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CAN-TECH 2024 Spring Conference:Peeling Back to Basics: Technology Contracts

  • 7 Jun 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax


  • Conference registration only for CAN-TECH lawyers practicing over 5 year, under 5 years and In-house Counsel/Government/Sole Practitioner/Non-Lawyer
  • Conference registration only
  • Become a full member of CAN-TECH and register for the Conference at the same time.
  • Conference registration only
  • Become a full member of CAN-TECH and register for the Conference at the same time.
  • Become a full member of CAN-TECH and register for the Conference at the same time.
  • Conference registration only
  • Become a full member of CAN-TECHand register for the Conference at the same time.

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CAN-TECH 2024 Spring Conference: Peeling Back to Basics: Technology Contracts

The CAN-TECH Spring Conference is back and, following last year's success, will focus on discussing practical tips and tricks for junior to mid level technology lawyers to apply in their practices.

The one-day, pan-canadian program, with hybrid in-person and webcast sessions, will see panels across five satellite locations discuss a range of topics, including drafting and negotiating strategies and pitfalls to look out for in technology contracts.

We look forward to you joining us at one of our five locations across the country for a chance to peel back to the basics of technology contracts and network with your peers in the industry.

Spring Conference Co-chairs:

Justine Gauthier, General Counsel & Head of AI Governance, Mila 

Justine Gauthier is the General Counsel & Head of AI Governance of Mila, a prominent artificial intelligence research institute at the intersection of industry, academia and government, where she also acts as Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. A leading voice on the emerging legal and ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence, Ms. Gauthier is deeply involved in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, and sits on the boards of Front Row Ventures, AInBC, and the Canadian Technology Law Association.

Dorian Morrison, Senior Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Dorian Morrison is a senior associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law and Information Technology Law groups in Vancouver. Dorian regularly advises clients, both in the public and private sectors, on complex commercial transactions including technology procurements, technology-based outsourcings, cloud agreements and other commercial transactions.

Dorian has been seconded to two different national organizations in the United Kingdom allowing her to work alongside the in-house legal, procurement and sales teams.

Dorian obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 2011 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester in 2014. Dorian completed her legal training in the United Kingdom and became a member of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2017. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Dorian worked at an international law firm in London, UK where she practiced in the commercial and IT group.


Each location will host a live session, with the remaining four sessions live broadcast from cities coast to coast.

Vancouver: 9 am to 2 pm PT

Winnipeg: 10 am to 3 pm CT

Montreal: 12 to 5 pm ET

Toronto: 12 to 5 pm ET

Halifax: 1 to 6 pm AT

This program will apply for CPD

Vancouver Panel: 9:00 - 10:00 am PT

Hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP (MAP)


  • Justine Gauthier, General Counsel & Head of AI Governance, Mila (Moderator)
  • Dorian Morrison, Senior Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Kelsey Franks, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Service levels, service credits

An intriguing discussion on the topic of service levels, why they are important and how they can be drafted to provide protection to both buyers and sellers will leave you with practical tips to implement in your daily practices. Junior and mid-level associates are often tasked with reviewing service levels in technology contracts and we want to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge required to understand the drafting nuisances of service levels and how one or two simple words (e.g. exclusive remedy) can change the trajectory of contract negotiations. We will also discuss other relevant topics such reporting on and tracking service levels.

    Winnipeg Panel: 12 to 1 pm CT

    Hosted by MLT Aikins LLP (MAP)


    • Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP (Moderator)
    • David Carrick, Counsel, MLT Aikins LLP
    • Nicolas Joubert, Associate, MLT Aikins LLP


    Join us for an engaging panel discussion on mastering negotiation in the realm of technology contracts. From leveraging industry standards to anticipating emerging trends, attendees will gain practical tips and tricks to enhance their negotiation skills and achieve favorable outcomes. Whether you're a junior associate or a more seasoned negotiator, this session promises to equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of negotiating technology contracts.

    Montreal: 2 to 3 pm ET

    Hosted by BCF Business Law (MAP)


    • Misha Benjamin, Partner, Co-Leader for Tech and AI at BCF Business Law
    • Claire Mazzini, Corporate Counsel, Microsoft Canada
    • Jean-François De Rico, Partner,  KPMG Canada
    Tech Terms Unveiled: Understanding EULAs, Terms of Use and the arrival of GenAI

    This session promises to be an engaging discussion for legal professionals eager to grasp the essentials of technology contracts and the exciting new realm of Generative AI. Together, our esteemed panelists will guide you through the intricacies of End-User License Agreements and Terms of Use, illuminating the technical nuances that distinguish on-premises software from cloud solutions and how these differences manifest in legal terms. As the tech world dives into Generative AI, we'll explore its impact on technology contracts, introducing novel contractual concepts and examining how Generative AI contracting is built upon established agreements.

    Toronto: 3 to 4 pm ET

    Hosted by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (MAP)


    • Paul Burbank,  Associate, Fasken (Moderator)
    • Amy Fliam, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
    • Brandon Track, Corporate Counsel, Cisco Systems Canada Co.
    • Anagha Nandakumaran, Associate, Fasken

    NDAs? NBD! A primer on confidentiality agreements

    Have you been asked for an NDA or a confidentiality clause and faced precedents ranging from a paragraph to 10 pages in length? How much of that language does your client actually need, and why?

    Join us for a discussion of key considerations to navigating the varied landscape of confidentiality agreements.

    Halifax: 5 to 6 pm AT

    Hosted by McInnes Cooper LLP (MAP)
    • David Fraser, Partner, McInnes Cooper
    • Charlotte Henderson, CIPP/C Associate & Trademark Agent, Stewart McKelvey
    • Lola Williams-Afolabi, Associate, Boyneclarke Lawyers LLP
    Privacy/Cyber Security/AI policy development

    In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the intersection of privacy, cybersecurity, and AI policy development is critical. This presentation will delve into the latest guidelines and best practices for creating robust AI systems that prioritize security and privacy. The presentation will also cover the development of comprehensive cybersecurity policies, aligning with industry standards and regulatory requirements to protect sensitive information and mitigate risks. Furthermore, we will discuss the joint guidance provided by international cybersecurity agencies, which outlines methodologies and controls to safeguard AI systems. By the end of this presentation, attendees will have a clearer understanding of the principles and practical steps necessary for developing and implementing effective privacy and cybersecurity policies in the context of AI.



    Join and go - Become a full member of CAN-TECH and register for the Conference at the same time.

    • $425: Non- member, Lawyers practising over 5 years ($100 savings)
    • $275: Non-member, Lawyers practicing under 5 years ($75 savings)
    • $325: Non-member, In-House Counsel/Government/Sole Practitioner ($75 savings) 
    • $80: Student non-members 

    Conference only

    • $125: CAN-TECH members
    • $175: Non-members
    • $50: CAN-TECH student members
    • $75: Student non-members 

    Interested in registering small groups?

    • 3-4 registrants save 10%
    • 5 or more save 15%

    Email for details on group savings.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


    1. We highly recommend all attendees be fully vaccinated.
    2. The venue will be following all local government protocols. Refer to  amp;source=gmail&ust=1657300732842000&usg=AOvVaw0ycZrc4qlRLPeY37fOe_KV">
    3. Stay home if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If unwell, we ask you to complete a COVID-19 test and quarantine until a negative result is confirmed. If needed, COVID-19 tests can be purchased locally. Please note, with currently circulating COVID-19 variants, it is common for rapid tests to be unable to detect COVID-19 until several days into infection – hence even if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are testing negative, please do not attend. 

    There are no refunds.


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