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    • 27 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    CAN-TECH Law Women in Tech presents: Unpacking Canada's Approach to Online Harms

    Monday, May 27, 12 to 1 p.m. ET on Zoom

    Join us for a discussion on Canada’s proposed Online Harms Act, which seeks to regulate social media services, including livestreaming and adult content services. Bill C-63’S long-awaited online harms framework marks Canada's response to the evolving global landscape of platform regulation, following in the footsteps of laws such as the E.U. Digital Services Act and the U.K. Online Safety Act. Our panel of experts will delve into the anticipated impact of the Act, potential issues arising from the Act as currently drafted, its alignment and interoperability with analogous laws worldwide, and measures necessary to comply with obligations relating to content moderation, transparency, and child protection. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the dynamic arena of platform governance.

    • Dr. Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law | Associate Professor at University of Calgary Faculty of Law
    • Agne Kaarlep, Head of Policy and Advisory at Tremau
    • Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund [LEAF]


    • Maryna Polataiko, Associate, Privacy & Data Management, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
    • Natalie LaMarche, Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

    Applied for CPD - Pending.


    • FREE to CAN-TECH Law members
    • $25 plus HST: Non-members

    Special Instructions:

    • You will be emailed a link to access the webinar closer to the event date. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

    There are no refunds.

    Thank you to our sponsor

    • 7 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax

    CAN-TECH 2024 Spring Conference: Peeling Back to Basics: Technology Contracts

    The CAN-TECH Spring Conference is back and, following last year's success, will focus on discussing practical tips and tricks for junior to mid level technology lawyers to apply in their practices.

    The one-day, pan-canadian program, with hybrid in-person and webcast sessions, will see panels across five satellite locations discuss a range of topics, including drafting and negotiating strategies and pitfalls to look out for in technology contracts.

    We look forward to you joining us at one of our five locations across the country for a chance to peel back to the basics of technology contracts and network with your peers in the industry.

    Spring Conference Co-chairs:

    Justine Gauthier, General Counsel & Head of AI Governance, Mila 

    Justine Gauthier is the General Counsel & Head of AI Governance of Mila, a prominent artificial intelligence research institute at the intersection of industry, academia and government, where she also acts as Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. A leading voice on the emerging legal and ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence, Ms. Gauthier is deeply involved in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, and sits on the boards of Front Row Ventures, AInBC, and the Canadian Technology Law Association.

    Dorian Morrison, Senior Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

    Dorian Morrison is a senior associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law and Information Technology Law groups in Vancouver. Dorian regularly advises clients, both in the public and private sectors, on complex commercial transactions including technology procurements, technology-based outsourcings, cloud agreements and other commercial transactions.

    Dorian has been seconded to two different national organizations in the United Kingdom allowing her to work alongside the in-house legal, procurement and sales teams.

    Dorian obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 2011 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester in 2014. Dorian completed her legal training in the United Kingdom and became a member of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2017. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Dorian worked at an international law firm in London, UK where she practiced in the commercial and IT group.


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

    This program will apply for CPD

      Vancouver: 9 am to 2 pm PT

      Hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP (MAP)


      • Dorian Morrison, Senior Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
      • Justine Gauthier, General Counsel & Head of AI Governance, Mila
      • Kelsey Franks, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

      Service levels, service credits

      An intriguing discussion on the topic of service levels, why they are important and how they can be drafted to provide protection to both buyers and sellers will leave you with practical tips to implement in your daily practices. Junior and mid-level associates are often tasked with reviewing service levels in technology contracts and we want to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge required to understand the drafting nuisances of service levels and how one or two simple words (e.g. exclusive remedy) can change the trajectory of contract negotiations. We will also discuss other relevant topics such reporting on and tracking service levels.

