Agenda

LEGALTECH SUMMIT TORONTO | MAY 26, 2020

8:00 am

Registration opens

8:45 am

Opening remarks from Key Media

8:50 am

Opening remarks from Conference Chair

Tim Wilbur, Editor-In-Chief - Law at Key Media

9:00 am

Integrating tech into your daily practice – Practical ideas for using technology to work more efficiently

Getting trained to use new technologies is no longer enough.  The session will discuss practical ways lawyers can better incorporate technology into their day to day tasks. It will also provide insights into what legaltech tools are most effective in achieving a more productive workflow, how to manage change in workflows and what technologies lawyers find most useful.

  • Overcoming barriers and pain points to using new technology effectively
  • Examples of successful transitions from smaller practices, larger firms and legal departments – what efficiencies were gained?
  • What specific technologies are most practical to embrace for the less tech savvy legal professional?

Aaron Baer

Partner, Aird Berlis

Jeffrey E Feiner

Partner, Corman Feiner LLP

Peter V. Nguyen

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Resolver

Tara Vasdani

Principal Lawyer and Founder, Remote Law Canada

9:45 am

Keynote Session

Malcolm Mercer

Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario

10:05 am

Sponsored session

10:20 am

Doing more with less: Practical automation tools to maximize your firms efficiency and reduce overhead

Working in private practice or an inhouse legal department is increasingly complex and lawyers are under growing pressure from all sides. However, new innovations and advances in process automation are bringing multiple benefits and opportunities to reduce the time spent on mundane tasks and workflows. What are some of the latest automation tools legal professionals can incorporate to enhance their delivery of legal services?

  • How to identify those tasks and work processes ripe for automation
  • Choosing the right tool for your organization or practice and understanding what drives your technology choices
  • Benefits – and risks - of automation and digitization
  • Jordan Assaraf

    Lawyer, Gluckstein Lawyers

    Lynn Burns

    Executive Director, Pro Bono Ontario

    Paul Saunders

    Practice Innovation Partner, Stewart McKelvey

    11:00 am

    Networking break

    11:30 am

    Sponsored session

    11:45 am

    Smarter ways to work together – Collaboration and communication tools for taking your client engagement to the next level

    Driven by the surge in mobile devices, social networking and remote working, the collaboration landscape has changed significantly. New communication platforms and tools can improve engagement, but also bring new risks. What are some of the practical ways lawyers can improve communications to satisfy the demands of increasingly tech savvy clients?

    • Examine how lawyers are currently communicating and how your firm compares? Why is communicating increasingly complex?
    • From the simple to the complex – knowing what tool is right for your practice or organization
    • Protecting confidentiality and security in the digital era; practising smart cyber hygiene

    Tanya C Walker

    Lawyer, Walker Law Professional Corporation

    Addison Cameron-Huff

    Barrister and Solicitor, Addison Cameron-Huff

    James Cote

    Legal and Technology Innovation Specialist, Bennett Jones LLP

    12:30 pm

    Networking lunch

    1:30 pm

    Using the cloud – Advantages and risks lawyers need to know before they make the switch

    Cloud technology is playing an increasingly important role for both law firms and in-house legal departments as it replaces the traditional 'client-server' application model. What are the benefits and risks of web-based solutions? How can this help better serve your clients and important business partners?

    • What are the advantages and drawbacks of cloud-based solutions?
    • Understand LSO Rules of Professional Conduct and how using the cloud impacts this
    • Analyze key considerations for storing information on the cloud:
      • Client consent
      • User agreements
    • Examine the safeguards and security risks for protecting client and internal information
    • What model best aligns with your practices or organizations needs?

    Moderator

    Tara Vasdani

    Principal Lawyer and Founder, Remote Law Canada

    Panelists

    Lisa Lifshitz

    Partner, Torkin Manes LLP

    Phil Brown

    Counsel, Professional Development, Law Society of Ontario

    2:10 pm

    Sponsored session

    2:25 pm

    Change management – Why adoption often fails and how to improve buy-in

    Whether in a large legal department or small legal practice, creating the right atmosphere for change is critical for the successful integration of any new technology. What drives success or failure? Why, at times, is the legal profession slow to embrace and adopt new technologies? What steps can you take to ensure success?

    • Examine the psychology behind resistance to change and how to incentivise performance
    • Understand the structural barriers to implementing change in the legal profession
    • Creating buy-in – what has worked and what hasn’t? Small steps to achieve a better outcome

    Moderator

    James Cote

    Legal and Technology Innovation Specialist, Bennett Jones LLP

    Panelists

    Mark Le Blanc

    General Counsel, TVO

    Maya Markovich

    Chief Growth Officer, Nextlaw Labs

    Paul Saunders

    Practice Innovation Partner, Stewart McKelvey

    3:00 pm

    Networking break

    3:30 pm

    Using tech strategically to transform the relationship between law firms and in-house counsel

    The traditional relationship between law firms and inhouse has changed significantly, driven by rising cost pressures and new operating models from legal providers. Collaboration is viewed as essential for sustaining critical relationships, driving value and improving business opportunities. As legal delivery changes, how can technology open up possibilities for reaching new clients?

    • Trends impacting the inhouse/law firm relationship and how this has created opportunities for tech savvy law firms of all sizes
    • Practical examples of how law firms are using tech to create efficiencies with partners and legal providers
    • How can leveraging technology reduce workloads and allow firms to focus on value added services?

    Qoratia Parmanand

    Legal Counsel, Shopify Inc.

    Anne Feehely

    Associate General Counsel, BMO Financial Group

    Al Hounsell

    Senior Innovation Lawyer, Norton Rose

    Kathleen Hogan

    Director, Education and Knowledge Integration, McCarthy Tetrault

    4:10 pm

    Closing roundtable: A practical guide for choosing the right technology

    The explosion of new legaltech applications has made identifying which technologies are best suited for your organization difficult and intimidating. High failure rates for adopting new technologies has made the decision process ever more critical. Identifying those applications that can provide the greatest ROI for your firm is critical for achieving improved effectiveness and delivering positive results. How do you ensure your tech choices are the right fit for your organization's needs?

    • Key considerations and steps required before evaluating any technology
    • What are the key success or failure factors that have influenced whether a technology has been adopted?
    • Identify those critical questions you need to ask vendors as you evaluate various product offerings
    • Understanding your partners or clients needs and how this influences your decision

    Moderator

    Tim Wilbur

    Editor-in-chief – Law, Key Media

    Panelists

    Sondra Rebenchuk

    Counsel, Legal Technology and Process Improvement, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

    Maya Markovich

    Chief Growth Officer, Nextlaw Labs

    Allan Oziel

    Founder, Oziel Law

    4:40 pm

    Closing remarks from the Conference Chair

    Tim Wilbur, Editor-In-Chief - Law at Key Media

    4:45 pm

    Conference concludes

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