Partner Sills Egsgard LLP
Mark Sills is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Sills Egsgard LLP and practices in the area of international trade and investment. He provides legal and policy advice to foreign and Canadian companies and foreign governments on international trade and investment matters with particular emphasis on natural resource development issues and advises and represents foreign and domestic companies in Canadian trade remedy, export and import controls and customs cases. His diplomatic and legal career have included postings in Russia, Brazil and the Philipines and he brings a wide range of global experience to bear on assignments.
Mark has had extensive first-hand experience in international trade and economic issues. He began his career in the Canadian Foreign Service and was posted first to the Philippines and then to Brazil. He later practised law in the Legal Bureau of the Department of External Affairs in the areas of international claims, nuclear safety and international trade. Subsequently, he worked in the GATT Affairs Division and was Director of the International Energy Relations Division of the Department of Energy Mines and Resources during the Canada-US Free Trade negotiations. He worked on implementation issues for the Canadian government under the Free Trade Agreement and ultimately was a member of the Canadian legal team representing Canada during the NAFTA negotiations with the US and Mexico in 1991-92.
Mark moved to the private sector in 1992 and practised in the Moscow office of Macleod Dixon LLP until 1996. On his return to Canada, he joined the Macleod Dixon Toronto office and resumed his practice in the area of international trade and investment. In 2001, he accepted a retainer as international legal consultant to the Government of The Bahamas to assist that government in its application to join the World Trade Organization and its participation in various other international trade negotiations. He has also served as a legal consultant to the Ministry of Justice of the Government of Vietnam to assist in legislative reform in support of that country’s application to join the World Trade Organization. From 2003 to 2012, he was a partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He founded his own firm Sills Egsgard LLP in 2012 and carries on an active practice in the area of international trade and investment, corporate social responsibility, trade remedies, import and export controls and customs.