Commercial Law Strategy Activities Report 2002

APPENDIX B - ENDORSERS (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Legal Studies in Business

The Academy of Legal Studies in Business is an association of teachers and scholars in the fields of business law, legal environment, and law-related courses outside of professional law schools. Its members teach primarily in schools of business in colleges and universities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Action Réseau Consommateur (now called l'Union des consommateurs)

Action Réseau Consommateur is a non-profit organization in Québec whose mandate is to protect the interests of consumers. It was established in 1978 and is one of the two large consumer protection organizations in the province. There are over 50 government-funded consumer proteciton organizations in the province.

Alberta Law Reform Institute

The Alberta Law Reform Institute conducts and directs research into law and the administration of justice. It considers matters of law reform with a view to proposing to the appropriate authority the means by which the law may be made more useful and effective. To promote law research and reform.

Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC)

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) represents before federal, provincial and territorial governments the interests of members engaged in the manufacturing, importation, distribution and servicing of light duty vehicles, whose head offices are located outside Canada and the United States. Currently there are 14 members (BMW, Daewoo, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen) and 6 representative and sustaining members.

British Columbia Law Institute

The British Columbia Law Institute was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act. The broad purposes of the Institute are to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, to promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and to promote and carry out scholarly legal research.

Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) is a professional industry association that provides its members - the chartered banks of Canada - with information, research, advocacy and operational support services. Established in 1891, the CBA is the main representative body for banks in Canada and today represents over 40 domestic and foreign-chartered banks in Canada.

Canadian Bar Association (Business Law Section)

The Canadian Bar Association is the national organization of lawyers in Canada. Included in its mandate are the promotion of fair justice systems, the improvement of the administration of justice and the facilitation of effective law reform The Canadian Bar Association National Business Law Section has 4,604 members across Canada. These lawyers practice law in areas affecting business, commerce, trade, mercantile pursuits and banking.

Canadian Bar Association, Québec Division

The Canadian Bar Association is the national organization of lawyers in Canada. Included in its mandate are the promotion of fair justice systems, the improvement of the administration of justice and the facilitation of effective law reform. The Canadian Bar Association has Branches in each of the provinces and territories. The Québec Division approximately 3,500 members, most of which are in private practice

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada's largest, most important and influential advocate for business in Canada. It is the only national business group with a membership that covers the broad spectrum of private enterprise and the only non-political, non-profit association with an organized grassroots network of community chambers in every single federal riding. Its goal is to foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits Canada and all Canadians. Its customers reflect a strong, diverse network and include: chambers of commerce, boards of trade, corporate members, business associations - businesses of all sizes in all regions as well as non-members who purchase our products and services. The Canadian Chamber is the national and international voice for Canadian business. Its mandate is to create a business climate of competitiveness, profitability, and job creation for businesses of all sizes in all sectors across Canada.

Canadian Council of Chief Executives (formerly the Business Council on National Issues )

The CCCE is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization engaged in public policy research and advocacy. Its members are the chief executive officers of leading Canadian enterprises. In total, these enterprises administer in excess of $2 trillion in assets, have annual revenues of more than $500 billion and employ about 1.3 million Canadians.

Canadian Life and Health Insurance Inc. (CLHIA)

The CLHIA, established in 1894, represents 79 life and health insurers in Canada.
The Association's membership accounts for some 98 per cent of the life and health
insurance in force in Canada and administers about two-thirds of Canada's pension plans.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's leading business network. Its members account for 75% of Canada's industrial output and 90% of its exports. Over the past seven years, they have been responsible for 45% of the jobs created in the Canadian economy.

CATA Alliance (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance)

CATA Alliance is Canada's leading, most influential and entrepreneurial technology alliance. It is committed to growing the global competitiveness of its members, 80% of which are currently active exporters. The common purpose that unites the membership is CATA Alliance's commitment to members' business growth. With offices across the country, CATA is focussed on the provision of business services and government relations programs that conserve and leverage member resources. Because members are action-oriented businesses, CATA Alliance responds with action when members need specific services or activites. The "Traditional Champion" of Canadian research and development, CATA Alliance's mission is to stimulate "Global Business Growth" through the forces of Canadian innovation and strategic partnership.

Civil Justice Committee

This is composed of officials from Ministries of Justice

Ford Credit Canada Limited

Ford Credit is the world's largest finance company dedicated to serving the automotive industry. It provides a wide range of financial products and services to retail customers and dealers. Ford Credit's Commercial Lending operation finances car and light truck fleets, as well as medium and heavy trucks. For Credit Canada Limited is the Canadian subsidiary providing these services in Canada.

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

ITAC is the voice of the Canadian information technology industry. Together with its partner organizations across the country, the association represents 1,300 companies in the computing and telecommunications hardware, software, services, and electronic content sectors. This network of companies accounts for more than 70% of the 512,000 jobs, $116.4 billion in revenue, $4.4 billion in R&D expenditure and $30.8 billion in exports that IT contributes annually to the Canadian economy. ITAC's mission is to identify and lead on issues that affect our industry and to advocate initiatives, which will enable its continued growth and development.

Insurance Brokers Association of Canada

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is the national trade organization which brings together eleven regional associations of independent property and casualty insurance brokers in Canada. These associations represent approximately 25,000 brokers throughout the country. The functions of IBAC include a leadership role in the insurance industry's consultation process with Government as well as licensing courses and education programs distributed through the regional associations.

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association representing property and casualty insurance companies which insure the homes, cars and businesses of Canadians. A voluntary association, its members account for over 90% of private property and casualty insurance premiums in Canada.

Law Commission of Canada

The Law Commission of Canada is an independent federal law reform agency that advises Parliament on how to improve and modernize Canada''s laws. Its work is structured around the following four complementary themes of Personal Relationships, Social Relationships, Economic Relationships and Governance Relationships.

Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada (NDMAC)

The NDMAC is the national association representing manufacturers, marketers and distributors of self-care products including non-prescription medications, herbal remedies/natural health products and nutritional supplements.

Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)

PIAC is a non-profit organization that provides legal and research services on behalf of consumer interests and, in particular, vulnerable consumer interests, concerning the provision of important public services. As such, PIAC fills in the gaps of the advocacy system. PIAC addresses legal and regulatory issues of national interest in areas that are not generally served by the private bar, provincial aid systems and by other organizations.

Retail Council of Canada

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association whose more than 8,500 members embrace all retail formats, including department, specialty, discount and independent stores, and online merchants. More than 90% of its members are independent store owners. Collectively, RCC members account for two-thirds of Canada's general-merchandise retail market.

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is the Saskatchewan arm of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It represents businesses of all types and sizes in the province of Saskatchewan.

Toronto Board of Trade

The Toronto Board is Canada's largest local chamber of commerce providing over 10,000 members with the tools to build their business success. The Board provides public policy advocacy through its volunteer working groups that advocate for issues affecting the business community in Toronto. The Board believes that the best way to create jobs, wealth and a healthy tax base is to provide a healthy environment in which to do business. The Toronto Board has advocated for business property tax reform, education reform and financing, economic development, local governance, and an efficient and sustainable physical infrastructure.

VW Credit Canada, Inc.

VW Credit provides a range of financial products and services to its retail customers and dealers.

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