The following are Konrad's key areas of expertise:             



  • Led the Canadian negotiating group on dispute settlement during Canada–US Free Trade Agreement negotiations:     
    • established chapter 19 system for bi-national panel review  of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing decisions, as well as chapter 18  provisions on trade disputes (1987); 
    • oversaw the Canadian team in the Canada-US dispute of Salmon and Herring (1989); 
    • oversaw the Canadian team in the Canada-US dispute of Lobsters (1991). 
  • Negotiated and drafted the dispute settlement provisions of the  Agreement on Internal Trade between the Federal government and the  provinces (1994). 
  • Chaired (as judge) the Extraordinary Challenge Committee under  chapter 19 of NAFTA regarding Canada-US dispute on pure Magnesium  (2004). 
  • Chaired the arbitration panel on the dispute between Bell Canada  and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) regarding the  new telephone system for the Canadian Forces (2009). 
  • As puisne judge of the Federal Court of Canada rendered over 150  judgments on issues of contract, administrative law, intellectual  property, immigration law and human rights. 



From 2007 to 2012, acted as Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television  and Telecommunications Commission.  Responsible for the administration  and enforcement of the Telecommunications Act, Broadcasting Act and the CRTC Act.  Key files and activities: 

  • Telecom Forbearance – opened 90% of Canadian retail telephony market to competition; 
  • Review of New Media (decided to forego any regulation of New Media, other than prohibition of bestowal of undue benefit); 
  • Internet Traffic Management Practices (first country to adopt comprehensive rules for net neutrality); 
  • Diversity of Voices (established limits on cross ownership between radio, TV and newspapers in a given market); 
  • Oversaw policy reviews of Over The Air Television, Broadcast Distribution Undertakings and Community Broadcasting; 
  • Established a Group Based Licensing Policy for television; 
  • Managed the merger review of CTV and CHUM, Rogers and City TV,  Shaw Communications and Canwest Global Broadcasting, and Bell Canada and  CTV Broadcasting; 
  • Established the Vertical Integration Policy, which ensured the  survival of competition in a broadcasting and distribution market  dominated by four companies. 



During the late 1980’s was the chief counsel for the Government of  Canada in the privatization of  both aerospace crown corporations,  namely Canadair and DeHavilland. From 1997-2003, acted as Commissioner  of Competition and head of the Competition Bureau of Canada. 

Key files and activities:  


  • Reviewed proposed mergers between companies, including those in the banking and airline sectors; 
  • Investigated price fixing conspiracy affecting the sale and  supply of an additive widely used in the animal feed industry, which  resulted in one of the largest fines in Canadian history; 
  • Led the drive to establish the International Competition Network  (ICN), the umbrella organization for all competition authorities from  around the world and became its founding Chairman, a position held until  being appointed to the Federal Court in 2003. 
  • As Chairman of the CRTC, reviewed and approved with conditions  the merger review of CTV and CHUM, Rogers and City TV, Shaw  Communications and Canwest Global, and Bell Canada and CTV Broadcasting.  



During the 1980s, served as Senior General Counsel with the Trade Negotiations Office. In this role: 

  • Successfully led the Canadian group on dispute settlement; 
  • Responsible for drafting and implementing Canada-US Free Trade Agreement including implementing legislation for the Agreement. 

Subsequently, as Assistant Deputy Minister and Assistant Attorney  General in the Canadian departments of Industry, Justice and External  Affairs: 

  • Responsible for administration of Canada-US Free Trade Agreement; 
  • Responsible for drafting authorizing legislation and coordinating implementation of Canadian adherence to WTO; 
  • Responsible for drafting authorizing legislation and coordinating implementation of NAFTA; 
  • Member of Canadian team that negotiated the WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services. 


From 1982 to 1987 and 1892 to 1997 as counsel to the Department of  Industry and Assistant Deputy Minister Business Law, Department of  Justice he was  responsible for all major commercial files of the  government of Canada. In this role he successfully led the legal team: 

  • in the refinancing of Massey Ferguson and Chrysler Corp Canada 
  • in the establishment of a Bell Helicopter assembly facility in Montreal for all civilian copters produced by Bell 
  • the establishment of a Chrysler assembly plant in Brampton 
  • the privatization of Canadair to Bombardier 
  • the privatization of DeHavilland to Boeing 

He also the coordinated the federal government response to Commission of inquiry in the Westray Mine disaster.