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Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Second Edition

 

Fully revised with expanded scope


Now in a two-volume set, this edition brings you extensive updates in the law and precedents and features the addition of seven new practice areas and eleven new topical chapters.

  • Class Actions
  • Competition - NEW
  • Construction
  • Contracts - NEW
  • Corporate Pleadings - NEW
  • Defamation
  • Employment and Labour Law - NEW
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Insolvency - NEW
  • Intellectual Property - NEW
  • Judicial Review
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Professional Negligence
  • Securities - NEW
  • Supreme Court of Canada - NEW

Meet the team of experts


Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Second Edition
was compiled by an extraordinary team of Canadian lawyers, all well-known experts in their respective fields. Click on the names below to find out more about each contributor.


Contributors' Bios


Raj Anand is a partner and an arbitrator and mediator with WeirFoulds LLP. His practice includes administrative, human rights, constitutional and employment law, civil litigation, professional negligence and discipline.

He is a former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and founding Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre. He has also served on a variety of administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal, the Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Police Services Act, and the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal Panel. As an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2007, he currently chairs its Tribunals Committee and its Working Group on Challenges faced by Racialized Licensees. He previously chaired the 2012 Law Society initiative on reform of its adjudicative process. He represents and advises a number of other professional regulators.

Over the last 15 years, Raj has taught a graduate course at Osgoode Hall Law School called The New Administrative Law. In 2013 he was named an inaugural McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall, where he taught Legal Values: Legal Ethics. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the Advocates’ Society Award of Justice. In 2002, he received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. In 2003, he was awarded the Law Society Medal. In June 2007, he was awarded Professional Man of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 Raj received the award for Distinguished Career from the South Asian Bar Association.

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Sarah J. ArmstrongSarah J. Armstrong is a Vice Chair of Fasken Martineau's Ontario Litigation Department. Sarah has a broad litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice with a focus on complex commercial and contractual disputes and class actions. Sarah has courtroom advocacy experience at both the trial and appellate levels, having acted as lead counsel and co-counsel in a range of matters before all levels of court in Ontario. Sarah has also appeared as counsel before arbitration panels and administrative tribunals.

Sarah has worked on a number of complex class action proceedings including actions dealing with product liability, medical devices, securities law and competition law. Sarah recently acted as lead counsel for the successful claimant in a confidential commercial arbitration arising from a dispute over a post-closing purchase price adjustment. Sarah played an active role as co-counsel to a private Canadian company in a lengthy trial involving a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a former executive of the company. Sarah also acted as co-counsel in an extensive arbitration hearing involving a complex, multi-million dollar commercial dispute between large international corporations.

Sarah also has experience in administrative law matters, including professional discipline. Sarah previously acted as legal counsel to the Chiropractic Review Committee of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Sarah currently serves as independent legal counsel to the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.


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Sheldon Burshtein is a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and practices in Toronto exclusively in intellectual property (IP) and technology law. He is certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in intellectual property (patent, trade-mark and copyright) law. Sheldon is also a registered patent and trade-mark agent in Canada and is qualified as a professional engineer in Ontario.  He obtained engineering, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University. Sheldon's practice includes the clearance, prosecution, acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of IP.  A significant portion of his practice is devoted to counseling on IP, technology, electronic commerce and social media.  His focus is licensing and other transactions involving technology and other IP rights.  Sheldon has authored several books, The Law of Domain Names and Trade-marks on the Internet and The Canadian Corporate Counsel Guide to Intellectual Property Law, and has contributed chapters to many other books.  He lectures at the McGill University/Intellectual Property Institute of Canada courses on trade-marks and copyright and has also taught in Osgoode Hall Law School's e-commerce and intellectual property LL.M. programs.  Sheldon is recognized by numerous Canadian and international publications, including: Canada's Top Rated Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law); The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Intellectual Property, Technology Transactions and Computer & IT Law); Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Intellectual Property); IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers; IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners; The International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers; The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers; The International Who's Who of Trade Mark Lawyers; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Copyright Experts; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Patent Experts; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Trade Mark Experts; PLC Cross-Border Handbook (Intellectual Property, Life Sciences and Telecom, Media & Technology); and WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.


