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Addison Cameron-Huff is an independent technology lawyer focussed on the Bitcoin and Internet startup space. His clients include prominent blockchain business people and developers like Peter Todd and Ethereum co-founder Anthony Di Iorio.

Addison draws upon his many years of experience as a software developer to assist his clients with their legal matters. Before starting his practice in 2013, he worked at McCarthy Tetrault. Addison is a frequent speaker at blockchain/Bitcoin events in Toronto. Read more at www.cameronhuff.com

Anaar Dhanji, Director at BMO Financial Group leads a cross border team of contract negotiators as part of the Bank’s Procurement Team. Previously, Anaar was Senior Counsel with BMO’s Technology Law Group for 11 years.

During this time Anaar, focused her practice on a broad range of technology, outsourcing and general procurement matters. Anaar received her law degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999. She practiced corporate/ commercial law at Duane Morris LLP in London before moving to Canada.

Anaar was called in Ontario in 2003 and was in-house counsel at General Motors prior to joining BMO in 2004. Anaar is currently President of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can) having previously served as Treasurer for 2 years. Anaar is also Chair of the Ontario Legal Professionals’ Alliance which is a community organisation and is frequently called upon to speak on cloud computing.

Brian W. Gray practices patent, copyright, trademark, entertainment, technology, IT and advertising law. He has appeared before the federal and Ontario courts on such matters.

His experience includes contract disputes, parallel imports and grey market trademark cases, copyright infringement, authorship and ownership disputes in the motion picture industry, trial and appeal of patent infringement cases, brand name pharmaceutical patent litigation and notice of compliance cases, inventorship claims and patent disputes in the academic sector and trade secret cases.

Brian has advised on transactions in the technology, media, and television and motion picture industries and negotiated technology transfer agreements, computer software contracts, patent licences, advertising and media contracts. He has experience drafting patents and patent, trademark and copyright opinions, patent and trademark portfolio management and counselling.

Brian is the former chairman of the International Bar Association committee on intellectual property and entertainment law. Brian has lectured on patent, trademark and copyright law at major Canadian law schools, and is on the editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Quarterly Journal. Brian is also a registered Patent and Trademark Agent in Canada and the United States. Brian has repeatedly been named as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by Lexpert/American Lawyer.

P: 416-863-2667
F: 416-863-2653
E: christine.ing@blakes.com

Christine Ing is Co-Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Information Technology group. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions involving information technology and intellectual property. Christine has extensive experience in all aspects of information technology law, including outsourcing, cloud service arrangements, systems and software acquisitions, systems and software development and licensing. She has particular expertise in information security, including regulated industries. Christine has significant experience in the payments space and has led large payment network deals on behalf of issuers.

Christine has been recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. She is also recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Computer & IT Law, and Technology Transactions) and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Computer & IT Law) as well as in The Best Lawyers International (Information Technology Law), Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology and The Legal 500 Canada (Technology).

Cory is Senior Corporate Counsel for Microsoft Canada based in Mississauga, Ontario. He is part of a team of commercial lawyers that provide support to Microsoft Canada’s sales and services professionals.

In his role, Cory negotiates cloud computing, on premise licensing, and consulting services agreements with Microsoft Canada’s largest customers. He also advises on compliance and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Cory was an associate in the technology law group at a large Bay Street law firm. He received his B.Comm from Concordia University and his LL.B from Queen’s University.

P: 604-331-5464
E: derek.may@hubinternational.com

Derek May is an Account Executive with the Commercial Insurance Department of HUB International Insurance Brokers, located in Vancouver, BC. Prior to joining HUB International, Derek began his insurance career working with a boutique brokerage in Vancouver. In 2012, Derek accepted a position with HUB International as a Commercial Account Executive.

As an Account Executive, Derek is responsible for providing insurance and risk management solutions to public and private companies. He specializes in Technology and Cyber products that protect companies from these evolving risks, and is one of the leading brokers in this space. Derek is also part of the exclusive HUB Advantage Team, which is a panel of experts who advise clients across Western Canada as well as those doing cross border business.

In addition to his insurance experience, Derek holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Entrepreneurship and a minor in Economics from Northern Michigan University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. The College of Business rewarded Derek’s efforts with the Entrepreneurship Scholar Award, which is given annually to the top graduating student in the field. Derek is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB), as well as a Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and was named a 2016 Elite Broker by Insurance Business Canada.

With his dedication to providing exceptional service and solutions to clients, as well as his expertise in technology and cyber products, Derek is a trusted and valuable member of HUB International

Ian has been practicing technology law since 2000. He is currently a solicitor with the City of Toronto.

