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  • 30 Oct 2023 4:18 PM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    Dive into the world of artificial intelligence with the Women in TECH Book Club Event, reading "Klara and the Sun."

    Join us in celebrating the power of literature and technology with the Women in Technology (WIT) committee of the CAN-TECH Law Association for a special book club evening. On November 1, starting at 6 pm at C'Est What?, 67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5, we'll gather to discuss the captivating novel "Klara and the Sun," engage with fellow technology enthusiasts, and enjoy a delightful selection of appetizers and drinks. This event is more than just a book club; it's an opportunity to explore the intersection of technology and humanity, network with like-minded individuals, and immerse yourself in an inspiring fusion of intellectual exploration and social connection. Whether you're passionate about artificial intelligence, curious about legal perspectives, or simply love a good book, this evening is designed for you.

    Cocktails, Canapés, and Book Discussion: 6 p.m.

    Location: C'est What?, 67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5

    Cost: $35

    What's Included:

    • A copy of the book "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro (pick up at Osler offices in First Canadian Place) - A $35 Value
    • A VAST selection of appetizers and canapés catering to all dietary restrictions.
    • A drink ticket for any drink of your choice

    About the Book:

    "Klara and the Sun" explores themes of artificial intelligence, humanity, and the essence of consciousness. Engage in a stimulating discussion about the novel's profound insights and connect with fellow technology enthusiasts.

    How to Register:

    Register Here to secure your spot. Seats are limited to 30 attendees, so register immediately.

    Book Collection:

    Email (with a cc’ to to advise on when you would like to collect your book.

    Pick up your copy at the Osler Toronto office: Osler Hoskin and Harcourt, First Canadian Place, 100, 1 King St W Suite 6200, Toronto, ON M5X 1B8.

    No Refunds:

    Please note that there are no refunds for this event.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

  • 27 Oct 2023 3:54 PM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    The 2023 CAN-TECH Fall Conference Awards was a fantastic event, honoring two exceptional individuals in the field of technology law. Amy-Lynne Williams received the inaugural CAN-TECH Award of Distinction, and Sam Ip was recognized with the inaugural CAN-TECH Rising Star in Tech Law Award, at the CAN-TECH Fall Conference Dinner, presented by Jennifer Davidson, CAN-TECH Law Past President.

    Amy-Lynne Williams, a technology law pioneer with a career spanning over four decades, was celebrated for her significant contributions. She not only adapted Canadian laws to the challenges posed by emerging computing technologies but also founded the renowned technology and IP boutique law firm, Deeth Williams Wall LLP. Her mentorship and commitment to professionalism have made a lasting impact on the industry.

    Sam Ip, a Partner at Osler Hoskin and Harcourt, and the co-creator of "Osler Code Detect," was recognized for his innovative work with AI companies and his contributions to technology law. He is a trusted advisor in various areas of tech law and a well-deserving recipient of the Rising Star Award.


    Amy Lynne-Williams (Left) and Sam Ip (Right) with Jennifer Davidson, CAN-TECH Law Past President

    The Annual Fall Conference Dinner provided the perfect setting to honor these outstanding individuals. We offer our congratulations to Amy-Lynne Williams and Sam Ip and extend our gratitude to all the attendees who made this event a success. Your presence added depth to the celebration of excellence in technology law, and we look forward to future gatherings.


  • 11 Oct 2023 10:09 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    We are very pleased to announce Sam Ip as the winner of the inaugural CAN-TECH Rising Star in Tech Law Award.

    Sam is a Partner in the Technology Group at Osler, which regularly works with artificial intelligence companies and organizations making use of artificial intelligence technologies. His practice also includes technology procurement, contracting, and other commercial and corporate matters, with a significant focus on advising clients on complex and thorny issues related to the use of data, blockchain technology and, open source software.

    Sam is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a licensed professional engineer and was the co-creator of Osler’s free open source tool, Osler Code Detect. He regularly helps organizations comply with ambiguous provisions found in many open source licenses, developing policies that are used by engineers, and negotiates various open source issues as part of licensing and M&A transactions. Sam is recognized by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch” in Information Technology Law.

    Sam speaks regularly at webinars and conferences on AI and tech law issues, including for CAN-TECH. He is speaking at the fall conference on the panel “IP in the Metaverse”.  He is a trusted advisor to a wide array of clients and a recognized thought leader in several areas of tech law.

  • 10 Oct 2023 3:56 PM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

     We are very pleased to announce Amy-Lynne Williams as the winner of the inaugural CAN-TECH Award of Distinction.

