FORUM SPEAKERS


Donald B. Johnston is Co-leader of the Technology Team, as well as a member of the Intellectual Property, Corporate/Commercial, Communications and Mining Groups, of Aird & Berlis LLP, a Toronto business law firm.
Don is a well-known corporate-commercial/IP lawyer with broad experience in technology of all kinds, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, privacy/data protection and health law.

Natasha manages the Legal department of a leading independent, consumer-focused telecom provider. Prior to joining TekSavvy, Natasha practised law in Paris, France and San Francisco with two of the largest U.S. law firms. She has broad experience advising public and private companies in the tech, biotech, and financial services industries. Originally from Northern Alberta, Natasha now lives in Ottawa and is a member of the Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and California bars. She is also a certified Canadian information privacy professional (CIPP/C).

Andrew is a partner with Fasken Martineau with a broad corporate commercial practice focusing on outsourcing and technology related transactions. Andrew also practices private M&A, provides strategic counsel on drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology related agreements, and advises on online gambling matters. Andrew is a director of Can Tech. past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group, recognized for his information technology expertise by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian and Legal Lexpert Directory, and Who's Who Legal (Canada). Andrew is also actively involved in various non-profit boards and in the community.

Paige is the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Corporate Commercial Group. She is also Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group and Co-Chair of the Technology Group. She practises in the area of corporate/commercial law and has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, divestitures and joint ventures. Over the years, Paige has developed expertise in data protection and technology-related matters and is a prominent legal practitioner in these fields. She also counsels multinational and domestic entities on compliance with Canadian privacy laws and cyber security, including cyber terrorism, preventing and managing data breaches, obligations on breach notification and processes surrounding complaints and investigations relating to breaches.”

Hartley Borst is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada having graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. Currently, he is Senior Global Corporate Counsel, at GlobeStar Systems providing legal advice on P3s, public sector procurements, information technology issues (e.g. cloud contracts, system integrations, reseller agreements), employment issues and other complex commercial matters. Mr. Borst is also a mentor and assessor for Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program and is a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall’s professional development certificate courses. Prior to joining Globe Star Systems, Mr. Borst created the Contracts Division in an Ontario government agency with contracts directors reporting to him. The Contracts Division was responsible for reviewing and negotiating complex procurement documents, vendor agreements and funding agreements. Mr. Borst has also held senior legal positions with a municipality, school board and 2 major leaders in the information technology industry and was responsible for drafting and negotiating significant information technology contracts.

Anne is Vice-President, Research, Policy and General Counsel. She is responsible for leadership of the organization’s research, policy, legal, corporate secretariat and compliance services, and for advising the Board of Directors and its committees. Before joining Payments Canada in June 2015, Anne held a senior executive position at a Canadian life insurance company, where she held positions of progressive responsibility, including the legal, compliance, communications, and human resources teams. Anne’s areas of focus are policy development and the strategic management of legal and regulatory risks. She speaks frequently on payments law and compliance issues. Anne received her LL.B from Queen's University Faculty of Law in 1995 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Ottawa, is active in the Canadian Bar Association, and is a mentor with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

Addison Cameron-Huff is the President of Decentral Inc. He was previously an independent lawyer working for many of the world’s leading blockchain projects and developers, including Peter Todd and Ontario’s Presearch. In his role as President, Mr. Cameron-Huff oversees Canada’s largest blockchain startup and its flagship product, Jaxx, a cryptocurrency wallet used by over 700,000 people globally. Addison operates at the intersection of the latest technology, law, and business.

Jane Caskey is Global Head of our Risk Advisory practice. Jane’s risk advisory expertise involves working with global clients to identify, mitigate, and manage key risks across their businesses in a holistic and strategic manner, across business units and geographies, which includes analyzing the current and emerging risks within the context of the commercial goals of our clients and their risk culture and appetite. Jane’s background is intellectual property law, including all aspects of trade-marks and patent litigation. Jane has been recognized in: Chambers Canada: Intellectual Property: Litigation, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Intellectual Property: Litigation, The Legal 500 Canada: Intellectual Property: Litigation, Best Lawyers in Canada – Intellectual Property Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: recommended in Intellectual Property Law, World Trademark Review – expert in enforcement and litigation, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award Winner (2012), Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 (2007).

Mario Fiorino is Director Legal and Assistant General Counsel at the Insurance Bureau of Canada, where he is coordinator of the National Commercial Standing Committee. Mario has a national practice and provides legal, business and government relations support to all IBC regional offices. Mario has worked with insurance professionals and organizations in all Canadian jurisdictions, the United States and Australia on emerging risks, professional liability, organizational development and change management issues. Mario is a graduate from the University of Windsor (Law) and Western University (Masters in Education).

As a founding partner of Venture Law Associates LLP, Susan Foran works with her clients on a full range of corporate, commercial and governance matters, specializing in information technology related transactions.
She has worked at large law firms in Washington D.C., New York City and Toronto, and was Senior Counsel at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (now Hewlett Packard Enterprise).
Susan is a former member of the New York Bar and a current member of the Ontario Bar.

