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2022 CAN-TECH Law Spring Conference: Moving fast without breaking things

7-8 juin 2022
June 7-8, 2022

Conference Co-chairs:

Marie-Claire Albanese, Director, Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Green Shield Canada

Ron Lo, General Counsel, Symend

The world of law and technology never stops innovating.  Join us for CAN-TECH Law’s Moving Fast without Breaking Things Virtual Conference on June 7-8th, 2022 for the latest insights from Canada’s top legal practitioners as they opine on legal trends and developments in cybersecurity, electronic monitoring, international data ownership and the legal ethics of cryptocurrency in a globalized but conflicted world. New this year, CAN-TECH will offer a hands-on workshop on negotiation, especially adapted for post pandemic environments.

Bios of Conference Speakers


Tuesday, June 7

All times are EDT

11:00 - 11:15 Welcome remarks

11:15 - 12:15 Contracting for Software Development

Contracting for software development is a multi-faceted issue that involves legal, economic, and technological considerations. Ensure you are alert to key issues in order to manage risks for your clients and ensure you have the right contractual framework to bring development projects to success.

Moderator: Anagha Nandakumaran, Associate, Technology Group, Fasken


Lisa Danay-Wallace, Partner in the information technology and intellectual property law practice group, WeirFoulds LLP

Elena Iosef, Legal Counsel, Varicent

12:15 - 12:45 Break

12:45 - 1:45 Negotiating as a Junior Tech Lawyer: Starting from Yes and Navigating to Success

Negotiations can be one of the most challenging parts of practice for junior lawyers. Learn from our expert panel on how they have navigated negotiations through the years with a diverse range of parties. We will discuss best practices for achieving a successful negotiation and response strategies for managing the process in the event that it veers off course. 

Moderator: M. Imtiaz Karamat, Associate, Deeth Williams Wall LLP


Hashim Ghazi, Emerging Technology, Privacy & Cybersecurity Lawyer, Fasken

Cat Lovrics, Partner, Lawyer, Trademark Agent, Marks & Clerk

Steven Slavens, Counsel, Torys LLP

 1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 3:30 Managing Cybersecurity Risks

Come hear our expert panel talk about best practices to manage cybersecurity risks.  We will begin by discussing sources of cyber-risk and the current state of threats that can impact your clients.  We will also discuss managing vendor risk and key contract terms/concepts that should be included in your outsourcing arrangements.  The panel will also cover preparing for security incidents, breach management (including whether ransoms should be paid), meeting regulatory requirements and other ways to mitigate cyber-risk.

Moderator: Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP


Hélène Deschamps Marquis, Partner / Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Digital Law, Deloitte Legal Canada LLP

Joanna Fine, Partner, Privacy and Data Management, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

John Hewie, National Security Officer, Microsoft Canada


3:30 5:00 Negotiation Skills Workshop

This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to work within small groups in a live, moderated workshop setting. Each group will be provided with a fact scenario ahead of the session with key points of negotiation. Negotiations will take place in breakout rooms with the same settings one would expect for an online-based negotiation (zoom negotiation).

Groups will be paired in a mock negotiation exercise with live feedback from moderators at the end of the session. This workshop is designed to provide new members to the technology law bar and those with limited experience in live negotiation with hands on experience with negotiating technology-based transactions.

Please indicate your interest in this event ahead of the program on our registration link or email directly to receive the fact scenario. Fact scenarios will also be provided at the start of the session.


Jennifer Davidson, Technology Lawyer, Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Liana Di Giorgio, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Tetyana Klimova, Technology Consultant - Privacy & Data Trust (Cybersecurity), Ernst & Young

George Wray, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

5:00 - 5:05 Closing remarks


Wednesday, June 8

12:00 - 12:05 Opening remarks

12:05 - 1:30 Women in Tech: Avant Garde

Moderators: Abby Benattar, Technology Contracting & IP/IT Associate, WeirFoulds LLP, and Wendes Keung, Technology Contracting Associate, Torys LLP

The focus of the discussion will be on women in innovation. Our speakers will address the barriers of entering into and experiences of working within disruptive technology industries.

These women will touch on how they balance the rapid process of pioneering inventions with their quest to shape an industry that eliminates such barriers. Amongst other topics, this segment will include a discussion around the value of improving representation as a means of improving technology outcomes, especially in the key roles related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that are driving Canada’s innovation economy.


Chres Lee, Associate, Emerging and High Growth Companies, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Kelly Kwan, General Counsel, Clutch

Aliya Ramji, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

1:30 - 1:40 Break

1:40 - 2:40 Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace


Olalekan (Wole) Akinremi, Senior Associate, Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Nancy Shapiro, Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

2:40 - 2:50 Break

2:50 - 3:50 International Data Ownership

Moderator: Vipal Jain, Privacy and Technology lawyer, WeirFoulds LLP


Chelsi Bonair, Corporate Counsel, Google

Andrew Bernstein, Litigation Partner, Torys LLP

Rohin Bansal, Director of Data Governance, Telus

3:50 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 5:00 Ethics of Cryptocurrencies:  A Discussion Around its Neutrality

Cryptocurrency has been used to fund both sides of the Ukraine/Russian war. Is this allowable under Canadian law? Should it be? Can the underlying blockchain technology ever be truly neutral?

Moderator: Marlon Hylton, Senior Counsel & CEO, INNOV-8 Data Counsel & INNOV-8 Legal Inc.


Jillian Friedman, Chief Operating Officer, Ether Capital

Zach Justein, Head of Business Development and Legal Affairs, Paycase Financial

Pouya Makki, Associate, Renno & Co Inc.

5:00 - 5:15 Closing remarks