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Chris Margison, Counsel

Chris Margison

Counsel Fasken
With experience gained from senior positions both in private practice and at the Competition Bureau, Chris is able to advise clients on all aspects of Canadian competition law in today’s fast-changing environment.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2000
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Chris Margison has over 20 years of private and public sector legal experience, including as Special Advisor to both the Commissioner of Competition and the Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels Directorate at the Competition Bureau.

With his background, Chris brings a number of attributes, such as the ability to provide critical advice, guidance and recommendations in a timely fashion on all aspects of Canadian competition law. He has advised the Commissioner, Senior Deputy Commissioners and high-profile Canadian and international companies on mergers, strategic alliances, cartels, bid-rigging, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, and misleading advertising matters. He has been involved in several litigated matters before the Competition Tribunal, including as an integral part of the Competition Bureau’s case team in Commissioner of Competition v. Visa Canada Corporation. Chris has developed expertise in a wide variety of industries, including the agricultural, consumer products, entertainment, financial services, information technology, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, plastics and telecommunications sectors.

Honours and Awards

  • Commissioner’s Merit Award Finalist, Competition Bureau, 2014
  • Commissioner’s Merit Award Winner, Competition Bureau, 2012
  • Deputy Commissioner’s Merit Award Winner, Competition Bureau, 2012 and 2014
  • Leading Lawyer in Advertising and Marketing, Lawday, 2009

Award Winning Transactions

  • Acted for Air Canada in connection with its acquisition of Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan loyalty program , which was ranked by Lexpert as one of the top 10 deals of 2019
  • Acted for Knowlton Development Corporation Inc. in connection with its sale to a group of investors led by Cornell Capital LLC, a private investment firm based in New York and Hong Kong, which was awarded the 2019 Gold Deal of the Year by the 21st annual Canadian Private Equity Summit Awards


Client Work

  • Student Transportation of America, Inc., backed by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Ullico Inc., announces significant expansion into Canada with its acquisition of Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.,
  • Dorel Industries completes sale of Sports segment,
  • Aphria and Tilray complete C$5 billion business combination to create largest global cannabis company,
  • Agropur Cooperative concluded an agreement with Lactalis Canada Inc. to sell all shares of its Canadian yogurt business, Ultima Foods Inc.,
  • Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec acquires Plenary Americas,
  • Ainsworth Inc. and GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. in the acquisition of ESC Automation Inc.,
  • Divestiture of Ridley Terminals Inc. by Canada Development Investment Corporation on behalf of the Government of Canada for C$350,000,000,
  • Kraft Heinz Co’s C$1.62 billion sale of its Canadian natural cheese business to Parmalat SpA,
  • Air Canada completes acquisition of Aimia’s Aeroplan loyalty business,

Career & Education


  • LLB, Summa Cum Laude University of Ottawa
  • BBA University College of the Fraser Valley

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair, Economics and Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's Competition Law Section
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, including the National Competition Law Section
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, including the Antitrust Law Section


Fasken Institute



Carswells Legal Alert (2002- July 2010) Regular contributions to the Competition Law Section of Carswell’s Legal Alert
Article, Co-Author Foreign Investment Review in Canada The New Rules


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