Bradley J. Freedman is a partner with the Canadian national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Bradley is a National Co-Leader of BLG’s Cybersecurity Law Group, Vancouver Regional Leader of BLG’s Technology Law Group, and a partner in BLG’s national Privacy/Data Protection, Information Technology and Intellectual Property groups. Bradley focuses his practice on cybersecurity/data protection, information technology, intellectual property, internet/e-commerce and related matters, and is recognized as a leading lawyer in those areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications.

A partner at Gowling WLG since 1999, Kelly Gill is best known for his intellectual property litigation practice, particularly in the areas of trademarks and unfair competition. Kelly is past leader of the firm’s Trademarks, Brands & Designs and IP Litigation & Strategy groups.
Kelly is ranked as a leading IP lawyer by some of the world’s foremost legal directories, such as the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal and The Best Lawyers in Canada. The 2015 World Trademark Review 1000 ranks Kelly as one of the top trademark litigation counsel in Canada, stating that he “never misses a trick and just doesn't let up. He is a forceful advocate and skilled litigator.

Legal practice (Ridout & Maybee 1979-1986, Blakes 1986-2004, co-founder Intellectual Property Group, McCarthy Tetrault, 2004-2007 head of Intellectual Property Group. Norton Rose Fulbright Canada 2007- 2017, senior partner, member of Arbitration Core Group.
Registered Patent and Trade-Mark Agent US and Canada 1980- present. Practice focussed on dispute resolution, litigation, protection and commercialization of all aspects of intellectual property. Particular expertise in software patents (lead counsel representing banks in Amazon case). Represented Nortel in sale of the company and patents in insolvency proceedings. Represented movie studios and producers in copyright, software and publishing disputes and start-up biotech companies and large pharmaceutical companies in patent disputes.

Steven is a senior counsel in Accenture’s Complex Contracting Group. In this role, Steven is responsible for leading contract negotiations across a range of matters, with particular expertise in machine learning and Cloud platforms. While currently supporting North American clients, Steven has also served as a member of Accenture’s UK legal team.
Steven began his legal career in-house at an Ottawa-based software company where he advised on licensing matters. Following that, Steven transitioned to the technology group of one of Canada’s leading national law firms. In addition, Steven has worked for one of North America’s largest banks in both legal and business roles.

Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises, and a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), Kathryn helped Fortune 500 companies accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities.

Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language. She has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, and society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Ziad Katul is a seasoned lawyer with expertise in intellectual property (IP), technology, outsourcing, data protection/information security, cloud computing and offshoring. He is a founding member of the IP Centre of Excellence at BMO, where he is responsible for building the enterprise IP framework and promoting IP strategy adoption, realizing on IP opportunities in BMO’s technological transformation and securing BMO’s innovation brand. At BMO, he also leads complex technology transactions and navigates related regulatory issues. Before joining BMO, Ziad was a partner in the IP Group at BLG, where his practice ran the gamut of protecting/managing, monetizing/exploiting, and enforcing IP (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets) in a variety of commercial settings across many industries. Ziad’s first exposure to the intersection of innovation and IP was in graduate school, where he was investigating the long-term effects of prolonged clinical paralysis on the neuromuscular junction.

Victor Krichker is a partner and patent and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP and is the Head of the firm’s Licensing & Transactions practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Victor has extensive knowledge in patent and technology law. He advises clients on obtaining patent protection in the computer software and mechanical fields, trademark protection, intellectual property and technology transactions, including the sale and license of intellectual property rights, and managing intellectual property portfolios, including enforcement and avoiding infringement of third party intellectual property rights.

Fraser Mann is a founding partner of Mann Symons LLP, and was previously a partner at several prominent Canadian law firms. His practice is primarily in the areas of technology, procurement, e-health and intellectual property law.
Fraser is Past President of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can) and Past Co-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He is currently President of the Canadian International Council (Toronto branch). He is the author of Computer Technology and the Law in Canada, co-author of Internet Law, and co-editor of Electronic Commerce: A Practitioner's Guide and of Mann's Technology Law News.
Fraser has been recognized as a leading lawyer in technology law by various national and international publications, including Chambers Global Guide (where he has been ranked in Tier 1 of Technology lawyers in Canada), LEXPERT, the International Who's Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Maya Medeiros is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer, patent agent (Canada, US) and trademark agent (Canada, US) and has a degree in mathematics and computer science. She has extensive experience in artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, cryptography, payments, graph theory, risk management, gaming, face recognition, communications, healthcare and medical devices, virtual and mixed reality, wearables, and other computer related technologies. She is a key contributor to www.aitech.law on the ethical and legal implications of artificial intelligence.
She advises on IP strategy and develops tailored IP policies and training programs. Ms. Medeiros prepares domestic and international IP registrations and manages international portfolios, including coordinating foreign associates for foreign application prosecution. She also drafts and negotiates agreements relating to IP assets, such as licenses, confidentiality agreements, system access agreements, joint development, and collaboration agreements. Ms. Medeiros assists with due diligence, landscape and freedom to operate evaluations.

