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When Threat Becomes Reality for You and Your Business

Corporate Social Responsibility/ White Collar Crime
Where Rideau Club
99 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1H4
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The business environment can be hostile and is often unpredictable. Businesses and business owners are exposed to threats whether they are aware of it or not. In recent years, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has increased exposure and expanded liabilities for businesses. Without fully understanding CSR obligations and expectations, businesses can find themselves taking a reactive, versus a proactive, approach to external pressures. The volatile landscape of White Collar Crime, including criminal and regulatory investigations and charges as well as prosecutions of businesses, their directors and their officers, can have a potentially severe impact upon corporations, their executives, employees and shareholder value.


In this seminar we will discuss CSR and White Collar Crime in greater detail and, more specifically, the ways to reduce the associated risks to which you could be exposed. Find out what really happens when a threat becomes a harsh reality and learn about the subsequent implications that you may not have considered.


Our lawyers work firsthand with public and private sector clients, governments, large organizations and smaller businesses and individuals. Drawing from actual experience in high profile criminal cases and using real world examples of what you should and shouldn’t do, our experts will provide you with unique insight into the intertwined web of CSR and White Collar Crime.


This seminar will be moderated by Peter Mantas, Partner & Head, Ottawa Litigation Practice Group

§  An Overview of CSR - Kevin O’Callaghan, Partner & Leader, Corporate Social Responsibility Group

o    How CSR affects you and your business

o    Recent national and international trends and business case examples

§  Served and in Need of Defence - Pat McCann, Counsel, White Collar Crime, Compliance & Investigations Practice Group

o    What happens when you are served with a search warrant

o    How to deal with the police and other investigatory authorities in the course of an investigation

o    What you should look for in a defence counsel and when to retain defence counsel

o     Business case examples of those who found themselves in this unenviable position

§  External Pressures - Guy Giorno, Partner, Government Ethics, Transparency and Political Law

o    Media pressures and public interest that can surround a trial

o    How to personally manage situations

o    How to rebuild your business in the wake of controversy

o    Examples of key public figures and prominent businesses under scrutiny and what happened in the aftermath




  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Presentations and Q&A


Please note that a collared shirt, business jacket, dress pants and dress shoes are required for men when visiting the Rideau Club.


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