Lawson Hunter is regulatory and government relations counsel at Stikeman Elliott, where he has served as partner of the firm’s Competition and Investment Group. He held an executive position with Bell Canada and BCE Inc., responsible for overseeing regulatory, government relations and corporate affairs. Formerly Canada's senior civil servant in charge of competition policy and enforcement, Mr. Hunter was primarily responsible for the drafting of the federal Competition Act.
Mr. Hunter holds law degrees from Harvard University and University of New Brunswick, is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Corporate Directors, and was granted an Honourary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of New Brunswick.
At Stikeman Elliott, Mr. Hunter advises a wide variety of Canadian and multinational corporations on all aspects of federal regulatory law and policy. This includes foreign investment legislation, anti-dumping and international trade, telecommunications law and Heritage Canada issues, in addition to competition/antitrust matters. He is particularly noted for his experience as an advisor on the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Hunter has participated as director of the Information Technology Association of Canada and in several roles with the International and Canadian Bar Associations. He has also served the community as a member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Tele-Information and continues to support several other post-secondary and not for profit organizations.
Mr. Hunter is the Chair of MSI Corporation and ScienceTree and was previously a director of Bell Aliant and Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund.