Thank You to Delegates and Speakers for a Successful Two Days of Learning and Networking!
The Canadian Institute’s Corporate Counsel Forum was held at The Grand Hotel & Suites on September 17-18, 2014. The conference, chaired by Ledcor Construction Group’s Stacey Boothman and Newcon Optik’s Peter Biro, covered a wide range of topics ranging from creating a collaborative work environment, to gaining the skills most valued by executives, overcoming the challenges of managing external counsel and testimonials on successful negotiation skills. 

The delegates expressed that the conference was on point for their role as corporate counsel and that the speakers exceeded their expectations. The variety of speakers and their respective backgrounds was impressive to the delegates along with the diversity of panel discussions. 

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Practical insights from Jane Fedoretz and Michelle O’Bonsawin who delivered a very effective overview of establishing how the legal team relates to other departments in your organization.

Adrian Lang of BMO Financial Group provided a timely discussion on demystifying key documents and best practices to establish yourself as the trusted advisor, followed by a lively panel discussion on ditching the legalese to effect clear communication by Aliya Ramji and Gowlings’ Susan Clarke.

Cognition LLP’s Joe Milstone offered compelling insights on defining your role as resource calibrator and project manager and offered key indicators on when to involve outside support.

The variety of perspectives and topics covered made for an especially dynamic discussion. Shelby Austin closed out day one with a valuable talk on discovering alternative options to help ease your workload.


An even wider range of topics, with our co-chair Stacey Boothman moderating a talk on overcoming the challenges of managing external counsel and techniques for regulating the relationship. A vibrant panel led by Coca-Cola’s Scott Kirkpatrick followed with winning tips for mapping the stages of litigation to anticipate cost and manage risk, augmented by an incredibly useful video clip on the subject which was very entertaining to say the least.

The program closed with an excellent overview of how to negotiate in the litigation framework: considering efficiencies, risk and insurance. Gary Caplan, Gordon Jermane and Peter Biro provided eye-opening perspectives on mediation models and convincing internal clients to settle against principle.

Each and every speaker did a fantastic job and we were delighted to have covered so much ground in a day and a half!

Emily Wesson, Conference Producer, The Canadian Institute