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2024 Annual Conference Program

Thursday, September 19, 2024

10:00 am – 5:00 pm  -  Conference Registration – Montreal Foyer

10:30 am – 12:30 pm  -  Board of Directors Meeting – Ramezay Room

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm  -  Welcome – Montreal Room

1:00 pm – 2:05 pm  -  From Algorithms to Advocacy: Navigating AI Through a Professional Practice and Client-Centric Lens – Montreal Room

Artificial Intelligence is here. We have heard about the likely impacts on the legal profession and our respective practices. But what are the tangible effects to us as management-side employment lawyers and to our clients? This panel will examine the current state of AI, its impact on the practice of law and provide insight on the risks posed for both clients and practitioners.                 

2:05 pm – 3:10 pm  - Beyond Bonuses: Unravelling the Nuances of Executive Compensation and Identifying Pitfalls – Montreal Room

Restricted/Deferred Share Units, Phantom Share Units, Options and other equity-based compensation; cross-border plans; jurisdiction; and related tax consequences. Big words with big consequences. This panel will review and discuss approaches towards executive compensation with a focus on equity based compensation, legal drafting and best practices to avoid significant equity related damages on termination; as well as the common pitfalls and challenges that counsel to employers should be aware of when advising clients.

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm  -  Break  – Montreal Foyer

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  -  Pugnacious Plaintiff Pre-Litigation Trends and Strategies for Dealing with Them – Montreal Room

Evolution of the Plaintiff’s bar tactics such as the prevalence of accelerated and multiplicative litigation, the value of mediation and the role that summary judgements can play … and strategies for dealing with them.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm  -  Annual General Meeting (all members welcome) – Montreal Room

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  -  Corporate Counsel Only - Private Networking Reception - Fortifications Room

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm  -   “Meet & Greet” Reception - All Welcome – cocktails & canapes - Fortifications Room

8:00 pm  -  Dinner on Your Own (we suggest you make reservations in advance - we have a restaurant suggestion guide on our website from Tourism Montreal under "Things to Do in Montreal")

Friday, September 20, 2024

7:30 am – 8:30 am  -  Continental Breakfast and Registration – Montreal Foyer

8:30 am – 9:35 am  -  What ChatGPT Won’t Tell You: Legal and Ethical Insights in the Era of AI – Montreal Room

This panel will review the benefits and perils of Artificial Intelligence in the context of a lawyer’s professional and ethical obligations including its implications for maintaining tech competence.

9:35 am – 10:05 am  -  CACE Advocacy Committee Update – Montreal Room

Back by popular demand! This session will discuss current active CACE matters and provide an opportunity for members to share their views on future involvement and intervenor requests.   

10:05 am – 10:40 am  -  Cross-Canada Labour Law Topics of Interest – part 1 – Montreal Room

The labour law update session continues to a staple of CACE conferences and is back by continued popular demand. A dynamic panel discussion by our panelists on emerging trends, key case studies, and best practices in navigating labour issues in 2024 and beyond. The panel will provide you with insight on strategies and practical labour law takeaways.

10:40 am – 11:00 am  - Break – Montreal Foyer

11:00 pm – 11:55 pm  -  Cross-Canada Labour Law Topics of Interest – part 2 – Montreal Room

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  -  Lunch - Fortifications Room

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm  -  Things to Know about Quebec & the North – Montreal Room

The panelists will provide a quick overview of some of the common issues and pitfalls practitioners need to know about labour and employment law in these jurisdictions. The goal of this panel is to help attendees issue-spot when counselling clients on questions arising in relation to employees located in Quebec and the North.

1:50 pm – 2:50 pm  Interactive Breakout Session – Bargaining and Non-Disclosure Agreement Trends - Fortifications & Montreal Room

This interactive session will have participants divided into two groups. The first focuses on various topics related to collective bargaining and the second to non-disclosure agreements. Not to worry! Key takeaways from each breakout will be presented to all attendees.

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm  -  Break – Montreal Foyer

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm  -  Take-away Summaries of Breakout Sessions – Bargaining & NDA’s - Fortifications & Montreal Room

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  -  From Cross to Close – Montreal Room

Using a fact pattern, panelists will offer advocacy tips and strategic advice in using evidence from cross-examinations in closing argument.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  -  Reception – St. James Theatre

8:00 pm  -  Dinner – St. James Theatre

Saturday, September 21, 2024

8:00 am – 8:50 am  -  Breakfast - Fortifications Room

8:50 am – 10:20 am  -  Cross-Canada Topics in Employment Law – Montreal Room

Another staple of our conference. Panelists on this interactive panel will discuss trending/pressing employment law issues from across the country, including increasing damage awards, judicial challenges to contractual provisions, and the controversy over non-disclosure agreements in settlements. The panel will also provide strategic input and practical takeaways.       

10:20 am – 10:40 am  -  Break – Montreal Foyer

10:40 am – 11:40 am  -  Quick Hits! – Montreal Room

Covering a series of topics, such as the tort of harassment, surreptitious recording, the discipline of union representatives and more! This panel will provide topical debate and practical advice. Short and to the point!

11:40 am – 12:30 pm  -  Remote Work: Laws, Taxes, and Pajamas - Navigating the Virtual Office – Montreal Room

This panel will explore the evolving trend of remote work and how to navigate the intricate legal frameworks surrounding it. It will discuss jurisdictional complexities, including matters of occupational health and safety, work location, and taxation, and provide invaluable insights and practical guidance for practitioners and clients on effectively managing legal responsibilities within a multi-jurisdictional and hybrid/remote work environment.       

12:30 pm  - Closing Remarks – Montreal Room

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