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Christianne Laizner

Christianne Laizner

Vice-Chairperson, Telecommunications, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

As Vice-Chair of Telecommunications, Christianne Laizner chairs the Telecommunications Committee meetings. She also participates in public hearings and consultations with the objective of developing regulations and establishing policies in both the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.

Ms Laizner has served as the CRTC’s Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the Legal Sector (2013 to 2017), as well as the CRTC’s General Counsel for telecommunications (2010 to 2012).

Ms Laizner began her career in private law practice, then joined the Department of Justice as a civil litigator in 1987. She later joined the Trade Negotiations Office as counsel to the Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), where she participated in negotiations and provided legal advice on dispute settlement provisions of the Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Prior to joining the CRTC, Christianne held senior legal executive positions with a number of federal government departments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts(Hons.) from McGill University, an LLB from Western University in Canada, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

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À titre de vice-présidente des télécommunications, Mme Laizner préside les réunions du Comité sur les télécommunications. Elle participe aussi aux consultations et aux audiences publiques dans le but d’élaborer des règlements et d’établir des politiques tant dans le secteur des télécommunications que dans celui de la radiodiffusion.

Mme Laizner a été avocate générale principale et directrice exécutive du Secteur juridique du CRTC (2013 à 2017) ainsi qu’avocate générale du CRTC en ce qui concerne les télécommunications (2010 to 2012).

Mme Laizner a commencé sa carrière au sein du secteur privé et, en 1987, est entrée au ministère de la Justice à titre d’avocate plaidante en matière civile. Elle s’est ensuite jointe au Bureau des négociations commerciales à titre de conseillère juridique auprès du ministère des Affaires étrangères (désormais Affaires mondiales Canada), participant aux négociations et offrant des conseils juridiques sur les dispositions relatives au règlement des différends de l’accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et les États-Unis et ensuite de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain.

Avant de rejoindre le CRTC, Christianne a occupé des postes de cadre juridique supérieur dans plusieurs ministères du gouvernement fédéral. Elle est titulaire d’un Baccalauréat ès arts (avec distinction) de l’Université McGill, d’un Baccalauréat en droit de l’Université Western au Canada, et est membre du Barreau de l’Ontario.

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