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General counsel are filling the role of jack of all tradesThere is an old saying that reads: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” With this phrase, I will waddle into the murky debate as to the role of the general counsel. More specifically, the discussion will focus on what is best, being a “generalist” general counsel or a specialist in-house counsel?
Video: Innovating for the business: Legal as a conduit to the dealIn the final video from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Matthew Snell, general counsel of IBM Canada discusses his role in assisting the business units in developing innovative approaches for clients.
Monday, 23 January 2017 09:00

Simplex steps into Ontario

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Simplex Legal co-founder Martine Boucher says as buyers of legal services, in-house lawyers are looking for different ways of doing things with greater value.
Simplex Legal co-founder Martine Boucher says as buyers of legal services, in-house lawyers are looking for different ways of doing things with greater value.
In-house boutique law firm Simplex Legal LLP is expanding its footprint east into the Ontario market, opening a new office in Toronto.
Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Navigating medical leaves for executives

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Navigating medical leaves for executivesAs pressure builds for companies to post strong results in the face of mounting competition, executives often find themselves exhausted, frustrated, strung out — or worse — and in need of rest and/or medical attention. Medical leaves of absence raise a number of legal concerns affecting executives that in-house counsel should be aware of.
Video: Innovating for the business: Protecting innovation in-houseIn the third of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Tanya Rothe, general counsel of D-Wave Systems in Burnaby, B.C.  discusses how she supports the quantum computing company in protecting its intellectual property.
Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Get ready for the legal tech revolution!

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Get ready for the legal tech revolution!Data analytics, artificial intelligence and legal tech solutions generally are increasingly becoming critical tools for law firms and in-house counsel.
Video: View 2017: Innovating for the business: Advising future innovatorsIn the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Maurizio Romano, director of law, Janssen Inc., in Toronto discusses how he is supporting the Johnson and Johnson’s innovation project, JLABS.
Video: View 2017: Innovating for the business with Katie Jamieson of Herschel Supply Co.In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2017 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Katie Jamieson, general counsel & corporate secretary at Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co., talks about how she supports the company in staying on top of innovation and challenges to the company's intellectual property. 
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains spoke at a Women in Capital Markets event at Stikeman Elliott LLP last week.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains spoke at a Women in Capital Markets event at Stikeman Elliott LLP last week.
The federal government says it won’t rule out quotas if its latest attempt to increase gender diversity on corporate boards using a “comply and explain” approach doesn’t work.
Monday, 12 December 2016 09:00

Career advancement: My two cents

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Career advancement: My two centsAs I come to a close on my second year of writing as the In-House Coach for Canadian Lawyer, the most frequent question I have heard raised by readers and fellow in-house counsel has been: What additional training can I do to make me a more valuable in-house counsel and/or to assist in advancing my career?
It is trite to say that, for most of us, time is of the essence. The challenge of juggling career, family and community/volunteer time unfortunately means that there is often very little time left to squeeze out of our days. Consequently, any investment in time and resources must be well thought out and must provide you with a strong bang for your buck/ROI.
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