James is a partner in the firm. James practices in the areas of technology and intellectual property law.

James’s particular areas of expertise include outsourcings, the protection and exploitation of computer and software technology, IT and IP licensing, and dispute resolution.

He assists clients with privacy, open source, and cloud computing issues as well. He also prosecutes and drafts patents.

John Jason has practiced law for over 20 years and is widely regarded as a leading lawyer in regulatory law across all sectors of the financial services industry, with a unique understanding of the expectation of regulators and an ability lead and manage change.

John has acted for financial institutions, regulators and regulatory agencies. He has advised on many of the most significant developments affecting the financial services sector, including mergers & acquisitions, new product launches, capital formation. His experience also extends to advising on the governance structures that support strong risk management and compliance frameworks. Prior to joining Cassels Brock, John’s experience included serving as senior vice-president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at BMO Financial Group, lead partner responsible for financial services regulatory matters at a large Canadian business law firm; and chief of policy development and implementation for the legislative reform task force at the Canadian department of finance.

In 2011, John founded Canadian Compliance Group which provides innovative compliance risk solutions for the financial sector. He is also a course instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School on the Regulation of Financial Institutions.

Josh Stark is a consultant and head of operations & legal at Ledger Labs, where he helps clients understand the potential of blockchain technologies, identify promising use-cases for their industry, and build technology solutions. His research focuses on the intersection of law, governance, and blockchain technology, and publishes frequently on these subjects. Previously, Josh worked for a full-service corporate law firm in Toronto before moving full-time into the blockchain industry in early 2015. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto ('13) and a B.A. from McGill University ('09).

P: 416.369.5263
F: 416.777.7418
E: kelly.friedman@dlapiper.com
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kellylfriedman
Twitter: @kellyddrive
Website/blog: www.the-d-drive.com or www.kellyfriedman.com

Kelly Friedman is a partner in DLA Piper (Canada) LLP's Toronto office. Kelly is an experienced commercial litigator with unique expertise in electronic information issues, including electronic discovery, data security and privacy. Kelly is known for her efficient, no-nonsense approach to problem solving and dispute resolution.

Kelly frequently presents and publishes on the on the topics of Privacy and Cybersecurity, and the legal implications of Big Data and the Internet of Things. She is also an expert advisor to Standards Council of Canada, Canada’s member body in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), advising and negotiating with respect to international standards on information technology security and electronic discovery. Within the ISO network, Kelly currently acts as a co-editor of an international electronic discovery standard.

In 2011, Kelly was named as one of Canadian Lawyer’s "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada", and in 2015 and 2016 Kelly was recognized by Who's Who Legal as a most highly regarded electronic discovery lawyer.

Kirsten Thompson is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault ‘s National Technology Group and also leads the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection practice. She has both an advisory and an advocacy practice, and assists clients in a wide variety of sectors with their privacy, CASL, data security, information governance and e-discovery issues.

Lisa is head of Torkin Manes’ Technology, Privacy and Data Management Group and a partner in the Business Law Group. She has extensive expertise in preparing and negotiating technology licences and agreements, including software licence, cloud computing, system acquisition and Internet/e-commerce/m-commerce-related contracts. She frequently advises on compliance with Canadian federal and provincial private sector privacy legislation and data management/security issues. Lisa also provides export control and open source advice on cross-border deals.

She has considerable experience helping non-Canadian companies, especially American entities, create appropriate legal agreements for their entry into the Canadian marketplace. Lisa is currently Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Technology Committee, is a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and a Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems. She is a member of the editorial board of the SciTech Lawyer and a member of Council, Science and Technology Section (SciTech). She is the past President of the Canadian IT Association (IT.Can), Canada’s national technology law association and the co-Chair of the 2017 IT.Can Annual Conference.

Lisa is a prolific speaker and writer and is the author of the monthly technology column, “IT Girl”, for Canadian Lawyer magazine. Ranked as a recommended lawyer in Computer & IT Law and Technology Transactions in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2005, Lisa was also recommended for information technology in Chambers Global 2016; recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 for Technology Law and Privacy Law; as a leading Internet & e-commerce lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Canada and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. In her spare time Lisa serves as a director of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, sings (badly) in a community choir and loves to travel to remote venues.

