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2022 WGCC National Conference: “BACK TO THE FUTURE!”

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Our IN-PERSON (we can’t say that enough!) WGCC Spring Conference will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Toronto. Registration is FREE for all WGCC Members!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 11am - 5pm EDT | Toronto


11:00am -12:00 pm | Light Lunch + Networking

12:00pm - 5:00 pm | Sessions*

Session A: The Future is Less is More. Why is it So Hard? A presentation from Hacking Sophia www.hackingsophia.com

We’re supposed to edit our homes, only keep the things that bring us joy, and ruthlessly prioritize at work and in life. So why do we all have a never-ending stream of more to do? The power of intentional subtraction…why do we struggle so much to do away with things that aren’t serving us. Simple strategies that help us do less and get more.

Session B:  Leadership Strategies for the future. Panel Discussion with Norie Campbell, Poonam Puri, and Wendy Walberg

Hear from an esteemed panel of your colleagues on what they have learned, what skills have been most useful and which have they let go? What would they tell their 2019 self? Silver linings from the chaos of the past two years...and they offer important insights and anecdotes.

Session C: Fireside Chat with Cory Price, Managing Director, Consumer Health Canada at Johnson & Johnson.

Session D: Cocktails and canapés, accompanied by a fantastic presentation from personal brand stylist, La Closette, on the fundamentals of building a professional wardrobe in the post-pandemic corporate environment.

CPD Hours are available for this program

*A link will be made available for those who cannot attend in person.

Session B Panelists

Norie Campbell is a senior executive and board member and was most recently the Group Head and General Counsel of TD Bank Group. At TD, she was a member of the Bank’s Senior Executive Team and led a number of functions during her more than two decades tenure including Human Resources, Marketing, Corporate and Public Affairs and many legal and regulatory risk management functions. She is passionate about the contribution of the Canadian business community to Environment, Social and Governance priorities and to Diversity and Inclusion. Norie ran the United Way of Greater Toronto’s Major Individual Giving cabinet in 2021 and is a member of the board of Toronto Metropolitan University and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Poonam Puri is a tenured professor of business law and former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a practising corporate/securities lawyer at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a seasoned corporate director, and one of Canada’s most respected experts in corporate governance and business strategy.

Poonam serves on public and private company boards in a broad range of industries spanning real estate, infrastructure, engineering, mining and fintech. She is a director of Colliers, CAPREIT and the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Poonam is a former Ontario Securities Commission commissioner and a former director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Arizona Mining and Cole Engineering. She is also former director of Women’s College Hospital and currently serves as Vice-Chair of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

In 2021, Poonam was awarded the Law Society Medal, the David Walter Mundell Medal and the Royal Society of Canada’s Yvan Allaire Medal for excellence in contributions to the governance of public and private organizations in Canada. Poonam has been previously recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women and one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 leaders. Poonam is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1995, Silver Medalist) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1997).

Wendy Walberg was appointed City Solicitor for the City of Toronto in 2017. She is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Municipal Law (Local Government) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (IMLA). Wendy holds both an LLB and an LLM (Administrative Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was an panelist for the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry in 2019 and has been a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law school. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of Lakehead University.

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GCU: General Counsel University

We’re excited to have launched the WGCC’s newest program, GCU in October 2021.

The GCU “Most Sought” GC program offers sessions featuring Korn Ferry competencies, brought to you by some of the most prominent leaders in our field.

Our program has been carefully planned to provide you with the tools you need to achieve the highest standard of corporate legal leadership! And we are keeping our cohorts small to provide you with the best possible experience.

Registration for Cohort 3 is Open! Click here to apply.

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Women General Counsel Canada would like to congratulate our very own President, Alexa Abiscott (General Counsel and Secretary of ApplyBoard Inc. ), as this year's WLAO General Counsel Chapter recipient.

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