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  • View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth 3

    View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth 3

    Feb 14, 2019

    In the third of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2019 series, sponsored by Fasken, Lisa Skakun, general counsel & chief corporate development officer with Coast Capital Savings talks about the challenges involved in taking the credit union national in 2019.

  • View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth 2

    View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth 2

    Feb 11, 2019

    In the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2019 series, sponsored by Fasken, Daniel Bourque and Sacha Fraser, co-lead counsel of the legal department at Xerox Canada talk about managing the company’s transformation efforts and working with their internal clients as they all embrace change.

  • View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth

    View 2019: Moving in tandem with growth

    Feb 5, 2019

    In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2019 series, sponsored by Fasken, Lisa Marcuzzi, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at ArcelorMittal Dofasco talks about managing the challenges occurring in the manufacturing sector.

  • To be a modern in-house counsel

    Feb 4, 2019

    When you come in-house, your “hard” legal skills are table stakes. Your employer expects, rightly so, that you have these skills, and where you do not, they expect you to figure it out. This is where your jack-of-all-trades skill comes in. The real question for them is can you add value to the organization?

  • Moving 
in tandem 
with growth

    Moving 
in tandem 
with growth

    Feb 4, 2019

    From banking and manufacturing to tech and insurance, these in-house counsel are focused on the changing business objectives of the companies they serve.

  • Getting billing data under control

    Getting billing data under control

    Feb 4, 2019

    When Aniz Alani arrived at the City of Abbotsford in early 2017 as the municipality’s first in-house counsel, he quickly identified one area in particular he knew he needed to get some control over — managing the bills coming in from external law firms.

  • Legal ops at a crossroads

    Feb 4, 2019

    As we launch our sixth annual Innovatio Awards recognizing innovation in-house this month, I am excited to announce that this year we are adding a category recognizing excellence for legal operations — a multi-disciplinary team approach to managing the challenges of legal departments both big and small.

  • CMHC legal readies for its part in corporation’s transformation

    CMHC legal readies for its part in corporation’s transformation

    Feb 4, 2019

    This article is a bit like the opening act in a play. Its aim is to introduce the cast of characters — our legal team at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation — and the themes we’ll be exploring over the next five bi-monthly columns.

  • Advocating for a First Nation’s interests

    Advocating for a First Nation’s interests

    Feb 4, 2019

    Michael McKinney has seen a dramatic evolution of First Nations self-governance in the last three decades, going from a period of little to no recognition to now a period in which the Sawridge First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to gain further recognition for self-determination.

  • Twists and turns – How to steer a law career toward your goals

    Feb 4, 2019

    On Jan. 25, a new batch of recent graduates was called to the bar. This is an unforgettable moment in the life of a law student as they become part of what is seen (by most people) as a noble profession that stands as the guardian for justice and equity in our society. This also marks the start of their working career.

  • To be a modern in-house counsel

    Feb 4, 2019

    When I first went in-house, I toughed it out through the school of hard knocks, picking up the skills to be a valuable in-house lawyer and, eventually, general counsel. It was a slow evolutionary process. Thankfully, so were the demands upon me. That is no longer the case.

  • Annual Altman Weil CLO survey provides insights into how in-house are spending their time

    Jan 7, 2019

    Altman Weil has produced the Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey since 2000. The 2018 findings were recently released. CLOs and GCs do not find enough time to read their trade literature. Some of the highlights found in the 8-page summary are noteworthy.

  • Partnerships key for in-house success

    Partnerships key for in-house success

    Nov 12, 2018

    While alternative fee arrangements and seeking out external law firms with a diverse roster of lawyers were not top of mind for most in-house counsel who participated in Canadian Lawyer’s 2018 Corporate Counsel Survey, the billable-hour model and developing external counsel relationships were.

  • Planes, trains and automobiles: How to approach a career in-house

    Oct 22, 2018

    To my fellow John Candy and Steve Martin fans out there, you will recognize where this comes from; but now that I have worked with trucks (Navistar), cars (Nissan) and planes (Cargojet), all that is left is trains. While all of these areas of in-house practice seem very similar, as they are within the transportation sector, the work in each of these experiences was very, very different.

  • Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Sep 25, 2018

    As with many general counsel in the cannabis industry in Canada, Jason Alexander is juggling all the issues in-house in the sector face every day, including whether or not travelling to the United States is a good idea right now.

  • 2018 Innovatio Awards: Forging a new path forward

    2018 Innovatio Awards: Forging a new path forward

    Sep 20, 2018

    To make change and truly innovate requires focused work researching the possibilities.