The two-day event offers sessions in the competition, regulation and consumer areas, including breakout sessions which allow delegates to choose from options in the programme that are most suited to their interests.

In the lead up to the conference, Bulletin is highlighting some of the programme’s speakers. This month we begin by talking to John Pecman, the guest speaker presenting at the conference’s evening dinner event.

Following a 34-year career at the Canadian Competition Bureau, John Pecman will share his insights as a case handler, executive and then head of the agency, detailing how he arrived at the Bureau during an exciting time for competition policy in Canada.

Drawing on the parallels between New Zealand’s experience in competition and consumer protection policy developments, Mr Pecman’s remarks will highlight such topics as cartel enforcement and compliance, the treatment of efficiencies in merger review, populism and the digital economy, the international fight against deceptive marketing practices and recommendations for taking international cooperation to the next frontier.

Mr Pecman says, “I am honoured to be a dinner speaker at this year’s conference. An extremely close relationship has developed between the New Zealand Commerce Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau during the course of my career. From our like-minded approaches to international competition policy development at multi-lateral fora such as the ICN, ICPEN and the OECD Competition and Consumer Protection Committees, staff interchange arrangements, to entering into a second-generation cooperation agreement together, all are a testament to the trusting relationship the two agencies have established.”

“It is with great anticipation that I will speak to you about my Canadian experiences in the field including our joint accomplishments and challenges. I am hopeful that conference attendees will have a better understanding of Canada’s competition law framework and issues which may provide food for thought for future New Zealand competition policy development.”

An economist with an M.A. from McMaster University, John Pecman is currently a Senior Business Advisor in the Antitrust/Competition & Marketing group at law firm Fasken. He is also a Senior Fellow with the CD Howe Institute, Competition Committee and a TMX Industry Professor for DeGroote Business School at McMaster.

The conference dinner is a great opportunity to network with conference speakers and other delegates.

Dinner tickets are an additional cost of $115 per person and can be purchased during registration.