Brenda Swick is a partner in the International Trade Group at Cassels. One of Canada’s leading practitioners in international trade and investment law, Brenda also offers extensive experience in government contracting, and anti-corruption enforcement & compliance, and government relations.
Brenda’s International trade practice focuses on economic sanctions, export, import and technology transfer controls, defence trade controls, blocking measures (Cuba), national security measures, trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard investigations) and Canadian customs law.
She also has an active WTO and free trade dispute settlement practice. She assists clients in understanding how to use international trade agreements to protect and promote their businesses at home and abroad under Canada’s myriad of international trade and investment agreements, including: the NAFTA, CPTPP, CETA and the WTO.
Brenda offers extensive expertise in representing clients in anti-dumping, safeguards and countervailing duty investigations before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), and the Federal Court.
For over 20 years, Brenda has successfully litigated high-profile cases and has advised governments and private sector clients in more than 15 WTO and NAFTA dispute resolution proceedings.
Former counsel with the CITT and the Department of Justice, Brenda has represented clients in some of Canada’s highest-profile trade disputes in softwood lumber, steel, dairy products, alcoholic beverages, baby food, natural resources, and energy.
She has also represented clients in numerous government contracting disputes and advises clients on all aspects of federal, defence, provincial and municipal government contracting in Canada. The Government of Canada appointed Brenda as an expert arbitrator under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA, and this appointment will continue under CUSMA.
Having practiced in Ottawa for two decades, Brenda is well-known in government circles and brings several years of experience in dealing effectively with governments and administrative agencies regarding a host international trade and regulatory issues. Brenda has written extensively and is the co-author of Customs and Excise chapter in Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, published by LexisNexis.