Why Has Toronto Become a Heavy-Hitting Global Tech Hub?
That is what Forbes recently called Toronto. Come to Toronto in May and learn why. Note the new speakers listed below. Space is limited, so please register now.
Register Now for Trip to Toronto, Canada | May 7-9, 2020
6 Hours of MCLE Credit - Pending
Join ILS in Toronto, Canada May 7-9 2020 for CLE Programs, Tours & Dinners!
Our Canada trip includes two half day CLE programs followed by afternoon tours and dinners. Many thanks to our Canadian Firm Partners Fasken and Borden Ladner Gervais for hosting our CLE sessions.
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Registration Information
Early Bird Pricing By April 1, 2020
(CLE Only)

Members:   $150
Non-Members: $195
Students:  $75

Pricing After April 1, 2020
(CLE Only)

Members:  $200
Non-Members:  $240
Students:  $125

Toronto is known for many things:
Culture, arts, and support of extractive industries; it is also fast becoming a major tech hub. We’ll explore this burgeoning Canadian tech industry and the law surrounding it, as well as related areas of labor and trade. We’ll also look at the energy industry, both how it is being shaped by legal and political developments as well as the growing prominence of ESG. Then in the evenings, we will explore the city proper, visiting prominent landmarks and enjoying good dinners with those who are able to attend. We hope you’ll join us!
** Updated to Reflect Current Speakers! **
May 7 Panels | 8:00 am - 12 noon
Borden Ladner Gervais Law Offices
Labor and Employment Law – The impact of the unique Canadian and U.S. unionization systems on investment and international trade/law.

Trade Agreements – (delve into discussion of the USCMA)

  • Jesse Goldman – leading trade lawyer in the country
  • Ryan Dingle – Canadian immigration law
  • Ruth McChesney – Moderator, US immigration law

Tech industry – (AI, R&D, etc. strong connection between Austin and Montreal as hi-tech leaders) – (discussion includes government subsidizing 30% of salaries for new AI/Tech investment/business in Canada + subsidizing benefits).
May 8 Panels | 8:00 am - 12 noon
Fasken Law Offices
Foreign Investment and National Security Considerations in Cross Border M&A – Cross-border M&A transactions often face regulatory clearance hurdles. More recently, foreign investment and national security issues have risen to the forefront on certain cross-border transactions, raising issues under the Investment Canada Act and under CFIUS in the US. Our panel of experts will walk you through a hypothetical transaction providing practical advice for how to tackle such issues and mitigate deal risks.

  • Huy Do, Partner, Fasken
  • Antonio Di Domenico, Partner, Fasken
  • Andrew House, Counsel, Fasken
  • Olga Torres, Managing Member, Torres Law

Minority Report: What Canada’s Minority Parliament Means for Pipelines, Climate Change, and other Energy-Related Matters – This presentation will focus on how Canada’s new minority government may impact the political dynamics related to pipelines and energy resource development in Canada over the coming 4 years. In the context of a minority parliament, understanding how Canada’s government will function is essential to understanding how policy and operational decisions will be made. After a review of the key aspects of governing in Canada in 2020, we will facilitate a panel discussion on the current political climate north of the border and its implications for legal and policy aspects of the energy sector and trends in discussions related to the environment, trade policy, and other matters of cross-border importance.

  • Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan
  • Austin Pierce, Associate, Vinson & Elkins

21st Century Energy – Environmental and Social Considerations for an Energy Sector in Transition – There are many drivers for change to the way modern societies interact with, produce, and consume energy. Among the most significant is increased attention to the environmental and social impacts of the industry. This panel will examine some of the largest such ESG factors for the United States and Canada, such as climate change, sustainability, and indigenous rights.

  • Daniel Brock, Partner, Fasken
  • David Heurtel, Counsel, Fasken (Former Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, and the Fight against Climate Change of Québec)
  • Michael Harris, Senior Business Advisor Fasken, (Former Premier of Ontario)
  • Christy Clark, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones (Former Premier of British Columbia; Invited)
Suggested Hotels Information
St. Regis
325 Bay St, Toronto
The Omni King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1 E9 
Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St W, Toronto
Possible Dinner Venues Information
66 Wellington St. W, TD Bank Tower, 54th Floor, Toronto
The Chase Rooftop
10 Temperance St Fl 5, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4 
CN Tower
290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Possible Tours Information
CN Tower
290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON 
Niagara Falls
The Wonder of it All Tour