Registration & Breakfast
Neil Sternthal, Managing Director, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Thomson Reuters Legal
Effective Approaches to Advancing Women in the Law
It’s no secret that changes to include women in the higher rungs of the law have taken place at a glacial pace. Yet the past few years have seen some remarkable developments spearheaded by outside advocacy groups and leading corporations who are championing women’s advancement. Our panel will discuss some of the most effective strategies currently in place across large, complex, and/or matrixed organizations. What does success look like for a dynamic professional services firm? How do business leaders work to ensure meaningful, lasting change?
Bindu Dhaliwal, BMO Financial Group
Av Maharaj, Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, Kraft Heinz Canada
Deborah Marfurt, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Beth Wilson, Canadian Chief Executive Officer, Dentons
Best Laid Plans: Using Design Thinking to Encourage Women’s Professional Growth
In order to effectively solve a problem, it is important to view the issue from several different angles. This is central to the practice of design thinking, which encourages problem solvers to view an issue through the eyes of all parties involved. In this session, participants will address the issue of women’s professional growth from a specific role or persona in order to encourage ideas around solutions.
Andrea L. Alliston¸ Partner, Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Nicola Shaver, Director of Knowledge Management, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Keynote Presentation: Driven to Achieve: Traits and Behaviours that Inspire Success
In this session, Patricia Gillette talks about her groundbreaking study on Law Firm Rainmakers. Pat will share the traits and behaviours identified by the study that are common to rainmakers in firms and how those same traits and behaviours can be used to enhance opportunities in other legal roles and environments. She will also look at some of the gender biases at play with respect to these hallmarks of a successful legal career and what individuals can do to overcome them.
Patricia Gillette, Keynote Speaker and Author, Bringing Audiences to Life
Fireside Chat with Hadiya Roderique
In November 2017, Hadiya Roderique’s story in The Globe and Mail about living life as a black female lawyer on Bay Street drew unprecedented buzz for its startling and frank portrait of early career struggles for minority law school graduates. Since her article’s publication, Ms. Roderique has remained active in helping advance the issue of diverse representation in the workplace. This lively discussion ponders Ms. Roderique’s own experience as an intersectional minority in the law and solicits her thoughts of where D&I efforts need to go in order to create a truly inclusive work environment.
Shanin H. Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Hadiya Roderique, Lawyer, Journalist & Ph.D. Candidate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
While there are many impressive aspects to a legal career, one of the profession’s darkest truths is the high rate of depression, anxiety and substance abuse impacting both male and female lawyers. This session explores what leading firms and corporations are doing to address the overall health of their employees. What advice should lawyers heed when it comes to managing their own—or a colleague’s—well-being?
Terra Rebick, Chief Counsel, Canada, Thomson Reuters
Nora Brooks, Senior Counsel, TELUS
Dr. Ariel Dalfen, Head, Perinatal Mental Health Program & Head, Perinatal Mental Health Telemedicine Program, Mount Sinai Hospital; Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Orlando De Silva, Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre
Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
The Thomson Reuters Customer Centre is a modern event space on the 29th floor of our Toronto corporate offices.
Please be advised that a hotel room block has not been arranged for out of town guests. We recommend a number of nearby establishments within walking distance of the conference venue.
The Adelaide Hotel Toronto (269 ft)
One King West Hotel & Residence (0.2 mi)
Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan (0.3 mi)
Shearton Centre Toronto Hotel (0.3 mi)
Hilton Toronto (0.3 mi)
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (0.3 mi)