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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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2019

Miller Thomson earned a top “Band 1” ranking for two practice areas in the 2019 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded as being “leaders in the charitable sector,” and praised for their ability  to “help find solutions in complex situations.” Our Agribusiness group...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018

Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...

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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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Catherine Bate speaks at Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance Regional Meeting in Brazil

Catherine Bate speaks on the topic of  “Digital Marketing and Influencers” at the GALA Regional Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Catherine Bate speaks at the 2018 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago

Catherine Bate speaks at the 2018 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago on Wednesday November 7, 2018 on the topic of “Looking Beyond the Borders”. “Increasingly, in-house counsel based in the U.S. are asked to take the lead or even...

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Catherine Bate co-chairs the OBA “Advertising and Marketing Law: Social, Digital, Online Compliance – Legal Issues for 2018 and Beyond” conference

“Ensure you have the expertise to advise your clients on how to effectively advertise and market their business without getting tripped up by legislative and regulatory hurdles. Get up-to-date on the ever-evolving field of advertising and marketing law, as you...

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Catherine Bate speaks at the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance seminar in Budapest

Catherine Bate speaks at “The GDPR Experience and its Effect on Direct Marketing & Influencer Marketing – What is Fact & What is Fiction?” seminar in Budapest, Hungary. At the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”) seminar, Catherine represents GALA Canada...

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Catherine Bate speaks at the Practising Law Institute’s “Global Sweepstakes and Contests” webinar

With the rapidly changing digital landscape, running a global sweepstakes program or contest has become a multifaceted marketing tactic. Join members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance from the USA, Canada, Columbia, Sweden, and Portugal on a panel discussing key...

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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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Advertising Law and the Digital Economy

The Marketing, Advertising and Product Compliance Group hosts an informative morning program designed to help advertising industry professionals keep up with the changing demands of digital and social when developing compliant marketing and advertising initiatives.   Group leader Catherine Bate will...

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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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Ad Standards Introduces New Influencer Disclosure Guidelines

On March 28, 2018, Ad Standards introduced new Disclosure Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). Developed with the cooperation of influencers and advertisers, the Guidelines are intended to provide suggested best practices for when, and how, to disclose any material connection between an...

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Ontario Amends Gift Card Regulation

On July 1, 2018, amendments to the general regulation under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the “Ontario CPA”) will come into force.  The amendments carve out cards issued by federally regulated financial institutions (“FRFIs”) from the application of the Ontario...

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It’s Official: Mandatory Data Breach Notification Coming on November 1, 2018

Last week, the Government of Canada published an Order in Council that will bring into force, as of November 1, 2018, the much anticipated mandatory breach notification and record-keeping requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”)....

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It’s Official: Mandatory Data Breach Notification Coming on November 1, 2018

Last week, the Government of Canada published an Order in Council that will bring into force, as of November 1, 2018, the much anticipated mandatory breach notification and record-keeping requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”)....

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Hail Mary Pass to Supreme Court Missed Its Mark: Application to Stay CRTC Order Prohibiting Simultaneous Substitution during the Super Bowl Dismissed

Canadians watching “The Big Game” last night on U.S. network television were able to see the much-anticipated commercials from the American broadcast feed.  But, that outcome was not guaranteed, nor is it a certainty for future years. On January 24,...

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Rewards Points Regulation in Ontario Coming Into Force January 1, 2018

Happy new year, indeed. As we first reported in a bulletin last year, Ontario is moving to ban the expiration of rewards points based on the passage of time, and implementing other controls and restrictions on rewards/loyalty programs in the...

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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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Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution

Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.

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