    This award is in recognition of her extraordinary career as a leading technology lawyer. Over her more than forty-year career, Amy-Lynne has shaped the practice of technology law in Canada and what it means to be a technology lawyer with a Canadian and international practice including: 

    • At a time when there was no Canadian technology (or privacy) law, adapting the principles of Canadian commercial, contract and intellectual property law to the challenges posed by the adoption of computing technologies, the introduction of personal computing, the advent of the Internet and the adoption of mobile technologies; 
    • Establishing a Canadian technology and IP boutique law firm that is nationally recognized for its expertise in technology law and cyber security and that has been responsible for many technology firsts over its almost 30 years of operation; 
    • Taking leadership roles in the development of the premier Canadian and international technology organizations; 
    • Sharing her expertise and insights through speaking engagements, seminars, and articles; 
    • Fostering technology law through her mentorship of students, associates, and colleagues; 
    • Demonstrating, throughout, competence, integrity, and professionalism; and 
    • Bringing, to the practice of technology law for her clients and colleagues, a sense of fun. 

    She stands as a model to other practitioners. 


    When Amy-Lynne began her legal career in the 1980s in Ottawa as the first General Counsel of SHL Systemhouse, there was no computer law and no privacy law. Amy-Lynne was one of the very few Canadian practitioners who were adapting the principles of commercial, contract and intellectual property law to the adoption of computing technologies by business and government and the rise of personal computing. This meant wrestling with the novel issues raised by these technologies and coming up with practical responses. The solutions that Amy-Lynne negotiated became a baseline for Canadian technology practice. As one client noted in the midst of negotiations on a thorny issue “Amy-Lynne’s way of doing things is the Canadian standard on this issue.” In those early days, she also gave evidence to the Parliamentary Committees looking into questions such as “How should the law deal with unauthorized access to computers?” and “Is Software copyrightable?” Since then, in recognition of her expertise, she has acted as an expert witness and as an international commercial arbitrator. 

    As the practice area evolved, Amy-Lynne became convinced that there was a different way to practice law. In 1994, she and six colleagues established Deeth Williams Wall LLP (DWW). DWW was different. It provided its clients with specialized advice on technology law and intellectual property that was grounded in an understanding of the technology and its business impacts, but it also made technology use essential to its operation. Amy-Lynne was DWW’s first Managing Partner and led 

    the firm for its first five years. During that time, DWW provided computers, document processing software and email to the firm’s lawyers when none of this was common practice in Canadian law firms. Additionally, DWW established the infrastructure needed for lawyers to work remotely, decades before that became a common practice. 

    She has shared her knowledge and expertise writing and speaking extensively on technology issues. She was one of the earliest speakers to address the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group (TCLG), presenting in the early 1980s. She has spoken throughout her career to diverse business and legal organizations including as recently as 2019 when she spoke on the impacts of Artificial Intelligence. 

    Amy-Lynne always felt the need for a Canadian voice in technology law. She was one of the small group of practitioners who assembled in 1996 to found the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (now the Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)). She became the second President in 2000, and she continues to be an active supporter of the organization today – encouraging all young technology lawyers to become members. 

    From the 1980s, she has been an active participant in the Computer Law Association (CLA), rising to Chair of the Program Committee and then, in 2005-2006, to President. As President, Amy-Lynne was responsible for the rebranding of the CLA as the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and refocusing the organization from a Washington D.C.-centric organization to one concerned with international reach, broadening its international membership and its conference locations, and forever influencing the future direction and character of global technology law. 

    Throughout her career, Amy-Lynne has acted as a mentor and contributed to the development of her colleagues. DWW articling students and lawyers, who learned the practice of technology law under Amy-Lynne’s watchful eye, have gone on to successful careers at WeirFoulds, Baker McKenzie, PayPal, Manulife, Royal Bank of Canada, Varicent, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and University Health Network, among others. Her mentorship has never been limited just to DWW personnel. She has acted as a mentor to lawyers working in a variety of firms, always been available to provide career advice but also encouraging them to become active participants in groups like CAN-TECH and ITechLaw. You can see her encouragement manifested in ITechLaw (e.g., John Beardwood, Elisabeth Symons) and CAN-TECH (e.g., Jennifer Davidson, Lisa Lifshitz). 

    Amy-Lynne’s professional competence, integrity and civility is summed up in the comments of Dr. C. Ian Kyer who expressed what it is like to work with Amy-Lynne:

    “I have worked with Amy-Lynne Williams for more than thirty years. Amy-Lynne is one of the most competent and helpful lawyers it has been my pleasure to work with during this time. It was never easy being on the other side of Amy-Lynne, but because of her professionalism, civility, and integrity, it was always a pleasure. Throughout, she was fair, reasonable, perceptive, imaginative, and civil. One could not ask for more in working with counsel on the other side.”

  • 2 Oct 2023 11:00 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    REGISTER NOW: CAN-TECH Law 2023 Fall Conference

    When: October 25 - 26
    Where: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

    REGISTER HERE to join your peers and take advantage of this opportunity to gain solutions to current and complex issues arising in technology law.

    Register for our exclusive dinner event following the cocktail reception on October 25 and build on your opportunity to network with peers, engage in insightful discussions, and relax in a refined space after a day filled with learning and interaction.


