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OBA'S Institute 2019 Friday, February 8, 2019

Personalize your experience at OBA’s Institute by selecting from over 30 CPD programs and special events created by leading experts and specialists. Current, practical and dynamic programming is available to you.

Questions about registration? registrations@oba.org

7:45 AM TO 8:45 AM

INCLUSIVE LEADER SERIES

STRATEGIES FOR RETAINING DIVERSE LAWYERS

There has been a lot of buzz about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Recruiting diverse lawyers is the first step in creating a more inclusive profession, but lawyers who are women, racially/ethnically diverse, LGBTQ, or living with disabilities are still lagging behind when it comes to retention and promotion. How can your firm or organization boost the retention of diverse talent and build a pipeline of diverse leaders? Learn how you can train senior management to be effective mentors and a continuing source of support for diverse lawyers in their organization. Join other inclusive leaders to discuss how you can interrupt biases and promote an inclusive firm culture to bolster employee engagement and improve retention at your firm.

9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

ABORIGINAL LAW

CANADA’S CONSTITUTION: IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT IT PROVIDES INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Canada’s Constitution affects Indigenous people significantly and in many ways. Join us to gain a better understanding of how the Constitution – including section 35 and the division of powers – impacts Indigenous Peoples, and provides real opportunities to improve their lives. 

Our speakers will provide you with valuable insights on new legal developments. These include equality of services, recognition of Indigenous languages as a fundamental right under the Constitution, Constitutional issues raised in the family law context, including Beaver v. Hill, as well as cannabis production and its use on reserves. 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

PROTECTING DIGITAL ASSETS THROUGH CYBERSECURITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Digital assets are the new currency of the digital economy. Organizations, regardless of their size, geography or industry they operate in, are potential targets for unauthorized access or data theft. Join our faculty of leading experts to explore how digital assets can be protected, from both a cybersecurity and an intellectual property perspective. Gather valuable insights and best practices to better represent your clients, while ensuring that you are meeting your professional obligations. 

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

FAMILY LAW

EVERYTHING THAT IS NEW IN FAMILY LAW: TECHNOLOGY, EVOLVING PRACTICE MODELS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

The current practice of family law carries its rewards and challenges. Unrepresented family law litigants remain an unmet client demographic. Advances in technology and delivery models may, however, improve access to justice for those needing family law services by streamlining operations and maximizing efficiencies. Technology is altering the courtroom practice of family law as well. And, of course, Bill C78 will modify substantive family law. By attending this Institute program you will gain an understanding of the current and future landscape of family law practice and procedure, and stand better equipped to serve your current and future clients.

MUNICIPAL LAW

ADAPTING TO THE NEW ERA OF MUNICIPAL AND PLANNING LAW: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

With the implementation of Bill 139 and new provincial and municipal governments assuming control within the past year, the municipal and planning law landscape has undergone a seismic shift. Keeping informed about these changes and how they impact the way we practice is critical. Be sure to attend this informative annual program to hear how many of the leading practitioners in Ontario are navigating the new landscape through presentations on a wide variety of interesting and contentious topics.

You will hear the latest news from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and other administrative boards and courts, and get updates on the key decisions, regulatory and legislative changes that are affecting municipalities, public agencies, developers, landowners and other stakeholders. Join this important discussion with your colleagues at the largest municipal law event of the year.

12:15 PM TO 1:00 PM

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

PRIVACY & ACCESS TO INFORMATION LAW

CRITICAL GLOBAL PRIVACY ISSUES IMPACTING CANADIAN BUSINESS

In today’s global market, privacy compliance considerations are seldom restricted to within Canada’s borders. Join our expert faculty to find out what you need to know to ensure your clients – businesses operating within and across Canada’s jurisdictional lines – are complying with key global privacy issues.

CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE LAW

Exploring the New Era of Construction Law

The construction industry and construction law itself is entering into a different era with the advent of the new Construction Act and the emergence of new technologies. Join your peers and our experienced faculty as they discuss the impact of the first eight months of the new Construction Act and what you need to know for your practice moving forward. Experts in the field will tackle the transformation of the industry with the use of smart contracts, building information models, blockchain and integrated project delivery models. A discussion of the importance of diversity within the construction landscape will round out this unique and insightful program.