Geoffrey C. Kubrick 

Co-Chair, International Trade
Ottawa  t: 613.691.6129  |  e: geoffrey.kubrick@mcmillan.ca

Geoffrey C. Kubrick

Ottawa
World Exchange Plaza, Suite 2000
45 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

t: 613.691.6129
e: geoffrey.kubrick@mcmillan.ca

overview

Geoffrey Kubrick is a partner in the International Trade Law Group in the firm's Ottawa office. He joined the firm in 1993 .

Geoff is one of Canada's leading practitioners in the field of international trade law, and has appeared in more than one hundred trade-related cases before the Canadian courts and tribunals. Combining his economic and legal experience in the area of international trade, particularly in anti-dumping and countervail investigations, Geoff undertakes detailed analysis of source data, prosecutes appeals against decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA"), and provides related opinions and submissions. Before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ("CITT"), he has frequently represented both foreign exporters/ importers and Canadian producers in customs appeals, injury inquiries and reviews. He has also been involved in a number of leading trade cases in litigation before the Federal Court of Canada and Supreme Court of Canada.

Geoff has frequently appeared as counsel before NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panels, as well as panels under the earlier Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement . He acted as assistant to the NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panel in one of the first cases heard in the United States under the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. In addition, he advises clients on provisions of the WTO, CETA and NAFTA, as well as on bilateral trade agreements.

In commercial law, he has been involved in the drafting and negotiation of international technology licensing agreements, for products as diverse as radio-isotopes and computer software, and he advises clients regularly in other matters pertaining to corporate law.

Geoff has acted as a Consultant for the Consumers Association of Canada. He advised on economic issues during negotiation of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. He has also acted as an Economist for Statistics Canada, focusing on data collection and analysis and the development of computer systems.

Representative Matters

Geoffrey Kubrick has been the lead on the following cases:

  • Canada Border Services Agency makes a preliminary determination of dumping and subsidization against Line Pipe from Korea – represented Tenaris Canada, a Canadian producer. The finding imposes provisional duties for a four month period, while the Canadian International Trade Tribunal examines whether the dumping and subsidization has caused injury to Canadian production (September 2017)
  • Canada Border Services Agency terminates an anti-dumping investigation against Silicon Metal from Russia – McMillan successfully represented Rusal, a Russian producer. The decision was made on the ground of negligible volumes. Preliminary determinations were made in respect of  the dumping and/or  subsidization from 6 other countries (July 2017).
  • The Canadian International Trade Tribunal found injury to Canadian production caused by the dumping of concrete reinforcing bar  (“rebar”) originating or exported from Republic of Belarus, Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain. McMillan LLP represented Max Aicher (North America) in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in anti-dumping protection for up to five years against imports of rebar from the named countries (May 2017)
  • CITT renews injury finding on dumped and subsidized Pup Joints from China – Represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of seamless pup joints from China (April 2017)
  • The Federal Court of Appeal upholds a decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal declining to provide a product exclusion requested by Mertex Canada Inc. McMillan LLP represented Tenaris Canada, a Canadian producer of oil country tubular goods (October 2016)
  • The Canadian International Trade Tribunal found injury to Canadian production caused by the dumping and subsidization of Line Pipe originating or exported from China. McMillan LLP represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in anti-dumping protection for up to five years against imports of Line Pipe from China (March 2016)
  • Canadian International Trade Tribunal finds there is no public interest in the British Columbia market to justify reducing duties on by dumped and subsidized concrete reinforcing bar from China or dumped concrete reinforcing bar from South Korea and Turkey – represented Gerdau Longsteel North America, a Canadian producer in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in the full statutory measure of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy protection against imports of concrete reinforcing bar from China and anti-dumping protection against those same goods from South Korea and Turkey (December 2015)
  • CITT renews injury finding on Oil Country Tubular Goods (“OCTG”) from China – Represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of OCTG from China (March 2015)

Presentations

What Could the NAFTA Renegotiations Mean for Your Business?
Canada Perspective
Trump's Implication on WTO and NAFTA; a discussion of the international trade implications of President Trump's policy proposals
Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later: the importance of due diligence on international trade issues in the mergers & acquisition process
The Intersection Between the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP): Lessons Learned
Taming the Hydra; the Role of Corporate Counsel in Inter-jurisdictional Legal Issues
Open For Business: Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
Developments in Free Trade Agreements Between North America

