General counsel are filling the role of jack of all tradesThere is an old saying that reads: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” With this phrase, I will waddle into the murky debate as to the role of the general counsel. More specifically, the discussion will focus on what is best, being a “generalist” general counsel or a specialist in-house counsel?
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Video: Innovating for the business: Legal as a conduit to the dealIn the final video from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Matthew Snell, general counsel of IBM Canada discusses his role in assisting the business units in developing innovative approaches for clients.
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Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:01

View 2017: Innovating for the business

View 2017: Innovating for the businessTanya Rothe has had an interesting path on the journey D-Wave Systems has taken in its evolution over the last decade, forging ahead with its first-of-a-kind quantum computing technology.
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Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

For the people

For the peopleOn a weeknight in early November, Mark Johnson found himself at a meeting in the library of a Toronto junior public school in Riverdale listening to community residents voice concerns about a shooting that had taken place in the community a few months before.
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Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:00

Embracing the role of trusted adviser

Embracing the role of trusted adviserJoseph Frasca knows a thing or two about big journeys. The general counsel for tech e-commerce firm Shopify Inc got to its Ottawa-based offices via a circuitous route that took him from a tiny town in New Hampshire to Russia and the Czech Republic.
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Managing the unexpected in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border transactionsIn my experience, general counsel must embrace opportunities, assume new challenges and achieve difficult corporate objectives. This raison d’être is even more important to follow within organizations involved in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border merger and acquisition activity. 
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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. 
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Monday, 31 October 2016 09:00

Shifting gears

Shifting gearsWhen Lynn Korbak was a university student, she took a summer job securing bolts on a car assembly line. Now in a new role as Toyota Canada’s general counsel, Korbak’s objective is to spot and tighten gaps in legal risk at a time of big changes for the auto industry.
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If GCs have a hero, it’s Ben Heineman. I recently sat down with Heineman, the widely respected, pioneering former general counsel to General Electric’s Jack Welch, to discuss his new second book, The Inside Counsel Revolution — Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension.
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Innovation is here to stay

Innovation is here to stayThe ability to continually innovate our work and its underlying processes have become requisite skills for in-house lawyers. Increasingly, in-house practitioners are being asked to work in new environments, provide a wider scope of services, utilize technology wherever possible and be adaptive to changing legal and general professional trends. Terms like productivity, efficiency, lean and design change are quickly becoming table stakes for any successful in-house team. This is why being recognized as an innovator in our profession is especially rewarding.
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