Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia is VP Legal and General Counsel for Cargojet. His duties include providing strategic and legal advice on Canada-wide and international operations, labour relations and employment law and all general legal matters. He holds an MIR from the University of Toronto and LLB/BCL from McGill and recently completed an MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University. He specifically enjoys writing about current issues relating to the future of law and technology, diversity and inclusiveness, and providing career advice to recent calls, junior associates and inhouse counsel generally.

He can be reached by email.

Controlling costs is part of lawyers’ mandate

In-house and external counsel have duty to clients to keep costs down, says Fernando Garcia

Marketing partner forum provides insights into strategic focus for law firms

‘Ancillary support services’ can no longer be sustainably performed by law firms, says Fernando Garcia

The true value of an in-house counsel

The external/in-house cost analysis can undervalue in-house lawyers, argues Fernando Garcia

Variety can be the spice of a GC’s life

Working as an “Only Legal Officer” can be terrifying, but the rewards are great

Lawyers "disconnect to connect" at annual Fireside Conference

Legal Innovation Summit in rural Ontario draws practitioners to a non-wired weekend

An expanded view of client interest

An expanded view of client interest

Fernando Garcia’s timeless lesson from labour-relations class

The value of leveraging your legal team

The value of leveraging your legal team

To be truly successful, a lawyer must create and develop a strong legal team

What legal and business professionals can learn from the NBA champs

On June 13, 2019, the unthinkable happened: The Toronto Raptors became NBA champions. This was historic, as no Canadian NBA team had ever achieved this feat before. Throughout the year, but especially into the playoff run, the entire country came together to support this team. On the victory day, close to three million fans took to the streets to celebrate. However, apart from the wonderful sporting spectacle and achievement, the Raptor’s 2019 season also holds very important strategic-leadership lessons for us as business and legal professionals.

Can you be your authentic self?

Who are you? No really, who are you? More importantly, who are you when you are at work, in social environments, in networking environments and, most importantly, when you finally get home and you get into your pyjamas? These are just some of the points we spoke about at Leading Change: Leadership Development Bootcamp for Racialized Lawyers, held May 16 in Toronto.

How to make the most out of in-house opportunities

So, here are a few tips and lessons that I take from my experience, with the hope that it can assist junior associates and in-house counsel looking to boost their profile or become increasingly involved in initiatives within the legal profession: