INSTITUTE ACROSS BORDERS:
Legal Issues and Best Practices for Ontario Lawyers from Around the World

November 9-10, 2021

BUSINESS  stream CORPORATE/IN-HOUSE  stream GENERAL PRACTITIONERS stream

technologystream environmental law stream employment law stream

International and cross-border considerations frequently arise for Ontario lawyers while advising their clients today, often in unexpected places. Clients may have assets, vendors, suppliers, customers, data or business partners located outside of Canada’s borders. The legal implications and risks associated with this reality can be significant and widespread. Get up to speed on the key topics you need to know with this valuable conference. Whether you are a solicitor or litigator, our expert faculty will share practical and timely insights to ensure you are ready to confidently advise your clients on how to navigate the challenges, opportunities and actualities of a global world.

Plus meet and gather best practices and helpful insights from lawyers around the globe in our unique series of roundtable sessions. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event. If you practice in a large or small firm, as a sole practitioner or corporate counsel, this conference is for you! Register now!

Note: Sessions will run 50mins, with 5 minutes to move/change rooms before the next session.

november 9, 2021

TIME SESSIONs
9:00 AM

PLENARY
How to Effectively Work with Counsel in Other Countries

Gather helpful advice and practical strategies for optimizing your working relationships with foreign counsel. 

SPEAKERS

Kristen Birmingham, Phillips Lytle LLP (Buffalo, New York)
Nicolas Groffman, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Limited (Reading, UK) 
Allan Ritchie, Loopstra Nixon LLP (moderator) 

10:00 AM

SESSION A

Privacy Considerations for Canadian Companies Operating Outside of Canada

  • Navigating privacy and information security  
  • Data breach avoidance 
  • Key contract considerations 

SPEAKERS

Andrew Alleyne, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Chantal Bernier, Dentons Canada LLP 
Stephen Cheeseman, Canada Protection Plan Inc. 
Mouna Hanna, Dolden Wallace  Folick LLP (moderator)

SESSION B
Structuring Cross-Border M & A

SPEAKERS

Ian Michael, Bennett Jones LLP
Moderator: Andreea Muth, Pallett Valo LLP
Sundeep Sandhu, Blaney McMurtry LLP

SESSION C
Best Practices and Insights from Around the Globe in Wills and Estates Law

What can we learn from wills and estates practice in other jurisdictions? Join us to engage with counsel from the US and UK on important issues, including: 

  • How to handle digital assets 
  • Will registries and locating wills 
  • Asset tracing across borders 

SPEAKERS

Stephanie Gabor, Torys LLP
Hilary Laidlaw, Barrister & Solicitor (moderator)
Leigh Sagar, New Square Chambers (London, UK) 

10:55 AM MINDFUL BREAK (15 MIN)
11:10 AM

SESSION A
Protecting Intellectual Property Outside Canada’s Borders

  • Trademarks and international considerations, such as border measures to protect counterfeits, how to conduct searches, and whether your need to advise your clients to get one  
  • Patent prosecutions strategies in the international context, including Patent Prosecution Highway and avoiding potential pitfalls 
  • Pharma litigation within the international context, such as difference between Canadian and US legal processes and navigating litigations in two jurisdictions 

SPEAKERS

Isi Caulder, Bereskin & Parr LLP 
May Cheng, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Beverley Moore, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

SESSION B

Critical Considerations for Cross-Border Service Provider Contracts

Best practices and considerations in drafting and structuring international agreements, including technology service provider contracts 

SPEAKERS

Cindy Kou, Gowling WLG
Ted Liu, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Moderator)
Matthew B. Norris, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Joel Ramsey, Torys LLP

SESSION C

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Roundtable Discussion with Members of the International Bar Association on Building Multijurisdictional Profile

Ontario sits in the middle of a national multijurisdictional legal market that includes the other provinces, as well as a regional legal market that includes neighbouring provinces and US states.  Building your firm's profile beyond the Ontario boundary can generate opportunities for inbound referrals, as well as professional relationships that can help you help your clients when their needs cross into other jurisdictions.  This roundtable will draw on insights from the US, UK and Europe on how to build your profile in a multijurisdictional region.

SPEAKERS

Gary Assim, Partner, Shoosmiths LLP, (London, UK)
Stephen W Bowman, Vice Chair and Managing Partner, People and Talent, Bennett Jones LLP (moderator) 
Deborah Farone, Founder, Farone Advisors LLC, (New York)
Moray McLaren, Co-Founder, Lexington Consultants, (Madrid, Spain)

12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM

SESSION A
Your Essential US and EU Privacy Update 

  • What’s new in EU GDPR enforcement?  
  • EU to US Transfers – privacy shield overturned by courts
  • EU-Canada adequacy decision update 
  • Need-to-know update on Federal Trade Commission privacy enforcement 9 
  • Proposals for US federal privacy legislation and in house perspective 

SPEAKERS

Ian Amirthanathan, Ian Andrew Law (moderator)
Amir Eftekharpour, Match Group (Los Angeles, California)
Mari-Elise Paul, Stites & Harbison PLLC (Louisville, Kentucky)
Molly Reynolds, Torys LLP

SESSION B

Tax Implications for Cross-Border Business 

For lawyers working with clients advising small, and medium size businesses involving e-commerce transactions such as digital media streaming, research and information databases, application-based programs (APP) and services, and cloud storage, hear insights into the Canadian and U.S. taxation of e-commerce businesses and the impact of the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty, and guidance relating to Canada’s new GST/HST digital tax rules.  

