Mark Warner was interviewed on BNN about trade and investment issues in the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s his first official visit to China. (September 2, 2016) In particular, Mark commented on Canada’s decision to apply to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the prospects for a Canada-China free trade agreement, ongoing bilateral trade disputes (e.g. canola “dockage”) and significant commercial contracts and agreements signed between Canadian and Chinese companies relating to auto parts manufacturing, autonomous vehicle R&D, coal gasification and private equity and venture capital investment in North American (primarily Canadian) companies in the health sciences, cleantech, technology, media and telecommunications, foods and agriculture, and energy sectors .
Mark was Legal Director of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade and the Ministry of Research & Innovation providing strategic legal advice with respect to the Ontario’s economic development, research and innovation grants and loans to individuals, corporations and academic institutions in addition to advising on trade negotiations and trade and investment disputes. Mark was responsible for the legal support for the creation of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, the $250 million Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund and the $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund. Mark, a Canadian and U.S. lawyer, has advised governments on trade policy and trade negotiations and previously worked on trade and competition issues as counsel in the OECD Trade Directorate. Mark has been an adviser to the Governments of Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam on competition and trade policy and at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State lectured in five cities in Japan on international antitrust law and policy.