Benchmark Litigation Women in Law Vancouver Forum 2019 - Agenda May 9, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, Canada






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8:30 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 Chair’s opening remarks

9:05 Fireside chat: “Passing the Baton” to the next generation of women GCs
Our panel of former GCs will share their career journey with frank discussions on:
  • Becoming innovative and cost efficient in the delivery of in-house services
  • Sponsorship, mentoring and building a network
  • Strategies for achieving a better work-life balance
  • Tactics to become a powerful champion and supporter of other women
Lynne Charbonneau, former deputy GC at HSBC (moderator)
Wendy King, VP, legal, risk & governance and Corporate Secretary, Capstone Mining
Shannon Webber, former GC at Alterra Power Corp

9:40 The impact of CASL, GDPR and privacy compliance on your business

  • GDPR in practice - 1 year later
  • Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL audit)
  • Cybersecurity “readiness”
  • Privacy concerns in the news – what’s next?

Eleni Kassaris, partner, Blakes (moderator)
Anjali Inman, legal counsel, Two Hat Security
Kalie McCrystal
, legal counsel, Herschel Supply Company
Catherine Scott
, general counsel, Paybyphone

10:30 Networking coffee break

10:50 Successfully managing complex litigation

  • Top 10 tips and strategies to reduce risk and exposure of litigation from the outset
  • Courtroom and boardroom perspectives on women litigators and in house counsel
  • Dealing with privilege for in-house counsel and business managers
  • Using insurance and litigation financing to reduce risk
Laura Bevan, partner, Lawson Lundell (moderator)
Jennifer Drake
, Vice President - Legal Consultant, Financial Services Group, Aon
Joyce Johner
, General Counsel, College of Dental Surgeons of BC
Sarah McEachern
, partner, BLG

11:40 Informal table discussions

11:55 Why “leading like a woman” will advance your career

  • Persevering on the day-to-day complications yet keeping the long-term goal in sight
  • Following your passion for success and equity
  • Using your ability to multi-task and adjust while demonstrating confidence
  • Employing your empathy skills to better service your clients/business teams and provide forward-looking insight and value

Karen Carteri, partner, Nathanson Schachter and Thompson (moderator)
Kate Chisholm
, SVP, chief legal and sustainability officer, Capital Power Corporation
Lindi Porter
, associate GC, wealth management, HSBC Bank Canada
Naomi Schmold
, chief privacy officer & senior legal counsel, Enbridge
Lisa Skakun
, GC & Chief Corporate Development Officer, Coast Capital Savings

12:45 Networking lunch

1:35 Best practices in building a successful in-house legal department

  • Trusted advisor role, not just legal knowledge, is what counts
  • Working with external counsel and service providers
  • Hiring, on-boarding, retention of staff to build a successful team
  • Enabling people through mentoring, sponsorship and coaching
  • Preferred legal vendor lists and linking law firm RFPs with metrics
Bindu Cudjoe, SVP, GC and Corp Secretary, CWB Financial Group (moderator)
Naseem Bawa
, general counsel, Interaxon
Megan Chorlton
, General Counsel, Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
Kjelti Wilkes Kellough
, VP, Corporate Counsel, Getty Images
Ami Iaria
, senior legal counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission

2:25 Informal table discussions

2:40 Latest employment law trends to optimize your HR operations

  • Pending changes to BC Labor Relations codes and Employment Standards Act
  • Effectively using non-compete/non-solicitation/non-disclosure clauses
  • Adjusting hiring and employment policies to accommodate the legalization of marijuana

Melanie Samuels, partner, Singleton Reynolds (moderator)
Genevieve Martin
, employee relations specialist, Ledcor Group
J. Alexis Kerr
, general counsel, Fraser Health Authority

3:30 Networking coffee break

3:50 Dealing with Canadian class action lawsuits – tips for plaintiff and defendant

  • Trends in cross-border and cross-province class action filings
  • Overview of the multi-step class proceeding process
  • Partnering with class action specialists
Tracey Cohen, partner, Fasken
Stephanie L. Hamilton
, partner, Guild Yule
Emilie Maxwell
, investment manager, Augusta Ventures
Nicola-Jane McNeill
, general counsel, Impark

4:40 Navigating cross-border, criminal, regulatory and civil investigations

  • Global risk assessments to determine where the risks are
  • Keeping up on compliance, anti-corruption enforcement and regulatory changes
  • Differences in legal privilege and rules of evidence
  • Whistleblower legislation and initiatives
Brigeeta Richdale, partner, Cassels Brock (moderator)
Sherry Wiebe
, chief legal officer and general counsel, Octaform Systems

5:30 Networking drinks reception

6:30 Forum adjourns


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