Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Speakers at the Legal Leaders for Diversity annual meeting (Ken Fredeen, Deloitte, Kathleen Lickers, Simon Fish, BMO) discuss how to increase Canadian’s engagement with Indigenous’ issues.
Speakers at the Legal Leaders for Diversity annual meeting (Ken Fredeen, Deloitte, Kathleen Lickers, Simon Fish, BMO) discuss how to increase Canadian’s engagement with Indigenous’ issues.
A Six Nations lawyer whose grandfather was the first registered Aboriginal lawyer in Ontario is challenging the in-house bar to ensure it is doing all it can to give indigenous people equal access to opportunities in the corporate sector.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Is a third-party investigation always necessary or can an organization safely rely on an internal examination of events when an incident rooted in the workplace rocks an entire group of employees?
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has dismissed a $110-million claim launched by a junior mining exploration company against the province of Ontario for breach of duty of care on the duty to consult, but the inherent question in the case will likely rise again, say experts.
Monday, 06 June 2016 09:00

IP back to the future

Illustration: Carl Wiens, 121 Art
Illustration: Carl Wiens, 121 Art
In the realm of traditional or cultural knowledge, is there an argument to be made that current intellectual property conventions don’t go far enough? Is there also an argument to be made that economically there is a need to reframe the way we view protection of knowledge from the past?
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
As the legal profession continues to grapple with how to retain women in the profession, a program aimed at helping them return after a prolonged time away is now launching in Canada.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
As the energy sector braces for a “lower for longer” oil price environment, companies like Shell are looking for ways to find efficiencies and cut external legal costs.
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Gender drives different buying behaviours in-house, according to a new survey that looks at the influence diversity has on the legal market, and the gap in pay for women.
 Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
How do you get an audience of in-house counsel involved in a discussion? Bring up the management of spiralling litigation spending.
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

Life after in-house

Life after in-houseWhen the $6.8-billion takeover of Canadian Oil Sands was complete, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel Trudy Curran put down her smartphone and started thinking about her next career move. She knew it wasn’t going to be to another job in-house.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

In the crosshairs

In the crosshairsOn the morning of Oct. 17, 2012, David Potts got up as usual and went to his job as solicitor for the City of Oshawa as if it was any other day. As difficult as it might be for some to understand, it was important to him that he do that — even though the night before he found himself the target of a volatile abduction by a former municipal councillor who had held him at gunpoint for three terrifying hours.
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