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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio entitled "Opposition, activist call on Liberals to sanction Venezuelan government". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the lack of Canadian economic sanctions against the Maduro regime.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ken Hanely
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ken Hanely which was posted in the Digital Journal on July 21, 2017. The title of the article was Three key changes Canada should demand in NAFTA negotiations.



Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Sarah Reid of the CBC
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Sarah Reid of the CBC entitled "Why the U.S. wants to let Canadians buy more stuff duty-free"

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Barry Ellsworth
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Barry Ellsworth entitled "US revokes Canadians’ travel cards without explanation"

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in the Daily Sabah
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article in the Daily Sabah entitled "US revokes travel cards of Canadians with Muslim sounding names"

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC"Canadian citizen has Nexus card revoked in wake of partial travel ban, questions U.S. procedures"

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on BNN to discuss softwood lumber
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Jon Erlichman and Amber Kanwar to discuss the new anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber and what they mean with respect the upcoming NAFTA negotiations.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Janyce McGregor of the CBC
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Janyce McGregor in an article entitled "2nd wave of softwood lumber duties sets up 'dangerous' talks for Canada".

LexSage is pleased to have assisted Cintasa S.A.
LexSage is pleased to have assisted Cintasa S.A, a Spanish company, achieve a 0% dumping margin in the CBSA Final Determination in the Fabricated Industrial Steel Components antidumping case.




We are pleased to announce that Heather Innes has joined LexSage
We are pleased to announce that Heather Innes has joined LexSage as an Advisor after almost 30 years as Senior In-House Counsel, and Global Process Leader, International Trade Law, at General Motors. Heather is available to assist LexSage clients with practical, hands-on experience managing complex legal, trade and corporate compliance issues.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been named as an expert in International Trade
We are pleased to announce that Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been named by Expert Guides as one of the top leading practitioners advising on international trade.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and LexSage Professional Corporation signed the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations.
On June 15, 16 and 17, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, stakeholders in the U.S.- Canadian relationship came together on the campus of The Ohio State University to confirm the fundamental principles and essential features of the historic partnership between our two great countries and to explore the parameters of a 21st century relationship.

To read the full Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations please choose "read more".


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio in the Globe and Mail
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio entitled "Nexus cards reinstated pending court decision on Trump order" published in the Globe and Mail


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Revoked Nexus trusted-traveller cards reinstated, at least for now: minister" written by Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press.



Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Peter Zimonjic and Shanifa Nasser of the CBC News
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article entitled "Ralph Goodale challenged on claim that no Canadian passport holders lost Nexus access" written for the CBC.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was appeared on the CTV news discussing NEXUS Card revocations
On February 3, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on the CTV news discussing the effect that the recent executive order of President Donald Trump has had on Canadian NEXUS pass holders

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Shanifa Nasser of CBC News
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "U.S. revokes all Nexus cards from Canadian permanent residents with citizenship in restricted countries: CBSA" by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Sean Kilpatrick in the Globe and Mail
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Ottawa urges U.S. to honour Nexus cards after reports of revoked passes" written by Sean Kilpatrick in the Globe and Mail

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by the CBC with respect to NEXUS Card Cancellations
On February 2, 2017 Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in the CBC article entitled "Some Nexus cards revoked on both sides of border following U.S. executive order" written by Shanifa Nasser.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted by Monique Scotti of Global News
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "NEXUS Cards reportedly revoked in wake of Trump travel ban" written by Monique Scotti for Global News

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article entitled "Some Nexus cards revoked on both sides of border following U.S. executive order" by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed on CBC Radio February 3, 2016
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Karen Gordon on CBC Radio with to the NEXUS Card Program and revocations.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted by Monique Muise of AM980
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Nexus cards reportedly revoked in wake of Trump travel ban" written by Monique Muise of AM980 News

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Katherine Freeland in Issue 57 of the WorldECR
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Canadian Parliamentary Committee Reviews its Sanctions Policy" published in the WorldECR Issue 57

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Justin Ling in the Winter 2016 Issue of CBA National
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Passing judgment on Canada’s export of military goods" published on January 26, 2017 in the CBA National magazine.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jeff Buckstein in the January 2017 Issue of The Bottom Line
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Trump’s victory leaves Canada in ‘uncertain waters’" written by Jeff Buckstein for the January 2017 issue of The Bottom Line.

Note: This article originally appeared in the issue of The Bottom Line. Any other use (reprint in a newsletter, for example) requires further permission requests.


