Session A: Demystifying the Corporate Law World
Ted Liu, Partner, Osler
Bobby Wang, Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Richard Wong, Partner, Osler
Rachael Lee, Associate, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, LLP
Moderated by: Evelyn Li, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
What does a corporate lawyer do? What does a day in the life of an advisor to a large commercial organization look like? How does one help his/her client achieve their business objectives while navigating a complex maze of legal requirements? Here to help us to demystify the corporate world (as it intersects with the legal profession) are three seasoned corporate lawyers and one recent call from some of Canada’s largest commercial law firms.
Session B: Excelling in a Public Law Career
Joseph Cheng, Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Sally Kwon, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada
Sunil Mathai, Acting Deputy Director and Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Civil)
Kelly Matsumoto, Practice Lead, Planning & Administrative Tribunal Law, City of Toronto
Moderated by: Michael Doi, Legal Director, Financial Services Commission of Ontario
Gain insight into developing an interesting and fulfilling career in government and the broader public sector from a panel of experienced public sector lawyers. Hear about the nature of a public law practice, some of the challenges and opportunities in building a public law practice, and the important building blocks lawyers should consider in pursuing a successful public law career.
Session C: R v Jordan and Delays in the Criminal Justice System
The Honourable Chris de Sa, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
Susan Lee, Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Attorney’s Office (Ontario)
Diana Lumba, Associate, Edward H. Royale & Partners LLP
Janani Shanmuganathan, Associate, Erin Dann
Moderated by: Emily Lam, Partner, Greenwood Lam LLP
The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Jordan has changed the landscape of s.11b jurisprudence. This panel will discuss the practical implications of prosecuting and defending cases in the criminal, regulatory and civil context. Learn about the meaning of "unreasonable delay" post-Jordan, how the decision has changed the responsibilities and obligations of counsel and judges, and strategic considerations in litigating cases in a post-Jordan era.
Session D: Update in IP and IT Law
Peter Choe, Partner, Gowling WLG
Stephanie Chong, Partner, Hoffer Adler LLP
Sana Halwani, Partner, Lenczner Slaght
Moderated by: Hung Nguyen, Partner, Deeth Williams Wall
This panel will discuss how recent major Canadian and foreign cases in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and technology will impact companies doing business in Canada.
On the patent side, hear about the largest reported damage award in a Canadian patent infringement case, new threshold for establishing the utility of a Canadian patent, and the loss of right to sue for patent infringement in a “Rocket Docket” court in the US.
A rare interlocutory injunction has been granted in a trademark infringement case in Canada. Also learn about a novel case to decide on landlords’ liability over tenants’ counterfeit goods in Canada, the legality of keyword advertising and sponsored links in Canada, and registrability of disparaging trademarks in the US.
In terms of copyright and technology, better understand the impact on Canadian postsecondary institutions of the Federal Court of Canada’s rejection of “fair dealing” defense, the enforceability of forum selection clauses in online contracts, and the “worldwide” injunction against Google upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.