After years of inactivity, Canada’s enforcers are now busier than ever. From corporate liability to the threat of debarment, Tom Webb finds out what keeps Canadian investigations specialists awake at night.
Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud heads the National Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which investigates breaches of Canada’s foreign corruption legislation. Tom Webb spoke to him in the National Division’s headquarters in Ottawa to see what’s keeping the division busy.
Canadian enforcement agencies have ramped up their enforcement in recent years, boosting demand for investigations and compliance advice for businesses across the country. Tom Webb went to Toronto to meet the law firms that can guide their clients through the thorniest of investigations.
Two decisions by Canada’s highest court have confirmed that demands by government agencies for the production of documents over which claims of privilege have been made must be based on explicit language in the relevant legislation.
Canada’s highest court has ruled that the World Bank does not have to turn over documents from a corruption investigation into construction company SNC-Lavalin to defendants fighting related foreign bribery charges.
Canada has softened its automatic debarment rules for foreign bribery, but the reforms probably won't help SNC-Lavalin in its unresolved corruption case.
The Bank had been expanding its sharing of information with national law enforcement authorities pursuing corruption cases, said the Integrity Vice Presidency's Stephen Zimmermann.
Canada must overhaul law and enforcement, OECD says.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating Canadian mining company MagIndustries, after one of its former employees said his bosses bribed Republic of Congo officials to win approvals tied to a C$1.5 billion potash mine development project, newly unsealed documents reveal.
A Canadian court has declined to factor in senior management’s ignorance of misconduct while setting a corporate fine.
A former ambassador to Canada has sued a company and counsel connected to the Griffiths Energy International foreign bribery case, after the company claimed he had accepted bribes.