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Summit 2024 

 
September 26, 2024 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm | Toronto Reference Library


The conference for growth-minded in-house lawyers 

Summit 2024 

 
September 26, 2024
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

The conference for
in-house lawyers 

 

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What Others Said About Summit 2023

Shivani Anand

General Counsel at Ascend Fundraising Solutions

"The in-house legal conference we all needed! The topics are fresh, the energy is vibrant and the speakers were engaging! Definitely attending again next year."

Michelle Felsky

Vice President, Legal Affairs at New Look Vision Group

"Counselwell's Summit 2023 far exceeded my expectations. From connecting with engaged, likeminded in-house lawyers, to attending panels full of content and ideas that have left me inspired and motivated, I am so thrilled I chose to attend from Montreal. I am already looking forward to Summit 2024 and am grateful to have a robust network to tap into to compare notes, share best practices and seek counsel from in the interim."

Maleeha Akhtar

Legal Counsel at Manulife

"Counselwell created a warm, engaging and thoroughly awesome Summit 2023. The networking opportunities and knowledge sharing by panelists were phenomenal. Looking forward to next year already!"

Summit 2023 Highlight Reel   

 
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Meet your Summit Co-Chairs:

Travis Allan

Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer
FLO EV Charging

Kelly Kwan

General Counsel
GoBolt

Agenda

*Approved for 4.5 CPD hours (Ontario)  

Wednesday, September 25th   

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Pre-Summit Networking Dinners (5)*

Hosted at various restaurants in the area by:

lawyersinhouse
spotdraft
Cassels, BROCK & BLACKWELL, LLP
CEO Law
LawVu

*Limited spots available - first come, first served.

Thursday, September 26th   

8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

(Epic Hall)

9:10 AM

Welcome to Summit 2024!

(Epic Hall)

Avi Weiss (Founder, Counselwell)
9:20 AM

Keynote: The Performance Paradox: The Complicated Relationship between Achievement and Mental Health

(Epic Hall)

Kara hardin (Lead Executive Officer at The Practice Lab)
10:10 AM

Panel: Supercharged: The Impact of Legal Ops within the Legal Department

(Epic Hall)

Adam Minielly (Director, Legal Operations and Reporting at Sun Life)
Sabrina Ladak (Director, Legal Operations at Staples Canada)
Aneta Ciesla (Senior Manager, Legal Operations at dentalcorp)

moderated by: Nakta Alaghebandan (Chief of Staff at spotdraft)
10:55 AM

Networking Break

(Prologue)

11:30 AM

Panel: Board Management: Governance Tips for GCs & Corporate Secretaries

(Epic Hall)

Sofia Tsakos (Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Allied Gold Corporation)
David Luther (General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at WSIB Ontario)
Jay Vaghela (Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Propel Holdings)

moderated by: Andrea FitzGerald (partner at cassels)
11:30 AM

Panel: Winning Tactics for Stakeholder Engagement

(Novella)

TBD
12:15 PM

Lunch Break 

(Prologue)

1:20 PM

Panel: Legal's Role in Building Better Workplaces through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

(Epic Hall)

Conni Gibson (Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Interac Corp.) 
Gillian Akai (Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Postmedia Network Inc.)
Rustam (Rusty) Juma (General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer at Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.)
kelly mcdermott (Senior Solicitor, Regional Municipality of Durham and President of the Ontario Bar Association)

Moderated by: Christine Holmes (Founder & CEO at Lawyersinhouse.com)
2:05 PM

Quick Break

(Prologue)

2:20 PM

Guided Roundtable Discussions

(Epic Hall)

2:50 PM

Panel: Elevating the Legal Department's Brand

(Epic Hall)

Andrea Fellows (SVP, General Counsel at Amica Senior Lifestyles)
Jessica Lee (Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary at Altus Group)
Sue-lynn noel (Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Purolator Inc.)

Moderated by:
 Christine Holmes (Founder & CEO at Lawyersinhouse.com)
2:50 PM

Panel: Generative AI in Legal: Where We're At and Where We're Headed

(Novella)

Daniel Di Maria (Co-Founder and CRO at Spellbook)
Saad Minhas (Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate, Americas at Equinix)
Julie Chapman (VP & Head of Legal, North America at lexisnexis)

Moderated by:
 Marc Shewchun (Partner at Fasken)
3:35 PM

Networking Break

(Prologue)

4:05 PM

Panel: Staying Marketable (Even If You're Not On The Market)

(Epic Hall)

Eileen Tan (GC at EMD Serono Canada)
William Kenny (Assistant general counsel - global projects at compassion international)
Rosie Kogan (Vice President, Legal and General Counsel at GreenShield)

moderated by: neda canario (Vice President, Legal Recruitment at bjrc recruiting) 
4:50 PM

Closing Remarks & Raffle

(Epic Hall)

Avi Weiss (Founder, Counselwell) 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception Hour

(Epic Hall)

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Presenters

Conni Gibson
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Interac Corp.

Sofia Tsakos
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Allied Gold Corporation

Kelly Kwan
General Counsel
GoBolt

Andrea FitzGerald
Partner
Cassels

Aneta Ciesla
Senior Manager, Legal Operations
dentalcorp

Gillian Akai
Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Postmedia Network Inc.

Neda Canario
Vice President, Legal Recruitment
BJRC Recruiting

Sabrina Ladak
Director, Legal Operations
Staples Canada

Christine Holmes
CEO & Founder
LawyersInHouse

William Kenny
Assistant General Counsel - Global Projects
Compassion International 

Rustam (Rusty) Juma
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer
Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. 

Avi Weiss
Founder  
Counselwell

Travis Allan
Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer 
FLO EV Charging

Kelly McDermott
Senior Solicitor,
Regional Municipality of Durham

Steven Pulver
Co-founder
MinuteBox

Eileen Tan
General Counsel
EMD Serono Canada

Kara Hardin
Lead Executive Officer
The Practice Lab

David Luther
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
WSIB Ontario

Andrea Fellows
SVP, General Counsel
Amica Senior Lifestyles

Nakta Alaghebandan
Chief of Staff
SpotDraft

Jay Vaghela
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Propel Holdings

Adam Minielly
Director, Legal Operations and Reporting
Sun Life

Rosie Kogan
Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
GreenShield

Jessica Lee
Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary
Altus Group

Marc Shewchun
Partner, Emerging Technology Group
Fasken

Daniel Di Maria
Co-founder & CRO
Spellbook

Saad Minhas
Senior Legal Counsel,
Corporate, Americas

Equinix

Sue-Lynn Noel
Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Purolator Inc.

Julie Chapman
VP & Head of Legal, North America
LexisNexis

Sponsors

Thank you to all our generous sponsors! 

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Select sponsorship packages are still available. For sponsorship inquiries please reach out to [email protected].

Sponsors

Select sponsorship packages are still available. For sponsorship inquiries please reach out to [email protected].

Tickets

Contact us for our group rate!

Member Ticket: $230*

*Free Bonus: Limited pre-Summit dinner spots available on a first come, first served basis!

Members get 50% off whatever the In-House Ticket price is. Reserved for members (apply for membership).

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In-House Ticket: $460* 

*Free Bonus: Limited pre-Summit dinner spots available on a first come, first served basis!

For in-house lawyers who are not currently members of Counselwell. Reserved for in-house lawyers / legal ops.

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Service Provider Ticket: $700

For those who provide services to in-house lawyers.

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Articling Student Ticket - $350

For articling students who work in-house. 

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FAQs

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Location

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Phone number: (416) 395-5577 

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