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Ottawa Fasken Martineau Symposium (3rd Edition)

Fasken Martineau Institute
Where Canada's National Arts Centre
Fountain Room
53 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5W1
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Fasken Martineau's Symposium provides lawyers with educational seminars for continuing professional development. This complimentary half-day event will help you achieve up to three hours of education that can be applied towards CPD requirements of the Ontario Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • Learn from recognized legal professionals
  • Network with your peers as you study alongside them
  • Speak and consult with our lawyers

Our complimentary event has plenty to offer! Our theme for the annual symposium is to address five legal issues, in a variety of subject areas, that you may not have known you had but that are commonly encountered on a day to day basis.

Topics will include discussion of the following questions:

  • Have I done enough to prevent liability arising from use of third-party content or trade-marks in social media and online advertising?
  • What’s the benefit of a shareholders’ agreement - all three of us are good friends and will be forever?
  • I am doing business outside Canada - has my company been engaged in foreign bribery practices?
  • As a government official can I accept an invitation to lunch or does it put me in a conflict of interest?
  • I thought spoof, phish, harvest and spam were food-related products - are they really concerns under the anti-spam legislation?
  • Is social media causing risk to my business reputation?


8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Common Intellectual Property Pitfalls
By Jay Kerr-Wilson and Mark Penner

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Shareholder and Financing Matters – Early and not so Early Stage Companies
By Virginia Schweitzer and Anna Tosto

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Coffee Break

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Foreign Bribery and Corruption Issues
By Clifford Sosnow

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Lobbying and Conflict of Interest – Problems to Avoid
By Guy Giorno

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Trends in Privacy and Anti-Spam
By Leslie Milton

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Importance of Reputation Management and Defamation Concerns
By Peter Mantas and Peter Downard

12:00 pm
Boxed Lunch

This Symposium will be presented in English only.


This program is free of charge.


The event has passed - Registration is closed.

Note: The hours from this non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Ongoing Members. Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours and cannot be counted for New Members or for Professionalism Hours for Ongoing Members.