SPEAKERS

Sunita Doobay, Blaney McMurtry LLP 
David Kerzner, Kerzner Law
Birute Luksenaite, Portfolio Law (moderator) 

1:55 PM

SESSION A

Cross-Border Estate Planning Considerations

Join our faculty of lawyers from the US and Canada as they discuss crucial considerations and helpful strategies for effective cross-border estate planning and administration and taxation of cross-border assets 

SPEAKERS

Kevin Gluc, Hodgson Russ LLP (Buffalo, New York)
Margaret O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers
Nicole Woodward, Miller Thomson LLP (moderator)
Samantha Wu, Altro LLP

SESSION B

Pressing Issues in Cyber-Security and International Data Transfer

  • How businesses can manage cyber risks among vendors  

  • What are the rules for Canadian organizations transferring Canadian data abroad? 

  • How compliance with data transfer requirements can be evidenced by businesses 

  • What to consider when a breach occurs and data is stored in other jurisdictions 

  • How to proactively address trends arising out of cyber litigation 

SPEAKERS

Imram Ahmad, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP 
Brent Arnold, Gowlings WLG 
Ryan Duquette, RSM Canada LLP
Molly Reynolds, Torys LLP (moderator) 

2:50 PM MINDFUL BREAK (15 MIN)
3:10 PM

PLENARY 
Mental Health and Wellness Insights from Around the Globe

Gain expert insight into mental health and wellness strategies, programs and resources available in legal communities around the world.  Take away innovative approaches to supporting legal professionals and creating welcoming spaces to help lawyers flourish and develop throughout their careers.  

Chair - Maneesha Gupta, Counsel at TD Bank  
Robyn Bradey, Mental Health Consultant (Australia)
Traci Cipriano, Psychologist, Speaker, Coach, Consultant 
Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore)
Rachel Spearing, Barrister Serjeants Inn Chambers (London, UK)

4:00 PM  DAY ONE CONCLUDES

november 10, 2021

TIME SESSION 
9:00 AM

PLENARY
Understanding the Impacts of Local Indigenous Laws and Customs

Hear about how local Indigenous and customary laws interact with other legal systems, and the practical implications for practising in such a hybrid environment.   

Martin Bayer, Weaver Simmons LLP 
Professor Anthony Diala, Director, Centre for Legal Integration in Africa, University of the Western Cape (Bellville, South Africa) 
Dr. Carwyn Jones, Pūkenga Matua (Lead Academic) in the Māori Laws and Philosophy programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa (Wellington, New Zealand)
Sara Mainville, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

10:00 AM

SESSION A

Court Alternatives for International Disputes

  • Drafting dispute resolution and jurisdiction terms in agreements, and how they interact 

  • Common issues in determining forum 

  • Understanding international arbitration 

SPEAKERS

Lisa C Munro, Lerners LLP (moderator)
Junior Srivar, McCarthy Tétrault LLP 
Anne Marie Whitesell, Professor, LL.M. Program and Faculty Director, Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution - Georgetown University Law Center

SESSION B

Forced Labour & Exploitation: Critical Perspectives on Human Trafficking and Supply Chain Transparency 

  • Understanding labour exploitation, forced labour, and human trafficking in a global context 
  • Conducting due diligence and supply chain mapping  
  • Insights for eliminating and preventing forced labour 
  • Seeking remedy in Canada for foreign violations
  • Canadian Regulatory Framework: Today and Tomorrow

SPEAKERS

Tamara Morgenthau, Human Rights Lawyer (Washington, DC)
Amee Sandhu, Lex Integra PC (moderator)
Stephen A. Pike, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

SESSION C

Best Practices and Insights from Around the Globe in Employment Law 

As the world moves towards reopening and returning to the office, what can Ontario lawyers learn from the challenges and successes in other jurisdictions? Join our international panel as they share insights and lessons learned on key issues, including: 

  • What are the greatest challenges seen upon reopening? 
  • Navigating vaccination policies 
  • How to handle remote-work accommodations 
  • Managing employee resignations and workforce restructurings  

​​​SPEAKERS

Furat Ashraf, Bird & Bird (London, United Kingdom)
Gregory Ko, Partner, Kastner Lam LLP (Toronto, Ontario)
Ute Krudewagen, DLA Piper (Palo Alto, California)
Yves Nguyen, Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Labour & Employment, Salesforce (San Francisco, California) 

SESSION D

Key Considerations in Selecting Jurisdiction Clauses 

A draft contract lands on your desk noting a jurisdiction other than Ontario. How can you assess the implications of the jurisdiction clause and best advise your client? Hear valuable insights on the essential issues you need to consider to ensure you are ready for your next contract negotiation.  

