- starting a practice/business - is it right for me? what to consider
- OCIs in the pandemic and law students considering alternate career paths
- practical tips for lawyers who require an exit strategy in order to make a mid-career shift
- transferable skills from a law degree and applicable industries
- creating a client base: how to effectively market yourself in a digital world
- identifying opportunities and the impact of disruptive industries on the law: social media, technology, compliance, privacy, and start-up advisory
Eva Chan is a lawyer turned social media strategist, consultant and trainer for lawyers. She helps lawyers save time in learning how to use social media, and leverage it to meet professional and personal goals.
Eva graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999. For over a decade, she practised advertising, marketing and information technology law at BLG. She gained in-house counsel experience during secondments.
After leaving the practice of law, Eva started her social media consulting business and obtained a Professional Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Harvard Extension School. Her blog (evachanweb.ca/blog) won a Clawbies (Canadian Law Blog Awards) for Best New Blog in 2016, and was a finalist for Best Business of Law Blog in 2018.
To learn more about Eva, see her LinkedIn profile at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/
Peter V. Nguyen
Peter is SVP, Legal, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of The Descartes Systems Group Inc. He is also a former 2x general counsel of high growth technology companies, the founder of the GC Forum, a networking organization for Canadian law department leaders and an advisor to a legaltech company. He regularly advises his in-house clients on corporate/commercial, M&A, corporate finance, employment and privacy law. He has been recognized by Precedent magazine (Innovation Award - 2020), Canadian Lawyer (Top 25 Most Influential – 2019), the International Law Office(ILO)/Association of Corporate Counsel (Global Counsel Awards – 2019, 2016), LEXPERT® (Zenith Award as Change Agent in Law – 2019), National Post/ZSA (Canadian General Counsel Awards (Finalist) – 2019, 2018), the Financial Times (Innovative Lawyers North America Awards – 2018 (“Highly Commended”)) and the Legal 500 (GC Powerlist – 2019, 2016). Peter graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and is admitted to practice law in Ontario and New York.
Monica Goyal is the Director of Legal Innovation for Caravel Law and a part-time member of the Condominium Authority Tribunal. She founded My Legal Briefcase, an innovative platform that provides efficient and democratic legal solutions for small businesses, and Aluvion Law, a flat-fee law firm that provides accessible and affordable legal solutions. Monica has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She began her career working for major telecommunications companies such as Toshiba, Nokia, and Nortel, before earning her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Monica is a former Adjunct Professor and Visiting at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she taught law and technology courses. Currently, she teaches with the Institute of Future Law Practice. Monica has been spoken at many conferences on law and technology, and has written extensively on law and technology for national and international press. She has been named as one of the 10 Women to Watch in Tech in the Journal of the American Bar Association and has won a 2017 Fastcase 50 Award.
Hana Dhanji is the CEO & Founder of Hana Dhanji Executive Coaching. She holds an Honours. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a JD/MBA from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management. Hana is also a board-certified NLP Specialist and Executive Coach. Prior to starting up her company, Hana worked as a lawyer on Wall Street and brings her corporate experience to bear on helping high-performing professionals and entrepreneurs achieve performance breakthroughs in their careers and lives.
The purpose of Hana's work is to help her clients reach their maximum potential for success in all areas of their lives – from career and finances to health and relationships.
Ronald Trac is the Principal and Founder of Ronald Trac Law, a law firm in Toronto specializing in the areas of corporate/commercial and real estate law. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs, in both start-up and mid-size companies, and helping them solve the legal issues that their businesses may encounter.
Ron started his solo practice in his 2nd year of call, after articling and working as inhouse counsel at the Canadian arm of a global financial securities company. He has a background in finance and economics, and has a keen understanding of the practical aspects of operating a business in addition to the legal considerations. Ron believes that being an effective legal advisor for businesses requires a blend of both legal and business knowledge, and aims to provide practical solutions for his clients.
Ron is also fluent in Cantonese, and proficient in Mandarin, which allows him to serve members of the Chinese community in the GTA that may require additional language assistance.
Ron is currently a director with FACL, and chairs the GTA North Committee, which is dedicated to actively expanding FACL’s membership in the small firm/solo practitioner community. As part of this initiative, he has hosted several events on behalf of FACL to bring together small firm lawyers and solo practitioners in the GTA.
John Wu is the Director and Co-Founder of Codify Legal Publishing, a Toronto-based startup using AI and automation to keep lawyers up to date on the latest laws. He recently completed his JD /MBA at Osgoode and Schulich. John is an outspoken legal tech evangelist. During his time at Osgoode, he helped Professor Monica Goyal develop the first ever legal tech competency course and was awarded by the Attorney General in 2017 for his work in access to justice. In addition to his work in legal tech, John serves on the board of several companies, and is the Executive Director of Dominion Mock Trial, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the art of legal advocacy.
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