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Donald M. Cameron, B.A.Sc. (Eng. Sci.), M.A.Sc. (Aerospace), LL.B. is a Partner at the law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP in Toronto.  His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, particularly relating to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets law, and technology licences as well as trademark prosecution. He also advises clients on intellectual property portfolio strategies and the intellectual property aspects of technology licensing.  He is certified as a Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada in Intellectual Property Law (Patents, Trademarks and Copyright) and Civil Litigation.  He has participated in intellectual property law litigation involving a broad range of technologies and businesses including electromagnetic fields and induction, semiconductor chip fabrication, telecommunications, mechanical devices, bio-engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and computer databases.  He was senior trial counsel in Canada’s first DNA patent trial and appeal.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University teaching Patent and Trade Secrets law at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He is the author of numerous intellectual property articles and publications as well as educational videos in the area of litigation. He is the Editor of the Canadian IP Benchbooks, currently a set of two textbooks on Canadian Patent and Trademark Law. He also hosts JurisDiction, an IP law podcast at iplawpodcast.com.


 

John A. CampionJohn A. Campion is a partner with Fasken Martin DuMoulin LLP and is one of Canada's leading Senior Counsel. A member of the Ontario and North West Territories Bars, and occasionally called to the Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Quebec Bars, his areas of expertise include commercial and securities litigation, class actions and international dispute resolution. He was profiled in 2002 as one of Canada's Top 25 Corporate Litigators in Lexpert magazine, and has since been rated by that publication in the corporate commercial litigation, securities litigation and class actions categories. Mr. Campion is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has taught appellate advocacy at the University of Toronto Law School, and advanced civil procedure at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association and other organizations. The University of Toronto recognized him in 1999 with an Arbour Award for outstanding contribution to the university. Mr. Campion is the co-author of Professional Liability in Canada.

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Randal S. CarlsonRandal S. Carlson
is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. Randal's practice focuses primarily on the areas of insurance and general litigation. Randal is committed to providing excellent legal representation for his clients and practical solutions for their legal issues. Randal has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta, mediations and arbitrations, and numerous Judicial Dispute Resolutions. Before law school, Randal was an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces and served in various duties across Canada, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia.






Daniel P. Carroll, Q.C.Daniel P. Carroll, Q.C. has been a partner at Field Law in Edmonton since 1984. He has a broadly based civil litigation practice, involving insurance law, commercial disputes, aboriginal law, construction law, and media law. Experienced in complex technically based litigation involving large dollar amounts, many parties and substantial numbers of documents and witnesses, Dan makes extensive use of the advantages offered by computer systems, litigation management and conflict resolution. As a complement to the civil litigation practice, he also maintains an active involvement in the fields of loss prevention advice and alternative dispute resolution, having completed mediation courses offered by the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society and acted as a volunteer mediator for the Better Business Bureau.



Robert Carson is an associate in the litigation department of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He practices a broad range of corporate litigation, with an emphasis on securities and corporate governance litigation and class action defence. Rob obtained his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Anne de Villars, Q.C.Anne de Villars, Q.C. practices in Edmonton in the areas of administrative law, wills and estates, trusts and arbitration and mediation.  Together with David Phillip Jones, Q.C., she is the co-author of Jones & de Villars’ Principles of Administrative Law.







Etienne de VilliersEtienne de Villiers is a partner at Dimock Stratton LLP. Since his call to the Ontario Bar in 2004, Etienne’s legal practice has focused on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the mechanical, electrical and high technology fields. He is a registered patent agent and trademark agent.

Etienne is the author or joint author of several articles on intellectual property topics published in various print and online publications. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and an Associate member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Etienne is a member as well as the past Chair of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group.

Etienne earned his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 2003 after completing an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, and working for a security devices company.

Etienne focuses his patent practice on the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering fields. His patent drafting and prosecution experience covers medical devices, sensors, automation and manufacturing, mining and ore processing, wireless communication, device security and encryption, data compression and related technologies. He has prosecuted these applications in Canada, the US and Europe through foreign associates. Etienne has experience in patent litigation involving mining equipment, business methods, wireless networking and document imaging.

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Antonio Di DomenicoAntonio Di Domenico is a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.  He conducts a broad practice in corporate commercial, civil, criminal/quasi-criminal and administrative litigation, with particular emphasis on class actions, antitrust/competition litigation and corporate/white-collar crime, injunctive relief, constitutional litigation, product liability, health law and employment matters. He has experience at the trial and appellate level and before administrative tribunals, and has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to his private practice, Antonio is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University. Tony is a frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of topics, both on substantive legal issues (class actions, antitrust/competition law, search and seizure/responding to regulatory investigations) and skill-based training (advocacy negotiations, cross-examinations, trial practice, civil procedure and risk management).




