News | 03/04/2003 5:00 am EST
BCE Inc. may be gearing up for some major regulatory and competitive battles in the coming months as the communications giant has significantly beefed up its roster of competition and regulatory legal expertise. Noted competition and trade lawyer Lawson Hunter has joined the company as executive VP. Currently a partner at Stikeman Elliott, Hunter has had an extensive career in both the private and public sector. In the public domain, he has served as director of investigation and research under the Competition Act and assistant deputy minister with responsibility for the Bureau of Competition Policy. Hunter is regarded as the primary author of the country's 1986 Competition Act. In the private sector, he has advised a wide variety of national and multinational companies on regulatory and competition issues.