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    • 2 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM

    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.

        • 6 Nov 2023
        • 12:01 AM
        • 31 May 2024
        • 11:59 PM
        • Virtual

        Recorded on October 25 to 26, 2023 at Hart House

        See the full agenda here

        Access CPD Information

        Access Speaker Bios

        Purchase full recording (2 days):

        • CAN-TECH Law Member - $800 + HST
        • CAN-TECH Law In-house/Gov - $500 + HST
        • CAN-TECH Law Student - $150 + HST
        • Practising Lawyer non-member - $1,000 + HST
        • In-house/Gov non-member - $750 + HST
        • Student non-member - $200+ HST

        If you would like to purchase specific sessions only, please contact us at

        Thank you to our sponsors!

        • 7 Dec 2023
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
        • Live Webcast

        Mind the Gaps: The Impact of Emerging Threats on Cyber Insurance

        Thursday, December 7, 12 to 1 p.m. EST

        This program contains 1 Professionalism Hour.  

        Cybersecurity insurance is a nascent product reacting to a fast-evolving threat landscape. Every business in every sector is vulnerable to data breach, ransomware, and other cyber attacks. New cyber threats are on the horizon and most of today’s coverage options are inadequate to cover them. 

        Please join Howard Smith for an informative lunchtime webinar on December 7 where he will discuss what cyber insurance does and does not cover. Howard will also shed light on emerging cyber threats impacting industrial control systems and industrial IoT (internet of things) and the gaps in coverage these threats pose.

        Featured Speaker: Howard Smith, Cyber Insurance Counsel

        Howard Smith was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994 and practices cyber insurance law, providing counsel to insurers, brokers, and corporate risk managers. For many years, Howard provided legal counsel to commercial insurers’ underwriting and claims departments, exposing him to a broad range of commercial insurance products.

        Outside of law, Howard ran the business development department of a Canadian venture capital firm that invests in international cybersecurity start-ups. In 2022, he founded a business development agency that represents cybersecurity and computer-vision technologies. 

        Moderated by: Jennifer R. Davidson, Partner, Deeth Williams Wall LLP


        • FREE for CAN-TECH Law members
        • $25 plus HST: Non-members

        Special Instructions:

        • You will be emailed a link to access the webcast recording closer to the event date. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

        • No refunds.


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