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2020 CAN-TECH LAW Annual Conference: Agenda

November 2-3, 2020

Online – available from anywhere

Please note that all times listed are EST

Day 1 – Monday, November 2, 2020

Connect with Your Colleagues in the Networking Lounge

10:45 AM Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken (Toronto)
Nancy Cleman, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. (Montreal)

Review the programs for the day. Plan your breakout time strategically to achieve your most pressing needs.

11:05 AM Plenary
Getting Up to Date on New Data and Privacy Laws: Critical Federal and Provincial Developments for Technology Lawyers

Elena Iosef, Legal Counsel, Tata Consultancy Services Canada

Antoine Aylwin
, Partner, Fasken (Montreal)
Laila Paszti, Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)
Jonathon Penney, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)

Canada’s privacy laws are continuously and rapidly evolving. Keep up with the most recent changes and discuss the most recent analysis of new and proposed privacy laws from our experts. Source practice tips on:

  • Assessing privacy and security challenges in the wake of COVID-19: personal information processing and information security concerns
  • Reviewing new federal COVID-related privacy laws, interpretations and privacy principles for contract tracing apps
  • Outlining significant amendments proposed to the Quebec privacy regime with current Bill 64: including AMPS, statutory damages and more
  • Knowing the latest BC and Ontario privacy law reform developments

Get your guidebook to the latest privacy law changes in Canada.

Visit Virtual Booths, Source Content and Engage in Discussions with Industry Experts

12:20 PM Choose Your Track
Your opportunity to delve into those specialized areas of technology law that are of particular interest to you



Artificial Intelligence: Critical Updates on Contracting, IP and Ethical Issues

Richard Austin, Partner, Deeth Williams Wall LLP (Toronto)

Isi Caulder
, Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP (Toronto)
Maya Medeiros, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Vancouver)
Carole Piovesan, Partner | Co-Founder, INQ Data Law (Toronto)

Emerging AI technologies require legal expertise that can respond to new or quickly changing circumstances. Gain the latest updates on AI legal developments. Take away new insights to help you:

  • Get up to date on digital charters, PIPEDA, the Montreal declaration and the Privacy Commissioner consultation on AI
  • Interpret AI Voluntary Codes: what do they mean for compliance, operations?
  • Meet the most current drafting challenges that arise in the context of AI
  • Determine how to address specific ethical issues associated with AI systems
  • Key patentability and enforcement trends for AI 

Ensure you are up to date on rapidly evolving AI legal developments.

Video Games: A Continuing Evolution

Jon Festinger, Of Counsel, Whiteboard Law Corporation, Faculty & Professor of Professional Practice, SFU, Adjunct Professor, UBC

Teodora Niculae
, Legal Counsel, Behavior Interactive (Montreal)
Ron Segev, Founding Partner, Segev Law (Vancouver)
Cecilia Boije, Principal Counsel (Avocate Principale), Eidos-Montréal and Square Enix Montreal (Montreal)

Video games have not been just games for years. Delve into gaming as a training tool for surgeons, aviation, etc. Take away a greater understanding of:

  • Gaming as a personal data collection
  • New liability considerations for gaming 2.0 
  • The latest jurisprudential and legislative issues
  • Practice tips related to AR/VR elements

Broaden your practice by boosting your familiarity with the legal issues surrounding video games.

Technology Disruption
Pierre Chamberland
, IPROtech

1:40 PM Choose Your Track!
This is your opportunity to delve into a more specialized area of technology law that benefits you most.



Digital Identity: Knowing the Risks and How to Control Them 

Parna Sabet-Stephenson, Partner, Gowling WLG (Toronto)

Gord Ackroyd
, SVP & General Counsel, Securekey (Toronto)
Tim Bouma, Senior Policy Analyst, Identity Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (Ottawa)
Alina Silvestrovici Paun, Senior Legal Counsel, TD Bank (Toronto)

With the onset of the pandemic, digital identity instantly became more indispensable to everyday life and work (and pandemic life/work). An ever-growing number of Canadians are accessing businesses and services online, and Canada is in need of a digital identity system. Ensure you are up to date on the latest changes:

  • Understanding the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework
  • Staying on top of developing standards and international developments
  • Sourcing and implementing identity verification technologies: critical considerations

Gain an understanding of legal issues and proposed framework for digital identity and how to assist your clients.

Tech Law in Quebec

François Lajeunesse, Conseiller juridique principal | Senior Legal Counsel, Bell Canada

Marissa Carnevale, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP (Montreal)
Allen Mendelsohn, Internet Law Specialist, Sessional Lecturer, McGill University, Faculty of Law (Montreal) 

Learn about tech law issues in Quebec for pan-Canadian lawyers.




Visit Virtual Booths, Source Content and Engage in Discussions with Industry Experts

3:00 PM Plenary
Utilizing Technology, AI, Machine Learning and Neural Networks in the Fight Against COVID-19: Managing the Legal Risks

Ramneek Padda, Senior Litigation Counsel | TELUS Legal Services

Bill Tam
, Co-founder and COO, Supercluster (Vancouver)
Justine Gauthier, Conseillère juridique principale | Senior Legal Counsel, Mila (Montreal)
Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Ottawa)

In the race to stop the pandemic, leaders are turning to technology to help speed the efforts to find a cure and control the spread of COVID-19. Bolster your understanding of the novel technology law issues arising in these unprecedented times. Take away new insights on:

  • How technology is being utilized to find a cure
  • Optimizing medical supply chain management using blockchain and IoT: contract & privacy issues
  • Identifying the regulatory and policy issues applicable to contact tracing
  • What consents are needed for vaccines: new developments
  • How this pandemic is impacting the evolution of technology law

Grasp the new tech law issues and the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

4:00  Concluding Remarks, Day 1, from the Co-Chairs
Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken (Toronto)
Nancy Cleman, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. (Montreal)

Hear the key solutions and take-aways from today’s sessions. Source a summary of actions points for you to implement. Learn about the key highlights and content for tomorrow!

