Registration & Breakfast
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, Gowlings WLG LLP
Tales from the Front: Lessons on How to Lead
This discussion will showcase some of the most powerful women leaders in top organizations across the country. Our presenters will share personal thoughts on the numerous challenges encountered while advancing their careers, including the myriad leadership lessons learned at various stops along the way.
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.
The Long and Winding Road: Developing a Career Toolkit
This session will work with participants to discuss the key factors needed to develop a career plan. Changes in the legal profession have created new challenges and opportunities. Hear from a career coach/counselor on how to develop your career toolkit.
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?
- How can one overcome stereotypes and entrenched attitudes towards lawyers in business?
- Are lawyers really more “risk averse” and lacking in financial experience?
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.
Sumeet Dhanju-Dhillon, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
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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Originally opened in 1929, the Arcadian Court has a deep and rich history as a Toronto institution. It has hosted many monumental events including Toronto’s first auto show; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s first radio broadcasts; performances by entertainment legends such as Liberace; and Sotheby’s first auction outside of Britain, to name just a few.