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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

Alexander is a Senior Manager with Mandiant's Security Consulting Services. With over 17 years experience in IT specializing in security, Alexander holds CISSP and CISM certifications and has consulted with many large public and private sector organizations on how to address their security challenges. Prior to joining Mandiant, he held positions as the National IT Security Strategist for Symantec Canada as well as a Sr. IT Security consulting role with IBM. He also was the Manager of IT for a small manufacturing company.

Since 2008, Alexander has also been a part-time faculty member at Georgian College in Barrie, ON, teaching computer and network systems security. Combining his experience as Manager of IT and roles in consulting and as an IT security strategist, Alexander is able to bring a unique perspective on how to address the ever-changing security landscape and how it impacts organizations.

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.

Andrew is a partner with Fasken Martineau with a broad corporate commercial practice focusing on outsourcing and technology related transactions. Andrew also practices private M&A, provides strategic counsel on drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology related agreements, and advises on online gambling matters.

Andrew is a director of IT.Can; past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group; recognized as a Corporate Lawyer to watch in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (2013); and named as a 2012 "Rising Star" (Top 40 under 40) by Lexpert. Andrew is also actively involved in various non-profit boards and in the community.

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.

Cathy is a Partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She litigates class actions (including privacy, antitrust, product liability and consumer protection class actions), as well as administrative and constitutional law cases (including privacy and access to information and competition matters). She has argued before all levels of court, including 15 appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, most recently for the successful appellant in the leading privacy decision Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang, 2016 SCC 50.

Cathy has been named by Benchmark as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation in Canada for the last three years. She is also ranked as a leading litigator by the Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory, Benchmark Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and Who’s Who Legal. Cathy taught a seminar on privacy, freedom of information and access to courts at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2000-2008.

As VP & General Counsel, Chris Runstedler is the principal legal advisor for Magnet Forensics. Magnet Forensics is a global leader in developing forensic software for smartphone and computer examinations. Chris has over 15 years of experience as both a lawyer and business executive in the technology industry. Prior to joining Magnet Forensics Chris gained experience at several industry leading publicly traded companies including BlackBerry, Manulife Financial, Oracle and Sandvine.

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.

Born and raised in Toronto, David Adams is a 30 year veteran within the Canadian automotive industry. In March 2005, David was appointed President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) after spending nearly 18 years with the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association.

In May 2013 the AIAMC changed its name to the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) to reflect the members’ growth and relevance in the Canadian automotive industry.

The GAC is the national industry association representing the interests of 15 global automakers engaged in the manufacture, importation, distribution and servicing of light duty vehicles in Canada.

David has been involved in the creation of two alternative dispute resolution programs within the automotive industry - the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) for which he is the immediate past Chair of the Board, and the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program (NADAP).

David also serves as a director of the Automotive Business School of Canada, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

Additionally, David is a regular columnist in Canadian Auto Dealer and past contributor to Canadian Autoworld, both monthly trade magazines for the Canadian automotive industry.

David is an avid cyclist and resides in Toronto with his wife Julie.

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

Helen is the Co-Chair of National Franchise & Distribution Group. Helen is recognized as a leading franchise lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and as a Legal Eagle in franchising by The Franchise Times. She is also listed as an "Up-and-Coming" lawyer in franchising by Chambers Canada.

Having served as both external and in-house General Counsel to domestic and international franchisors in diverse industries, she brings a unique client focused, practical and value based approach to law. She has applied her franchise and varied industry expertise to found numerous initiatives, including, a dedicated Automotive Industry Group that supports domestic and international automobile franchisors across all areas of their business, as well as The Foundry, a start-up program that works with emerging and fast growth businesses to accelerate their growth through franchise expansion. Helen is also a legal service innovator, and has introduced several client focused pricing solutions including a Virtual GC Model, that offers clients a full suite services on an in-house counsel model, at fixed fee rates.

Her practice focuses on transactional, risk management, dispute and daily operational matters and she has particular expertise in working collaboratively with clients to develop integrated legal and business solutions that proactively mitigate liabilities and advance immediate, as well as strategic long-term business objectives.

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.

Information technology, digital banking and outsourcing lawyer in the Legal Department for The Bank of Nova Scotia. Advises the Bank’s various subsidiaries and divisions in connection with a wide range of technology transactions including outsourcing, licensing, IT procurement, regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, RFPs and various other electroniccommerce initiatives. He has negotiated and managed the Bank’s largest outsourcing arrangements working with Privacy, Compliance, Security and IT business units internationally. He is a member of the Board of IT.Can and chair of the Fintech Committee.

He is a long time member and the past Chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group. Prior to joining Scotiabank John spent 6 years with Royal Bank of Canada and, previous to that, 5 years with McMillan Binch. Undergraduate and graduate degrees from McMaster University, LL.B from Dalhousie Law School and called to the Bar in 1996.

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 is an experienced litigator with unique expertise in electronic information issues, including electronic discovery, cybersecurity and privacy.

Kelly is known for her efficient, no-nonsense approach to problem solving and dispute resolution. In 2011, Kelly was named as one of Canadian Lawyer‘s “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.”

Kelly is a recognized leader in data protection, electronic discovery and data management issues:

  • Kelly acts for Ontario electricity distributors and the Ontario Energy Board to advise on a cybersecurity and privacy framework and cybersecurity and privacy best practices to protect critical electricity assets in Ontario.
  • She is an expert advisor to Standards Council of Canada, Canada’s member body in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) network, advising and negotiating with respect to international standards on information technology security and e-discovery.
  • She was listed as an “industry leader” for electronic discovery in Who’s Who Legal 2016.
  • She is a committee member of ISO/IEC JTC1/ WG 10, an international working group addressing the Internet of Things (IoT) security, focusing on standardization gaps and monitoring IoT regulatory, market, and technology requirements.
  • She is the co-editor of ISO/IEC 27050, an international electronic discovery standard in four parts, including Code of practice for electronic discovery.
  • From 2010 to 2014, Kelly acted as Chair of the Canadian working group of the non-profit think-tank “The Sedona Conference®” (Sedona Canada) which developed national electronic discovery principles.
  • Kelly is the Chair of the Precedents Subcommittee of the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee (EIC), which prepares model electronic discovery documents to guide litigators and the judiciary in Ontario.

Kirsten Thompson is a partner in our National Technology Group, and leads the firm’s national Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group. She has both an advisory and advocacy practice, with a focus on providing privacy, data security and information governance advice to clients in a wide variety of industries.

Ms. Thompson advises on the informational elements of business transactions and helps clients manage information crises such as data breaches, investigations and class actions. She has been lead Canadian counsel on some of the largest North American data breaches. She also assists clients navigating the legal and privacy requirements of new products and technologies, as well as provides compliance advice both within and across jurisdictions. Additionally, she helps clients and boards in developing policies and practices around social media, surveillance, biometrics, marketing and telematics, including conducting privacy audits and information governance risk assessments. Prior to joining the firm, she was in house counsel at a North American technology company where she was responsible for both the business and legal aspects of information management.

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.

Pascal was called to the Bar in 2004. Since then, he has practiced in Import/Export Compliance and Procurement (Private and Public sectors) for large IT companies. He is now Sr Legal Counsel for SAP Canada, where he supports the Eastern region for Software and Cloud deals.

His passion for Public Procurement makes him extremely boring at cocktail parties but it has given him the opportunity to work on some very complex deals

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.