November 29, 2022 | Online | 9:45 am – 5:30 pm EST


This program contains 2.0 hours and 30 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 6.5 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

Opening remarks

10:00 - 10:20 am

Equity and allyship in the profession: Building back better

Charlene Theodore

Past President , Ontario Bar Association

10:25 - 10:55 am

Innovation in the law: The next stage of tech 

There has been a rapid rise in the use of technology in our everyday and professional lives. We are relying more and more on technology such as blockchains, artificial intelligence and machines to be more efficient and effective. There are many legal implications that must be considered as we continue to increase our use of technology, and these require a proactive, rather than a reactive, response.

  • Examine the use of technology in key areas and the legal implications
  • Discuss how to proactively address the impacts of technology such as blockchains and artificial intelligence


Lisa Danay Wallace

Associate , WeirFoulds LLP


Daniel Michaelson

Partner , Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

James Swanson

Lawyer & Trademark Agent , Swanson Law

11:00 - 11:30 am

Morning networking break

11:00 - 11:20 am

Breakout session: Be Ready – Financial Planning for Young Lawyers

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Building a strong financial plan is critical to the success of young lawyers. Diversifying your portfolio, taking advantage of tax-efficient structures, and balancing paying back student loans while also saving, are some key considerations young professionals must plan for. This breakout session features financial planning experts who will share insights into the best practices to manage your financial future.

  • Understand how to build a strong financial plan and the key factors to consider
  • Discuss tax-efficient structures and how to use them effectively
  • Examine the benefits of life insurance and how to find the best coverage

Karen Sill

Manager of Financial Planning , Lawyers Financial

11:30 - 12:10 pm

Navigating the headwinds of the legal profession

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Navigating the legal profession can be challenging for young professionals, particularly those who come from more diverse backgrounds. Identifying these unique experiences and understanding how to handle them will be critical for both the professional and personal success of young lawyers. This panel will feature leaders who will share their experiences and insights on how they navigated their different challenges and built a successful career.

  • What are the different obstacles in the legal profession and how do you navigate them?
  • How can young legal professionals from diverse backgrounds be proactive about their development?


Sandeep Tatla

Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer , Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Taisha Lewis

Partner , Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Raphael Tachie

Senior Counsel, Estates & Trusts at TD Canada Trust , President at Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Rahim Esmail

Senior Counsel , TELUS Legal Services

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Honing professionalism and practice management

Professionalism and good practice management are essential to the success of young lawyers. Understanding how to effectively manage your clients and your professional responsibilities leads to good habits and repeat business. This session will unpack professionalism and practice management skills to help you lay the foundation of a long and successful career.

  • Discuss key insights into efficient and effective file management
  • Develop essential skills, such as docketing and billing practices
  • Understand your obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct and get tips for avoiding professional misconduct claims

Ouassim Tadlaoui

Partner , Lavery Lawyers

Jody Berkes

Lawyer , Berkes Law

Leena Youseif

Lawyer and Founder , YLAW

12:45 - 1:15 pm

Lunch break

1:15 - 1:55 pm

Panel: Building a reputation and online presence

In the digital age, legal professionals across the country are using social media tools, such as LinkedIn, to build a strong reputation. These new tools allow legal professionals to broaden their reach and develop a deeper connection with their peers, senior leadership and clients. Understanding how to navigate these social media tools can help you develop a successful career.

  • What are the best practices for using social media tools in a professional capacity?
  • How can social media help build a strong personal brand and reputation?
  • What are some common mistakes young professionals can make when building their personal brand using social media?


Paul Karvanis

Coach , Leader Rising


Lakin Afolabi

Founding Lawyer , Lakin Afolabi Law Professional Corporation

Kene Ilochonwu

Legal Counsel , Parkland Corporation

Aaron Baer

Partner , Renno & Co

Michelle McKinnon

Associate , McMillan LLP

2:00 - 2:40 pm

Panel: Finding a mentor and effective networking

Networking is a valuable tool that helps young legal professionals improve their skills, stay up to date on industry trends, and develop mutually beneficial relationships. The key to a successful career is to build a strong network, as it creates an avenue to exchange ideas, stand out as a professional, and access a wide range of resources. In this session, a panel of experts will provide practical tips and insights into mentorship and networking.

  • Examine best practices in effective networking, such as mentorship
  • Develop practical skills in order to foster strong connections and expand your network


Leila Rafi

Partner , McMillan LLP


Robert Eisenberg

Associate , WeirFoulds LLP

Cassandra Brown

Partner , Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Alexia Majidi

Associate , Hammerco Lawyers LLP

Dhawal Tank

Founder and Host , Build Your Book

2:40 - 3:10 pm

Afternoon networking break

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Topical Legal Insights: Examining ESG risks and benefits in major projects

Discussions surrounding environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and benefits for major projects have become a key point of interest. An ESG assessment requires a full review of the potential risks that a project may face and could require disclosure of those risks. The push for ESG risk assessments is not only an investor-led conversation but is also being championed by members of the community. In this session, key industry leaders will discuss how to conduct a comprehensive ESG risk assessment that will be vital to building a strong practice.

  • Discuss the best practices of an ESG risk assessment
  • Examine the different stakeholder analysis for a comprehensive assessment
  • Review the current status of ESG requirements and insights into possible regulatory and legislative reform


Maia Jorgensen

Associate , Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


Sharon Singh

Partner , Bennett Jones SLP

Naomi Sayers

Lawyer , Naomi Sayers, Lawyer & Notary Public

3:45 - 4:25 pm

Keys to a successful multigenerational workforce

In managing a diverse and multigenerational workforce, a law firm’s longevity and ability to retain talent will be determined by its ability to nurture team members both professionally and personally. Mentorship, fostering a collaborative space, and employee recognition are some of the best ways to keep young legal professionals engaged, which ultimately boosts the firm’s performance. Panelists will discuss the roles of both senior and junior leaders and how to proactively support young lawyers’ professional development to ensure a strong future for the firm.

  • Examine how to be an impactful ally to junior leaders
  • Develop a clear leadership agenda
  • Hear key insights into employee retention


Parveen Sehra

Director Professional Resources , Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP


Ashala Naidu

Lawyer , Naidu Legal

Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova

Associate , Aird & Berlis LLP

Kara Hardin

Principal & Registered Psychotherapist , Kara Hardin Mental Health Consulting & Clinic Counselling

Morgyn Chandler

Co-Managing Partner , Hammerco Lawyers LLP

4:25 pm

Closing remarks

4:30 pm

Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2021

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