Competition Bureau Perspectives
(The Competition Act, EPR Programs & the Waste Management Industry)
Majid Charania, Director of Compliance, Competition Bureau of Canada
Greg Lang, Major Case Director and Strategic Policy Advisor, Competition Bureau of Canada
Ontario has recently finalized a new Regulation for the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries and initiated the transition of the former WEEE IFO-based diversion program and is currently finalizing a Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation and subsequent transition under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA). Blue Box regulations and a program transition are also on the horizon. These regulations and program transitions will be significant from a service provider and municipality perspective and the role of the Competition Bureau and Competitions Act.
Learn about the role of competition in the Canadian economy and how the federal Competition Act applies to producers and waste management organizations carrying out their responsibilities generally and under EPR laws specifically. As Ontario expands a new regulatory framework for diversion under the RRCEA, understanding the limitations that the Competition Act places on marketplace behaviours will be crucial to success
Majid Charania is Director of Compliance at the Competition Bureau. He is responsible for promoting compliance by companies of all sizes with the laws enforced by the Bureau. Prior to taking on this role, he served as Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition, the head of the Bureau. He has also held positions as a case handler for the Bureau, counsel to the Commissioner of Competition with the Department of Justice, and has completed a secondment within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Prior to joining the Bureau in 2014, he worked for a leading law firm as well as an energy company. Majid holds a Juris Doctor in Common Law from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Greg Lang is Major Case Director and Strategic Policy Advisor at Canada’s antitrust agency – the Competition Bureau. In his role, Greg works to champion competition within the regulated sectors of the Canadian economy. Greg joined the Bureau in 2006 and, in his current role, Greg works with federal, provincial, and municipal governments across Canada to advance pro-competitive regulatory outcomes. In particular, Greg often works with regulators in the telecommunications, finance, waste management, and transportation industries. Prior to his current role, Greg was a Senior Officer in the Bureau’s Mergers Branch, where he was responsible for determining the impact of corporate mergers and acquisitions on the Canadian economy. In this work, Greg led significant reviews in the telecommunications, airlines, ticketing, and beverages sectors.