Roundtable round-up

It isn’t often that you get a chance to sit down with legal counsel from some of Canada’s biggest companies to talk shop. But each year Canadian Lawyer InHouse partners with the Association of Corporate Counsel to host our corporate counsel roundtable.


This year we have added a component to our coverage of the roundtable — video. More and more, Internet users are looking for wrap-around elements to enhance their surfing experience.

By promoting our fourth annual roundtable in print, as always, you receive a highlighted version of the discussion. In our digital version you can read a more fulsome article with fewer space constraints. Now with video you can see and hear the answers the panalists gave.

Enjoy the read on Page 16. Then look up Canadian Lawyer InHouse online at to see all of the ways we can enhance your reading experience.  Then come back often for weekly news updates, opinion pieces, and digital versions of all our editions of InHouse.

In addition I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with the roundtable. It continues to be the highlight of the publishing year for InHouse, and best opportunity to discuss the major issues facing legal departments. In this year’s discussion we focused on legislative and regulatory burdens and their impacts on legal departments.

The followup to that, was whether or not outside counsel are providing the proactive approaches and solutions legal departments need to operate effectively in a climate of increased fiscal responsibility.

The discussion is worth a read.

Speaking of regulatory changes, on page 25 we turn our attention to the harmonization of Canadian securities laws and the next step towards a single national securities regulator.

This edition’s industry profile on page 33 looks at the trials and tribulations of e-health services in Canada. Started in British Columbia, these services aim to create electronic health records that can be easily accessed by doctors and medical professionals anywhere. Of course there are the challenges, cost overruns in Ontario, and privacy concerns everywhere else.

Our law department management feature on page 37 looks at articling in-house, and our professional profile on page 41 examines the career of Shell Canada Ltd.’s David Brinley. Regular features include a roundup of legal department trends and news on page 46, our labour law and employment column is on page seven, and our real estate spotlight can be found on page 10.

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