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2020 CACE Furture Leaders Conference Agenda

Click here for a printable copy of the program.

Friday, April 24, 2020 

  • Informal gathering for those who arrive on Friday – (Cash Bar)
  • Rooms available at Conference Hotel, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Saturday, April 25, 2020 

10:00 am– 1:00 pm  - Registration 

11:50 am – 1:00 pm  -  Attendee Networking Lunch

1:05 – 1:15 pm  -  Welcome Remarks – Co-Chairs
Speakers: Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP & Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP 

1:15 – 2:15 pm  - Settlement Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls
Speakers: Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, Guy Lavoie, Lavery de Billy LLP & Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP (Moderator)

  • Can I structure a settlement such that some payments are deferred into a new year?
  • What is a “retiring allowance” and why does it matter?
  • Transferring a retiring allowance to an RRSP account: what are the rules?
  • Dealing with a Plaintiff who has received E.I. benefits
  • Legal fees, general damages, moving expenses, benefits and other heads of damages- taxable or not?
  • What if the Plaintiff is not a Canadian resident?
  • What about interest payments- taxable or non-taxable?

2:15 – 2:35 pm   - Networking Break

2:35 – 3:35 pm  -  Law Firm Partnership: A Candid Discussion 
Speakers: Craig Munroe, Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP, Kecia Podetz, Emond Harnden LLP, Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP & Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP (Moderator)

  • Small firm vs. large firm partnership tracks
  • The brass ring? – pros and cons of partnership
  • My own clients – are they necessary?  Where do they come from?
  • Plan ahead- ask questions and understand your options
  • What’s the right mix: billable hours, business development, internal firm matters

3:35 – 4:35 pm  -  Back to Basics: Rules of Evidence in Employment Trials and Arbitrations
Speaker: Rebecca Saturley, Stewart McKelvey LLP 

  • Hearsay
  • Notes
  • Social Media
  • Relevance at arbitration: does it exist?
  • Expert Evidence

6:30 – 7:30 pm  -  Networking Cocktail Event – La Chapelle

8:00 – 10:00 pm  -  Dinner – La Chapelle

Sunday, April 26, 2020

9:00 – 9:45 am  -  Buffet Breakfast

9:45 – 10:45 am  -  Looking Back: Lessons Learned from the Practice
Speakers: Clarence Bennett, Stewart McKelvey & Amy Tibble, Hicks Morley 

Professional tips: 

  • Tickler systems –how and why to use them
  • Managing client expectations
  • Use an expert until you are one
  • Know your professional obligations 

Personal and Practical tips: 

  • Three A’s: affability, availability, and ability in that order
  • Own your losses and not just your wins
  • They call it “practice” because we are always learning
  • Credibility counts! 

10:45 – 11:45 am  - In-House Counsel Relations: Please Remember What I Do!
Speakers: John Martelli, Bruce Power & Jason Green, J.D. Irving, Limited 

  • Remember, we have internal clients who are running a fast-paced business
  • Business advice versus legal advice- what our internal clients really want
  • Why “sorry, great idea but you can’t do that” is not the answer we want
  • I know I am a lawyer, but don’t write for me
  • Why what the Court of Appeal said in the case law you provide doesn’t matter
  • If my internal clients have to scroll down to read what’s on their screen, they may never read it- be short and to the point

11:45 – 12:00 pm  -  Networking Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm  -  Mentoring Roundtable 4.0
Speakers: Senior CACE Lawyers

  • Scenario Discussions led by Senior CACE Lawyers

1:00 pm  -  Closing Remarks
Speaker:  Amy Tibble, 2019-2020 CACE President


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