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been recognized for the year 2016 in The International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers as one of the world's leading practitioners in trade law
We are honoured to announce that Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and LexSage Professional Corporation have been recognized by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in trade law.

Acquisition International Magazine awards LexSage Professional Corporation with Excellence Award
We are honoured to announce that LexSage Professional Corporation has been awarded with the Acquisition International Excellence Award 2016 for Most Outstanding International Trade Law Boutique.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jeff Buckstein in the December 16, 2016 of the Lawyers Weekly
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in Jeff Buckstein's article entitled "New U.S. Leader Assembles Team as Canadian's Ponder Future Trade".
Note: This article originally appeared in the issue of The Lawyer's Weekly. Any other use (reprint in a newsletter, for example) requires further permission requests.


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jeff Buckstein in the December 2016 Issue of the Bottom Line
Cyndee Togham Cherniak has been quoted in Jeff Buckstein's article "Trade pact approved but deal not done" in the December 2016 issue of The Bottom Line.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the November 23, 2016 Globe and Mail
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Katia Dmitrieva entitled "First lumber, now drywall in Canada-U.S. trade tensions.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the November 23, 2016 Bloomberg News
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Katia Dmitrieva entitled "First lumber, now drywall in Canada-U.S. trade tensions.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the November 18, 2016 Issue of the Lawyer's Weekly
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in Jeff Buckstein's article entitled "Trade agreement approved, but deal not done"

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the Globe and Mail by Steven Chase
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted by Steven Chase in the Globe and Mail article titled "Trump win could make it hard for Canadian firms to do business in Iran"

What Are The Steps Canada Follows To Ratify And Implement A Treaty?
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak answers what are the next steps to ratify and implement the Canada-EU CETA

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak's article published in October 2016 Issue of "Corporate Brief"
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak's article entitled "Directors’ And Officers’ Liability For Failure To Obtain An Import Permit" has been published in the "Corporate Brief" Newsletter - October 2016 Issue Number 266

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appears on CBC's "On The Money"
Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Peter Armstrong with respect to the Canada-EU CETA walk-out and implications for the Canada-EU CETA, Brexit, future trade agreements

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Speaking at WorldECR Exports & Sanctions Forum 2016 (London) on October 13-14, 2016
Cyndee will be speaking on recent key developments in Canadian trade controls and regulation that all export compliance managers should be aware of, including:
  • Changes to Canada’s economic sanctions against Iran and Russia
  • Changes to Canada’s export controls against Belarus
  • Recent cases under the Special Economic Measures Act
  • Recent cases under the Export and Import Permits Act
  • Update on developments under the Trudeau government


  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jeff Buckstein in the October 2016 Issue of the Bottom Line
    Cyndee commented about the potential implications for free trade with Canada during the administration of the next U.S. president in 2017.

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the September 23, 2016 Globe and Mail article by Steven Chase entitled "Commons committee to scrutinize arms export controls
    Cyndee discussed the review of Canada's export-controls legislation.

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak quoted in article by Jeff Buckstein in the The Lawyer's Weekly entitled "U.S. presidential hopefuls glower over scope and impact of free trade."
    In this article, Jeff Buckstein discusses the U.S. presidential hopefuls' positions with respect to international free trade deals. Cyndee Todgham Cherniak discusses various issues including the TPP, NAFTA, and other trade deals.

    Note: This article originally appeared in the issue of The Lawyer's Weekly. Any other use (reprint in a newsletter, for example) requires further permission requests. Click here to read Jeff Buckstein's article (http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/articles/2991).


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak quoted in article by Cam Fortems in the Kamloops this Week entitled "Drywall dispute could mean pricier new homes"
    This article discusses the international trade dispute involving Certain Gypsum Board. Cyndee Todgham Cherniak discusses the main factors in the dispute.

    Note: This article originally appeared in the issue of The Kamloops Weekly. Any other use (reprint in a newsletter, for example) requires further permission requests. Click here to read Cam Fortems' article (http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/drywall-dispute-could-mean-pricier-new-homes/).


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Speaking at The WorldECR Exports & Sanctions Forum 2016 (Washington) on September 12-13, 2016
    Cyndee will be speaking on recent key developments in Canadian trade controls and regulation that all export compliance managers should be aware of, including:
  • Changes to Canada’s economic sanctions against Iran and Russia
  • Changes to Canada’s export controls against Belarus
  • Recent cases under the Special Economic Measures Act
  • Recent cases under the Export and Import Permits Act
  • Update on developments under the Trudeau government


  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak quoted in the Droit Inc. article by Jean-Francois Parent, "Douane: pas de secret professionnel, meme pour les avocats
    In this article, Cyndee discusses the issues with respect to solicitor-client privilege when crossing the border.

