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7th ANNUAL FUTURE LEADERS CONFERENCE AGENDA
May 5-7, 2023, Hyatt Regency, Toronto, Ontario

For a printable copy please click here.

Friday, May 5, 2023 

  • Informal gathering for those who arrive on Friday–venue TBA (cashbar)
  • Rooms available at Hyatt Regency (conference hotel rate) 


Saturday, May 6, 2023

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  Registration – Colonnade King

11:50 am – 1:00 pm  Attendee Networking Lunch – King II

1:05 pm – 1:15 pm  Welcome Remarks – Co-Chairs – King I
Speakers: Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP & James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm  Transactions of Purchase & Sale - Tricky Waters to Navigate – King I
• Asset sale v. share sale - why does it matter?
• Employment considerations - purchaser and Vendor
• Retaining key employees - what to watch out for
• Restrictive covenants in sale of business - does it make a difference
Speakers:  Paul Boshyk, McMillan LLP & Neena Gupta, Gowling WLG

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm  BREAK – King II

2:35 pm – 3:35 pm  I Object! - The Art of Objecting – King I
• Key objections – what are they, when to make them and when not to make them?
• Objections and unrepresented litigants – how to be professional and helpful while advocating for your client
• Key cases to always have in your toolbox
• Demonstration – panelists will do a role play and live demonstration
Speakers:  Amy Tibble, Hicks Morley & David Alli, Hicks Morley

3:35 pm – 4:35 pm  The Next Level- Oral and Written Advocacy, Including Appellate Work – King I
• Preparing effective written materials
    o Being an effective advocate before you even get before your panel is just as, if not more, important than oral advocacy
• Oral advocacy on review or appeal, including proper use of written argument
• Effective advocacy on a motion or application or in chambers
• Merits of a summary trial – when and how to use this tool to your client’s advantage 
Speakers:  George Avraam, Baker McKenzie & Lorenzo Lisi, Aird & Berlis LLP

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  Networking Cocktail Event - King Street Social Lounge

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Dinner - King Street Social Restaurant

Sunday, May 7, 2023

9:00 am – 9:45 am  Buffet Breakfast – King II

9:45 am – 10:45 am  Enough is Enough! Frustration of Contract, Innocent Absenteeism and the Duty to Accommodate – King I
• Review of the intersection of contract and human rights law
• Undue hardship and the duty to reasonably accommodate
   - what are the limits?
   - the employer’s right to its end of the bargain
• Medical documents – what to rely on and how to do so
Speakers:  Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross LLP & Kecia Podetz, Emond Harnden LLP

10:45 am – 11:45 am  Breaking Up is Hard to Do! The Rights and Obligations of the Departing Employee – King I
• Wrongful resignations – do they exist?
• Obligations under restrictive covenants, the duty of confidentiality and fiduciary duties
• Elimination of non-competition agreements in Ontario (coming soon to a jurisdiction near you?) and strategies to protect your client’s interests
Speakers:  Chris King, K.C. McInnes Cooper & Diane Laranja, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

11:45 am – 12:00 pm  Networking Break – King II

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Mentoring Roundtable 7.0 – King II
Senior CACE members will facilitate roundtable discussions on hot topics such as:
  • Business development
  • Making the “ask”- how to get work internally and externally
  • Understanding the practice of law as a business
  • EDI mentorship- how to get help where clients are, for example, engaged in harassing or discriminatory behaviour
Speakers:
• Kecia Podetz, Emond Harnden LLP
• Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP
• James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP
• Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
• Josiane L’Heureux, Lavery de Billy LLP
• Amy Tibble, Hick Morley
• Michelle Black, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
• Rebecca Saturley, Stewart McKelvey
• Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross LLP
• Ian Pickard, McInnes Cooper

1:00 pm  Closing Remarks - King II
Speaker: 2022-2023 CACE President, Rebecca Saturley

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