SPEAKERS

Jason Berall, Bennett Jones LLP
Michael E. Maxwell, Hodgson Russ LLP

10:50 AM MINDFULNESS BREAK (15 MIN)
11:10 AM

SESSION A

Work Force Considerations

  • Extra-territorial application of Canadian law  

  • Key issues in inter-jurisdictional hirings and transfers (both to and from Ontario) 

  • Dealing with employees hired in Ontario but working at home remotely extra-provincially or internationally 

SPEAKERS

Amanda Hunter, Hunter Liberatore Law LLP
Carey O’Connor, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Heather Power, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

SESSION B

Anti-Corruption: Best Practices for Ethics and Compliance Programs 

  • Developing and operationalizing ethics & compliance programs 

  • Identifying, monitoring, and mitigating risk 

  • Insights on whistleblowing 

SPEAKERS

Sabrina A. Bandali, Bennett Jones LLP
Kyle Morrow, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (moderator)
Amee Sandhu, Lex Integra PC

SESSION C

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Roundtable Discussion with Great Lakes States' Bar

Join an engaging roundtable discussion with lawyers from New York state and Michigan state on topical best practices and law practice management issues.

SPEAKERS

David Campbell, Bowman and Brooke LLP
Katherine Cauley, Hodgson Russ LLP
Britta McKenna, Hodgson Russ LLP
Lynne Vicars, General Counsel, Great Lakes Pressed Steel Corporation (moderator)

12:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 PM

SESSION A

Enforcing Foreign Judgments and the Reach of Canada’s Courts

  • Options for and defenses against recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in Canada  
  • Relevant international conventions to consider 

SPEAKERS

Igor Ellyn, Ellyn ADR
Chris McLeod, ​Cambridge LLP
Gregory Sidlofsky, Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
Kayla Theeuwen, ​WeirFoulds LLP

SESSION B

When Environmental Impacts Seep Across Borders

  • Managing Risk 
  • International Joint Commission 
  • Cross Border Litigation 

SPEAKERS

Talia Gordner, McMillan LLP (moderator) 
Paula Lombardi, Siskinds LLP 
Joanna Vince, Willms and Shier Environmental lawyers LLP

SESSION C

Best Practices and Insights from Around the Globe in Criminal Law 

Hear Mexican, US and Canadian perspectives on criminal law matters, including corporate and environmental prosecutions, and the status of court operations and Covid-related backlogs.

SPEAKERS

Jennifer Brevorka, Henein Hutchison LLP
Marco del Toro Carazo, Del Toro Carazo Abogados (Mexico)
Joseph Markson, Markson Law (moderator)

1:55 PM

SESSION A

Need-to-Know Updates on Import and Export Controls  

  • Emerging issues in Canadian import and export controls, as well as its impacts on businesses    
  • U.S. export controls and the extraterritorial application of U.S. export control laws 

SPEAKERS

Robert Glasglow, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Jessica Horwitz, Bennett Jones LLP
Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Nixon Peabody LLP

SESSION B

Making Sense of Environmental, Social & Governance 

  • Why ESG is so important 
  • Compliance with corporate governance requirements 
  • Ensuring due diligence in transactions 

SPEAKERS

Aaron Atcheson, Miller Thomson LLP
John Vellone, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (moderator)
Sharon Singh, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver 
Pamela Grinter, Fox Rothschild LLP (Seattle, Washington)

SESSION C

Impacts of COVID Restrictions on Business Operations 

  • What are the implications of having employees, including foreign workers, work remotely from other jurisdictions?  
  • The impact of travel restrictions on human resources and obtaining a work permit 
  • Interruptions and challenges to the supply chain, including office supply 

SPEAKERS

Catherine Coulter, Dentons Canada LLP
Susana Lee, Cassidy Levy Kent LLP
Rafeena Rashid, RU Law 
Dahlia Bateman, Dana Hospitality (moderator)

2:50 pm MINDFULNESS BREAK (15 MIN)
3:05 PM

PLENARY

Legal Innovation – Increasing Efficiency in Civil Jury Trials

This session explores ways efficiency can be increased in Ontario civil jury trials, looking to innovative expedited personal injury jury trial models in Florida, USA. 

SPEAKERS

Brenda Hollingsworth (moderator)
David D. Neiser, Tragos, Sarties & Tragos
L. Tragos, Tragos, Sarties & Tragos