Cybersecurity and the Yahoo experience – Legal pays the priceIf we were to roll the movie back several years, most boards in North America would have listed cybersecurity as low on their list of priorities. Experience has shown, however, that we seriously underestimated the effect a security breach could have on a company’s reputation and fortunes.    
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Monday, 20 March 2017 09:00

Speak up, even if nervous!

Speak up, even if nervous!Please, let’s just keep this discussion between us, because I am a bit embarrassed to admit this. Depending on which stats you use, between 50 and 75 per cent of people admit to being terrified of speaking in public. 
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Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

In defence of the regulatory process

In defence of the regulatory processIn February 2015, Bell Media wrote to the CRTC requesting private meetings with some or all of the commissioners to discuss their decision to eliminate simultaneous substitution on Super Bowl commercials.
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Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

The next frontier: cybersecurity

As you will read in both our cover story “The era of no excuses” and the interview I did with VIA Rail’s Denis Lavoie in the Quebec report, the challenge of managing the various risks around cybersecurity is landing with a thud on the desks of in-house counsel.
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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.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
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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