Publications

NAFTA
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
GAME ON
USTR Releases Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiations
Softwood Lumber: Hard Facts
NAFTA – the sky is not falling – those are just thunder clouds
Free Trade Trumps Protectionism
IT is It!
Canada Removes Tariffs on High Tech Imports
The M&A Maze:
Due Diligence and International Trade Law
The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran
TPP of the Iceberg
Shining a Light on Solar Panels: Government Promotion of Renewable Energy Leads to Trade Disputes and Trade Remedies
Finally! CBSA to Allow Duty Refund Claims on Downward Transfer or Sale Price Adjustments
Penny Wise, Pound Foolish? Federal Government Proposes to Combine "Back-Office" Work of Eleven Federal Tribunals and Boards into One New "Mega" Administrative Agency
The Long and Winding Road - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed
Timber! $1 Billion China-BC Forestry MOU Signed
Surprise! The Impact of Transfer Price Adjustments on Canadian Customs Valuation and Compliance
The deal is done: Canada – EU trade deal signed
COOL: United States not so cool for Canadian farmers
That's amore: New rules for mozzarella used in restaurant pizza
Russia's accession to the WTO – implications for Canada
The cloud with a silver lining: How to survive Canadian anti-dumping actions
Anti-dumping law in Canada
Will tariffs increase on imported goods from certain countries? Canada reconsiders the general preferential tariff
Important changes coming to Canadian food inspection agency's food inspection system

News

Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
Geoffrey Kubrick Discusses the Potential Winners and Losers from NAFTA Talks for Listed Magazine
Geoffrey Kubrick was interviewed by Canadian Lawyer magazine about how NAFTA renegotiations could focus on specific sectors
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Chambers Global 2017 has ranked McMillan as a leading law firm in several practice areas
Geoffrey Kubrick discusses why the TPP is different in TerraLex
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in 2016 Chambers Global
McMillan lawyers are well represented in inaugural edition of Chambers Canada
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan who successfully represented Tenaris Canada is featured in Lexpert's Big Suits
McMillan lawyers recognized in 2015 Chambers Global
The Legal 500 Canada 2015 recognizes 16 McMillan lawyers
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 recognizes 17 McMillan lawyers
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Chambers Global Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 recognizes 21 McMillan lawyers
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2013 Chambers Global Directory
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 Recognizes 39 McMillan Leading Practitioners
McMillan Lawyers are well represented in the 2012 Chambers Global Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2011 recognizes 25 McMillan lawyers

Education

  • University of Ottawa, LLB - 1986
  • Carleton University, MA Economics - 1979

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1988

Practices

international trade
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy remedies
customs regulation
international trade regulation
import and export controls and permits
international economic and trade sanctions
competition and antitrust
business law

Industries

energy
automotive
information technology
commercial real estate
food, beverage and agribusiness
manufacturing, distribution and retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association

Teaching Engagements

  • Guest lecturer – University of Ottawa

Awards & Rankings

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leader in International Trade and Finance Law
  • Recommended by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 in the area of International Trade Regulation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leader in International Trade and Finance Law
  • Listed in Chambers Global 2017 as a leading lawyer in the practice are of International Trade/WTO
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 as a leader in Trade and Customs Law
  • Listed in The Legal 500 Canada 2015 as a "Leading Lawyer" - International Trade
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal Canada 2017, as a leader in Trade and Customs Law
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers 2017
  • Named by Lexpert/ American Lawyer in 2011 Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Received a "BV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Included in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers

Media Mentions

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Geoffrey Kubrick is a partner in the International Trade Law Group in the firm's Ottawa office. He joined the firm in 1993 .

Geoff is one of Canada's leading practitioners in the field of international trade law, and has appeared in more than one hundred trade-related cases before the Canadian courts and tribunals. Combining his economic and legal experience in the area of international trade, particularly in anti-dumping and countervail investigations, Geoff undertakes detailed analysis of source data, prosecutes appeals against decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA"), and provides related opinions and submissions. Before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ("CITT"), he has frequently represented both foreign exporters/ importers and Canadian producers in customs appeals, injury inquiries and reviews. He has also been involved in a number of leading trade cases in litigation before the Federal Court of Canada and Supreme Court of Canada.

Geoff has frequently appeared as counsel before NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panels, as well as panels under the earlier Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement . He acted as assistant to the NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panel in one of the first cases heard in the United States under the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. In addition, he advises clients on provisions of the WTO, CETA and NAFTA, as well as on bilateral trade agreements.

In commercial law, he has been involved in the drafting and negotiation of international technology licensing agreements, for products as diverse as radio-isotopes and computer software, and he advises clients regularly in other matters pertaining to corporate law.

