Melanie Aitken was the Commissioner of Competition from 2009 to 2012, and is credited with revitalizing the Competition Bureau as an active enforcement agency. Most notably, she led the introduction of major amendments to Canada’s competition laws, introducing a stricter US-style merger review process, and a new tougher standard for cartel offences. Aitken is now the managing principal of Bennett Jones (US) LLP, which carries on the practice of Canadian law in Washington, DC, in association with Bennett Jones LLP. She is also co-head of the competition and foreign investment practice of Bennett Jones.
On June 11, 2019, ITIF President Robert Atkinson partnered with David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama in the C.D.