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The 2020 WGCC National Conference is scheduled for January 23, 2020. You can register online now!

The theme of this year's Conference is You, Only Better - What You Need to Know to Kill it in Life and at Work.

 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Welcome  
 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Conference Co-Chairs Opening Remarks

 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Self Advocacy / Negotiation Workshop – Part I

In this eye-opening keynote, Fotini will demonstrate how we are constantly negotiating with those around us in all sorts of situations, and it rarely looks like a pay-per-view main event.

Learn how to recognize different types of negotiations and explore subtle ways to get what you want more effectively. Just as useful at home as in the boardroom, the techniques you learn in this session will assist in all types of negotiations (without any of the battle scars).

Fotini Iconomopoulos, Negotiation and Communication Expert     
 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Break  
 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Self Advocacy / Negotiation Workshop – Part II

Fotini Iconomopoulos, Negotiation and Communication Expert 
 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM  Lunch  
 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

“Life-Changing Book Club” Panel: Books that Help Make You Better – At Work, at Home and in Life


Colleen Moorhead, Osler’s Chief Client Officer


Minal Upadhyaya, Vice President, Policy and General Counsel of Investment Funds Institute to Canada

Sarit Batner, Partner in the Toronto Litigation Group of McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Shannon O’Hearn, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer, Legal and Regulatory Compliance Group at BMO Financial Group

Suzanne Hathaway, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

 1:30 PM - 2:00PM  WGCC Annual General Meeting  
 2:00 PM - 3:00PM

Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level by Channeling Your Inner Hercules and Your Inner Buddha

Being Hercules involves telling people how things are to be and ensuring they understand. Being Buddha involves coaching, guiding and encouraging and is built on a foundation of the leader’s confidence earned from the hard work it took her to become a leader.  Global coaching expert Martha Maznevski, will explain how the most innovative and effective leaders use their own version of each style.

Martha Maznevski, Ph.D, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Faculty Director for Executive Education at Ivey
 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Break  
 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Ted Talk: “The Happy Secret to Better Work”

Author Shawn Achor advocates that the lens through which you view the world shapes your reality.  By changing the way we perceive ourselves, our team and our work, we can dramatically improve our results.  Hear practical examples from leading women lawyers of how reversing the formula for happiness and success can create lasting positive change.


Cheryl Graden, Senior Vice President, Group Head of Legal, Enterprise Risk Management, Government Relations and Corporate Secretary of TMX Group Limited

Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer and EVP, Real Estate, Cineplex Inc.

Anne Drost, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP 

Heidi Reinhart, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

 4:15 PM - 5:00PM  Wrap-up and Refreshments  

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