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The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a coalition of individuals, businesses and associations that have united in the fight against product counterfeiting, fraud and copyright piracy in Canada and abroad.

Chair: Rob Whalen
Vice Chair: Lisa Deere, UL
Vice Chair: Paul Stella, Toyota Canada
Past Chair: Lorne Lipkus, Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP

OUR VISION: To eliminate counterfeit, fraud, and copyright piracy in Canada.

OUR MISSION: To connect, educate, and advocate for brand owners to detect, respond to, and prevent counterfeiting, piracy, and fraudulent activity.


  • Networking & Knowledge Exchange: members gain access to a gateway of safety ambassadors and key influencers, including brand protection experts, law enforcement, customs, government and industry organizations to support their brand protection and enforcement needs.
  • Education & Training: CACN leads law enforcement and customs training as well as media outreach to build awareness about the health, safety and financial risks associated with counterfeit goods, fraud and IP infringement in Canada.
  • Risk Mitigation & Safety Resources: members can access alerts/tips, resources and services to mitigate counterfeit and IP-related risks. Members can also build their network with leading service providers and safety ambassadors who are championing programs to help combat counterfeit goods, fraud and IP infringement.
  • Advocacy & Awareness: we help drive policy change and build public awareness by collaborating with policy makers and industry practitioners to support the development of national, coordinated programs that help detect and deter counterfeit goods and IP infringement in Canada.


Counterfeiting has become a huge, highly-organized, global business. Over a decade ago, counterfeit goods were limited in volume and variety – but today, they have escalated to unprecedented levels. Counterfeit and pirated products extend across many categories.

Types of Commodities Commonly Seized 

Many of these illegal products pose a serious threat towards consumer health and safety. In fact, there has been a significant rise in the number of occurrences involving harmful counterfeit products – from 11.5% in 2005 to 30.4% in 2012.

Counterfeiting and piracy undermine legitimate businesses, depriving companies of revenue and affecting their brand reputation.

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