        Winnipeg: 10 am to 3 pm CT

        Hosted by MLT Aikins LLP (MAP)


        • Adam Herstein, Partner, Pitblado Law
        • Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP


        Join us for an engaging panel discussion on mastering negotiation in the realm of technology contracts. From leveraging industry standards to anticipating emerging trends, attendees will gain practical tips and tricks to enhance their negotiation skills and achieve favorable outcomes. Whether you're a junior associate or a more seasoned negotiator, this session promises to equip you with the tools necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of negotiating technology contracts.

        Toronto: 12 to 5 pm ET

        Hosted by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (MAP)


        • Paul Burbank,  Associate, Fasken (Moderator)
        • Amy Fliam, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
        • Brandon Track, Corporate Counsel, Cisco Systems Canada Co.
        • Anagha Nandakumaran, Associate, Fasken

        NDAs? NBD! A primer on confidentiality agreements

        Have you been asked for an NDA or a confidentiality clause and faced precedents ranging from a paragraph to 10 pages in length? How much of that language does your client actually need, and why?

        Join us for a discussion of key considerations to navigating the varied landscape of confidentiality agreements.

        Montreal: 12 to 5 pm ET

        Hosted by BCF Business Law (MAP)


        • Misha Benjamin, Partner, BCF Business Law
        • Claire Mazzini, Corporate Counsel, Microsoft Canada
        • Jean-François De Rico, Partner,  KPMG Canada
        Tech Terms Unveiled: Understanding EULAs, Terms of Use and the arrival of GenAI

        This session promises to be an engaging discussion for legal professionals eager to grasp the essentials of technology contracts and the exciting new realm of Generative AI. Together, our esteemed panelists will guide you through the intricacies of End-User License Agreements and Terms of Use, illuminating the technical nuances that distinguish on-premises software from cloud solutions and how these differences manifest in legal terms. As the tech world dives into Generative AI, we'll explore its impact on technology contracts, introducing novel contractual concepts and examining how Generative AI contracting is built upon established agreements.

        Halifax: 1 to 6 pm AT

        Hosted by McInnes Cooper LLP (MAP)
        • David Fraser, Partner, McInnes Cooper
        Privacy/Cyber Security/AI policy development


        Join and go - Become a full member of CAN-TECH and register for the Conference at the same time.

        • $425: Non- member, Lawyers practising over 5 years ($100 savings)
        • $275: Non-member, Lawyers practicing under 5 years ($75 savings)
        • $325: Non-member, In-House Counsel/Government/Sole Practitioner ($75 savings) 
        • $80: Student non-members 

        Conference only

        • $125: CAN-TECH members
        • $175: Non-members
        • $50: CAN-TECH student members
        • $75: Student non-members 

        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.

        • 10 Jun 2024
        • 12:01 AM
        • 31 Jul 2024
        • 11:59 PM
        • Virtual

        Recorded on October 25 to 26, 2023 at Hart House

        See the full agenda here

        Access CPD Information

        Access Speaker Bios

        Purchase full recording (2 days):

        • CAN-TECH Law Member - $800 + HST
        • CAN-TECH Law In-house/Gov - $500 + HST
        • CAN-TECH Law Student - $150 + HST
        • Practising Lawyer non-member - $1,000 + HST
        • In-house/Gov non-member - $750 + HST
        • Student non-member - $200+ HST

        If you would like to purchase specific sessions only, please contact us at

        Thank you to our sponsors!

        • 10 Jun 2024
        • 12:00 PM
        • 30 Jun 2024
        • 5:00 PM

        RECORDING: 2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp

        This was a first-of-its-kind CANTECH conference. The event was held from coast-to-coast – starting in Vancouver and ending in Halifax – with five offices (Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax) each hosting one live panel and participating in the other panels via Zoom. This let the attendees participate in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner, while still getting all the benefits of the breadth and depth of experience that CANTECH’s members have to offer.