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in The Lawyers Weekly article by Jeff Buckstein, "Canadian internal trade pact deal sparks cautious optimism."
    In this article, Jeff Buckstein discusses the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), a topic Cyndee has written extensively on and was called to testify on May 11, 2016 before the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce - the Committee charged with considering internal trade in Canada. Click to read a transcript of Cyndee’s testimony before the Senate (http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/421/banc/52584-e.htm?Language=E&Parl=42&Ses=1&comm_id=3)

    On the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), Cyndee notes that "negative lists are always better. Negative lists always mean greater market access." This is in reference to the AIT featuring a "positive list" of specific goods and services available for free trade, but excluding everything else.

    For more on this subject, read "Canada's Fathers of Confederation Envisioned internal Free Trade Between Provinces" (http://lexsage.com/documents/May 29, 2016 Canadas Fathers of Confederation Envisioned Internal Free Trade Between Provinces.pdf).

    You may also wish to read 5 Things You Should Know About Canadian Trade Agreement (http://lexsage.com/5-Things-You-Should-Know-Canadian-Trade-Agreement).

    Note: This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of The Bottom Line. Any other use (reprint in a newsletter, for example) requires further permission requests.

    Click here to read Jeff Buckstein's article (http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/articles/2775).


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak A Contributing Author to U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide
    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is a contributing author to the second edition of U.S. Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures, which lays out the framework of U.S. customs law, and addresses topics areas of interest for all importers, namely compliance, enforcement, and trade security.

    This book addresses the U.S. legal framework governing importation, importers' record keeping obligations, administrative and judicial review of Customs and Border Patrol decisions, auditing, and policy on liquidated damages, penalties and seizures, security and trade facilitation.

    Below is a closer look at the two chapters Cyndee to which contributed.

    Chapter 7: Importer Recordkeeping Obligations: What Do I Need to Keep?

    In a world where invoices are sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via various methods, the modern importer may be surprised to learn how important it remains to maintain original (often paper) records of all translations. This chapter addressees the reasoning behind recordkeeping requirements.

    Chapter 14: Trusted Trader Programs

    Since establishing the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program in 2001, U.S. Customs and Border Security (CBP) has sought to expand the ways in which CBP can work with industry to promote trade security and facilitation. The CBP’s attempts are reviewed and discussed in this chapter.

    To purchase a copy of this edition, bit.ly/CyndeeUSCustoms. The International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series has been published by American Bar Association (ABA) Book Publishing.


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Quoted In The Lawyers Weekly Article By Jeff Buckstein
    Cyndee was quoted in The Lawyers Weekly article by Jeff Buckstein, "Island kingdom backs away from ties binding it to European shores".

    This article takes on the Canadian perspective of the impact of Britain leaving the EU. The main concern is how Brexit might impact the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU that has yet to be approved by either side.

    "In the wake of Brexit" noted Cyndee "there is a question about whether one or two other countries might, like Britain, also be thinking about exiting the EU, and how they might approach CETA...Would they decide not to ratify? Or would leaders of countries think, ‘we might use this as an opportunity to renegotiate a few things?’"


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Quoted In The Law Times Article By Gabrielle Giroday
    Cyndee was quoted in The Law Times article by Gabrielle Giroday, "Lawyers can protect private information: Privilege jeopardized by border searches".

    In this article, Cyndee says that the issue of solicitor-client privilege is more timely than ever for lawyers concerned about protecting their clients' privacy, especially since there is no policy that protects solicitor-client privilege when officers want to search their electronic devices, or their contents, at the border.


    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Was A Panelist at U.S.-Canada Summit S.A.G.E. June 15-17, 2016
    Cyndee was a panelist at the U.S.-Canada Summit S.A.G.E. on "Fireside Chat – Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council as a Framework for the Canada-U.S. Relationship: Lessons Learned."

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Presented at Commodity Tax Discussion Group
    Cyndee presented on the Canada Revenue Agency's ability to seek information from third-parties (think Panama Papers) at the Commodity Tax Discussion Group meeting on June 13, 2016.

    Cyndee's presentation was titled: Requirement for Information Minister of National Revenue v. Royal Bank of Canada.


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