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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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_January_Screen-shot-2014-01-23-at-4.jpgIn the first of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Canadian Tire SVP, secretary & general counsel, Robyn Collver talks about the challenges she and her team face in the year ahead as the company takes on a number of new projects as well as how the team works with external counsel.

The court order forcing B.C. to pay a forestry company damages should be an eye-opener for other provinces. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
The court order forcing B.C. to pay a forestry company damages should be an eye-opener for other provinces. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
The government of British Columbia has been ordered to pay a forestry company $1.7 million for damages suffered during a blockade in 2006 and experts say other provinces, especially Ontario, should sit up and take notice.

Stephen Green says there should be more transparency from government on compliance inspections.
Stephen Green says there should be more transparency from government on compliance inspections.
Inspections without warrants and further delays to Labour Market Opinions make recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program bad for Canadian business, say immigration lawyers.
Monday, 13 January 2014 08:00

Getting a larger piece of the legal pie

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIdentifying the appropriate equilibrium between the responsibilities of in-house and external counsel is usually a function of the nature of the client’s business, challenges, resources, organizational chart, competitive advantages, and other like criteria and a determination of which legal professionals are best equipped all around to address them.
Monday, 30 December 2013 08:00

Skill sets for the future general counsel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_fredkrebs.jpgThe Association of Corporate Counsel recently released its first executive series report“Skills for the 21st Century General Counsel.” It contains a wealth of information useful to current GCs and those who aspire to that role. I had the pleasure and privilege of working on this project.

William Ainley says with so many qualified women it’s ‘slightly appalling’ there are so few on corporate boards.
William Ainley says with so many qualified women it’s ‘slightly appalling’ there are so few on corporate boards.
While Canadian boards and directors have been under pressure from regulators to implement reforms to boost diversity in their ranks, the most common profile for a director of a TSX company remains a male in his early 60s.

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