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The 2021 WGCC National Conference is scheduled for 4 sessions over 2021:  January 28, March 4, July 8, and September 16. You can register online now!

The theme of the Conference is "2020 .... What Was That?" Disruption:  Embracing Ambiguity, Leading with Agility and Performing with Persistence

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021
Unpacking the Disruption of 2020

Marquee Sponsor: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP 

TIME  EVENT DESCRIPTION  SPEAKER(S)
11:30 AM - 11:44 AM Conference Co-Chairs Opening Remarks Kimberley Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT

Lisa Marcuzzi, Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 
 11:45 AM - 12:09 PM

WGCC Annual General Meeting

 Elspeth Hagan, President, WGCC, and General Counsel, Global Compliance at McCain Foods Limited

 12:10 PM - 12:14 PM

Introduction of Korn Ferry and Panel Discussion

Lisa Marcuzzi,  Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 
 12:15 PM - 12:34 PM Korn Ferry Presentation

General Counsels have been faced with arguably unparalleled challenges over last 10 months. From shutdowns, to remote working, to BLM, mental health and ESG, many GCs have alternately struggled in certain situations and succeeded in others.  The skillset required to be successful has altered and shifted materially. Using the Korn Ferry and WGCC data of the most highly sought after GCs, we will engage in a discussion about how the benchmark has evolved and our perspective on where it may be going.  The data points to a framework of agility, tenacity and challenge being key parameters of success for GCs.  We will explore this in some detail and delve into the effects of the trials of 2020, and end with some thoughts on skill sets that GCs would be well served to develop further to continue to be able to weather the storm effectively.

 Cleo Kirkland, Managing Partner, Toronto & Montreal,  Korn Ferry 

Kendra MarionSenior Director, Assessment Services, Korn Ferry 

 12:35 PM - 1:20 PM

GC Panel Discussion


Andrea Cotroneo, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Capital One Bank Canada

Kimberley GrahamSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT  
(moderator)

Catherine Lau, General Counsel, MEC

Melanie Tompkins, General Counsel, The City of Saint John

1:21 PM - 1:30 PM WGCC Panel Thank-you, Acknowledgements, and Closing Remarks  Kimberley Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT 

Lisa Marcuzzi,  Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

Embracing Ambiguity 

Marquee Sponsor: Blake, Cassels, Graydon LLP

TIME  EVENT DESCRIPTION  SPEAKER(S)
12:00 PM - 12:14 PM Conference Co-Chairs Opening Remarks Kimberley Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT

Lisa Marcuzzi, 
 Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 
12:15 PM - 1:20 PM

Session Delivery (to be announced)

In a time of disruption and change, the best leaders are motivated by achievement in the face of ambiguity. They have a high tolerance for ambiguity and are not paralyzed by the unknown. Learn how to lead through uncertainty.  We strive to be leaders who can guide their team through challenging times. We will discuss the key ways to thrive within ambiguity and uncertainty. Will these key ways help you and your team feel capable of managing change?

To be announced

1:21 PM - 1:30 PM WGCC Panel Thank-you, Acknowledgements, and Closing Remarks  Cindy Heinz, General Counsel, the Americas, Novocol Pharmaceutical of Canada, Inc. dba Septodont

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021

Leading with Agility

Marquee Sponsor: Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP

TIME  EVENT DESCRIPTION  SPEAKER(S)
12:00 PM - 12:14 PM Conference Co-Chairs Opening Remarks Kimberley Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT

Lisa Marcuzzi, 
 Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 
12:15 PM - 1:20 PM

Session Delivery (to be announced)

As organizations adapt and transform themselves to succeed in the world we live in today, their leadership must also transform. Historical management practices and ideologies are no longer sufficient to inspire and motivate. Traditionally, organizations looked inward focusing on productivity and efficiency. In today’s world, organizations recognize the cycle has changed: innovation breeds success and continued success requires innovation.  The key? Innovation can only be acquired through agility.  

“Agility” is one of the latest BUZZ words and many leaders aspire to be described as “Leading with Agility” yet what does that really mean?  Perhaps more importantly, what does that mean for you, as General Counsel for your organization?

An “Agile” leader leads the way to the change they seek to accomplish, through example and are actively engaged through their actions. 

We will hear from a World Renowned Speaker and author of 19 books and countless research papers on this topic followed by a guided discussion panel of General Counsels who will share their journey, their success (and sometimes failure) on how they became an agile leader in their organization.  Finally, we will hear from industry leaders as they share what they look for in their General Counsel so that you can inspire your team by Leading with Agility.


Dr. Michael Ungar, Founder and DirectorResilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University

Further speakers to be announced

1:21 PM - 1:30 PM WGCC Panel Thank-you, Acknowledgements, and Closing Remarks  Heather Mullen, Vice President, Law, Johnson & Johnson Inc., Canada

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Performing with Persistence

Marquee Sponsor: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

TIME  EVENT DESCRIPTION  SPEAKER(S)
12:00 PM - 12:14 PM Conference Co-Chairs Opening Remarks Kimberley Graham, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , CT REIT

Lisa Marcuzzi, 
 Vice President, General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada 
12:15 PM - 1:20 PM

Session Delivery (to be announced)

In a time of disruption and change, the best leaders continue to perform with persistence and deliver results.  They learn lessons from every crisis, becoming more resilient, making decisions faster, and leading with agility. They recognize the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workplace and fostering the well-being of their employees. They continue to perform and inspire their teams to perform in the face of disruption and ambiguity.  How do they do it?  Hear from top leaders of our frontline workers on how they continue to deliver results and perform with persistence.


To be announced

1:21 PM - 1:30 PM WGCC Panel Thank-you, Acknowledgements, and Closing Remarks 

Clare Smith, Vice President and General Counsel, PepsiCo Beverages, Canada

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