Christopher McLeod

International Trade Counsel

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Chris McLeod is an International Trade Counsel in the Ottawa office of Cassidy Levy Kent. Mr. McLeod advises companies and trade associations on all aspects of trade and public procurement issues. Among other things, Mr. McLeod assists with:

  • Trade remedies matters (anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings) before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canada Border Services Agency and the Courts (judicial review proceedings and appeals);
  • Advocacy including the WTO and NAFTA, tariff classification, public procurement (Public Works and Government Services Canada) and federal regulatory law;
  • Advice and advocacy in matters arising under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (policies, program implementation, risk assessment), the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and World Bank (MDB) sanctions proceedings; and
  • Trade compliance matters including customs compliance, economic sanctions, compliance with export controls, international trade treaty compliance, export permit applications and non-compliance reports.

Mr. McLeod is a seasoned advocate having appeared before all trial and appellate Courts in Ontario (including the Ontario Court of Appeal), the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Mr. McLeod also regularly advises and represents clients on public procurement matters (federal and provincial) including:

  • Matters relating to Public Works and Government Services Canada and the various Canadian provincial procurement authorities;
  • Matters and issues relating to the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual, Supply Manual, and security clearance issues; and
  • Public procurement disputes (CITT bid challenges, judicial review, and civil litigation seeking damages).

In this respect, Mr. McLeod has acted for clients in a wide variety of industries including defence/intelligence, aerospace, telecommunications, construction, resources and professional services.

Representative Work

  • Negotiating resulting contract (ACAN process) under Canada’s $2.6 Billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
  • Counsel in challenging one of the largest federal public procurement projects (construction) in the National Capital Region
  • Counsel in municipal procurement dispute related to technology/ communications used in mass transit
  • Counsel providing advice to telecommunications companies looking to enter the Canadian marketplace selling to various levels of government
  • Counsel in complex, policy based litigation relating to fairness and awardee obligations arising after the award of a federal government contracts (procurement)
  • Counsel in World Bank sanctions proceedings
  • Counsel to energy and telecommunications companies in respect of CFPOA compliance and program implementation
  • Counsel before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal arguing a hearing relating to the customs classification of automotive parts
  • Counsel appealing CBSA goods seizures


  • LL.B., 2007, Queen’s University Law School

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • The Osgoode Society
  • Advocates’ Society

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Foreign Anti-Corruption Compliance: Director and Office Obligations and Considerations”, Corporate Governance by Federated Press, Volume IX, No. 4, 2013
  • Canada Gets Tough on Corruption, February 2013
  • Why You Should Think About an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program”,, April 2013
  • Tendering Law: The Evolution of the Duty of Fairness and What it Means for Clients”, Presentation, 18th East Region Solicitors Conference 2012
  • Panelist, Government of Canada, Economic Action Plan Roundtable: “Helping Businesses Sell to the Government of Canada”, 2011
  • A Comparison of Canada’s Proposed Consumer Product Safety Legislation (Bill C-52) and its American Counterpart”, Focus on Federal Advocacy and Policy, June 2008


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