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Digital Enforcement Summit 2020 - Agenda

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The Competition Bureau's inaugural Digital Enforcement Summit will feature a series of four online panels throughout October and November 2020.

Expert panelists will discuss topics that follow the stages of an investigation—from detection to resolution—providing an opportunity for participants to share best practices, and explore new tools and strategies for tackling emerging enforcement issues in the digital era.

Panels & Speakers

Panel 1 – Developments in Intelligence, Detection and Evidence

Panel details:

As anticompetitive activity in the digital age becomes more complex and opaque, competition authorities are investing in intelligence and detection capabilities in the shift away from primarily reactive enforcement models. The kickoff panel will cover two topics: the role of digital intelligence in the pre-investigation stage; and advances in the process of evidence gathering, including its collection, creation and processing.

When:

October 6, 2020 from 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

Moderator:

George McDonald, Chief Digital Enforcement Officer, Competition Bureau Canada

Panelists:

  • Dirk Van Erps, Adviser to the Deputy Director-General for Antitrust and Cartels, European Commission Directorate-General for Competition (EC DGCOMP)
  • José Manuel Haro Zepeda, Director General for Markets Intelligence, Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) of Mexico
  • Stefan Hunt, Chief Data and Technology Insight Officer, United Kingdom Competition & Markets Authority (UK CMA)
  • Herbert Fung, Chief Data Officer and Senior Director Business & Economics, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore
  • Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch, Competition Bureau Canada

Panel 2 – The Future of Competition Investigations

Panel details:

The digital economy has changed the way enforcement agencies are conducting their investigations and the tools that support their work. Investigatory practices suited for traditional industries can be out of step with the realities of companies operating in digital markets. This panel will dive into how enforcement agencies are adapting their approaches for digital investigations, and the kinds of skills required in this changing environment, with a focus on major case management and team skills and composition.

When:

October 19, 2020 from 8:00am to 9:30am EDT

Moderator:

Matthew Bargh, Intelligence Manager, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch, Competition Bureau Canada

Panelists:

  • Flavio Laina, Head of Unit, Cartel Directorate, EC DGCOMP
  • Kate Brand, Director of Data Science, UK CMA
  • Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Mexico Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT)
  • Tim Lear, Special Adviser, Substantial Lessening of Competition Unit, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Ryan Quillan, Deputy Assistant Director of the Technology Enforcement Division, United States Federal Trade Commission (US FTC)

Panel 3 – Enforcement Tools in the Digital Age

Panel details:

While the digital age may present new challenges for enforcement, it also has given rise to new technological solutions and tools to support enforcement. Competition authorities have an excellent opportunity to learn from the experiences of not only international counterparts but enforcement agencies and regulators outside of antitrust. The panel will explore innovative strategies being used such as AI and predictive coding in document review, and will feature a discussion on the implementation of new tools in a law enforcement context.

When:

November 10, 2020 from 8:00am to 9:30am EST

Moderator:

Mario Gordilho, Head of Merger and Antitrust Unit, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) of Brazil

Panelists:

  • Diogo Thomson, Deputy Superintendent CADE of Brazil
  • Sergio Lopez Rodriguez, Head of the Investigative Authority, COFECE of Mexico
  • Stefano Constantini, Lead Data Scientist, UK CMA
  • Zachary A. Keller, FTC Dallas Regional Office
  • Ann Salvatore, Deputy Commissioner, Cartels Directorate, Competition Bureau Canada

Panel 4 – Emerging Litigation and Case Resolution Strategies

Panel details:

As the transition to the digital economy raises the stakes of competition cases, timely and effective litigation and case resolution is increasingly important. Multi-year competition cases appear less relevant in an environment of dynamic markets tipping to a small handful of incumbents. This panel will focus on emerging approaches to resolution and litigation, with an emphasis on the challenges agencies face with the rapid pace of change in the digital economy and evolving evidentiary burdens in Court.

When:

November 26, 2020 from 8:00am to 9:30am EST

Moderator:

Josephine Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate, Competition Bureau Canada

Panelists:

  • Andrew Francis, Assistant Director Digital Platforms Branch, ACCC
  • Tom Smith, Legal Director, Digital Markets Taskforce, UK CMA
  • Wendy Berman, Vice Chair Ontario Securities Commission, Canada
  • Susan Wortzman, Founder of MT>3 and Partner at McCarthy Tétrault

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