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2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp

  • 5 May 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax


  • Includes registration and CAN-TECH membership for 2023.

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2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp

This year, CAN-TECH is taking a fresh approach to Spring Conference. Remote work has left knowledge gaps in practice fundamentals necessary for success as a junior practitioner in Technology Law. This program will focus on closing those gaps by providing core literacy on key transactional issues for technology lawyers.

We will be hosting a one-day program with hybrid in-person and webcast sessions from five satellite locations across the country. Join us at one of our five locations to get insight beyond the classroom from our panels of leaders in the technology law field while getting to know your local colleagues.

Please note that there will not be an option to attend this conference remotely.

Spring Conference Co-chairs:

Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP

Danielle has a corporate commercial practice with a focus on technology, privacy, commercialization, and the health-care and agriculture and food sectors. She provides assistance to a diverse client base, from small businesses to large public and private corporations. Her experience includes assisting clients with outsourcing arrangements and procurement of information technology services and software, advising clients on privacy law interpretation and compliance issues, providing support in the implementation of IT systems and programs, and assisting both the developers and customers of e-commerce platforms.

Danielle also has experience advising clients on IP strategy as well as drafting and advising clients on licensing, transfer, and other commercial arrangements regarding IP. She has also been involved in commercial transactions that include the purchase and sale of IP assets. In her general corporate commercial practice, Danielle regularly advises clients on a wide range of matters including corporate governance and regulatory and compliance matters.

Jacob Kojfman, Senior Legal Counsel, The Co-operators Group Limited

Jacob is Senior Legal Counsel at the Co-operators Group Ltd., practicing in the areas of commercial contracting and technology law.  In his current role, he is supporting the Co-operators in its digital transformation, by reviewing, drafting, and negotiating tech-related agreements. Prior to this role, he was Senior Legal Counsel at the Canadian affiliate of a global-IT services company; where he supported numerous stakeholders, including some proprietary SAAS solutions, to advance their mandates.

He has been a panelist or speaker at a number of legal conferences. In October 2022 he was part of a well-received panel at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)’s 2022 Annual Meeting on “IP Issues in Commercial Transactions”, and a panelist at CAN-Tech’s Fall 2022 Conference speaking about the intersection of lawyers’ competence and duties to client and the use of technology to meet those obligations. In 2021, Jacob participated in a fireside chat alongside Davide Tollen for the CBA British Columbia’s IP/IT section meeting “Technology Contracting – Top 10 Tips and Traps”, where he and David discussed the pre-dominant issues in technology contracts, and earlier that year he authored a very popular ACC article “Top Ten Issues and Tips to Consider When Negotiating Contracts for Cloud Solutions.” He completed the “Certificate in Drafting and Negotiating IT Agreements” in 2017. He has been on the executive of the CBABC IP/IT for a number of years now. In every conversation he tries to slip in his Peloton handle, @Obi1Jacobi.


Each location will host a live session, with the remaining four sessions live broadcast from cities coast to coast.

This program will provide 4 substantive hours of CPD and 1 Professionalism hour of CPD.

    Vancouver: 9 am to 2 pm PT
    Hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP (MAP)

    Damage and Recovery: Liability and Indemnities

    We are starting the day with what are often the last clauses to be negotiated: limitations of liability and indemnities. Our panel has spent years building, buying and selling software, services and software-as-a-service. They will share their experience, insights and interests when it comes to negotiating limitations of liability and indemnities. Topics will include:

    • What is “market” on limitations of liability (lump sum? fee multiples?)
    • Understanding what risks you are trying to allocate;
    • Alternatives to contractual risk allocation, such as insurance; and
    • Explaining all of this “lawyer stuff” to business teams.

