Catherine Bate

Partner | Toronto

416.595.8582

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Catherine Bate is the Leader of the Marketing, Advertising & Product Compliance Group, and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the field.  Cathy advises on all aspects of marketing, advertising and consumer product regulatory matters.  From sweepstakes to price promotions, privacy to consumer protection, performance claims to product recalls, she helps multinational corporations and start-ups alike develop practical, effective solutions and compliance strategies.  Cathy provides practical advice to help manage compliance obligations in light of rapidly evolving industry trends.

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Catherine Bate serves as lead editor of international guide on sweepstakes and contests

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) recently released Sweepstakes & Contests: A Global Legal Perspective, which provides an overview of the laws governing sweepstakes and contests in over 50 international jurisdictions. Catherine Bate, Canadian GALA member and lead of Miller Thomson’s...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Miller Thomson receives top honours in 2017 Chambers Canada guide

Thirteen Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups are named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada.  The guide ranks lawyers and law firms in over 40 specialist practice areas across Canada, based on client feedback, peer interviews and an assessment of...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Lexpert recognizes 80 Miller Thomson lawyers

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce 80 lawyers across ten of our offices are recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading practitioners in their field. Published annually since 1997, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory...

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Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance has released two new video series on complying with advertising laws around the world.  Catherine Bate speaks with other leading advertising lawyers from around the world to present timely and important updates on critical advertising...

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Miller Thomson receives top honours in Chambers Canada

Twelve Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups were ranked in the recently published first edition of the Chambers Canada Guide. The Guide ranks leading lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories across Canada, in over 40...

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Catherine Bate featured in video series on global advertising

Catherine Bate, a partner in the Toronto office who practices marketing and advertising law, is featured in a newly released video series on complying with advertising laws around the world. Created by the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”), the series...

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Catherine Bate chairs advertising and marketing law seminar

Catherine Bate is the program chair for the Ontario Bar Association’s course on Advertising and Marketing Law: Social, Digital, Online Compliance.

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Miller Thomson lawyers present Food & Beverage Industry course

Wendy Baker and Catherine Bate are course leaders for Lexpert Professional Development’s 2nd Annual Food & Beverage Industry in Canada course: The Dawn of a New Era – What to Expect in 2017. The program covers: “Regulatory Overview”, presented by Wendy...

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Catherine Bate speaks at ANA Advertising Law and Public Policy conference

Catherine Bate speaks on “A Global Perspective”, whether preparing a multinational program, or simply considering potential regulation at home, it is important to be armed with an understanding of global trends.

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Catherine Bate and Kelly Harris speaks on Advertising and Marketing Law

Catherine Bate and Kelly Harris presents at the Canadian Institute’s 23rd Annual Advertising & Marketing Law seminar. Kelly will present on Sponsorship, Ambush Marketing and Cause Marketing on January 23, and Cathy presents on Best Practices for Lawyers on January...

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Catherine Bate speaks on advertising law

Catherine Bate presents “Global Advertising Law: Year in Review” at the Practising Law Institute seminar.

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Catherine Bate moderates session at Marketing Law Conference

The topic of the session is “Regulatory Tightening of Consumer Relationship Marketing in Europe and North America”. Miller Thomson is pleased to provide our clients with a discount code to receive the best rates available. Please register at the link below and input code: SPONSHARE

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Catherine Bate and Eric Dufour speak on advertising and marketing law

The webcast for OBA Professional Development is on Advertising and Marketing Law: Social, Digital, Online Compliance. Catherine Bate is the Program Chair. Eric J. Dufour speaks on “Unraveling Your Dispute Procedure Options”.

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Catherine Bate speaks at digital advertising conference

Caterine Bate is a speaker at the American Conference Institute’s Annual Summit on Digital Advertising Compliance: Social Media, Sweepstakes & Promotions. Her presentation is on “All Things Global: Exploring Legal and Business Considerations for International Sweepstakes or Promotions”.    

