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Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:01

View 2017: Innovating for the business

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View 2017: Innovating for the businessTanya Rothe has had an interesting path on the journey D-Wave Systems has taken in its evolution over the last decade, forging ahead with its first-of-a-kind quantum computing technology.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:01

Fee discussions shift from AFAs to value

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Fee discussions shift from AFAs to valueThe Annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey found the use of AFAs has declined from last year, but experimentation continues.
Complying with new harassment legislation in OntarioFrom allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to the court case against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi stemming from complaints of abusive behaviour both inside and outside the workplace, recent high-profile cases of harassment and violence have made it clear that many organizations struggle to uphold appropriate standards of conduct within their ranks.
Software patent eligibility in Canada: IP year in reviewTwo recent Patent Appeal Board decisions issued on behalf of the commissioner of patents in 2016 reflect the challenges in obtaining some types of software patents in Canada, especially claims to business methods and the like. Similar challenges are arising in the United States, which, since the decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, has made it more difficult to gain patent protection on certain software-related inventions.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

Is it just mere formalities?

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Is it just mere formalities?In Mennillo v. Intramodal Inc., the Supreme Court of Canada examined whether a corporation’s non-compliance with the corporate formalities of the Canada Business Corporations Act can constitute shareholder oppression.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

Making municipalities work

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Making municipalities workCanada’s cities will be the next frontier for risk-sharing public-private partnerships, bringing new players and new complications into the now well-tested infrastructure model. It’s been a slow start, with logistical and political obstacles to using outside groups to do the work that cities have traditionally carried out themselves. But some municipalities are commissioning private partnerships to build and operate new facilities or modernize creaking infrastructure, either because they are short of money or because they want someone else to shoulder the risks of construction delays or unexpectedly high maintenance and operating costs.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

For the people

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For the peopleOn a weeknight in early November, Mark Johnson found himself at a meeting in the library of a Toronto junior public school in Riverdale listening to community residents voice concerns about a shooting that had taken place in the community a few months before.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

Embracing the role of trusted adviser

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Embracing the role of trusted adviserJoseph Frasca knows a thing or two about big journeys. The general counsel for tech e-commerce firm Shopify Inc got to its Ottawa-based offices via a circuitous route that took him from a tiny town in New Hampshire to Russia and the Czech Republic.
Managing the unexpected in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border transactionsIn my experience, general counsel must embrace opportunities, assume new challenges and achieve difficult corporate objectives. This raison d’être is even more important to follow within organizations involved in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border merger and acquisition activity. 
It’s not often we profile a legal department the way we have in this issue, taking a look at the lawyers who make up the extraordinary team at Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
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