2022 Agenda

June 15, 2022 | Online | 9:45 am – 4:50 pm ET

9:45 - 10:00 am

Registration and virtual orientation

10:00 - 10:05 am

Opening remarks

Jean-Francois L’Ecuyer

Chief Revenue Officer, Edilex

10:05 - 10:55 am

Opening Panel Discussion – LegalTech Outlook: What’s New and On the Horizon for 2022 and Beyond

Legal tech is rapidly evolving, becoming more user friendly and less complex, providing new service capabilities and an enhanced experience for clients. What are some of the newest technologies lawyers can use to help improve service delivery and automate their administrative tasks? This panel will discuss some of the latest technologies and how new tech tools can help solve some of their most challenging and tedious tasks.

Moderator:

Lisa Danay-Wallace

Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Panelists:

Jordan Turk

Attorney & Law Practice Advisor, LawPay

Paul V. Saunders

Chief Innovation Officer and Partner, Stewart McKelvey

Jeffrey D. Lanctot

Partner, LLF Lawyers LLP

Monica Goyal

Lawyer & Director of Legal Innovations, Caravel Law

11:00 - 11:30 am

How to create efficiencies and manage risks by designing an automated contract workflow

Formulating legal contracts can face multiple challenges throughout the process including lack of standardization, risk and compliance issues, missed deadlines and endless revisions. Furthermore, remote work can create security and accessibility difficulties, especially when dealing with multiple parties. Fortunately, new developments in contract drafting software can smoothen the process for lawyers by reducing risk, providing better oversight and lessen the time spent on standardized procedures.

Nina Hajghassem

Corporate & Commercial Counsel – Head of Canadian Market, Edilex

11:35 - 12:20 pm

Examining how automation and AI are driving law firm productivity

Legal automation and artificial intelligence-based tools can remove repetitive tasks from a lawyer’s busy schedule, freeing up resources and time for complex and value-added work. Automating repetitive processes can also assist legal practitioners deliver greater consistency, efficiency in their work delivery and an improved client experience while also capturing data to inform better legal and business strategy and decision making.

Moderator:

Daniel Diamond

Head of Growth, Alexsei

Panelists:

Kirsten Hansen

Director of Delivery Success, Athennian

Mark Doble

CEO, Alexsei

Lisa Stam

Managing Partner, SpringLaw

Allan Oziel

Partner, Oziel Law

12:20 - 12:50 pm

Lunch networking break

12:50 - 1:35 pm

The Great Resignation and the Future of Law Firms in Canada

The Great Resignation, which saw employees leaving their jobs voluntarily in large numbers, has not left the legal industry untouched. To avoid the negative impact that mass resignations and the resulting understaffing can have, law firms need to focus on how they attempt to attract and retain top talent. To succeed at this, firms need to put an emphasis on innovation, not merely compensation. This Roundtable will explore the effects of the great resignation, the cultural shifts caused and what lawyers are now prioritizing and the role of technology.

  • Exploring macro trends in the legal industry
  • The movement of law firms and the virtual law firm
  • What is technology’s role in this?

Luca Citton

President, Shareholder, Boughton Law

Sona Pancholy

President, MERITAS

Tara Vasdani

Principal Lawyer & Founder, Remote Law Canada

Sara Forte

Labour and Employment Lawyer & Founder, Forte Workplace Law

Anand Ablack

Vice-President, North American Legal Markets, Advanced

1:40 - 2:25 pm

Enhancing your brand and marketing ‘toolbox’ in the digital era

Online engagement by legal professionals is surging as law practices embrace the digital era to reach new and existing clients and prospects. Whether demonstrating thought-leadership through social media, providing legal updates on blogs or websites, or reaching a target audience through SEO or in-house databases, it is imperative lawyers continue to engage with clients with the right content, channel, and outreach campaign. How can legal practitioners use the latest digital tools to add value to their network, further their reputation, and enhance their online identity?

  • Examine the latest tech tools and channels lawyers are using to better engage with their target audience
  • Discuss how your in-house marketing team can be a valuable resource and how to harness their expertise

Moderator:

Donna C. Purcell

Q.C., Lawyer & Chief Innovation Officer, Donna Purcell QC Law

Panelists:

Judith McKay

Chief Client & Innovation Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Brent Arnold

Partner, Gowling WLG

2:25 - 2:35 pm

Afternoon networking break

2:35 - 3:10 pm

Improving your remote/hybrid experience to improve client satisfaction

With the newest legal tech, lawyers can work from anywhere and seamlessly provide a multitude of legal services, from drafting and reviewing legal documents, to electronic filing —all while protecting client confidentiality and ensuring information is secure. Yet using the latest technologies when working remotely does not guarantee a more positive client experience. Lawyers need to take a ‘client centred’ approach, from first contact and working their case to solving their legal issue. How can lawyers better engage with technology to create a truly positive client experience and set themselves apart from the competition?

Moderator:

Jennifer Davidson

Associate, Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Panelists:

Eli Trindade

Human Resources, Facilities and Operations Manager, Hammerco Lawyers LLP

Ryan Evans

Counsel & Trademark Agent, Smart & Biggar LLP

3:15 - 3:55 pm

Innovation Sandbox initiatives the Law Societies of Alberta and Ontario

Innovation Sandboxes, developed by both the Law Societies of Alberta and Ontario, encourage innovators to test new ideas and models for the delivery of legal services in a controlled environment, with the Law Society providing both guidance and oversight. The concept is to provide a safe zone where legal service providers can develop models that cannot currently be offered due to regulatory requirements. This session will provide an overview and update on how the initiative is proceeding and some of the latest innovations in the pipeline.

Moderator:

James Kosa

Co-Chair, Technology, IP and Privacy Chair, WeirFoulds LLP

Panelists:

Will Morrison

Manager, Access to Innovation, Law Society of Ontario

Len Polsky

Manager, Legal Technology and Mentorship, Law Society of Alberta

4:00 - 4:45 pm

How tech is leading to new disruptive business models in the legal industry in the digital era

Technological advances are changing how lawyers engage with clients, with a greater ease in providing legal services and a more focused time spent on value-added advice. But these changes also herald a disruption to how law firms themselves are modeled. Rapid changes in innovation and technology allow both new and existing firms to rethink how they operate, especially as the demand for talent becomes more critical than ever. What does these changes mean for law firms and how are these technologies forcing firms to rethink how they operate?

Moderator:

Brett Colvin

CEO & Co-Founder, Goodlawyer

Panelists:

Gillian Scott

Partner, Innovative Products, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Toufic Adlouni

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Renno & Co

4:45 - 4:50 pm

Closing remarks

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