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Monday, 25 November 2013 09:47

New fines, policy in place for Fisheries Act

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Martin Ignasiak says there are still two areas of the revamped Fisheries Act the government will need guidance on.
Martin Ignasiak says there are still two areas of the revamped Fisheries Act the government will need guidance on.
A revamped Fisheries Act takes effect today ushering in stiffer fines but questions remain around interpretation of the changes and how they will be implemented.
Ian Matthews of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime class action against Canada Cartage.
Ian Matthews of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime class action against Canada Cartage.
An overtime class action has been launched against trucking company Canada Cartage, Direct Distribution Centres, and its related companies.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgThe increasingly global scope of the in-house practice came clearly into focus at the recent Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting.  The 2,000 in-house counsel attending the conference included representatives from nearly 40 countries. The more than 130 exhibitors included vendors, law firms, and legal service providers from around the world.  And, many of the over 100 program sessions were specifically styled as providing “the global perspective.”  
‘There aren’t as many opportunities to help in-house make the transition from law firm to in-house that is not focused on substantive law,’ said CCCA chairman Grant Borbridge.
‘There aren’t as many opportunities to help in-house make the transition from law firm to in-house that is not focused on substantive law,’ said CCCA chairman Grant Borbridge.
The first wave of in-house counsel will soon be embarking on the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s new certification for in-house lawyers in February, and the program has already been vetted by a collection of senior counsel who have test-driven the content.
Monday, 04 November 2013 11:00

Managing the broader role of in-house counsel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn-house counsel are playing an increasingly critical role within private and public companies. He or she is now often responsible for many functions/departments such as risk, compliance, intellectual property management, restructurings, corporate secretarial, etc. General counsel in particular are almost invariably members of the senior executive management team, and are required to forge a very close working relationship with the CEO, COO, CFO, and the board of directors.
 
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

In-house embrace benchmarking

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Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
There’s no debate in-house counsel add value to their organizations but these days some are choosing to demonstrate that value in carefully crafted graphs and spreadsheets benchmarking their accomplishments to show the c-suite.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_October_Kathleen-Keller-Hobson.jpgShareholder activism is in the news daily: institutional investors publicly criticizing corporate governance and performance, hedge funds and other investors demanding change through proxy contests, and courts determining activists’ rights when shareholder relations become fractious.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

CETA agreement could mean patent-term extension

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Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
The headlines around the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement have been largely focused on the impact for cheese lovers and the dairy producers, but there is also some impact for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry.
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:00

So you want to teach law school

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgIn a few days I leave for Los Angeles and the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting for which I organized a session for those interested in teaching at law school. The response to what was to be a small, informal breakfast conversation with a few ACC members who currently teach at their local law school has been incredible. We had to change rooms as we now have over 200 registrants for this early morning session that does not even offer CPD credit.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
The immigration bar in Canada is hoping the federal government will provide some clarity on new requirements from Quebec demanding documentation related to the Temporary Foreign Worker program be provided in French.
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