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RECORDING: 2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp

  • 21 Aug 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • 31 Dec 2024
  • 5:00 PM


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RECORDING: 2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp

This was a first-of-its-kind CANTECH conference. The event was held from coast-to-coast – starting in Vancouver and ending in Halifax – with five offices (Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax) each hosting one live panel and participating in the other panels via Zoom. This let the attendees participate in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner, while still getting all the benefits of the breadth and depth of experience that CANTECH’s members have to offer.

Highlights include a conversation about limitations of liability and indemnity between Dana Siddle, a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Rahim Esmail, Senior Counsel at TELUS, before moving on to Regina where Joseph Gill, a partner at McKercher LLP and Azure-Dee Ashton, Counsel at Saskatchewan Power Corporation discussed service levels.

Andrew Alleyne, partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Mark Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel at Interac Corp. and Justice Agyemang, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC Bank Canada broke down clauses that are often overlooked, and by colour-coding parts of clauses that are pertinent to the buy- and sell-side the attendees developed a better understanding of the positions they should be advancing on behalf of their clients. 

Montreal had Eugen Miscoi, associate at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Patrice Labonte, General Counsel North America, Valtech share their knowledge about privacy and cybersecurity issues in a contract. This panel dissected LinkedIn’s Data Processing Agreement, a DPA that probably has the biggest impact on the attendees.

Finally, Jennifer Davidson, CANTECH’s president and partner at Deeth Williams Wall LLP, moderated a panel of David Fraser, a partner at McInnes Cooper, and Harj Gill, who most recently was Corporate Counsel for NTT Data Services, in an open and honest conversation about what lawyers new to the profession can do to ensure their success, the importance of mentorship, and how we can learn from our mistakes. (This was not recorded in order to allow for open and honest dialogue from our panel and audience).

The hope was that the attendees would leave the conference feeling more confident and comfortable in their understanding of technology transactions, the contracts, and the issues that often come up in them. Based on the expertise the panelists shared, and the accompanying materials, mission accomplished.

Spring Conference Co-chairs:

Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP

Jacob Kojfman, Senior Legal Counsel, The Co-operators Group Limited


The conference was recording in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto and Montreal.

The recorded program provides 4 substantive hours of CPD.

    Vancouver: Damage and Recovery: Liability and Indemnities

    Topics include:

    • What is “market” on limitations of liability (lump sum? fee multiples?)
    • Understanding what risks you are trying to allocate;
    • Alternatives to contractual risk allocation, such as insurance; and
    • Explaining all of this “lawyer stuff” to business teams.

    Moderator:  Jacob Kojfman, Senior Legal Counsel, The Co-operators Group Limited

    • Rahim Esmail, Senior Counsel, Legal Services, TELUS
    • Dana Siddle, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

    Regina: You Can’t always Get What You Want: Service Levels

    Topics include:

    • Understanding the give and take of service level commitments
    • Management of service levels
    • The price of non-conformance and alternatives to service level penalties
    Moderator: Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP


    • Joseph Gill, Partner, McKercher LLP
    • Azure-Dee Ashton, Counsel, Saskatchewan Power Corporation

    Toronto: Everything is Awesome: Don’t Sleep on Everything Other Than Liability/SLAs and Cyber

    Topics include:

    • Key considerations for termination provisions;
    • Language essential to transition of services provisions upon termination, including portability of data and unique considerations for certain types of agreements, such as transition-out provisions in "x-as-a-service" agreements; and
    • The importance of governance, including the interplay between governance and acceptance criteria and assessing whether there is capacity to meet governance processes.
    Moderator: Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken
    • Mark Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel, Interac Corp.
    • Justice Agyemang, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC Bank Canada
    Montreal: Every Breath You Take: Privacy and Cybersecurity

    Topics include:

    • Meeting statutory, industry and organizational requirements for privacy clauses;
    • Understanding the controller / processor relationship (if such a thing exists in Canada); and
    • Knowing what to look for, ask for and insist on for cybersecurity, including security provisions and incident notification.

    Moderator: Véronique Wattiez Larose, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


    • Eugen Miscoi, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    • Patrice Labonté, General Counsel North America, Valtech



    • $100: CAN-TECH members
    • $125: Non-members
    • $40: CAN-TECH student members

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    There are no refunds.


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