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Monday, 24 July 2017 09:00

L.I.O.N.s, bears, sheep and ghosts

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L.I.O.N.s, bears, sheep and ghostsI have often made reference to the fact that, in my humble opinion, lawyers (both in private practice and inhouse counsel) must become increasingly comfortable with using social media to promote not only their achievements and relevant or interesting best practices or developments in their legal practice area, but also to build and grow their personal brand and networks.
Over the last few years, I have made selectively growing my social network a priority. LinkedIn is one such platform for this sharing of ideas and personal brand promotion and it is the one I have focused on the most to strategically meet my objective. Unfortunately, many lawyers I meet have little or no social media presence.
Monday, 26 June 2017 10:55

Finding the confidence and courage to lead

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Kikelomo Lawal, CLO, Interac Association, Katherine Kay, partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP, Caroline Tsai, deputy GC, BMO Financial Group, and Ken Fredeen, GC, Deloitte LLP spoke about how they rose to leadership positions and helped mentor others.
Kikelomo Lawal, CLO, Interac Association, Katherine Kay, partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP, Caroline Tsai, deputy GC, BMO Financial Group, and Ken Fredeen, GC, Deloitte LLP spoke about how they rose to leadership positions and helped mentor others.
The path to leadership roles may not always be obvious in legal departments and law firms, but leveraging experience, having confidence and seeking opportunities with mentors can be important steps in moving forward, according to a panel of experienced lawyers speaking in Toronto last week.
Nice guys and gals always finish . . . first!As I sat in my chair at the Canadian General Counsel Awards and looked around the sold out room, beyond the wonderful tuxes and dresses, the smiles and the great food, two important things ran through my mind. First, how incredible it is to see a room so full of capable, knowledgeable and accomplished external counsel, in-house counsel and other leaders of industry who are no longer actively practising law. This, I will admit, is always a great reason for attending wonderful events like the CGCA and the Innovatio Awards.
Catch me if you can: The art of pursuing fraudulent debtorsFor the past 20 years, I have been engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with debtors. Together with our lawyers, I have acted for hundreds of creditors, including individuals, small and large corporations and financial institutions. Our client range is diverse because fraud is a pervasive problem.
A legal tiptoe through the hot world of influencer advertisingAnyone who has spent more than a few minutes on social media recently will know that influencers are the hot — actually the hottest — thing in marketing.
The next step for diversity: sharing our successAt the end of the month, I will be travelling to Dublin, Ireland. While yes, there will be an element of pleasure travelling around this beautiful country (how can I avoid the temptation), there is a more important reason for my travel. As part of DRI’s Conference, titled Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution, there is a break out session focusing on women in the law. I have been invited to speak at this session and our panel will be specifically sharing our views and best practices on “Building and Maintaining an International Law Book of Business: To What Degree Does Diversity Play a Role?”
Tracking spending and diversity at PayPal and GEFrom spending to diversity, companies such as PayPal and GE are tracking and measuring a variety of aspects of work they do with their external counsel as it moves through their busy legal department and it’s putting law firms on their toes.
Salvatore Frisina, senior vice president at President’s Choice Financial, accepts the Community Builder Award on behalf of the George Weston Ltd. Company. The award was presented by Mary Ellen Bench and Fernando Garcia.
Salvatore Frisina, senior vice president at President’s Choice Financial, accepts the Community Builder Award on behalf of the George Weston Ltd. Company. The award was presented by Mary Ellen Bench and Fernando Garcia.
Some in-house counsel were recently recognized for pro bono projects geared toward helping communities in need of access to legal services in the Greater Toronto Area.
Monday, 17 April 2017 09:00

Legal offshoring will soon be Uberized

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Legal offshoring will soon be UberizedMuch has been written lately in regard to in-house legal departments offshoring work to non-traditional legal providers, be they firms or individuals in countries where legal services are available inexpensively.
The ‘plus-shaped’ lawyer for the 21st centuryThe Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s national spring conference wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Toronto. I was honoured and privileged to act, along with my colleague Mary Ellen Bench, as the co-chairperson for such a wonderful event. Speakers from across the country spoke on topical issues such as CASL compliance, the changing United States/Canada relationship, modernizing insurance coverage, drafting 101 and more.
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