    Moderator:  Jacob Kojfman, Senior Legal Counsel, The Co-operators Group Limited

    • Rahim Esmail, Senior Counsel, Legal Services, TELUS
    • Dana Siddle, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    Regina: 10 am to 3 pm CT
    Hosted by MLT Aikins LLP (MAP)

    You Can’t always Get What You Want: Service Levels

    This panel will dive into service levels – why they aren’t strictly business terms and how they can be used to manage risk and drive behaviour… or not. Topics will include:

    • Understanding the give and take of service level commitments
    • Management of service levels
    • The price of non-conformance and alternatives to service level penalties
    Moderator: Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP


    • Joseph Gill, Partner, McKercher LLP
    • Azure-Dee Ashton, Counsel, Saskatchewan Power Corporation

    Toronto: 12 to 5 pm ET
    Hosted by Fasken (MAP)

    Everything is Awesome: Don’t Sleep on Everything Other Than Liability/SLAs and Cyber

    This session will provide an overview of three areas of a technology contract that are often overlooked, but remain essential to setting out clear expectations between the vendor and customer (i.e., termination, transition of services, and governance). Attendees can expect to come away with an understanding of the following:

    • Key considerations for termination provisions;
    • Language essential to transition of services provisions upon termination, including portability of data and unique considerations for certain types of agreements, such as transition-out provisions in "x-as-a-service" agreements; and
    • The importance of governance, including the interplay between governance and acceptance criteria and assessing whether there is capacity to meet governance processes.
    Moderator: Andrew Alleyne, Partner, Fasken
    • Mark Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel, Interac Corp.
    • Justice Agyemang, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC Bank Canada
    Montreal: 12 to 5 pm ET
    Hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP (MAP)

    Every Breath You Take: Privacy and Cybersecurity

    Fittingly coming from Quebec – the home of Canada’s most dramatic privacy law changes – this panel will look at how privacy compliance and cybersecurity risk management work their way into commercial technology agreements. Topics will include:

    • Meeting statutory, industry and organizational requirements for privacy clauses;
    • Understanding the controller / processor relationship (if such a thing exists in Canada); and
    • Knowing what to look for, ask for and insist on for cybersecurity, including security provisions and incident notification.

    Moderator: Véronique Wattiez Larose, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


    • Eugen Miscoi, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    • Patrice Labonté, General Counsel North America, Valtech
    Halifax: 1 to 6 pm AT
    Hosted by McInnes Cooper (MAP)

    Bridge over Troubled Water: Achieving Success and Managing Expectation as a Junior Lawyer
    This program is designed to assist junior lawyers understand the skills necessary to achieve success and manage expectations within the legal profession. Topics to be covered in this interactive program include time management; goal setting; responsive communication; mentorship; and work-life balance. Panelled by seasoned technology lawyers with a broad array of in firm and in house experience, attendees will learn how to:
    • manage competing priorities;
    • identify and communicate areas of interest;
    • find a mentor and maximize value in the relationship; and
    • understand various legal environments (in firm, in house, etc.) and their growth opportunities.
    Moderator: Jennifer Davidson, Partner, Deeth Williams Wall LLP
    • David Fraser, Privacy Lawyer and Partner, McInnes Cooper
    • Harj Gill, Former Corporate Counsel, NTT DATA Services

    The program will centre around issues in drafting and revising agreements; our team of experts in the field will take you through all the necessary steps in drafting and reviewing contracts. 

    Each location will host a live session, with the remaining four sessions live broadcast from cities coast to coast.




    • $125: CAN-TECH members
    • $150: Non-members
    • $50: CAN-TECH student members
    • $100: Student non-members (this includes registration for the event plus CAN-TECH membership for the remainder of 2023)

    Interested in registering small groups?

    • 3-4 registrants save 10%
    • 5 or more save 15%

    Email for details on group savings.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


    1. We highly recommend all attendees be fully vaccinated.
    2. The venue will be following all local government protocols. Refer to  amp;source=gmail&ust=1657300732842000&usg=AOvVaw0ycZrc4qlRLPeY37fOe_KV">
    3. Stay home if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If unwell, we ask you to complete a COVID-19 test and quarantine until a negative result is confirmed. If needed, COVID-19 tests can be purchased locally. Please note, with currently circulating COVID-19 variants, it is common for rapid tests to be unable to detect COVID-19 until several days into infection – hence even if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are testing negative, please do not attend. 

    There are no refunds.


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