OECD International Conference - The Consumer Marketplace of the Future


Josephine Palumbo

Iinternational Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network

President (Canada)


Josephine A.L. Palumbo is currently Deputy Commissioner of Competition for the Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch of the Competition Bureau in Canada. She was also appointed President of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) for Canada for a one year term in 2020. ICPEN is an organization of more than 65 consumer protection agencies from around the world working together to combat fraudulent, deceptive and unfair trading practices. She previously held the position of Deputy Executive Director and Senior Litigation Counsel with the Department of Justice (Competition Bureau Legal Services) and had been with the Justice Department for over twenty-five years where she has had carriage of high profile and complex litigation matters including criminal prosecution matters in the areas of deceptive telemarketing in her capacity as Federal Crown Prosecutor. As Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Palumbo has led several complex and key enforcement matters for the Competition Bureau (Canada) including the high profile resolutions involving: Volkswagen Group Canada Inc./Audi Canada Inc., Amazon.com.ca, Ticketmaster Canada Holdings ULC et al. and Facebook Inc.. Ms. Palumbo has received several Department of Justice Excellence Awards and has been recognized for her contributions to case work and the development of competition policy through a number of Commissioner Merit and Deputy Minister Awards by the Government of Canada. Ms. Palumbo graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario and articled with the Judiciary of the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and is a Knight with the title of Cavaliere of the Italian Republic.

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