International trade and investment is a complex mix of law, government policy, and administrative practice. Few if any lawyers possess all of the skills necessary to provide a broad range of effective advice in these fields. At Sills Egsgard LLP, we are proud of our long experience in working with independent international trade professionals from a variety of backgrounds to advance our clients’ interests.
We are providing below the names and short biographies of our consulting colleagues who are able, when needed, to provide us with the benefit of their knowledge and experience on a broad range of trade and international investment questions. Our clients have frequently expressed their appreciation for our multi-disciplinary approach to these areas.
Wayne Dunn has over 25 years of senior-level global experience with Corporate Social Responsibility projects, including both strategic consulting and direct on-the-ground implementation, with industry experience in a diverse range of sectors.
His projects have won major international awards, been made into a Stanford Business School Case Study and used as a consultation best practice by Northern Ireland Ministerial Advisory Group. He is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at major events worldwide, (see examples) and publishes on CSR and strategy topics. As well, he is an acclaimed educator with extensive experience delivering CSR lectures and programs throughout Africa and globally.
Wayne Dunn is President & Founder of the CSR Training Institute and Professor of Practice in CSR at McGill. He’s a Stanford University Sloan Fellow with a M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is on the Advisory Board of the EU Africa Chamber of Commerce and Chaired the 2014 EU Africa CSR Awards Gala jury.
He is a CSR pioneer and a veteran of 25+ years and 70+ projects in the space where business meets society. His experience includes award winning global CSR and sustainability work including industry projects, CSR strategy and CSR Policy. Wayne’s work spans the globe and covers many industries and sectors including extensive work with Indigenous Peoples in Canada and globally. His work has won major international awards and has been used extensively as ‘best-practice’ by industry and academia, including as a case study by Stanford Business School.
Wayne is recognized global CSR thought-leader and a highly acclaimed and frequent lecturer and speaker on CSR, economics, development and strategy at events worldwide. His writings on CSR are followed globally and he is currently in discussions with a U.K. publisher interested in developing them into a book.
He’s also worked oil rigs, prospecting, diamond drilling, logging, commercial fishing, heavy equipment operator, farming, truck driver, trapper and underwater logging, done a couple of start-ups and too many other things to mention.
Wayne is equally comfortable at a minesite or addressing major international events; in the jungle or in the boardroom.
Brian Staples has had a varied career since starting out as a junior customs broker in 1978. He has been a partner in Foster International, one of the most respected customs consultants in Canada before founding his own customs consulting firm Trade Facilitation Services in 1998. He has worked for a very wide range of North American and international clients in the course of his career. More recently, Brian founded the Origin Institute, an organization devoted to research and assistance on trade issues involving determination of the origin of goods and their components.
Brian provides assistance to companies in achieving regulatory compliance through a broad range of advisory and verification services in technical trade fundamentals such as rules of origin, tariff classification, valuation and customs procedures. His services are complemented by significant activity in policy matters including preferential trade management and trade facilitation initiatives. A particular area of experience and expertise lies in designing and developing single-issue coalitions to amend and improve trade regulations. Brian has been a longstanding member of the Canadian Apparel Federation and has extensive experience in working collaboratively with them in securing tariff relief on imported fabrics and other products. He has also worked extensively to help food and grocery product suppliers to import their products into Canada.
In addition to resolving trade problems for private sector clients, Brian has worked on a wide range of trade and customs related technical assistance and capacity building projects for various international and regional development institutions, including the Canadian International Development Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Trade Center and UNCTAD.
Brian is a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and serves on the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Customs and Trade Regulations.
In recent years, Brian has teamed up with Mark Sills on a number of trade and policy issues for private sector clients and foreign governments. Our collective knowledge and legal, trade policy and advocacy skills can be very valuable to private and public sector organizations alike.
Vincent Gaudreau has a wealth of trade remedy working experience, having led or participated in numerous anti-dumping cases, normal value reinvestigations, and subsidy/countervail cases in the United States, Europe and Asia. After a varied and busy career spanning 35 years in the Anti-dumping and Countervailing Directorate at the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") and its predecessor departments, he took his retirement from the Federal public service in 2007. His final position in CBSA was Senior Program Officer in the Industrial Products Division in the Directorate.
Previously, he has served as a Policy Officer in the same Directorate during which time he was engaged in preparing policy papers and delivered training programs to regional customs officers as well as to visiting trade remedy officials from a variety of countries, including Japan and Korea. He was stationed abroad in Tokyo and Seoul over a four year period as the Regional Customs Representative where he was responsible for conducting various dumping investigations.
Since leaving the Federal Government, Mr. Gaudreau has worked on a number of assignments advising Canadian producers, Canadian importers and foreign exporters involved in dumping and subsidy investigations. Mr. Gaudreau is fluently bilingual, and his services are available to Sills Egsgard LLP clients in anti-dumping cases, subsidy/countervail cases, normal value re-investigations and expiry reviews.