The digital behemoths of the 21st century are increasingly viewed as the new monopolies. How do we create policies that balance the needs of innovators, consumers, and national jurisdictions?

2 October 2020

Online Conference

08:30 ET | 13:30 GMT

This conference focuses on one of the great public policy challenges of our time: the power of Big Tech. Across the North Atlantic world, governments and publics are coming to grips with the implications of just how large and powerful the FAANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google/Alphabet) have become.

The conference brings together academics, policy makers and corporate executives for evidence-led discussions on this key 21st century challenge. In addition, the conference explores how our experience with historical monopolies can provide meaningful insight.

We are indebted to our co-sponsors, The Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business History and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, for their support.


  • The Hon. Dr. Kevin G. Lynch, PC, OC, PhD, LLD, Former Clerk of the Privy Council (Keynote Speaker)
  • Richard Langlois, Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut (Keynote Speaker)
  • Dimitry Anastakis, Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Laurence B. Mussio, Historian and Chair, Long Run Institute (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Two panels of international, interdisciplinary experts


  • Elizabeth Acorn, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Michael Aldous, Senior Lecturer, Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Gillian K. Hadfield, Director, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, University of Toronto
  • Lawson A.W. Hunter, Senior Counsel, Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer for Cyber Security, TD Bank
  • Taylor Owen, Max Bell School of Public Policy & Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, McGill University
  • David Skok, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The Logic (Moderator)
  • Victor Tung, Executive Vice President U.S Chief Technology & Operations Officer & Chief Operating Officer, BMO Financial Group
  • David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail (Moderator)


  • Hunting the Big Five: Twenty-First Century Anti-Trust in Historical Perspective: Professor Richard Langlois
  • Anti-Trust in a Digital World: Do Old Problems Require New Solutions?: The Hon. Dr. Kevin G. Lynch
  • International Perspectives on Big Tech and Anti-Trust: Panel One
  • Canadian Perspectives Within International Considerations: Panel Two

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