October 5, 2021 | 9:50 am – 4:15 pm EST


This program contains 3.0 hours and 20 minutes of Professionalism and 1.0 hour and 20 minutes of EDI Professionalism content by the Law Society of Ontario.

This program has been approved for 6.0 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in BC.

9:45 - 9:55 am

Registration and virtual orientation

9:55 - 10:00 am

Welcome remarks

Kenyah Coombs

Conference Producer, Key Media

10:00 - 10:30 am

Keynote opening address

As many organizations are committed to creating diverse and inclusive spaces, it is important to implement strategies that promote both strong recruiting practices and nurturing existing talent. In his keynote address, Raphael will encourage in-house counsel, as leaders, to think holistically about improving the diversity and inclusion within their team, contributing to the overall success of their organization.

Raphael Tachie

Senior Counsel, Estates & Wills at TD and President at Canadian Assocation of Black Lawyers

10:35 - 11:15 am

Panel: Change management: How has the role of in-house lawyers changed during the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed how and where we work in such a short period of time, and it's essential that in-house legal departments are able to manage this evolving workplace effectively. This session will feature industry leaders sharing strategies for maintaining resilience and agility that have allowed them to continue to flourish as they look to the post-pandemic era.

  • How have the duties and responsibilities of in-house counsel evolved through the course of the pandemic and how can they ensure they're prepared for another crisis?
  • How are in-house departments adapting to growing or rebuilding their business through resilient and agile strategies?
  • How can in-house lawyers create stable systems amid constant change?

Kenyah Coombs

Conference Producer, Key Media


Andrea Wood

Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Telus

Sue-Lynn Noel

VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Purolator

Elisabeth Demone

VP Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Symcor

Michael Paris

Executive Director, Legal Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Cineplex

11:20 - 11:50 am

Strategies for mitigating IP risks

Today’s competitive innovation economy poses potential intellectual property risks. Whether it’s infringement of patented technology, unlawful use of trademarks and copyright, or another IP crime, in-house counsel must be ready to combat any IP issues that may arise. In this session, IP experts will share practical insights from the front lines of IP enforcement and litigation matters.

  • Discuss how to protect your trademarks and copyright by monitoring your brand online
  • Understand your market and IP risks to protect your patented technology
  • Examine offensive and defensive IP strategies for commercial gains and benefits

Ryan Evans

Counsel, Smart & Biggar LLP

11:55 - 12:35 pm

Practical ideas to manage compliance and regulatory overload

There has been an increased global commitment to compliance and regulatory standards. In-house counsel must implement strategies that incorporate the 5 Ps: prepare, prevent, protect, practice and pivot. In this session, respected legal department leaders will discuss key strategies to maintain compliance.

  • How have the increased global efforts to increase compliance impacted your role?
  • What internal procedures can be implemented?
  • What are the resources we need to be aware of that help ensure compliance?

Jennifer Jobanputra

Senior Director, Compliance & Ethics, Loblaw Companies Limited

Charlene Ripley

Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, SNC-Lavalin

12:35 - 1:05 pm

Lunch break

1:05 - 1:45 pm

Panel: Managing your EDI risk: How in-house counsel can help respond to the demands of societal change

This year, we have recognized and acknowledged areas of improvement in our society and called for a commitment to change. It's important to have candid conversations about how we can create diverse and inclusive spaces. In this session, leaders will discuss initiatives that have helped address demands for more inclusive spaces in the workplace.

  • How have rapid social changes exposed organizations to EDI risk?
  • Discuss the nuances of internal conversations with your executive
  • Strategies that can best support employees during times of social change


Brea Hutchinson

Acting Executive Director, LEAF


Rustam Juma

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Privacy Officer, Eckler Ltd

Sunita Mahant

Head of Global Initiatives, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sr. Director, Legal Affairs, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Hina Latif

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada Corporation

1:50 - 2:20 pm

A guide to managing a multigenerational workforce

As the workforce becomes more and more diverse, adjustments are needed to manage its dynamics. It has also been acknowledged that a growing number of people are experiencing burnout as they try to balance their work and home responsibilities. In this session, select leaders discuss key insights into managing a diverse workforce, and how to best balance this tipping scale of responsibilities.

  • What are some of the challenges of a multigenerational workforce?
  • Increased turnover and the loss of corporate knowledge
  • Addressing employee burnout and increased stress loads

Kara Hardin

Principal & Registered Psychologist, Kara Hardin Mental Health Consulting & Clinical Counselling

Marcus Sixta

Founder, Family Lawyer & Mediator, Crossroads Law & Coach My Case

2:20 - 2:50 pm

Networking break

2:25 - 2:45 pm

Breakout session: From lawyer to leader

Brought to you by: Over the years, in-house counsel have evolved from solely practicing law to being a part of a business system, leading teams and being a part of the C-suite. This transition is accompanied by factors such as imposter syndrome and strategic, innovative leadership that needs to be considered. Join for an in-depth discussion with senior experts on the transition from lawyer to leader.

Bindu Cudjoe

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Legal, Compliance & Investigations Group, Canadian Western Bank

Christine Holmes

CEO & Founder,

2:50 - 3:30 pm

Panel: How to become a savvier tech buyer in your next software pitch

Over the last year and a half, remote work has become the norm, as well as more flexible options for working with clients. There are a variety of tools on the market, but which are best for you and your team? In this session, hear insights from legal tech gurus on how to choose legal tech for your law department

  • How has the pandemic impacted the need for legal tech?
  • What are the factors we should consider when purchasing legal tech?
  • How do we manage clients' expectations?


Peter Nguyen

SVP Legal Associate General Counsel, Descartes


Marlon Hylton

CEO, Innov8

Ron Lo

General Counsel, Symend

3:35 - 4:05 pm

Litigation risk: What are the trends in-house counsel need to know about?

In 2020, as a result of COVID-19, many corporations experienced some change to the volume of disputes they had to manage. This trend is expected to continue post-pandemic, and it will be essential that in-house counsel implement preventative measures to help mitigate against a rise in disputes. In this session, legal leaders discuss how to prepare for this expected increase in disputes.

  • Has the pandemic increased the number of commercial and labour disputes?
  • Are cybersecurity and data protection still of high concern?
  • Crucial preventative measures that can mitigate risk

Lorne O’Reilly

Lead Counsel, Dow Canada

4:05 pm

Closing remarks

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