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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

 Andrea Cotroneo, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Capital One Canada 

Judy Naiberg, Vice President, Legal at Rogers Communications 

Deborah GreenbergChief Information Officer at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 

 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, Executive Coach, 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, Executive Coach, 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, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer - Legal & Regulatory Compliance, BMO Financial Group

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

 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM  WGCC Special Announcements  
 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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

Yesterday’s tools of leadership need to be reshaped to fit today’s complex, dynamic, multi-stakeholder environment. Those tools assumed clear roles and authority, and the ability to predict impact with clarity once you understood the situation. Today’s leadership requires both setting direction in ambiguity creating new opportunities in shifting situations, often without authority over the many stakeholders involved.

In this session we’ll explore a way to think about your own leadership that leads to success in this environment – leading differently, not just leading “more” or “harder.” The perspective is based on more than two decades of working with senior leaders around the world in a wide variety of industries, cultures, and economic situations. We’ll help you identify how you’re already implementing these new perspectives, and how you can hone the tools even more.

Martha Maznevski, Ph.D, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Faculty Director for Executive Education at Ivey Business School - University of Western Ontario 
 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Break  
 3:00 PM - 4:00 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.


Leslie Johnson, Vice President Legal, TD Bank


Stephanie Vaccari, Managing Partner, Toronto, Baker McKenzie 

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

 4:00 PM - 4:10 PM Conference Co-Chair - Acknowledgements  Deborah Greenberg, Chief Information Officer at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 
 4:10 PM - 4:15 PM WGCC Acknowledgements  Elspeth Hagan, Global Compliance at McCain Foods Limited
 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM WGCC Annual General Meeting

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