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January, 2017
  • View 2017: Innovating for the business

    In-house counsel from Herschel Supply Co., D-Wave Systems, Janssen Inc. and IBM Canada discuss how they work with their business units to enable innovation to flourish both internally and externally for clients.
  • Fee discussions shift from AFAs to value

    As in-house counsel continue to experiment with alternative fee arrangements, there has been a shift toward looking more at overall value — whatever fee arrangement is ultimately used.


  • Making municipalities work

    Making municipalities work

    Canada’s cities will be the next frontier for risk-sharing public-private partnerships, bringing new players and new complications into the now well-tested infrastructure model. It’s been a slow start, with logistical and political obstacles to using outside groups to do the work that cities have traditionally carried out themselves.
  • For the people

    For the people

    On 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.
  • Embracing the role of trusted adviser

    Embracing the role of trusted adviser

    Joseph 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.
  • Managing the unexpected in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border transactions

    Managing the unexpected in multi-jurisdictional or cross-border transactions

    In 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.


  • Is it just mere formalities?

    In Mennillo v. Intramodal Inc., the Supreme Court of Canada examined whether a corporation’s non-compliance with the corporate formalities of the Canada Business Corporations Act can constitute shareholder oppression.
  • Complying with new harassment legislation in Ontario

    From allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to the court case against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi stemming from complaints of abusive behaviour both inside and outside the workplace, recent high-profile cases of harassment and violence have made it clear that many organizations struggle to uphold appropriate standards of conduct within their ranks.
  • Jennifer Brown

    Recognizing the challenges of public sector in-house

    It’s not often we profile a legal department the way we have in this issue, taking a look at the lawyers who make up the extraordinary team at Toronto Community Housing Corporation.


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