Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia is the General Counsel for Nissan Canada, Inc. Fernando’s duties include providing strategic and legal advice on Canada-wide dealer operations, labour relations and employment law, government affairs and all general legal matters. He holds an MIR from the University of Toronto, and LLB/BCL from McGill and recently completed an MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University. He can be reached at:  fernando.garcia@nissancanada.com.

Column: In-house Coach
General counsel are filling the role of jack of all tradesThere is an old saying that reads: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” With this phrase, I will waddle into the murky debate as to the role of the general counsel. More specifically, the discussion will focus on what is best, being a “generalist” general counsel or a specialist in-house counsel?
Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Get ready for the legal tech revolution!

Get ready for the legal tech revolution!Data analytics, artificial intelligence and legal tech solutions generally are increasingly becoming critical tools for law firms and in-house counsel.
Monday, 12 December 2016 09:00

Career advancement: My two cents

Career advancement: My two centsAs I come to a close on my second year of writing as the In-House Coach for Canadian Lawyer, the most frequent question I have heard raised by readers and fellow in-house counsel has been: What additional training can I do to make me a more valuable in-house counsel and/or to assist in advancing my career?
It is trite to say that, for most of us, time is of the essence. The challenge of juggling career, family and community/volunteer time unfortunately means that there is often very little time left to squeeze out of our days. Consequently, any investment in time and resources must be well thought out and must provide you with a strong bang for your buck/ROI.
Addressing challenges faced by racialized licenseesThese are very interesting times to be a lawyer in Ontario. Although the protector of justice and equity in society, the legal profession is also one of the slowest professions to actually deal with the racism and sexism that, unfortunately, is still very prevalent at all levels of our profession.
Adopting data analytics a critical part of successThe practice of law is changing. Technology and data analytics are penetrating one of the last remaining professions that had, until recently, escaped the disruption that these new ways of doing business and practising law bring. Soon, the unfettered discretion of the general counsel to operate his or her legal department will come to an end. It is the responsibility and obligation of all in-house and private practice counsel to make sure they ride this wave, as otherwise there is a very good chance it will drown them.
Monday, 19 September 2016 09:00

Lessons from the Innovatio Awards

Lessons from the Innovatio AwardsThe role of in-house counsel has changed dramatically over the last decade. Although at first it was a cost-saving strategy to bring external legal counsel in-house at lower rates, today’s in-house counsel bring much more value than just cost savings — they play a critical strategic role within their organization. The strategic value of in-house counsel was put on display at the recent Innovatio Awards. These awards, hosted by Thomson Reuters and Canadian Lawyer magazine, recognize and reward the attributes that make in-house counsel a key strategic player: the ability to establish the processes, programs and policies that allow clients to do things better, faster and more efficiently, with less risk and liability. 
The student’s perspective: What I learned in-house this summerAs the summer draws to an end, so does the placement of another summer student within our legal department. We have been very lucky to have very high-calibre law and articling students through our summer program and through the Law Practice Program.
Monday, 18 July 2016 09:00

The international lawyer’s dilemma

The international lawyer’s dilemmaAt this time of the year, it is very common to start receiving calls from law students seeking last minute articling positions. There are often many reasons as to why these students have been unable to secure a role.
Using big data to advance diversity and inclusivenessIn May, I attended the Chief Legal Officer Exchange in Miami. The conference took place over two days and was a great opportunity to network and make new contacts. I also had the pleasure of taking part in a panel of esteemed colleagues to discuss “Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusiveness” within the legal profession.
Profession needs to create opportunities for young lawyersI often hear that millennials are lazy, they want too much too fast, and that they are unwilling to work for their success. I hear this on the street, on the radio, I read it online, and I hear it at social events.
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