Mark Warner was quoted in the Globe and Mail and CBC News about Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan in response to the imposition of U.S. countervailing duties on imported Canadian softwood lumber. (June 1 & 7, 2017) The Plan includes $605 million in loans & loan guarantees from Export Development Canada (EDC) and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) for capital investments, expanding market opportunities & diversifying into new markets. A further $163 million in direct assistance from the Canadian Gov’t is earmarked for market & product diversification “in offshore markets”.Mr. Warner is a Canadian and U.S. lawyer who has practiced in Toronto, Washington, DC and New York and has advised governments on trade policy and trade negotiations and previously worked on trade and competition issues as counsel in the OECD Trade Directorate. Mr. Warner was Legal Director of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade and advised Ontario in the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations, on procurement issues in the Canada-U.S. Agreement on Government Procurement, on several NAFTA Chapter 11 Investor-State arbitrations and led the Province’s legal team for the insolvency / restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. He is co-author of a leading Canadian trade law treatise, has also published numerous articles and has been invited to speak at conferences around the world.