Steve Szentesi

I am a Canadian competition and advertising lawyer with significant experience counseling companies, associations, agencies, governments and other organizations on the application of Canadian competition and advertising laws. My experience includes working on hundreds of matters in the competition, advertising and regulatory law areas. For more information about my advertising law services, see services.

My practice experience includes working at some of the leading business law firms in Toronto (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), Vancouver (Lang Michener, now McMillan) and London, UK (Linklaters). I also served as in-house competition counsel for The Canadian Real Estate Association in Ottawa, one of Canada’s largest associations.

My academic experience includes four years as adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law and publishing widely in the competition law area. I am a frequent speaker at industry events and regularly contacted by the media for views on Canadian competition law and policy matters.

Publications & writing: Lawyer Editor for Practical Law Canada – Competition (Thomson Reuters), columnist for Canadian Lawyer, co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada (Carswell), author of Competition Law and REALTORS (a national competition compliance course for REALTORS jointly published by ACRE and CREA) and subject matter expert and advisor for Competition Law for REALTORS (a national online compliance course for REALTORS). For more of my publications and media appearances, see publications and recent media.

Who Do I Act For?

I practice primarily federal law, as well as Ontario law. As such, I frequently act for companies, associations, not-for-profit organizations, governments and individuals across Canada. Over the past 15 years I have provided competition, advertising and regulatory law advice to clients in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, the Maritimes and US clients seeking Canadian legal advice.

Representative Work

Some of my recent competition and advertising law work includes:

Association competition law compliance, including in-person and online compliance programs for some of Canada’s largest associations; competition compliance for a major global construction products company; competition law compliance programs for small and large companies; advertising and marketing law advice (including for several of the world’s largest consumer products companies, local Canadian governments and several international governments); submissions to the Competition Bureau; filing Competition Bureau complaints; competition and advertising law related memoranda, applications for Competition Bureau advisory opinions; Canadian price-fixing cases; immunity applications to the Competition Bureau; contest law advice including for several local and international governments; competition law seminars and presentations for industry groups; drafting contest rules/forms; and assisting litigation counsel with competition law theory and strategies.


B.A. – University of Toronto
M.A. – University of Toronto
LL.B. – Dalhousie University


Steve Szentesi Law Professional Corporation
204 – 3 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 3V4
416.993.8852 (mobile)

To send me a message see: contact

Industry Experience

My experience includes working on competition law matters in the following markets/industries:

Agriculture, airlines, architectural woodworking, architects, associations, broadcasting, cat food, car dealers (deceptive advertising), cement, chicken farming, computers, computer hardware, construction materials, copper mining, defence procurement, diamonds, digital media, direct marketing, dog food, energy, financial services, float plane airlines, floor plan finance, forestry, gaming, gem polishing, gold mining, grain elevators, hedge funds, hotels, insurance, labour unions, LCD monitors, manufacturing, media, mining, news wire services, online contests, online gaming, online search engine ranking, outfitting and hunting expeditions, paper, pencils, pet food, pharmacies, port terminal grain handling facilities, potash, pulp and paper, printing, rail, real estate, real estate self-storage, real estate boards, real estate services, residential home construction, retail, retail books, roofing shingles, satellite communications, silver mining, social media, software, stock exchange services, telecommunications, telemarketing, theatre exhibition and film distribution, tires, tourism, trade associations, trailer leasing, transportation, upstream oil and gas, and vitamins.



I help clients practically navigate Canada’s advertising and marketing laws and offer Canadian advertising law services in relation to print, online, new media, social media and e-mail marketing.

My Canadian advertising law services include advice in relation to: anti-spam legislation (CASL); Competition Bureau complaints; the general misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act; Internet, new media and social media advertising and marketing; promotional contests (sweepstakes); and sales and promotions. I also provide advice relating to specific types of advertising issues, including performance claims, testimonials, disclaimers and native advertising.

To contact me about a potential legal matter see: contact

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