A Cross-Border Achievement: Jim Peterson Appointed Co-Chair Of Canada/US Law Institute

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 00:00

Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, has announced that the Honourable James S. Peterson, P.C., has been appointed Co-Chair of the Canada/US Law Institute (CUSLI). The CUSLI serves as a forum for governments, business leaders, scholars and others to examine and resolve the issues confronting the Canada-United States relationship.

"This is a great honour. I have devoted my career in law and public service to building greater presence for Canada on the world stage and to strengthening our relationships with our trading partners. The CUSLI is an ideal forum for me to continue this work,"said Jim Peterson, Counsel with Fasken Martineau.

Mr. Peterson served as Minister of International Trade from 2003 to 2006, during which time he represented Canada at the World Trade Organization's Doha negotiations on expanding trade and investment in emerging markets. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) - during this time, he helped pass legislation allowing foreign bank branches into Canada, aligned Canada with international money laundering and terrorism standards, handled insurance de-mutualization and approved major mergers including BNS/National Trust, Great West Life/London Life and TD/Canada Trust.

James J. Blanchard is the other Co-Chair of the Canada/US Law Institute. He is a former governor of Michigan and former United States ambassador to Canada. Currently, he is a partner with DLA Piper and Co-Chair of its Government Affairs Practice Group.