The layout of this year’s Technology Law Spring Forum allows you to customize your day to suit your learning needs. Create your own conference of up to 8 courses to achieve your professional development goals. All courses are offered in multiple learning environments: In-Class, Live Webinar or Archived Webinar.

The day consists of 2 streams. You are not required to stick to one stream; out of the 8 informative courses, select those that appeal to you to create your own personalized schedule.


If you wish to take two courses that are happening at the same time, no need to worry, we have a solution. All courses will be recorded and available to purchase as an Archived Webinar. To ensure a full day of learning, you must choose a minimum of 4 courses Click the tab below, Register Now, to create your personalized leaning program.

If you want to register a group or register on behalf of someone else, please email cmakuch@cantechlaw.ca.


Parna Sabet-Stephenson, Partner at Gowling WLG
Donald B. Johnston, Aird & Berlis LLP

2019 Spring Conference Theme 1 Theme 2
8:00-8:45 Registration & Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Welcome
9:00-10:15 Best Practices in Technology Contracting

Moderator: Christopher Cates

Donald Johnston, Aird & Berlis LLP
James Kosa, Weir Foulds LLP

Smart Contracts – Will Smart Contracts Put Lawyers Out of Business?

Moderator: Mark Hines, RBC

Karim Hamasni, RBC
Usman Skeikh, Gowling WLG
Kareem Sadek, KPMG

  • Fundamentals of a smart contract
  • Role of lawyers in assisting with smart contacts – is it really a contract?
  • Industry application
10:15-10:45 Refreshment Break & Networking
10:45-12:00 Cloud – Procuring and Delivering Cloud Services; Do’s and Don’ts

Moderator: Anaar Dhanji, BMO

Jonathan Leibtag, Microsoft
Anita Joshi, BMO
Salim Dharssi, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

This session will provide the perspective of in-house counsel representing the customer and vendors as well as, private practice counsel on procuring and delivering cloud services in particular:

  • Contract Fundamentals based on the type of cloud service/deployment model including considerations for Financial Institutions and Start-ups
  • Negotiation Considerations through the analysis of a fact pattern
  • Governance and Risk
Patent – Decoding Software Patents Post-Alice

Moderator: Tony Sabeta, Aird & McBurney LP

Matt Powell, Gilberts LLP
Paul Horbal, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Shahrzad Esmaili, Gowlings WLG

This panel discussion will examine the post-Alice landscape of patent eligibility for computer-implemented inventions, including:

  • Subsequent developments in the courts
  • The current state of software patent practice at the USPTO, EPO and CIPO
  • Practical Patent drafting and prosecution strategies for avoiding and/or responding to Alice-based rejections
12:00-1:30 Keynote lunch - Jacob Glick, North
1:30-2:45 Data Breaches: "Lessons Learned"

Moderator: Kristin Ali, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Peter Block, Longview Communications and Public Relations
Joel Heft, Equifax

In this session industry experts from various specialties share their challenges and lessons learned in data breach response.

COLO – Helping Clients Negotiate Colocation Agreements

Moderator: Bobby Koutsaris, Cushman & Wakefield

David Feldman, Blakes
Nick Koutsoukis, Bell

  • what are the current trends?
  • what can I expect to see in a colocation agreement?
  • what areas of the agreement are the most challenging?
2:45-3:15 Refreshment Break & Networking
3:15-4:30 Crypto 101 – Securities Law, AML and What’s a Token Anyway???

Moderator: Addison Cameron-Huff

Charlene Cieslik, Coinsquare
Lori Stein, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Billions of dollars of Ethereum tokens have been sold over the last two years in every country worldwide, including Canada. This panel will discuss the securities law implications and AML considerations of this new token-based economy. Find out from those in the trenches what’s happening, what you need to be aware of, and what the future holds for this nascent industry.

Cyber-Insurance – It Doesn’t Cover Everything…

Moderator: Steve Tenai, Aird & Berlis LLP

Jonathan Weekes, Marsh Canada
Erin Flett, Chubb
Andrea Fisher, Chubb

  • what is covered / what is not?
  • is it worth it?
  • what should I look for as a lawyer?
4:30-5:30 Drinks & Networking
5:30 Program ends