NETWORKING, MENTORSHIP AND GROWTH: A DAY DEDICATED TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT

November 29, 2022 | THE WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE

#YoungLawyersCA

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    1 hr & 50 mins

ABOUT


Regardless of whether you’re from a small practice, part of an in-house team, or work within a large multi-national law firm, the path to career development can be challenging to navigate. 

The Young Lawyers Forum is returning to bring together the legal community for a day of networking, guidance and career development.  

This powerful half-day event will feature an exciting keynote speaker and presentations on subjects like maximizing networking and sponsorship opportunities in a hybrid workspace and avoiding burnout with work-life balance. The event will culminate with an hour-long drinks reception where young professionals will have a chance to get proactive and connect with the associates, partners, and leaders that have weathered the storm and reached the pinnacle of success. 
 
Don’t miss out on your chance to connect with your professional community – reserve your seat today. 

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    Network and exchange ideas with prominent leaders in the legal profession in a networking happy hour

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    Get practical advice from senior leaders and rising stars as they share their experiences and offer tips they’ve picked up on their journey to success

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    Discuss the changing the dynamic of mentorship and sponsorship in remote work environments and develop skills for managing your stress

SPEAKERS


Lisa Danay Wallace
Lisa Danay Wallace

Partner
WeirFoulds LLP

Hilary Hennick
Hilary Hennick

Director, Legal Counsel
Cineplex

Ewa Krajewska
Ewa Krajewska

Partner
Henein Hutchison LLP

Arun Krishnamurti
Arun Krishnamurti

Counsel
Google Canada

Bianca Thomas
Bianca Thomas

Associate General Counsel
Shopify

Christine Ing
Christine Ing

Partner
McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Derek Bell
Derek Bell

Partner
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Jonathan Leibtag
Jonathan Leibtag

Senior Corporate Counsel, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, CPS Pursuit Team, Americas
Microsoft

Keri Wallace
Keri Wallace

Senior Counsel
Uber

W. Michael G. 	Osborne
W. Michael G. Osborne

Chair, Canadian Competition (Antitrust) Practice
Cozen O’Connor

Tara Vasdani
Tara Vasdani

Managing Partner & Founder
Remote Law Canada

Rahool P. Agarwal
Rahool P. Agarwal

Partner
Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

AGENDA


All times in ET
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  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Lisa Danay Wallace
    Lisa Danay Wallace

    Partner
    WeirFoulds LLP

  • Opening keynote fireside chat: How young lawyers can maximize the value of mentorship & sponsorship opportunities in a hybrid environment

    Finding a mentor or sponsor is a crucial tool for young lawyers, as mentors play a critical role in making decisions about practice areas and career paths, assisting in professional development, and negotiating firm politics. However, the changing work environment has had an impact on traditional mentoring and sponsorship practices. This keynote fireside chat will explore best practices for young lawyers looking to establish mentor/sponsor relationships in a hybrid environment and how to derive maximum benefits to advance your career. 

    • Key considerations in choosing a mentor/sponsor 
    • How to make yourself an attractive mentee candidate: What senior lawyers look for in a mentee 
    • Beneficial questions that will advance a mentor/mentee relationship 
    • Maximizing relationships in a hybrid work environment 
    • Benefits of formal mentoring programs vs establishing “informal mentors” 
    • Best practices for using a mentor relationship to refine skills, build a network, navigate your career, or transition to new roles 
    Hilary Hennick
    Hilary Hennick

    Director, Legal Counsel
    Cineplex

    Ewa Krajewska
    Ewa Krajewska

    Partner
    Henein Hutchison LLP

  • Panel: Navigating your career while achieving work-life balance and avoiding burnout

    Navigating the intensity of the legal profession can be challenging for young professionals. Juggling the needs of a growing practice while tackling personal life responsibilities requires creatively managing what seems to be an impossible goal.  This panel will discuss best practices for effectively achieving work/life balance – and how to navigate the journey to finding career success without burnout. 

    • How to advocate for yourself in setting appropriate boundaries: being comfortable saying “no” 
    • Understanding how you currently utilize time and where efficiencies can be created   
    • Strategies to adapt to the stressful nature of legal practice: Addressing systemic problems behind burnout 
    • Advice for managing expectations of partners 
    • Best practices for making effective use of face time and building relationships with senior leaders 
    Moderator
    W. Michael G. 	Osborne
    W. Michael G. Osborne

    Chair, Canadian Competition (Antitrust) Practice
    Cozen O’Connor

    Panelists
    Christine Ing
    Christine Ing

    Partner
    McCarthy Tetrault LLP

    Arun Krishnamurti
    Arun Krishnamurti

    Counsel
    Google Canada

    Keri Wallace
    Keri Wallace

    Senior Counsel
    Uber

  • Panel: Growing your career in the new workplace - Strategies to enhance and build your profile

    As young lawyers advance in their careers, strategies for building a strong profile, both in and outside of the firm, proves essential for success. Self-advocacy and branding are key to achieving these goals, as they introduce new opportunities, deepen existing relationships, and increase awareness of yourself and your practice. In this panel, gain advice on how to best develop your personal brand as an authentic and professional leader and how it can be the key differentiator in your legal career. 

    • Common mistakes young professionals experience when building their personal brand  
    • Improving your digital footprint: leveraging popular social platforms like LinkedIn to market and build your brand, increase client reach, and maximize referrals  
    • Maximizing opportunities outside of your day-today to enhance your profile 
    • Best practices for sharpening professionalism and practice management skills 
    • Building internal allies and seeking help from your organization  
    Moderator
    Bianca Thomas
    Bianca Thomas

    Associate General Counsel
    Shopify

    Panelists
    Derek Bell
    Derek Bell

    Partner
    DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

    Jonathan Leibtag
    Jonathan Leibtag

    Senior Corporate Counsel, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, CPS Pursuit Team, Americas
    Microsoft

    Rahool P. Agarwal
    Rahool P. Agarwal

    Partner
    Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

    Tara Vasdani
    Tara Vasdani

    Managing Partner & Founder
    Remote Law Canada

  • Closing remarks from chairperson
    Lisa Danay Wallace
    Lisa Danay Wallace

    Partner
    WeirFoulds LLP

  • Networking Drinks Reception

PARTNERS


Lanyard Sponsor

  • Rubach Wealth

DIGITAL SPONSOR

  • LEAP

Associate Sponsor

  • PwC Canada

VENUE


THE WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE

  • 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, Canada
  • (416) 869-1600
  • marriott.com
  • Parking:

    Hotel valet parking is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis; $55 + HST per car per day.

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