.

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Jun 27, 2022
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Significant Changes Coming to Canada’s Competition Act

The Canadian federal government has introduced a series of significant changes to Canada's Competition Act.

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May 3, 2022
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Competition Bureau Invites Comments to Revisions to the Competitor Collaboration Guidelines

The Competition Bureau recently released a draft revision of the Competition Collaboration Guidelines and is
inviting comments in a public consultation.

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Aug 5, 2020
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CN Rail Acquires H&R Transport – Competition Analysis

The Competition Bureau's review of the CN/H&R highlights its attention to non-notifiable deals, its use of oral examinations and the efficiencies defence.

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May 1, 2020
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Transport Canada Relaxes Mandatory Off-Duty Time for Truck Drivers Transporting Essential Cargo

March 24 2020 after consultation with the provinces an exemption was issued permitting trucking companies and drivers to exceed maximum on-duty and driving time

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Mar 30, 2020
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Don’t Count Your Efficiencies Before They Hatch: Exploring The Factors That Impact A Railway’s Operating Ratio

Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”) has significantly reduced its operating ratio in the past few years.

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Jul 22, 2019
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Regulations Implementing the Transportation Modernization Act

On April 1, 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“Agency”) announced the publication of proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) in the Canada Gazette to implement certain aspects of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) (“TMA”).

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Apr 11, 2019
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Jun 22, 2017
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Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

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Jun 13, 2017
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Bill C-49: Is the Long-Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

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May 30, 2017
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Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

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May 16, 2017
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase – $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increase - $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Apr 12, 2017
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The Minister of Transport Confirms Rail Legislation Coming in Spring Session

The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, has addressed a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (“SCOTIC”) that confirms the government is on track to table remedial rail legislation in the House of Commons during the spring legislative session.

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Apr 1, 2017
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Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Submissions on Regulatory Costing Model Consultation

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Submissions on Regulatory Costing Model Consultation

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Mar 16, 2017
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Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

Canadian Transportation Agency Closes Railway Capital Structure Consultation

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Jan 3, 2017
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Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

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Jan 3, 2017
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Competition Bureau Issues Consent Agreement Template

Competition Bureau Issues Consent Agreement Template

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Sep 29, 2016
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The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

The Govt of Canada Extends the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

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Aug 23, 2016
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Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

Will the Government of Canada Extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act?

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Apr 29, 2016
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Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review – Part II (Rail Freight Traffic)

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Apr 6, 2016
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Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

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Mar 16, 2016
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Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015
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Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015
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Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

Update: Government of Canada Proposes to Change Federal Railway Liability Regime

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Feb 28, 2015
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Tervita Corp v Canada – The Supreme Court of Canada’s First Merger Decision in 17 Years: An Efficient Outcome

Tervita Corp v Canada – The Supreme Court of Canada's First Merger Decision in 17 Years: An Efficient Outcome

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Jan 31, 2015

Deals & Cases (16 Posts)

Featured Insight

McMillan Successfully Secures Compensation for Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc.

McMillan’s Rail Transportation group filed a successful level of service complaint on behalf of Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc. (“MLMP”) against Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) decided in MLMP’s favour by the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) in February 2023.

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Oct 17, 2023
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Domtar Corporation Acquires Resolute Forest Products

On July 5, 2022, Domtar Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Paper Excellence Group, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Resolute Forest Products Inc.

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Mar 1, 2023
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McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

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Nov 26, 2020
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Gibraltar Mines Ltd.

Gibraltar Mines Ltd.

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Nov 1, 2020
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McMillan Represents Fortress in Sale of Central Maine & Quebec Railway to Canadian Pacific

McMillan represented Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC in connection with its sale of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway to Canadian Pacific Railway

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Dec 30, 2019
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Teck Resources Limited

Teck Resources Limited

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Dec 1, 2019
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Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC

McMillan advised Fortress on the auction of the Central Maine and Québec Railway to bidders, and negotiations with Canadian Pacific Railway.

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Dec 1, 2019
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Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

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Mar 5, 2019
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Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold close business combination

Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold close business combination

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Apr 6, 2016
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Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold announce Business Combination

Tahoe Resources and Lake Shore Gold announce Business Combination

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Feb 8, 2016
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West Fraser acquires Manning Diversified Forest Products

West Fraser acquires Manning Diversified Forest Products

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Oct 30, 2015
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Plentyoffish acquired for US$575 million by Match.com

Plentyoffish acquired for US$575 million by Match.com

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Jul 15, 2015

McMillan helps complete the cross-border sale of assets of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway deals

McMillan helps complete the cross-border sale of assets of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway deals.

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Jul 6, 2014
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Extended Handling Agreement with Teck Resources

On September 19, 2012, Teck reached agreement with Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership to extend the parties' current handling agreement

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Sep 28, 2012
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Teck and Ridley Terminals Announce Coal Shipment Agreement

Teck and Ridley Terminals Announce Coal Shipment Agreement

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Sep 1, 2011
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Handling Agreement with Teck Resources Announced

Handling Agreement with Teck Resources Announced

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Mar 4, 2011