4:10 PM Conference Day 1 Adjourns

Day 2 – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Enter Networking Lounge, Connect with Your Colleagues

11:00 AM  Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken (Toronto)
Nancy Cleman, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. (Montreal)

Review of yesterday’s highlights and plan your day.

11:05 AM Plenary
Update on International Laws Regulations Impacting Technology Law in Canada and Beyond

Arun Krishnamurti, Counsel, Google (Toronto)

Ted Claypoole
, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Atlanta)
Dr. Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, LL.M., Partner, Büsing Müffelmann & Theye Lawyers and Notaries (Berlin)
Michael Fekete, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)

  • Update on GDPR, CCPA and other privacy regulations including enforcement
  • Preparing for the outcome of the US Copyright Act review
  • Need to know changes to US Accountability Act, and more
  • New regulatory framework for Artificial Intelligence   

Visit Virtual Booths, Source Content and Engage in Discussions with Industry Experts

12:20 PM Choose Your Track
Your opportunity to delve into those specialized areas of technology law that are of particular interest to you



Corporate Counsel: Managing Large Technology Transformation Projects in Uncertain Times

Richard Stobbe, Lawyer, Field Law (Calgary)

Christopher Cates
, Director of Legal Affairs, Intact Financial Corporation (Toronto)
Lori Kay, Assistant General Counsel - Procurement, Bell Canada (Toronto)
Nina Moritsugu, Legal Director, Associate General Counsel, Workday (Toronto)

Presented by a panel of In-house technology law specialists.

Large IT transformation projects during a pandemic are both an opportunity and a complicating factor.  Acquire the essential perspectives of in-house lawyers as the primary advisors.  Achieve a step by step action plan on:

  • Procuring the right, resilient platform
  • Negotiating strategies for integrators & multi-vendor projects
  • Pricing model alternatives
  • Adapting to agile development: ensuring on time delivery
  • Using historical lockdown to reduce force majeure risk
  • Remedies, delivery assurance, and SLAs

Position your organization for maximum success during large tech transformation projects.

Financing Start Ups in the New Normal

Rodney F. Burgar, Board Chair, Innovacorp | President, Accelerator Inc.

Toufic Adlouni
, Founder, Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Renno & Co and LUCA (Montreal)
Jasmin Ganie-Hobbs, Senior Development Banker, BDC
Isaac Souweine, Partner, Real Ventures

Launching a technology business is a challenge for your clients. Accessing capital is one of the first, crucial steps in the process. Develop a roadmap to help you:

  • Apply best practices for working with incubators
  • Secure strategies for accessing government money: knowing where to look for what
  • Be aware of what is getting funded during COVID-19, region by region
  • Anticipate the new reality post pandemic: what will be the impact on financing?

Gain the know how to be a strategic partner to your clients in starting their new venture or growing their SME.


Canari: An Automated Early Warning System for AI Risk
Carole Piovesan,
Partner | Co-Founder, INQ Data Law (Toronto)
Noel Corriveau, Counsel, INQ Data Law (Ottawa)

1:40 PM Plenary
Women in Technology Session

Post-COVID Working from Home for the Tech Lawyer: An Essential Guide on How to Make the Most Out of WFH

Kristin Ali, Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)
Jennifer Davidson, Associate, Deeth Williams Wall (Toronto)

Sultana Bennett, Assistant General Counsel, Torys LLP
Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science, Tenure Stream
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Research on Health Care

Almost overnight, the global workforce transitioned to Work from Home (WFH). The last eight months have given us a glimpse into the future of work. Now that employers have realized that productivity does not go down and employees have found better balance, WFH is likely here to stay for many of us. CAN-TECH’S Women in Tech will be speaking with three industry experts on the challenges and advantages of WFH and what this will mean for the life of tech lawyers. Gain critical insights on:

  • Whether WFH is a leap forward or back for working women?
  • How tech lawyers can maintain their professional responsibilities vis-à-vis legal privilege, confidentiality, and data security in a WFH environment
  • How we can successfully network with clients virtually

Get your WFM guidebook to help you adapt your practice and to maximize your professional opportunities.

Visit Virtual Booths, Source Content and Engage in Discussions with Industry Experts

3:00 PM   Plenary
Cybersecurity: Shielding Your Clients from Expanding Threats

Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP Barristers & Solicitors (Toronto)

Cristian Dragnef
, President, Seratos Inc.
Vanessa Henri, Associate, Fasken (Montréal)
Jason S.T. Kotler, BA, JD, MBA, CMC, Founder, President & CEO, CYPFER Corp. (Toronto)

Cyber threat actors are taking advantage of the pandemic to increase their malicious activities and cybercrime. Ensure you are on top of the latest legal developments and trends to help protect your clients. Obtain expert insights on:

  • Assessing current security risks arising from increased remote work
  • New best practices for responding to a cybersecurity incident
  • What you need to know about the dark web, business unsecurity practices, and cyberwar
  • Contractual considerations to address regarding cybersecurity practices

Protect your clients from rising risks and boost their cyber security.

4:00 PM  Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken (Toronto)
Nancy Cleman, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. (Montreal)

Hear key insights and take-aways from the conference overall and an update on Can-Tech Law 2020/21.

4:15 PM  Conference Adjourns

Gold Sponsor

Ipro Tech logo

Silver Sponsor

Seratos Consulting



Bronze Sponsor

Deeth Williams Wall

Session Sponsor

Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon