The Honourable Paul Crampton
Paul Crampton was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court on December 15, 2011. He was appointed to the Federal Court on November 26, 2009 and to the Competition Tribunal on March 18, 2010. From 2004 to 2009, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto. Between 2002 and 2004, he was Head of Outreach, in the Competition Division of the OECD. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the OECD’s work in the competition field with developing and transitioning countries. From 1992 to 2002, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Davies, Ward, Phillips and Vineberg LLP. He is a Past Chair of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on Competition Law and Policy; a former member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Working Party on International Competition Law Convergence; a former member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council's Competition Principles Working Group; and a past Chair of committees of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association. He also is the author of Mergers and the Competition Act, a leading text on the merger provisions of the Competition Act, and of numerous articles published in domestic and international journals. He has spoken extensively on competition law throughout the world. Between 1987 and 1991, he held various positions within the Competition Bureau, including Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition (formerly the Director of Investigation and Research). In that capacity, his duties included advising on a broad range of cases and policy matters and being the principal drafter of the Bureau's 1991 Merger Enforcement Guidelines, and participating in the development of other Bureau policy statements, such as the Price Discrimination Enforcement Guidelines and the Predatory Pricing Enforcement Guidelines. He coordinated the Competition Law course in York University's LL.M Programme in International Trade and Competition law (1997-1998), and was the principal lecturer of competition law courses at University of Ottawa Law School (1988-1990), and University of Toronto Law School (1992).