Ronald E. DimockRonald E. Dimock, founding Partner of Dimock Stratton LLP,  is one of Canada’s leading intellectual property litigators with wide-ranging experience in all patent, trademark, copyright, and industrial design matters, including infringement, validity, and licensing. Ronald is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark, and Copyright) Law.  Ronald  is identified by Lexpert as one of the "Most Frequently Recommended" IP litigators in Canada and has been named as the leading patent lawyer in Canada in the Managing Intellectual Property Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts. He has also been described as the "guru of IP law in Canada" in Chambers & Partners Global Guide and as "one of the finest litigators" in Canada by Who’s Who in Patents.

Ronald teaches a graduate level course in Intellectual Property to LL.M. students at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He has taught patents to law students at Queen’s University and has taught copyright to students enrolled in the Advanced Course on Copyright sponsored by McGill University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is on the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Neutrals for Canada and a Mediator on file with IPIC. Ronald is Editor of Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies.

Prior to his call to the Ontario Bar in 1976, Ron obtained his LL.B. in 1974 and B.Sc. in Mathematics and Engineering (with Honours) in 1971 from Queen’s University. He was Big Brother of the Year for Toronto in 1979 and served as Board Director for several years.

 

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Erika Douglas is an associate in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review practice at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. She is developing a broad Competition law practice across a variety of areas, including mergers, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, foreign investment review, broadcasting and telecommunications law, and misleading advertising.

Since joining Davies, Erika has worked on matters in a wide range of industries, including mining, telecommunications, retail, commercial real estate, consumer products and financial services.

Erika received an Insolvency Institute of Canada Award for her paper, "The Codification of Debtor in Possession Financing: A New Era?".

Mark Gannage is a Toronto litigation and research lawyer and adjudicator.

Peter D. GibsonPeter D.Gibson is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. His practice is predominantly in the area of insurance law where he has experience in coverage disputes, defending claims and pursuing subrogated matters. He has acted for clients ranging from private individuals and small companies to large corporations and governments and with respect to claims arising in a variety of contexts including major construction projects, industrial accidents, fires, employment relations, personal injury and the liability of occupiers, municipalities and governments. He also has experience in other areas of practice including personal injury and general civil litigation.




Duncan W. Glaholt, FCIArb, is the founder and a partner of the leading and nationally recognized construction law firm of Glaholt LLP, consistently peer rated as one of Canada’s most highly recommended mid-sized construction law practises. Mr. Glaholt has been named one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the Construction Law category in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media publication: “Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” in each year in which that category appeared in publication. Mr. Glaholt has maintained Martindale & Hubble’s highest possible AV rating for many years. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Construction Law.  Mr. Glaholt is an experienced arbitrator and mediator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Glaholt is a Founding Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  Mr. Glaholt is author and co-author of standard reference books on lien legislation, construction law, and alternative dispute resolution in Canada.  Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law at University of Toronto.  Mr. Glaholt is Past Chair of the William Osler Health System, one of Canada’s largest community hospitals and Ontario’s first 3P public hospital.

 

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Marvin J. HubermanMarvin J. Huberman is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation, and he is a mediator, arbitrator, former administrative law judge, and adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.  He is a published author, including Carswell’s texts entitled, Civil Actions, Appellate Advocacy, and Pre-Trial Conferences.  Mr. Huberman is a tenacious, effective litigator with demonstrated integrity, professional judgment, and a trail of success.




Jennifer H. Janz joined the Health Law Group at Field Law in Edmonton as an associate after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2007. She has a civil litigation practice with a primary focus in health care law. She has represented health regions, hospitals, long term care centres and nurses in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal. She also provides clinical policy and practice opinions to health care clients, and has been involved in medical staff disputes. Prior to joining Field, Jennifer practised as a medical laboratory technologist for over ten years.


David Phillip Jones, Q.C.David Phillip Jones, Q.C. is an administrative and constitutional lawyer and arbitrator practicing in Edmonton. Together with Anne de Villars, Q.C., he is the co-author of Jones & de Villars’ Principles of Administrative Law.






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Mark Katz is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review, Retail and China practices of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He has advised domestic and international clients on a wide variety of competition law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel investigations, joint ventures, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, misleading advertising and compliance and other legislation governing foreign investment in Canada. Mark has appeared at every level of court in relation to competition matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted as counsel on several leading cases before the Competition Tribunal, including the first abuse of dominance and merger cases heard by that body. He also provides advice with respect to the application of the Investment Canada Act.

Mark has authored a wide variety of articles and conference papers on competition law matters and contributed to a number of texts and treatises in the area, as well as authoring and presenting policy briefs for clients on a variety of domestic and international competition-related matters. Mark is most recently co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

Mark is very active in the American Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association, including serving currently as the co-chair of the international antitrust law committee of the ABA section of international law and the immediate past chair of the criminal matters committee of the CBA section of national competition law. Co-Chair, International Antitrust Law Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law.