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Catherine Bate moderates panel at marketing law conference

Catherine Bate moderates a session on “Growing Problem Areas in Canada” at the Brand Activation Association Marketing Law Conference.

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Webinar: The Legal Challenges of Advertising Food around the Globe

Catherine Bate speaks at a webinar on “The Legal Challenges of Advertising Food around the Globe” on July 30th from 1-2 pm ET. Presented by the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), the webinar will cover key issues such as advertising...

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Marketing and Advertising Seminar – Waterloo

A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding companies accountable, too. For the sake of both your bottom line and brand reputation,...

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Marketing & Advertising Seminar – Toronto

Catherine Bate, Kelly Harris, Catherine Dennis Brooks and Janet Feasby of Advertising Standards Canada present A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop. Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding...

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Marketing & Advertising Seminar – Vancouver

A One-Stop Marketing & Advertising Law Workshop Regulatory enforcement with respect to various marketing practices is on the rise. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and holding companies accountable, too. For the sake of both your bottom line and brand reputation,...

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Hot Topics in Advertising Law in the United States and Canada

Miller Thomson and the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) host a program on important advertising issues to consider when advertising in the United States and Canada. The program covers key areas of regulatory enforcement, advertising in social media, sweepstakes and promotions,...

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CASL Reprieve – Private Right of Action No Longer Imminent

By an Order in Council released June 7, 2017, the federal government has suspended the private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (or “CASL”). The provisions, which were to come into force on July 1, 2017, would have provided...

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CASL Reprieve – Private Right of Action No Longer Imminent

By an Order in Council released June 7, 2017, the federal government has suspended the private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (or “CASL”). The provisions, which were to come into force on July 1, 2017, would have provided...

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Ontario will Ban the Expiration of Reward Points

On December 8, 2016, legislation to ban the expiration of reward points received Royal Assent in Ontario. While not yet proclaimed into force, Bill 47 –  Protecting Reward Points Act (the “Act”) – will amend Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002...

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Amendments to Canada’s Advertising Self-Regulatory Guidelines Impact Endorsements and Testimonials

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body, has made changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”) which may be of interest to school board foundations. Effective as of October 3, 2016, these significant amendments include new...

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Amendments to Canada’s Advertising Self-Regulatory Guidelines Impacts Endorsements and Testimonials

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body, has made changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”). Effective as of October 3, 2016, these significant amendments include new guidelines that require the disclosure of any material connection...

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Amendments to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards, Including Guidelines Regarding Disclosures in Testimonials and Endorsements, Now In Effect

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”) has made significant changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”). Effective as of October 3, 2016, amendments include new guidelines requiring disclosure of any material connection between an endorser and the supplier in online...

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Coming Soon: Personal Care Products Regulation Overhaul

Health Canada has released its Consultation Paper on the Regulation of Self-Care Products, the first step in a long anticipated regulatory overhaul of this category. The proposed framework, if adopted, will mean a sweeping overhaul of how cosmetics and personal...

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Event Announcement: The Food & Beverage Industry in Canada: The Regulatory Evolution

Wendy Baker, QC and Cathy Bate of Miller Thomson are presenting an in-class program and live webinar, “The Food & Beverage Industry in Canada: The Regulatory Evolution”. Dates: Live Webinar – April 19, 2016 In-Class Program, Toronto – April 19,...

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Amended Maple Products Regulations in Force

Grading and quality standards for maple syrup prepared in federally registered establishments in Canada are regulated by the Maple Products Regulations (MPR).  The amendments to the MPR, which were registered and came into force on December 12, 2014, are intended...

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Event Announcement – EMC Food, Beverage & Bio Sector Initiative

Catherine Bate and Evan Campbell are presenting “Legislative Update: The Issues Impacting the Food Industry” on February 5, 2015 at the Institute of Food Processing Technology, Conestoga College in Cambridge, ON. The presentation will take place from 8:00 – 11:00...

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