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2021 Can-Tech Law Spring Series: COVID-19, Contracting, and Coping

June 2-3, 2021

Conference Co-Chairs:

Kuljit Bhogal, Legal Counsel, LoyaltyOne, CO. & Arun Krishnamurti, Counsel, Google Canada


Over a year has passed and COVID-19 continues to disrupt the way we do business today!  Legal practitioners have had to adjust the way they work with clients over virtual boundaries, and this year has highlighted the need for reliable technology more than ever before. With this enormous shift to everything delivered remotely, many legal challenges have arisen and are continuing to develop at a rapid pace. Join us on June 2nd and 3rd to gain insights from more than 20 leading experts in technology law from across Canada as they discuss key legal technology issues including:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Digital Transformation Project (1:15 PM–2:15 PM)

Implementing a large-scale digital transformation project can come with its own hurdles. Join us as we discuss the key takeaways from the High Court of Justice of England and Wales decision in CIS General Insurance Ltd v IBM United Kingdom Ltd [2021] EWHC 347 (TCC) and provide you with best practices to keep top of mind the next time you’re involved in such a project.

Moderator: Arun Krishnamurti, Counsel, Google Canada

Daniel Bourque, Associate General Counsel, KPMG LLP
Peter Ruby, Partner, Goodmans LLP
Amy-Lynne Williams, Founding Partner, Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Returning with Resilience: The Short and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Legal Practice (2:30 PM–3:30 PM)

Canada will be feeling the effects of COVID-19 well into 2021 and beyond. As businesses gradually increase their in-person presence, lawyers will have to consider what returning to normal looks like, and whether any adjustments to legal practice made in light of the pandemic will be long-lasting. Our panellists will discuss the privacy, security and health considerations of in-office ramp up and continued remote work, the effects of the pandemic on contract drafting, and how the legal practice itself has and should be changed to accommodate new ways of working and negotiating.

ModeratorElena Iosef, Legal Counsel, Varicent

David Crane, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Elisabeth Demone, VP Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Symcor Inc.
Jennifer Hodgins, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Privacy Impact Assessments (3:45 PM–4:45 PM)

Privacy Impact Assessments: what are they and how are they conducted? Join our panel as they guide you through the process of conducting a PIA and provide some practical tips and important considerations.

Moderator: Shreya Gupta, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Imran Ahmad, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Hélène Deschamps Marquis, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
Robin Gould-Soil, President and Founder, RGS Management Consulting Services

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Gender Pay Gap in the Legal & Technology Sectors (12:00 PM–1:00 PM)

The gender pay gap continues to be an issue in the legal and technology sectors. The Globe and Mail recently reported that female law partners earn nearly 25% less than their male counterparts. There is evidence to support that the pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women in the workforce. It is important now, more than ever, that we bring these issues to the forefront to elicit potential solutions. This event will draw on our speakers diverse experiences to shed light on meaningful steps we can take to narrow the gap.

Jennifer Davidson, Associate, Deeth Williams Wall LLP
Lisa Danay Wallace, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP

Aaron Baer, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Breanna Needham, Associate, DLA Piper
Aisha Ramakrishnan, Senior Counsel, BMO Financial Group

*An application has been made for one hour Equality, Diversity and Inclusion credit.

Government Contracting  (1:15 PM–2:15 PM)

This session will explore how to navigate getting technology through rigid government procurement processes not always designed for them.  Join our experienced panel for advice on how to fit cutting edge services into standard form agreements, the importance of engaging early in any RFx, and much more.

Moderator:  Thomas Prowse, VP, Legal, Tehama Inc.

Rosa Mauro, Corporate Counsel, Amazon Web Services
Marcia Mills, Counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Alexandra Pietrzak, Public Sector Counsel, Google Canada

ADR Mediation & Arbitration Clauses (2:30 PM–3:30 PM)

Practical tips on drafting effective dispute resolution clauses. Tailoring the clause to fit your needs, and knowing how to get the advantages you've always heard ADR can deliver.

  • Why mediation works in an IT contract (or doesn’t)
  • How to choose the right mediator
  • How to avoid getting trapped in mediation
  • Multi-step dispute resolution clauses
  • Hybrid processes
  • Parallel processes
  • Common traps and drafting tips

Moderator:  Nancy Cleman, Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, LLP

Michael Erdle, Managing Director, Practical Resolutions
Daniel Urbas, Founder, Urbas Arbitral

Regulating Online Content (3:45 PM–4:45 PM)

A discussion about Minister Guilbeault's proposed legislation to regulate internet content. He has stated that this bill would require companies to remove “illegal” content and hate speech, and be subject to a newly created regulatory body.

Kuljit Bhogal, Legal Counsel, LoyaltyOne, Co.

Katarina Germani, Legal Counsel, CBC/Radio Canada
Dr. Emily B. Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Bob Tarantino, Counsel, Dentons Canada LLP