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Making Sense of Government Shutdown Orders
As governmental entities are shuttering nonessential business activities, its vital that equipment distributors understand whether they can remain open. In addition to AED’s team from Impact Canada, we’ll be joined by Scott Thurlow, an attorney specializing in regulatory and policy matters impacting the business community. The Impact Canada team will also provide an update on what the federal government has done, and what it’s expected to do to help small-medium-sized businesses survive this volatile period.
W. Scott Thurlow, a lawyer, was called to the bar of Ontario in 2003. He currently serves as counsel to over 30 clients on regulatory matters and policies pertaining to Chemicals Management, Climate Change, government ethics and lobbying rules.

He currently is a member of the Minister of Health and Minister of Environment & Climate Change’s stakeholder advisory council on the Chemicals Management Plan. From 2012-2014, he served as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), where he represented the interests of the producers of Ethanol and Renewable Diesel in Canada.

As an advocate for the manufacturing sector, Scott is registered as a lobbyist for the Dow Chemical company, Methanex, Imperial, the American Chemistry Council, and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. He also serves as an advisor on environmental policy for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Copper Development Association and the International Zinc Association. Scott has previously represented the International Manganese Institute, the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association and the Industrial Minerals Association of North America on issues related to chemicals management.

Mr. Thurlow previously served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the Minister of Natural Resources in 2005. In addition to preparing the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Question Period and Parliamentary debates, Scott was responsible for the Atlantic desk in the Minister’s office.

Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and his law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Scott served on the national board of directors of Equal Voice from 2014-2019, and was the national capital region co-chair from 2015-2019. He is currently as an advisor to GreenPac, a charity dedicated to endorsing environmentally minded candidates for political office. He has previously served as a board member for Carefor (2009-2012), Biotalent Canada (2014) and the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) (2012-2014).
Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
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