     CPD Confirmed:

    1 Hour of EDI.

    1 Hour and 30 Minutes of Professionalism.

    18 Hours and 15 Minutes of Substantive.

    Leading topics will include:
    • Legal Generative AI: Managing Practice and Ethical Risks for Lawyers
    • Regulatory Reporting Report Card: guidance from behind the curtain on data breach
    • Lifecycle of Technology Contracts: Navigating Provisions from Negotiation to Litigation
    • The Law of Robotics: Technological and Legal Challenges Impacting Humanity?
    • Children's Privacy: Codes and Beyond
    • IP in the Metaverse
    • Regulatory Landscape of Digital Tokens in Canada: From Bitcoin to NFTs
    • Quebec Privacy Update
    • Understanding Obligations, Weighing Risks and Preparing for Change under the Proposed Critical Cyber Systems Protection Act
    • Governing Laws: Hear from Local Tech Counsel on What You Risk When You Stray from Your Province
    • Strengthening the External and In-House Counsel Partnership: Insights and Operational Realities
    • Ransomware Attack: Can You Negotiate Your Way Out?
    • How to Tackle Micro-Inequities as Lawyers: Practical Tips for Your Workplace
    • Generative AI: Show and Tell
    Final Program Details



    Member Conference only:

    • CAN-TECH Law Member : $1,695 + tax
    • CAN-TECH Law Member (In-house/Gov) : $975 + tax
    • Student : $300 + tax
    Member Conference and 2024 membership renewal:
    • CAN-TECH Law Member Bundle (Under 5 Years: $1,845 + tax
    • CAN-TECH Law Member Bundle (Over 5 Years: $1,970 + tax
    • CAN-TECH Law Member Bundle (In-House/Gov) : $1,150 + tax
    • Student Bundle : $330 + tax
    Non-member Conference only:
    • Non-member : $1,895 + tax
    • Non-member (In-house/Gov) : $1,275 + tax
    • Student : $300 + tax

    Non-member Conference and 2023/2024 membership:

    • Non-Member Bundle (Under 5 Years) : $1,845 + tax
    • Non-Member Bundle (Over 5 Years) : $1,995 + tax
    • Non-member Bundle (In-house/Gov) : $1,175 + tax
    • Student Bundle : $330 + tax


    Join us for an exclusive dinner event following the cocktail reception at the CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference. This dinner is not just about the delightful three-course meal or the two complimentary drink tickets; it's an opportunity to network with peers, engage in insightful discussions, relax in a refined space after a day filled with learning and interaction, and celebrate our distinguished winners of the CAN-TECH Law Rising Star and Award of Distinction winners.


    • CAN-TECH Awards: The evening will also feature the presentation of the esteemed CAN-TECH Awards, honoring leaders in technology law. Celebrate the accomplishments of Amy-Lynne Williams and Sam Ip as they receive the Award of Distinction and the Rising Star in Tech Law Award, respectively.
    • Dining Experience: Enjoy a meticulously crafted three-course meal that showcases a blend of traditional and contemporary culinary techniques.
    • Beverage Selection: We've curated a range of beverages to complement your meal, including fine wines and refreshing sparkling drinks, ensuring there's something to suit every palate.
    • Networking Opportunities: The CAN-TECH Law Conference Dinner is more than just food and drink; it's a platform for meaningful interactions. Engage in insightful conversations, share experiences, and build connections with fellow attendees, industry leaders, and speakers.

    Date & Time: October 25, 2023 - 7-9 p.m.

    Location: The Great Hall, Hart House

    Price: $130 plus HST

    • Three-course dinner.
    • Fine wine and drink options.
    • Networking and socializing with colleagues thought-leaders alike.

     Sponsored by:



    Interested in sponsoring the 2023 CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference? See the above link for details on sponsorship opportunities, or email for more details.
  • 29 Sep 2023 11:12 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    Courts continue to approve various internet-based modes of serving process in litigation

    Over the many years this newsletter has been published, the editors have tried to monitor and occasionally report on cases where courts approve internet-based methods of substituted service (i.e., where personal service cannot be achieved on a party, a court-approved way of bringing court documents to the party’s attention).

    For more details, please click here.

  • 29 Sep 2023 11:11 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    Said to be an interim measure until AI specific legislation comes into effect

    While the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (being one part of Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022) winds its way through Parliament, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry has released what is called the “Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems.”

    For more details, please click here.

  • 29 Sep 2023 11:09 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    Privacy law changes will have a significant effect outside of the province and brings huge possible penalties

    The next phase of updates to both the public and private sector privacy laws in Quebec came into effect on September 22, 2023.

    For more details, please click here.

  • 29 Sep 2023 11:08 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    OPC concluded that Canada Post did not have implied authorization for the creation of targeted marketing lists derived from a range of sources, including envelopes and packages.

    For more details, please click here.

  • 29 Sep 2023 11:06 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

    Nova Scotia court awards heavy damages and injunctions for defamation of foreign national

    In Abdelkader v. Khalil, Justice Gail Gatchalian of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia presided over a summary judgment motion in a defamation action. The plaintiff was a high-ranking employee of the government of Egypt, who lived in Cairo.

    For more details, please click here.


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