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Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Navigating medical leaves for executives

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Navigating medical leaves for executivesAs pressure builds for companies to post strong results in the face of mounting competition, executives often find themselves exhausted, frustrated, strung out — or worse — and in need of rest and/or medical attention. Medical leaves of absence raise a number of legal concerns affecting executives that in-house counsel should be aware of.
Video: Innovating for the business: Protecting innovation in-houseIn the third of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Tanya Rothe, general counsel of D-Wave Systems in Burnaby, B.C.  discusses how she supports the quantum computing company in protecting its intellectual property.
Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Get ready for the legal tech revolution!

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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.
Video: View 2017: Innovating for the business: Advising future innovatorsIn the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Maurizio Romano, director of law, Janssen Inc., in Toronto discusses how he is supporting the Johnson and Johnson’s innovation project, JLABS.
Video: View 2017: Innovating for the business with Katie Jamieson of Herschel Supply Co.In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Katie Jamieson, general counsel & corporate secretary at Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co., talks about how she supports the company in staying on top of innovation and challenges to the company's intellectual property. 
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains spoke at a Women in Capital Markets event at Stikeman Elliott LLP last week.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains spoke at a Women in Capital Markets event at Stikeman Elliott LLP last week.
The federal government says it won’t rule out quotas if its latest attempt to increase gender diversity on corporate boards using a “comply and explain” approach doesn’t work.
Monday, 12 December 2016 09:00

Career advancement: My two cents

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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.
Balancing the need to specialize against covering the basesOne of the prime challenges faced by in-house counsel is balancing the increasing specialization of law with the need to continue to cover the bases in a general way. 
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.
Monday, 07 November 2016 09:57

How to get your daily dose of risk management

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(from left) David Bowles, associate general counsel of UrtheCast, Catherine Chow, GC The Keg, Richard Thomas, SVP chief compliance officer with PI Financial, Andrew McLeod, partner Blakes and Mark Morrison, partner Blakes discussed going after low-hanging fruit in the area of risk management at the B.C. ACC chapter seminar last Thursday in Vancouver.
(from left) David Bowles, associate general counsel of UrtheCast, Catherine Chow, GC The Keg, Richard Thomas, SVP chief compliance officer with PI Financial, Andrew McLeod, partner Blakes and Mark Morrison, partner Blakes discussed going after low-hanging fruit in the area of risk management at the B.C. ACC chapter seminar last Thursday in Vancouver.
As Catherine Chow puts it, lawyers can see grey sky on a blue-sky day. That’s what makes them perfectly positioned to be the ones helping to identify risk and shepherd management of that risk in an organization.
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