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It’s that time of year again, when the weather is warm, the drinks are cold and some of our favourite women get together.
We have booked a section of the lovely rooftop patio at Kasa Moto in Yorkville on Wednesday, July 10th. Please join us, along with a small group of women GC’s for an evening of great food, cocktails and conversation.
Wednesday July 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
115 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 1C1
Join us for a candid and insightful discussion with five inspiring women on the opportunities and challenges facing in-house women lawyers of colour today. Drawing on her 30-year career as a General Counsel and role as Former Chair of the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Legal Profession, Michele Mayes will kick-off the discussion with her insights on the need for new solutions and tools to interrupt bias and drive meaningful change across the legal profession. We hope you can join us for a networking reception after the program.
Registration: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Keynote & Panel Discussion: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street
Suite 4000, Commerce Court West
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Mandatory Continuing Education
This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Equality and Inclusion Professionalism content.
In association with the CBA-NB WLF Conference, “The Resilient Lawyer: Building Mental Wellness in Your Practice”, WGCC is offering a wellness break to all attendees following the Conference. No booking is required for the spa event, but Conference registration is separate.
The role of General Counsel is becoming increasingly challenging as budgets tighten and business environments become more complex. To succeed, you need to identify and address “pain points” – those issues and challenges that keep you up at night. These pain points might include risk management, workload balancing, and adding strategic value to your organization. McCarthy Tétrault and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) through chapters in Canada, and the Women General Counsel Canada (WGCC), are pleased to offer you our design thinking lab to help resolve these pain points. Design Thinking is a methodology used to solve complex problems. Design Thinking uses empathy and creativity to explore possibilities and design desired outcomes to benefit the business. We are pleased to offer this program is to all in-house counsel and legal operations team members. For more information, please view the PDF here.
This program will explore the opportunities presented to women general counsel who seek to secure board positions and will combine roundtable discussions, facilitated breakouts and insights from experienced corporate directors. Topics include developing your board-career plan, value proposition, résumé preparation and network mapping.
Blakes Women GCs on Boards series is designed to both inspire and support the pursuit of board opportunities through the sharing of successful paths to boards, delivery of practical advice and resources, and access to a community of corporate directors and like-minded peers to help you expand your network. Federal, provincial and municipal levels of government each offer interesting and rewarding opportunities to gain valuable board experience on Crown corporations, agencies and commissions. With the help of experienced directors well versed in public-sector boards at all levels of government and an executive board recruiter specializing in Crown corporations, you will learn the “ins and outs” of the application and interview process and the issues that are unique to this sector that you will need to consider before making your decision to pursue a board opportunity.
Developed for women general counsel, Stepping Beyond is designed to explore opportunities beyond the role of general counsel and the steps to position yourself to capitalize on those opportunities. This program will provide insights from an experienced panel of senior executives and directors who have leveraged their skills and expertise to step beyond the role of GC into new opportunities outside the legal arena.
As in-house counsel, you face tightening budgets while dealing with increasing business complexity.
To succeed, you need to identify and address “pain points” – those issues and challenges that keep you up at night. These pain points might include risk and knowledge management, workload balancing, and adding strategic value to the organization.
CCCA, through chapters in Canada, and McCarthy Tétrault are pleased to offer you our CoLab program to help resolve your pain points. Following a successful pilot of this program in partnership with Women General Counsel Canada, CoLabs is expanding across Canada.
The CoLab program includes:
Please join Women General Counsel Canada and the OBA Women Lawyers Forum for a special screening of On the Basis of Sex on February 13, 2019 at 6:30PM. We will have a VIP auditorium to enjoy the movie and Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Cineplex Entertainment, will introduce the film.
Come out to enjoy some time with your colleagues and friends, all the while enjoying the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her fight for equal rights.
Please register in advance for this event as space is limited. This event is complimentary, courtesy of Universal Studios Canada, and Cineplex Entertainment. Food and drinks can be purchased on an individual basis.
Join us in Toronto for the 2019 Women General Counsel Canada Conference on January 24, 2019. Open to members of WGCC from across Canada this full day conference offers you conversation with over 90 in house counsel who are leaders within their organizations. Attendees come from the private, public and the not for profit sector. This Conference is unique because it is organized by women legal leaders for women legal leaders. The goal of the Conference is to address issues from a perspective not found elsewhere. This year's Conference focuses on Diversity and Inclusion. The Agenda includes discussions on Me Too investigations, Time Management, a presentation from a nutritionist, a panel involving leading General Counsel and concludes with a networking session. Hosted at Sun Life’s new global headquarters on the waterfront in downtown Toronto, registration includes breakfast, lunch and networking.
WGCC and Boutique Rue Pigalle invite you to the Distillery District for an exclusive drop-in holiday shopping event! Toast the holidays with colleagues, learn about jewellery making, support a local artist, and visit the Toronto Christmas Market!
Women GCs on Boards
Presented in Partnership with BLAKES, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP, Women Get On Board and McInnes Cooper
october 9, 2018 - halifax, 12:30PM-3:00PM
This program featured the panel discussion, "Positioning Yourself for Board Opportunities: Framing the GC Value Proposition", which discussed how today’s GC has risen to a new level of responsibility within the company and is a core member of the CEO’s strategic advisory team. GCs are well-positioned for board opportunities, but is there a gap in awareness of the value that the GC’s experience and skill can bring to the role of director? What does the board expect from their directors? What skills and experience are required in a director to be able to meet those expectations? What are the opportunities for GCs to serve on boards? The panel explored these questions and offered practical guidance on positioning your value proposition to meet the needs of the board. This feature was followed by a Q&A and table discussion among participants.
WGCC members were also invited to a private dinner following the panel at 7:30PM.
2018 WGCC National Conference
January 25, 2018 - Toronto, 8:00AM-5:00PM
Open to members of WGCC from across Canada, this full day conference offers you conversation with over 90 in house counsel who are leaders within their organizations. Attendees come from the private, public and the not for profit sector. This Conference is unique because it is organized by women legal leaders for women legal leaders. The goal of the Conference is to address issues from a perspective not found elsewhere. This year's Conference focuses on the theme of Resilience.
Presented in Partnership with McCarthy Tetrault LLP and McInnes Cooper
November 22, 2017 - Halifax, 5:30PM-8:30PM
The Name of the Game: Pitching. Following guest registration and welcome reception, the pitch and game outline are introduced. Teams are divided into small groups of three. Groups consist of one associate and one partner advisor to each company. Each round will last approximately 25 minutes, where McInnes Cooper lawyers pitch for business and the client, (that’s you!) assess. The groups will then review the feedback, developing skills in real-time, directly supporting both teams for the next round. Upon competition of the round, the McInnes Cooper lawyers will rotate, pitching once again. Once completed, the group will review lessons learned, challenges and celebrate successes.
2017 WGCC Inaugural National Conference
JANUARY 19, 2017 - TORONTO, 8:00AM-5:30PM
Open to members of WGCC from across Canada, this full day conference offers you conversation with over 90 in house counsel who are leaders within their organizations. Attendees come from the private, public and the not for profit sector. This Conference is unique because it is organized by women legal leaders for women legal leaders. The goal of the Conference is to address issues from a perspective not found elsewhere. This year's Conference features panel topics on Neuroscience & Behaviour Economics, Transitioning from Legal to Business, Telling the Value Story of the Legal Department, and Leading Teams. Breakfast and lunch is provided, in addition to a wellness lecture and a networking session.