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William Pellerin Photo
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William Pellerin has extensive experience litigating and advising on international trade law matters and disputes. He is one of a very few lawyers in private practice in Canada to have argued before the WTO Appellate Body and dispute settlement panels. With in-depth knowledge of trade remedy law, William has previously acted for the Government of Canada in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard investigations. He also advises clients with respect to government procurement, customs’ compliance, export controls and economic sanctions, and has a thorough understanding of international trade policy and government processes.

As former Deputy Director, Trade Remedies and North America Trade with Global Affairs Canada, William oversaw international trade disputes and appeals, and coordinated Canada’s response to such actions. In his prior role as counsel to the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, William represented Canada in its challenge to the United States Department of Commerce’s imposition of countervailing duties on softwood lumber products from Canada. He also appeared and successfully argued for Canada before the Appellate Body in 2019.  Prior to his government service, William represented clients in all aspects of Canadian trade law.



Representative Matters

WTO and Trade Remedy Matters

  • United States — Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber from Canada, DS533. Successfully represented the Government of Canada before WTO dispute settlement panel in relation to the U.S. imposition of countervailing duties on softwood lumber from Canada
  • United States — Countervailing Measures on Supercalendered Paper from Canada, DS505. Successfully represented the Government of Canada before WTO dispute settlement panel in relation to the U.S. imposition of countervailing duties on Supercalendered paper products from Canada. Subsequently represented the Government of Canada before the WTO Appellate Body on appeal by the United States of the panel’s decision
  • Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells Safeguard Measure, USA-CAN-2021-31-01. Policy lead for the Government of Canada in its appeal of U.S. imposition of safeguard tariff on Canadian imports of solar products
  • Fresh, Chilled, or Frozen Blueberries (Safeguard), Inv. No. 201-TA-077. As policy lead for the Government of Canada, coordinated Canada’s successful litigation effort in the United States International Trade Commission safeguard investigation on fresh and frozen blueberries
  • Acted for the Canadian producers of solar modules in the successful anti-dumping and countervailing investigation and inquiry before the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • Acted for the Canadian producers of silicon metal, steel plate, aluminium extrusions and unitized wall modules in various anti-dumping and countervailing complaints, investigations, inquiries and expiry reviews

Economic Sanctions Matters

  • Advised a leading global mining company in assessing and revising business relationships and contracts with entities owned in part by sanctioned individuals;
  • Advised a leading commodity trading company. Requested and successfully obtained sanctions permit authorization for the importation of Russian goods arising from Canada’s prohibition on the docking of certain vessels;
  • Advised a company in the fertilizer industry and provided advice on complex business restructuring activities arising from relationships with sanctioned entities;
  • Advised a leading Canadian manufacturer of medical equipment in respect of contractual obligations and seized bank payments;
  • Advised a leading petroleum producer in respect of advice on Canadian prohibitions on the import of oil products;
  • Advised a leading global automaker in respect of the application of Canadian sanctions to commercial and financial activities;
  • Advised a hedge fund in respect of the designation of the Russian Central Bank as a Schedule 1 designated entity by Canada and in relation to trading in Russian sovereign debt in the secondary market.


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Education & Admissions

2013
Called to the Ontario bar
2012
JDUniversity of Ottawa
2008
B. Comm (Honours Finance)University of Ottawa

Insights (15 Posts)

Featured Insight

Let Them Roll: Dispute Settlement Panel Rules in Favour of Canada and Mexico on Automotive Rules of Origin and “Roll-Up” Method under CUSMA

Analysis of recent CUSMA panel decision on automotive rules of origin. Use of the roll-up method for core parts was in dispute between Canada, US and Mexico.

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Jan 24, 2023
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Sanctions Pivot: Canada Seeks Forfeiture of Russian-Owned Assets to Fund Reconstruction of Ukraine and Adds Oil Price-Cap Restrictions

Canada, in a first for G7 states, seeks seizure & forfeiture of sanctioned oligarch's assets for use in compensation & reconstruction of Ukraine.

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Dec 22, 2022
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Canada Embraces the Indo-Pacific: New Canadian Strategy Expands Opportunities for Two-way Trade and Investment

Canada announces new Indo-Pacific Strategy, applies to join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, and what it all means for Canadian businesses.

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Nov 30, 2022
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Canadian Sanctions Revisited: More Russian and New Iranian Sanctions, Including Price Cap on Russian Oil

Canada continues to update its sanctions relating to Russia, Ukraine, and Iran. It will also implement a price cap on Russian oil as part of a G7 initiative.

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Oct 4, 2022
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Could Imported Apparel Start Costing 17% More? Canada Revising its Special Duties for Developing Countries

Finance Canada has opened consultations on proposed changes to Canada's preferential tariff programs, with important implications for the apparel industry.

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Sep 9, 2022
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Canada Clamps Down on Services Provided to Russia

A description of the June 6, 2022 Canadian sanctions against Russia.

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Jun 13, 2022
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Canada Poised to Increase Regulation of Forced Labour in Supply Chains

Developments in Canadian regulation of forced labour in supply chains and their potential impacts on Canadian businesses

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Jun 7, 2022
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Canada Expands Sanctions on Russia and Proposes Broad Legislative Changes to its Sanctions Regime

An overview of two further rounds of Canadian sanctions against Russia as well as amendments that would strengthen Canada’s sanctions regime.

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Jun 1, 2022
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Budget 2022 Amends Legislation to Tackle Unfairly Traded Imports

Changes announced in Budget 2022 make it easier for Canadian producers to tackle unfairly traded imports.

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Apr 13, 2022
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Canada Further Expands its Sanctions Regime Against Russia

An update on Canada’s sanctions measures in response to military actions taken by Russia against Ukraine.

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Mar 29, 2022
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McMillan LLP’s CUSMA Dispute Settlement Scoreboard

Overview and analysis of disputes under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, including bi-national panel review, ISDS, and general dispute settlement

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Mar 11, 2022
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Canada Ratchets Up its Sanctions in Response to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

An update on Canada’s sanctions measures in response to military actions taken by Russia against Ukraine.

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Mar 4, 2022
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Combatting Forced Labour in Supply Chains from a Canadian Customs Perspective

Global supply chains are inordinately complex. The focus is not solely on disruptions; forced labour is increasingly in the spotlight.

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Dec 22, 2021
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Canada Enters Into Free Trade Negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Canada recently announced it will proceed with free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN member countries, expanding opportunity for trade and investment.

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Nov 30, 2021
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China’s Arduous Path to CPTPP Accession – A Myriad of Obstacles with an Improbable Outcome

On September 16, 2021, China submitted its request to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”).

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Oct 13, 2021