Technology & Privacy Law: International Perspectives for your Canadian Practice

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: 200-20 Toronto Street, Toronto ON 

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!

Thursday, May 4, 2023

  • Enhancing Client Experience
  • Civility
  • Crypto Winter – The Fall of Crypto Currency?
  • Sanctions
  • Climate Change


Martha Harrison, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Liane Langstaff, Gowlings WLG
John Le Blanc, Chief Legal Officer, Figment Inc.
Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
K. Scott McLean, Mann Lawyers LLP

  • What is the current state of the law around autonomous vehicles?
  • Similarities/differences between American and Canadian legislation
  • Challenges and considerations for legislating emerging areas of tech like this
  • Top tips for dealing with files/cases in this area

Speakers and Moderator

Imran Ahmad, Norton Rose Fulbright (Canada) LLP
Ryan MacIsaac, Uber (Moderator)
Raed Kadri, P.Eng., Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Head of Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI)
Tifani Sadek, Prof at U of Michigan, former counsel at GM

  • What are the rules and restrictions on cross-border data transfers?
  • What are the implications of doing business internationally and dealing with respective regulators?
  • What are some emerging trends?
  • Are there conflicts between jurisdictions and tips on how to overcome challenges?
  • Are there e-discovery obligations?

Speakers and Moderator

Ian Amirthanathan, IAN ANDREW LAW (Moderator)
Hélène Deschamps Marquis, Deloitte Legal Canada LLP
Caleb Green, Dickenson Wright
Sarah Millar, Lenczner Slaght
Molly Reynolds, Torys LLP

In 2022, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state law prohibiting the public carry of firearms without a license an applicant could only get by showing a specific, elevated need for self-protection. The Court decided that the statute contravened the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This opinion, and subsequent interpretations of it by lower federal courts, demonstrate an increasing tendency by federal courts to constitutionalize non-constitutional questions, whether these are more usually addressed by elected branches of government or by courts adjudicating questions beyond the purview of the constitution. The types of reasoning to which the current U.S. Supreme Court resorts in deciding these non-constitutional questions easily becomes arbitrary, sometimes quite overtly so. This dynamic - the constitutionalization of non-constitutional questions and concomitant degradation of judicial reasoning - is not necessarily peculiar to the United States and may be evident in the Canada.

Dr Heidi Li Feldman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Privacy Meets AI

  • What is AI?
  • Tracking AI globally
  • Bill C-27
  • What concerns does AI create for Privacy? Real Privacy risks that lawyers should think about, with proliferation of AI
  • Technical considerations as to how AI is being built? Is there privacy by design built in?
  • How do we safeguard privacy while engaging with AI?
  • What are some hot button issues: privacy, copywrite, how regulators are responding to AI

Speakers and Moderator

Abdi Aidid, Assistant Professor,  U of T, Faculty of Law
Stephen Cheeseman, GC Thinktum (Moderator)
Andres Williamson Nasi, Asst GC Microsoft Miami

Mobile and remote work creates unique privacy risks for the unwary. This panel will explore special concerns for lawyers practicing remotely, including:

  • Safeguarding property, especially crossing borders
  • Managing and storing data- how do you safeguard it
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Effectively communicating
  • Privacy concerns

Speakers and Moderator

Mitch Frazer, Mintz LLP(Moderator)
Ronak Shah, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Tara Vasdani, Remote Law Canada

  • 4-Day Work Week
  • Regulatory Sandboxes for Legal Innovation
  • The Billable Hour
  • Multi-Disciplinary Practice
  • Post Pandemic Transition / Law Firm Cultural Transformation


Quinn Ross, The Ross Firm
Deborah Enix-Ross, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; President of American Bar Association
Anthony Quevillon, Director of Legal Services, Hub6
James Teufel, Georgetown University and Law Society of Ontario
Brent Turner, Thomson Reuters

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