Paul Emanuelli is recommended by Global Law Experts as one of Canada’s leading public procurement lawyers and by Who’s Who Legal as one of the ten top public procurement lawyers in the world. He is the General Counsel and Managing Director of the Procurement Law Office, which received the 2012 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award as Canada’s Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year. Paul’s portfolio focuses on major procurement projects, developing innovative procurement formats, negotiating commercial transactions and advising institutions on the strategic legal aspects of their purchasing operations. Paul also has an extensive track record of public speaking, publishing and training. He is the author of Government Procurement (Lexis Nexis, 3rd ed. 2012), Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide (2012), The Laws of Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs (2009) and the National Tendering Law Update and the host of the Procurement Law Update webinar series, and has trained and presented to thousands of procurement professionals from hundreds of institutions across Canada and internationally.

P: +1.630.915.0911
E: rebecca.thorkildsen@thomsonreuters.com

Rebecca Thorkildsen is a Global Director of Legal and Contract Management Solutions based out of Chicago. Rebecca brings nearly 20 years of experience in legal management and technology consulting to Pangea3’s clients. Rebecca serves as a strategic advisor to legal, operations and procurement teams considering outsourcing as a means to achieve mission critical business objectives such as cost savings, efficiency improvements and legal resource optimization in delivery of legal services. She helps clients to identify appropriate work to be outsourced, improve upon current work processes, utilize technology to support operations and measure performance of new solutions.

In her years at Pangea3, Rebecca has helped to develop and implement Thomson Reuters strategy around provision of contract services, particularly through augmentation of technology and expansion of service offerings. The team has been working to add capabilities in contract analysis, template harmonization, automation/assembly, workflow management and process reporting. The cornerstone of these new service offerings is contract risk management, a topic on which Rebecca often speaks and writes. As part of this approach, Rebecca recognizes that contracting is the front line in compliance risk management and has worked to align Pangea3’s risk and CLM services in areas such as third party risk management.

Prior to joining Pangea3, Rebecca worked as the head of HBR Consulting’s corporate legal technology services and co-delivered management consulting services including law department and technology reviews advising on topics such as structure/organization, legal resource optimization, cost containment and current/best practices in business process management and operations. Rebecca’s primary specialties include strategic technology planning, operational reviews, business process improvement, cost containment programs and system selections & implementations. Rebecca is an industry thought leader in the implementation of performance management programs and frequently advises on the design of objective-focused performance metrics and reporting strategies. Rebecca has deep expertise in legal technology systems including matter management/eBilling, contract management and document management systems.

Prior to joining HBR, Rebecca worked in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Strategic Technology Group, where she helped to establish the Lotus Notes and Electronic Commerce practices.

Ted Crysler has a B.A. and M.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996 and has been practising technology law and corporate/commercial law since that time.

After working as external counsel to Rogers, he joined the Legal Department at Rogers in 2004. He is currently Senior Legal Counsel in the Legal Department, with responsibility for IT, Network, Procurement, Outsourcing, and Patent matters.

P: 416.862.6737
F: 416.862.6666
E: wgross@osler.com

Wendy is co-Chair of Osler’s Technology Group. Wendy specializes in outsourcing and other complex corporate and commercial transactions relating to technology products and services and business processes and related regulatory and other legal issues including the following areas: payment systems and networks; cloud computing; OSFI B-10 compliance; privacy; data protection; public and private procurement; offshore and nearshore transactions; e-commerce; social media; anti-spam; consumer protection; marketing and advertising; and intellectual property protection and licensing.

Wendy has extensive experience advising financial services, telecommunications, energy, life sciences, e-commerce companies and retailers in these areas.

Wendy is the Deputy City Solicitor of the Municipal Law Section at the City of Mississauga. Wendy and her team provide strategic legal advice to City Council and staff, and represent the City in the negotiations of IT and various commercial and relationship agreements.

Wendy’s practice includes providing advice on a wide range of municipal law issues, negotiating major procurement agreements, as well as complex relationship agreements with other government and entities. She holds a BA Hons in political science and history from the University of Toronto, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master in Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University. Wendy also holds the designation of Certified in house Counsel Canada (CIC.C).

Will Cornelissen is a Partner in Deloitte’s financial services consulting practice, where he leads the Fintech Practice for Deloitte Canada. He is an experienced executive and management consultant with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, working with banks, insurance companies, fintechs and cooperative institutions.

Will works with clients at the CxO and Board level on major strategic initiatives and transformations including developing digital operating models, product development and market entry strategies. Will has previously held executive positions at TD Bank Group, and has served as a Board Member at Interac and several fintechs.

He has extensive global experience, having worked in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Will holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, an M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews, and a B.A. from Princeton University.