Geoff has acted as a Consultant for the Consumers Association of Canada. He advised on economic issues during negotiation of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. He has also acted as an Economist for Statistics Canada, focusing on data collection and analysis and the development of computer systems.

Geoffrey Kubrick has been the lead on the following cases:

  • Canada Border Services Agency makes a preliminary determination of dumping and subsidization against Line Pipe from Korea – represented Tenaris Canada, a Canadian producer. The finding imposes provisional duties for a four month period, while the Canadian International Trade Tribunal examines whether the dumping and subsidization has caused injury to Canadian production (September 2017)
  • Canada Border Services Agency terminates an anti-dumping investigation against Silicon Metal from Russia – McMillan successfully represented Rusal, a Russian producer. The decision was made on the ground of negligible volumes. Preliminary determinations were made in respect of  the dumping and/or  subsidization from 6 other countries (July 2017).
  • The Canadian International Trade Tribunal found injury to Canadian production caused by the dumping of concrete reinforcing bar  (“rebar”) originating or exported from Republic of Belarus, Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain. McMillan LLP represented Max Aicher (North America) in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in anti-dumping protection for up to five years against imports of rebar from the named countries (May 2017)
  • CITT renews injury finding on dumped and subsidized Pup Joints from China – Represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of seamless pup joints from China (April 2017)
  • The Federal Court of Appeal upholds a decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal declining to provide a product exclusion requested by Mertex Canada Inc. McMillan LLP represented Tenaris Canada, a Canadian producer of oil country tubular goods (October 2016)
  • The Canadian International Trade Tribunal found injury to Canadian production caused by the dumping and subsidization of Line Pipe originating or exported from China. McMillan LLP represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in anti-dumping protection for up to five years against imports of Line Pipe from China (March 2016)
  • Canadian International Trade Tribunal finds there is no public interest in the British Columbia market to justify reducing duties on by dumped and subsidized concrete reinforcing bar from China or dumped concrete reinforcing bar from South Korea and Turkey – represented Gerdau Longsteel North America, a Canadian producer in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in the full statutory measure of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy protection against imports of concrete reinforcing bar from China and anti-dumping protection against those same goods from South Korea and Turkey (December 2015)
  • CITT renews injury finding on Oil Country Tubular Goods (“OCTG”) from China – Represented Tenaris Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of OCTG from China (March 2015)
October 2017
NAFTA
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

International Trade Bulletin

July 2017
GAME ON
USTR Releases Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiations

International Trade Bulletin

June 2017
Softwood Lumber: Hard Facts

International Trade Bulletin

January 2017
Free Trade Trumps Protectionism

International Trade Bulletin

July 2016
IT is It!
Canada Removes Tariffs on High Tech Imports
International Trade Bulletin
April 2016
The M&A Maze:
Due Diligence and International Trade Law
International Trade Bulletin
March 2016
CLEANING UP ON TRADE
TPP and the Environment
International Trade Bulletin
February 2016
The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran
International Trade Bulletin
October 2015
TPP of the Iceberg
International Trade Bulletin
January 2014
Timber! $1 Billion China-BC Forestry MOU Signed
International Trade Bulletin
October 2013
The deal is done: Canada – EU trade deal signed
International Trade Bulletin
July 2013
COOL: United States not so cool for Canadian farmers
International Trade Bulletin
May 2013
Russia's accession to the WTO – implications for Canada
International Trade Bulletin
May 2013
Anti-dumping law in Canada
International Trade Bulletin
August 15, 2017
What Could the NAFTA Renegotiations Mean for Your Business?
Canada Perspective
Panel Discussion - Duane Morris, New York
April 10, 2017
Trump's Implication on WTO and NAFTA; a discussion of the international trade implications of President Trump's policy proposals
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
April 12, 2016
Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later: the importance of due diligence on international trade issues in the mergers & acquisition process
ABA Section of International Law, Spring 2016 Meeting, New York
October 23, 2015
The Intersection Between the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP): Lessons Learned
American Bar Assocation 2015, Montreal, Quebec
October 23, 2014
Taming the Hydra; the Role of Corporate Counsel in Inter-jurisdictional Legal Issues
ABA Section of International Law, Fall 2014 Meeting
April 25, 2014
Open For Business: Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement
Joint OBA/ABA Program
October 18, 2013
Developments in Free Trade Agreements Between North America
ABA Section of International Law, Fall 2013 Meeting