Registration & Breakfast
Charlotte Rushton, Managing Director, US Large Law Firms, Thomson Reuters
In August Company: Advancing Women’s Leadership on the Bench
Opportunities for women on the judicial bench are few and far between. Although progress has been made toward more equal representation, women continue to occupy approximately 33% of all judiciary appointments in Canada and the United States of America. This opening discussion examines the state of female representation on the bench. Our distinguished panel will share personal narratives and strategic insights into opening more pathways for women to ascend.
Sandra Barton, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
The Honourable Justice Sandra Bacchus, Ontario Court of Justice
The Honourable Justice Kimberley A. Crosbie, Ontario Court of Justice
The Honourable Justice Kathryn N. Feldman, Court of Appeal for Ontario
The Honourable Justice Susan E. Lang, Court of Appeal for Ontario (retired)
Tales from the Front: Lessons on How to Lead
This discussion will showcase some of the most powerful leaders from across the country’s top organizations. Our presenters will share personal thoughts on the challenges they’ve encountered while advancing their careers. They will also offer insights on the ways they continue to encourage the advancement of women working for them and the many leadership lessons learned in the roles they’ve held.
Sumeet (Sonu) Dhanju-Dhillon, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board, Deloitte LLP
Katherine L. Kay, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Kikelomo Lawal, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation
Caroline Tsai, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer, BMO Financial Group
Lessons Learned from Other Industries: Ten Innovative and Effective Ways to Attract, Advance & Retain Women
Current solutions to close the gender gap in the legal industry, such as affinity groups and part-time policies, have done little to move the needle forward. Other industries have a similar challenge, and many of them have embarked on new and innovative ways to create gender parity. Join us for this lively and engaging presentation to learn about ten of these unique efforts and how we can learn and benefit from them.
Bindu Dhaliwal, Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social & Governance, BMO Financial Group
The Long and Winding Road: Developing a Career Toolkit
This session will discuss key factors needed to develop and follow your career plan. Changes in the legal profession, the global economy and the changing political climate have created new challenges and opportunities for women. Hear how you can leverage where you are to get to where you need to be.
Aracely Muñoz, Special Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights
Should I Stay or Should I Go?: How In-House Counsel Are Zigzagging To the Top
Have you ever thought about a move from a law firm or in-house position to a role as a management leader in business? This panel engages senior lawyers who have made the move successfully. Key questions for consideration include:
- How do lawyers transition from traditional legal practice to the business world?
- Which skills are easily transferable and where are the learning curves?
- Where are the opportunities for lawyers looking to move to a business role and how do they identify options for themselves?
- How are our numbers looking?
Shanin Lott, Managing Director, Talent & Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Terrie-Lynne Devonish, Chief Compliance Officer, North America, AON Corporation
Christina Ongoma, Principal Investment Officer, Financial Institutions, Capital Markets, International Finance Corporation
Anne Sonnen, Vice President, Chief Compliance and Chief Risk Officer, Capital One Canada
A Seat at the Table: Defining Strategic Leadership for Women on Boards
A June 2016 report commissioned by the government of Ontario concluded that Canada remains well behind other developed nations when it comes to female representation on corporate boards. Indeed, despite seeing more women than men graduate annually from university, Canada accounts for just over 20% of board members nationwide, compared to 35% in Norway, 30% in France, 29% in Sweden and 23% in the United Kingdom. This session explores various solutions toward helping curtail such rampant gender disparity. Leveraging their formidable personal experience, our accomplished panel offers valuable advice for anyone aspiring toward the corporate directorship.
Liz Watson, President & Chief Executive Officer, WATSON Inc.
Professor Anita Anand, J.R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance; Professor of Law & Academic Director, Centre for the Legal Profession and Program on Ethics in Law and Business, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Priya Patil, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Owner, Brahma Advisors
Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director, Sears Canada; Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Women Get on Board
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