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Fasken Martineau Ottawa Symposium (6th Edition)

Ottawa Symposium (Fasken Martineau Institute)
Where Fasken Martineau
55 Metcalfe St., Suite 1300
Ottawa, ON
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Fasken Martineau's Symposium provides lawyers with educational seminars for continuing professional development (CPD) and will also be of interest to non-lawyers from private and public sector organizations. This complimentary half-day event may be applied towards the Substantive and Professionalism Hours required by the 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


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

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am
    TV Guide 2016*
    Speaker: Yael Wexler
    How Canadians watch television has undergone seismic shifts in the last year. What changes have occurred and why, and what aftershocks can Canadians expect? This presentation will touch on legal issues in television regulation in Canada like basic cable costs and packages and online and mobile access to television content.

  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am
    Navigating New Ottawa*
    Speaker: Daniel Brock
    The new Liberal government is changing the way Ottawa conducts business. Command and control is giving way to consult and collaborate. In this session we will discuss approaches to managing the evolving dynamics of federal Liberal decision-making.

  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    10 Common Pitfalls in a Sale Transaction*
    Speakers: Julia Kennedy and Virginia Schweitzer
    Companies of all sizes can run into the same surprises, and the same headaches, when selling assets or shares of the business. A “top ten” list and some key strategies will be presented to help you put your organization in its best sale-ready position.

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Coffee Break

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Law of Government Relations (Lobbying) – Professional Implications for Corporate Counsel
    Speaker: Guy Giorno
    As of April 2016, all ten provinces have enacted or announced a plan to introduce lobbying registration laws. In Ontario, several municipalities have created or are considering lobbyist registries. The federal law is now 27 years old, but the federal Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct is brand new.
    Corporate counsel are affected in several ways. They are directly affected when they communicate with government officials. Also, strict liability for corporate CEOs is obviously of concern to every general counsel.
    The session will explore the professional and practice management implications, for in-house counsel, of new developments in federal, provincial and municipal regulation of government relations. Topics to be examined include:
    • Lobbying and the Rules of Professional Conduct
    • Strict liability for corporate CEOs and the role of corporate counsel
    • Professional implications of contracting with consultant lobbyists
      This program contains 0.5 Professionalism Hours

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Hiring, Promoting and Staffing Pitfalls for Employers*
    Speakers: Marie-Andrée Richard and Stefan Kimpton
    This presentation will focus on human rights issues arising during the hiring process as well as when considering staffing and promotions. We will also discuss best practices to follow during the hiring process.

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Managing Litigation – Risk Assessment and Process*
    Speaker: Alexandra Logvin
    Litigation is usually a complex and lengthy process. The costs of litigation, and protection of reputation are probably the two most critical considerations for parties to a dispute. How to control, balance out, and manage these efficiently? Strategies that both minimize the disruption of litigation and help achieve the desired result.

  • 12:00 pm
    Boxed Lunch

This Symposium will be presented in English only

Fasken Martineau has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

*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.


This seminar is complimentary


Please RSVP by filling in the form below 

For More Information

Andrea Tulloch
+1 416 868 3329