• April 7, 2019 - April 9, 2019
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Sponsored by Lex Mundi and its member firms in Canada

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Welcome and Introductions

8:30 am – 9:45 am: Fundamentals in Drafting

Drafting contracts, agreements and other corporate documents is a significant element of in-house practice and a function that in-house counsel must perform well. This session will take a practical approach to contracts and drafting, including a review of the common elements of a written contract, typical clauses you are likely to encounter, the pros and cons of boilerplate and standard forms, jurisdictional issues, and other situations where your drafting skills may be put to good use.
Sylvie Gregoire, Lawyer, Consultant and Teacher, HEC Montreal

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Privacy and Compliance – What You Need to Know

Newer in-house counsel often have little exposure to privacy matters before moving to a legal department, but according to CCCA members they are frequently assigned responsibility for privacy compliance along with their other duties. To avoid critical errors when it comes to the privacy rights of your clients, customers and employees, attend this session and find out how to comply with the law and protect your company.
Roslynn Kogan, VP Legal and Privacy Officer, Morneau Shepell
Catherine Hamilton, Lawyer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Understanding Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is the framework of rules and relationships by which a corporation must abide, including internal processes as well as governmental regulations and the demands of stakeholders. It takes into account systems and processes which deal with the daily working of the business, reporting requirements, audit information, and long-term goal plans. Corporate governance provides a roadmap for a corporation, helping the leaders of a company make decisions based on the rule of law and allows a company to set realistic goals, and methodologies for attaining those goals. If you’re new to in-house practice and trying to get a better understanding of corporate governance – and where you fit into the big picture – our panelists will provide the answers.
Brian Leck, Head of Legal and Legal Counsel, Toronto Transit Commission

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Human Resources Essentials

Employment law is one of the most challenging areas of law for any sized legal department. Our members often report that employment law and human resource issues consume the majority of their time. In this session, you will discuss common employment law and HR situations, examine critical areas of concern, and discuss strategies to help manage the HR function.
Sébastien Guénette, Director, Legal, JTI-Macdonald Corp.
Sonia Lanteigne, General Counsel, Worksafe New Brunswick
Holly Reid, Partner, Blakes

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Ethics Primer for In-House Counsel

Law departments provide legal opinions to internal clients. Are these opinions always protected by solicitor-client privilege? If not, why? Is business advice protected? Are in-house counsel held to a duty of confidentiality with respect to information they are privy to in providing services to their employer? By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify when solicitor-client privilege applies
  • Determine appropriate methods to preserve privilege
  • Work through scenarios common in the in-house environment

Loree Hodgson-Harris, Manager of Legal Services, Chatham-Kent Children’s Services
Allan Fineblit, Lawyer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Connecting the Dots

One of the most difficult parts about being in-house counsel can be figuring out how all of the pieces fit. Our final session will wrap-up the day by bringing together all of the topics covered in a very practical, on the floor level.
Charlene Theodore, Legal Counsel, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors, Ryerson University
Cheryl Hodder, Q.C., Partner, McInnes Cooper


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