2015 QUORUM CLUB PROGRAMME
TORONTO | OCTOBER 7 & 8, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 PM | RECEPTION
(18th Floor Roof Salon – South Tower)
Park Hyatt Toronto - 4 Avenue Road (Corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street)


 

7:00 PM | DINNER AND DINNER SPEAKER
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JACQUIE MCNISH
Jacquie McNish is a senior business writer for the Globe and Mail and co-author (with Sean Silcoff) of “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry”.

This is the never before told story of one of Canada’s greatest corporate successes and subsequent fall. A little more than a decade after RIM introduced the Blackberry, it is now struggling to survive and is a prime example of just how fast moving today’s global business market can be.

As one of Canada’s most respected business writers, Jacquie has worked for the Globe and the Wall Street Journal. She is also an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jacquie is the winner of seven National Newspaper Awards and was awarded the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for investigative journalism.


 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015

Plenary/Roundtable Discussion Sessions (including breakfast, lunch and breaks)
Park Hyatt Toronto - 4 Avenue Road (Corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street)
All sessions to take place in the 18th Floor Roof Salon – South Tower

7:30-8:15 AM | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Plenary/Roundtable Sessions - The session outlines set out below will serve as themes for discussion. General Counsel participants and senior practitioners will share their experience in counseling management under the current conditions of intense pressure from public scrutiny, personal exposure, technological advances and tougher market requirements.


 

8:15-10:00 AM | MANAGING CYBER AND PRIVACY RISKS
Decisions regarding the protection of data and privacy are now a major focus of every GC. You can read about the complexity of the threats on a daily basis-credit card theft, e-mail breaches, cybercrime. The attacks are inevitable and they are increasingly sophisticated. To prevent financial, reputational and operational damage you must take steps to navigate compliance and risk issues-before you become front page news.

  • Management of risk
  • 3rd party vendors
  • When-whom to give notice of breach
  • Parking data globally
  • Dealing with complaints
  • Class actions arising out of breaches
  • What are reasonable expectations?
  • Testing-systems

Discussion Leaders:
Karin McCaskill, SVP, GC and Secretary, Sobeys Inc.
John Mountain, SVP Legal, CCO & Corporate Secretary, NEI Investments
Lawrence Ritchie, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Steve Tenai, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


 

10-10:15 AM | NETWORKING BREAK


 

10:15-NOON | MANAGING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RISKS
Companies in every industry are being challenged on a global basis. Regulators, shareholders, customers, competitors and even your own employees create business risks. The questions for the GC-are you prepared for those risks-have you even considered them and the potential impact on your company? The threat of litigation makes managing international business risk an essential component of the GC role.

  • Management of risk
  • Class actions
  • Parent company liability for foreign acts
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices
  • Political risks
  • Operating in a foreign jurisdiction
  • Working with suppliers and operators
  • Domain names-trade marks
  • Importing rules

Discussion Leaders:
Gordon Davies, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Open Text
Kelley McKinnon, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson
Sheila Murray, EVP and GC, CI Financial
Cornell Wright, Partner, Torys


 

12:00-1:45 PM | LUNCH
Luncheon Speaker - TBD


 

2:00-3:30 PM | GENERAL COUNSEL IN-CAMERA
From the perspective of her broad background as a partner in private practice to her current executive responsibilities as EVP and General Counsel of CI Financial, Sheila Murray will moderate this discussion. While this is an in-camera opportunity for those in attendance to raise any issues they wish for discussion with their peers, some suggested topics include:

  1. The shifting scope of the GC-Board of Directors relationship;
  2. What is new and what is working in structuring relationships with outside counsel;
  3. Managing the legal function within the organization and responding to stakeholder priorities.

Moderator - Sheila Murray, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, CI Financial Corporation


The programme will end at approximately 3:30 PM.