Christianne Laizner has broad experience in communications law and public-sector management. She most recently served as Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the CRTC’s Legal Sector from 2013 to 2017. She previously served as the CRTC’s General Counsel for telecommunications.
Mrs. Laizner began her career in private practice. Prior to joining the public service, Mrs. Laizner was a partner in the Chown, Cairns law firm in St. Catharines, Ont., specializing in civil litigation, family law and insurance defence litigation. In 1987, she joined the Department of Justice, as a civil litigator. She then joined the Trade Negotiations Office as counsel to the Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada) participating in negotiations and providing legal advice on dispute settlement provisions of the first Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement and then the North American Free Trade Agreement. From 1997 to 2007, Mrs. Laizner co-managed the Litigation and Procurement Review Practice Group at Public Works and Government Services (now Public Services and Procurement Canada) and defended major Crown project procurement before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. In 2007 she was appointed General Counsel and Executive Director of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Legal Services Branch.
Mrs. Laizner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982, and holds Bachelor of Laws from Western University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from McGill University.
Her term ends on July 16, 2018.