Compliance Challenges with Canadian and US Export Controls

Addressing Compliance Challenges in the Interaction of Canadian and US Economic Sanctions and Export Controls in 2019

Canada is now a “sanctions hawk”. The traditional view that Canadian trade controls are less aggressive than or least similar to their US counterparts is no longer accurate and is causing significant compliance and enforcement challenges for Canadian as well as US companies operating in Canada. Those firms that fail to address fundamental differences in the substance, administration, and enforcement of trade controls north of the border are exposing themselves to significant financial and reputational consequences.


This webinar will cover the most important developments in Canadian economic sanctions and export and technology transfer controls and what to watch for in 2019, with a particular focus on their relationship and interaction with US measures, including:


  • Canada’s expanding use of target list-based sanctions, including under its new Magnitsky Law
  • Progress, or lack thereof, on long-awaited changes in the administration and enforcement of Canada’s economic sanctions
  • Significant amendments to the Canadian export control regime under Bill C-47, including new controls over “brokering” outside of Canada
  • How Canada’s Defence Production Act (the Controlled Goods Program) and defence export controls work with US ITAR, including continuing problems with the interaction between the regimes
  • Conflicts where compliance with US controls violates Canadian law – including human rights and employment law and Cuba blocking measures
  • Continued challenges in dealing with export-controlled and defence trade-controlled data in the cloud 

This webinar will provide PowerPoint slides and include live video and commentary from John Boscariol, who is a recognized expert on compliance and enforcement matters with respect to export controls over goods, technology and services, military and defence controls and related programs, economic sanctions, blocking orders regarding foreign extraterritorial measures, Canada’s Controlled Goods Program, government contracts, and other trade controls and national security measures.


This webinar is designed for Canadian companies or governments who deal with US companies or produce their products using US-origin goods or US technology. Companies located in the US may find this webinar to be of interest and helpful in understanding these potential conflicts and how their Canadian business partners, subsidiaries, parents, or affiliates must balance the conflicting export rules.


Webinar participants are invited to submit questions during the webinar; the final 30 minutes of the webinar will be allotted to answering attendees’ questions. Each registrant will receive a copy of the presentation, certificate of completion, and access to the webinar recording. Register even if you cannot attend; we will send you access to the webinar recording along with a copy of the presentation!


Who Should Attend This Webinar:


Canadian and US in-house counsel

Canadian and US external counsel

Compliance Officers



Each registrant will receive a copy of the presentation, certificate of completion, and access to the webinar recording


Can’t make the live broadcast of this webinar?  Don’t worry; you will receive access to the webinar, via recording and PowerPoint presentation. Multi-viewer discounts are available.

Speaker and Presenter Information


John Boscariol - Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC

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Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

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