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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_5SmallScreen-shot-2014-02-20.jpgIn the fifth of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Leanne Geale, associate general counsel Heavy Oil & Head of Legal, Shell Canada Ltd., talks about projects the company has lined up for the year ahead and how the legal department plays a part in their development.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_View_2014Desjardins4thSmallScreensho.jpgIn the fourth of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Daniel Desjardins, SVP, general counsel & corporate secretary at Bombardier talks about the organization's growth strategy and the challenge of getting external counsel to become more efficient.  
Monday, 17 February 2014 08:00

Innes takes on lead role with CCCA

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General Motors in-house counsel Heather Innes says associations need to support members in their evolving jobs.
General Motors in-house counsel Heather Innes says associations need to support members in their evolving jobs.
As competition heats up for in-house positions the role of organizations like the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association becomes more critical, says the group’s in-coming chairwoman.
Monday, 17 February 2014 08:00

General counsel as innovators?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_fredkrebs.jpgI closed my previous column about the ACC Report on skillsets for the future general counsel with the thought that general counsel have a significant opportunity to help lead corporate innovation.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgMany countries have laws governing the export, re-export, and transhipment of controlled goods and items (including information). The United States has the toughest requirements, which results in companies shaping their export control compliance program so it conforms to U.S. legislation.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_BrianHilbers.jpgNews of the collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP last week didn’t exactly come as a shock to many in-house counsel who say for the most part large firms still don’t get times have changed when it comes to the large law firm model.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_SmlScreen-shot-2014-02-05-a.jpgIn the third of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Audrey Mak, vice president, pension legal at OMERS , talks about the organization's growth strategy and how she approaches risk management for the organization.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

10 corporate governance trends for 2014

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_richard-leblanc.jpgIf you are in-house counsel, or advise boards or management teams externally, there are several changes to corporate governance on the horizon of which you should be aware. The volume and velocity of corporate governance changes over the last few years has not been insignificant, to put it mildly, and that trend is expected to continue well into 2014 and 2015. Here are 10 of the top trends as I see them.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Pension trust trumps creditor in Timminco

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Tina Hobday of Langlois Kronström Desjardins LLP led the team representing pension committees in the Timminco CCAA case.
Tina Hobday of Langlois Kronström Desjardins LLP led the team representing pension committees in the Timminco CCAA case.
The much-anticipated decision of the Quebec Superior Court in the Timminco CCAA matter involving pension plans in Quebec declares pension deemed trusts a priority over secured creditors.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_Screen-shot-2014-01-30small.jpgIn the second of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, BMO Financial Group EVP & general counsel, Simon Fish, talks about the growth BMO has been experiencing, the bank's venture into China and how the legal team works with external counsel.
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