Ms. Swick's practice focuses on government contracting, anti-trust, regulatory compliance, anti-corruption, export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, customs and judicial review of government decisions. She also has a practice in international trade and investment law (including WTO/NAFTA dispute settlement).
The Government of Canada has appointed Ms. Swick as an expert arbitrator under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA. She has also received her Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice from Osgoode Hall Law School. Early on in her career, she was legal counsel with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), Canada's bid review mechanism and the Department of Justice.
Ms. Swick is one of Canada’s leading experts on the law of competitive contracting and on trade agreements relating to government procurement. She has represented clients in numerous government contracting disputes, including before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada and provincial tribunals. Ms. Swick advises clients on all aspects of federal, provincial and municipal government contracting in Canada, including bid preparation, contract negotiation, assignment and change of control provisions, regulatory compliance, anti-corruption compliance, suspension and debarment, bid challenges and litigation. She also advises clients on the design and conduct of private procurement.
Having practiced in Ottawa, for two decades, Ms. Swick is well-known in government circles, and brings to clients years of experience in dealing effectively with governments and administrative agencies, in request to a host of regulatory compliance issues.
Ms. Swick has extensive expertise in representing clients in anti dumping and countervailing duty investigations before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. Her expertise and reported cases can be found here. Trade Remedy Expertise
As part of her regulatory practice she advises on Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions regime and all requirements under the Controlled Goods Program and Defence Production Act.
As part of her anti-corruption compliance practice, she has counseled and has written corporate compliance programs and conducted anti-corruption training, audits and investigations for Fortune 500 companies.
As part of her WTO and NAFTA practice, for over 20 years, Ms. Swick has successfully litigated numerous high-profile cases. She advised governments and private sector clients in more than 15 WTO dispute resolution proceedings. Ms. Swick currently represents a provincial government in the WTO Feed-In-Tariff case and for many years represented the Quebec Softwood Lumber industry in the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases against imports of softwood lumber from Canada, the most commercially significant trade case ever filed under the US trade laws.
In regard to her customs practice, Ms. Swick was formerly counsel to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal which hears appeals of decisions of the Canadian customs authorities on customs matters. She has counselled on customs matters and appeared before the CBSA, CITT and Federal Court. Early in her career Ms. Swick was in-house counsel to a major freight forwarder and distribution company where she had the opportunity to work on a variety of customs-related matters.