Kuyler Neable is a lawyer and registered Patent Agent working as IP Counsel at Clearpath Robotics Inc. in the Waterloo Region. Clearpath is a leader in the emerging field of self-driving industrial vehicles. The company is in its ninth year, and currently has just under 200 employee. Prior to joining Clearpath, Kuyler was an associate with Bereskin & Parr, where his practice focused on patent drafting and prosecution for high-tech inventions. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, and has worked in the tech sector in the Ottawa Valley, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Montreal prior to law school. In his in-house role at Clearpath, Kuyler's primary mandate is building a high-value and industry-leading patent portfolio around self-driving industrial vehicles, while also contributing to commercial negotiations, risk management, and other legal matters within the corporation.

Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA, CBP (Certified Bitcoin Professional) is widely credited for being a trailblazer in the blockchain space, having been among the first to recognize the tremendous impact of this traditionally "hacker" technology on the enterprise world. Her focus has been on exponential technology, entrepreneurship and bridging the gap between the corporate world and the start-up communities. In her current role as a Managing Director and Global Blockchain Innovation Lead at Accenture, Iliana is responsible for strategy initiatives and overseeing projects to conceptualize and build blockchain solutions across industries, with a focus on FSI, supply chain, healthcare and the public sector. Iliana is also the founder and Chair of ColliderX, the world's first non-profit, open sourced, and crowdsourced R&D hub for blockchain and related technologies. Previously, Iliana was the catalyst in getting Deloitte actively involved with blockchain innovation, and founded the Rubix by Deloitte practice in 2014 where she led teams providing advisory services and building decentralized applications across multiple technology platforms. Iliana has strong views on how the network effects of this technology will impact multiple verticals, and how it will radically change many status quo business models. Iliana is an author and sought after speaker, regularly presenting at conferences and events around the world.

Robert Percival is a Partner in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.
Robert heads Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canada’s Commercial Technology Sourcing and Technology Team. Robert’s practice is principally devoted to commercial transactions, with an emphasis on technology sector transactions. Robert has extensive experience advising clients on a wide array of complex information technology / intellectual property transactions across a broad range of industries, including outsourcing, cloud computing, strategic alliances, technology acquisition and transfer, procurement, licensing, software development, distribution, open source software, distributed ledger technology and smart contracting, privacy and data protection, cyber-security, electronic commerce and the Internet.

Jill joined the newly-formed Economical Insurance legal team from private practice in 2012. As the third member of the legal team of a 150 year-old mutual insurance company, she provides legal advice and services on broad range of topics. Currently, she leads the Commercial Alliances of the Corporate Legal department. As part of her accountabilities, she supports business units in the draft, review and negotiation of agreements to support strategic initiatives including outsourcing, development, licensing, consulting and professional services. Prior to attending law school, Jill worked as a technical writer in both Waterloo and Ottawa.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Parna Sabet-Stephenson is a partner in Gowling WLG specializing in all aspects of outsourcing, technology law and e-commerce. She also advises on the legal implications of emerging technologies including blockchain and the IoT. She co-leads the firm’ s Fintech and InsurTech Groups.
Parna has assisted domestic and international companies in a variety of industries and has acted for both private sector and public sector clients. She is recognized as a leading lawyer in a number of national and international rankings including Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada, Who's Who Legal, Lexpert and the Best Lawyers in Canada.
Parna is the Vice President of Can-Tech. She is very active in causes relating to the advancement of women in business including in the technology industry.

Andrea Safer has served as Senior Counsel in the RBC Law Group in Toronto since January, 2012. She provides support to RBC businesses and functional groups, including Procurement, on the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, including outsourcing arrangements, software licensing, IT service agreements and a broad variety of other product and service agreements. She participates in an in-house Fintech Community of Practice and a Supplier Risk Forum. She also sits on the Commercial Law Advisory Board for Practical Law – Canada. She earned an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an LLM from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RBC, Andrea spent 14 years at a large full-service law firm.

Clients appreciate Avi’s ability to distill complex factual and legal issues into clear and concise advice. They also know that he is the right lawyer to contact with their more sensitive matters. As a former colleague, now judge, once put it - Avi has an "unflappable disposition".
Avi’s practice is focused on civil litigation. Many of the claims sent to him involve intricate technological issues that require expert advice. His experience and knowhow in utilizing expert evidence and understanding the issues underpinning these matters is seen as a strong asset by his clients.

Senior partner in the Technology Law Group. Former leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property group. One of Canada’s foremost authorities in information technology, Internet, copyright and privacy law. Acts in connection with complex IT/IP transactions, including outsourcings and in IT/IP litigation. Has argued numerous precedent-setting cases at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Acts as adjunct professor of IP law at Osgoode. Author’s blog @ www.barrysookman.com.