        Highlights include a conversation about limitations of liability and indemnity between Dana Siddle, a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Rahim Esmail, Senior Counsel at TELUS, before moving on to Regina where Joseph Gill, a partner at McKercher LLP and Azure-Dee Ashton, Counsel at Saskatchewan Power Corporation discussed service levels.

        Andrew Alleyne, partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Mark Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel at Interac Corp. and Justice Agyemang, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC Bank Canada broke down clauses that are often overlooked, and by colour-coding parts of clauses that are pertinent to the buy- and sell-side the attendees developed a better understanding of the positions they should be advancing on behalf of their clients. 

        Montreal had Eugen Miscoi, associate at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, and Patrice Labonte, General Counsel North America, Valtech share their knowledge about privacy and cybersecurity issues in a contract. This panel dissected LinkedIn’s Data Processing Agreement, a DPA that probably has the biggest impact on the attendees.

        Finally, Jennifer Davidson, CANTECH’s president and partner at Deeth Williams Wall LLP, moderated a panel of David Fraser, a partner at McInnes Cooper, and Harj Gill, who most recently was Corporate Counsel for NTT Data Services, in an open and honest conversation about what lawyers new to the profession can do to ensure their success, the importance of mentorship, and how we can learn from our mistakes. (This was not recorded in order to allow for open and honest dialogue from our panel and audience).

        The hope was that the attendees would leave the conference feeling more confident and comfortable in their understanding of technology transactions, the contracts, and the issues that often come up in them. Based on the expertise the panelists shared, and the accompanying materials, mission accomplished.

        Spring Conference Co-chairs:

        Danielle Graff, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP

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


        The conference was recording in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto and Montreal.

        The recorded program provides 4 substantive hours of CPD.

          Vancouver: Damage and Recovery: Liability and Indemnities

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

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

          Topics include:

          • 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: Every Breath You Take: Privacy and Cybersecurity

          Topics 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
          VIEW CPD HERE



          • $100: CAN-TECH members
          • $125: Non-members
          • $40: CAN-TECH student members

          Thank you to our Sponsors!

          There are no refunds.

          Past events

          26 Mar 2024 A conversation with women in law and technology/Conversation avec des avocates en droit et technologie
          7 Mar 2024 #InspireInclusion: If Not Her, Then Whom?
          23 Feb 2024 Mitigating risks of bias output by AI systems
          7 Dec 2023 Mind the Gaps: The Impact of Emerging Threats on Cyber Insurance
          1 Nov 2023 Women in TECH Book Club - Klara and the Sun
          25 Oct 2023 2023 CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference
          13 May 2023 PAST EVENT RECORDING: 2022 CANTECH Fall Conference Recordings
          5 May 2023 2023 CAN-TECH Spring Conference: Back to Basics Bootcamp
          7 Mar 2023 Ask Me Anything: The Road Less Travelled – Women Charting Their Own Paths.
          2 Nov 2022 2022 CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference - DATA DISRUPTION: Managing Changes in Data, Technology and Law
          8 Oct 2022 Recording of Back to Normal: The Return to Office through a Diversity Lens
          8 Oct 2022 Recording: Understanding the Global Surveillance Industry: The Spyware Case Study and Key Concerns for Canadian Companies and Public Bodies
          4 Oct 2022 Understanding the Global Surveillance Industry: The Spyware Case Study and Key Concerns for Canadian Companies and Public Bodies
          29 Sep 2022 Back to Normal: The Return to Office through a Diversity Lens
          22 Jul 2022 Recording: The Artificial Intelligence and Data Act and Its Potential Implications on Your Organization
          23 Jun 2022 Recording of Navigating the Metaverse: Digitized Transformations to the Legal and Business Landscape
          22 Jun 2022 Recording: It’s 2022: Do you care where your data is?
          22 Jun 2022 Recording:Quebec’s Bill 64: Basics and Big Topics
          7 Jun 2022 Recording:2022 CAN-TECH Law Spring Conference
          24 Nov 2021 Recording of Women in TECH - Women Telling Stories


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