Waterloo, Canada — Touted by some experts as a major triumph for the Canadian economy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is also receiving fierce criticism for its implications on Canada’s copyright and intellectual property policy. Will TPP put Canadian innovators or the public interest at risk?

  • Speaking Event: Address by Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. Geist will discuss, “TPP, Copyright and Innovation: Are Canadian Creators or the Public Interest at Risk?” in an event hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
  • Expert Panel: Following the address, international trade and intellectual property law experts will discuss Geist’s main arguments and open the event to a question and answer period with the audience. The panel, moderated by Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, includes:
    • Barry Sookman, Senior Partner at McCarthy Tetrault
    • Myra Tawfik, CIGI Senior Fellow, Professor of Law, University of Windsor
    • Warren Clarke, Senior Research Associate at the DEEP Centre
  • Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
  • Time: 11:45am - 1pm
  • Location: CIGI Campus, 67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Registration: Media must register in advance through the Media Contact listed below.


Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star, the Hill Times, and the Tyee. Geist is the editor of several copyright books and monthly technology law publications, and is the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. He serves on many boards, including the CANARIE Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board. He has received numerous awards for his work and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003. In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

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