Kris KleinKris Klein has more than a decade of experience in the federal regulatory arena, which he gained in both the public and private sectors in Canada. His is one of the country’s leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Prior to founding the firm of nNovation LLP, Kris practiced law at preeminent national firm before moving on to gain litigation experience at the Federal Department of Justice.  Kris then provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office and, more recently, Kris practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In his capacity as litigation counsel, Kris advised the Commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic positions available in privacy matters, including the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. In addition, he interacted, negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing complaints about privacy issues. Kris has broad public and private sector experience, working on projects that have required understanding, negotiating and monitoring technical compliance with privacy and security issues. He has a demonstrated understanding of technology, theories of anonymity (de-identification of data), authentication systems, health privacy issues, etc. Moreover, Kris teaches the Privacy Law course at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and he has provided countless in-house training sessions to corporations and government departments. He is an entertaining speaker that engages the audience and provides practical advice to real-world problems.
 

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Dawn Knowles practices in Edmonton in the areas of administrative law, wills, estates and trusts. She is a co-author of the CED Western Administrative Law title and an assistant editor of the Administrative Law Reports.


Craig T. Lockwood is a litigation partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has a broad corporate litigation practice, specializing in the areas of securities regulation, class proceedings and product liability matters, as well as significant experience with corporate arrangement transactions under the OBCA and the CBCA. Craig has appeared at all levels of the Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick courts, and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions. Craig obtained his J.D. from the University of Toronto, and his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge.


Larry P. Lowenstein is a senior litigation partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.  Larry conducts a broad corporate, commercial and complex litigation practice with emphasis in class actions, corporate governance, contested mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, environmental liability and franchising disputes.  Larry was the Chair of the Osler National Litigation Department from 2005-2010.  He has appeared before all levels of Courts in Ontario and before the Ontario Securities Commission. Larry has also argued cases in other provinces and given expert testimony in the Ontario Superior Court.  Larry obtained his B.A. (Juris.) from Oxford University, and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto.

Larry is recognised by several leading publications for his litigation work.  He is a frequent speaker and conference panellist and is the Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Litigation.

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Natasha MacParland is a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in the Corporate/Commercial and Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practices. She has experience in corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on debt restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate debtor/creditor rights enforcement, turnarounds, work-outs, plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, and proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Natasha provides strategic advice and risk analysis on deal structuring and lending. She has worked on various aspects of many significant and groundbreaking restructurings and insolvencies.


Marie-France Major is a litigation partner at Supreme Advocacy LLP who provides advice and agency services to clients regarding applications, responses, factums and motions in regard to appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. Marie-France has appeared as counsel and co-counsel before the SCC and the CA. She earned her B.Sc.Soc in 1983 from the University of Ottawa, her LL.B. in 1986 from the University of Ottawa, her B.C.L. (Masters in Law) from the University of Oxford in 1987, and her J.S.D. (Doctorate in Law) from the University of California in Berkley in 1994. She articled with Mr. Justice G.V. LaForest at the Supreme Court of Canada 1989-1990, and was an Associate Professor (tenured) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa and a member of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Ottawa. She has also been Assistant Professor at the School of Law at the University of Moncton. Marie-France is the co-author of Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leader in Aboriginal Law.


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Erik MarshallErik Marshall is a lawyer and currently Manager, Employee Relations (Human Resources) at B2B Bank in Toronto, a subsidiary of Laurentian Bank of Canada.  B2B Bank is a Schedule I Canadian bank that serves a network of some 22,000 financial professionals across key business verticals including: financial advisors and their dealerships; deposit and mortgage brokers and their firms; mutual fund and insurance manufacturers; MFDA and IIROC members.  In this role, Erik regularly provides advice and guidance to managers in various business units on complex and diverse employee relations matters.  In addition, Erik oversees and ensures the timely delivery of employee relations functions and programs, including but not limited to, litigation matters, policy development, performance management, health and safety matters and key projects.

Prior to joining B2B Bank, Erik was a member of Miller Thomson LLP’s Labour and Employment Group in Toronto.  Miller Thomson LLP is a national law firm providing a full range of legal services to business clients and individuals.  While in private practice, Erik gained a great deal of experience regularly advising management and human resources professionals in various industries, in union and non-union workplaces, at both the provincial and federal level, on day-to-day employee relations issues, including but not limited to, hiring, training, employment standards, contract and policy drafting, discipline, conflict resolution, harassment complaints, workplace investigations, performance management, attendance and disability management, terminations, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights, applications for certification, unfair labour practice complaints, employee status disputes, collective bargaining, collective agreement interpretation, labour board proceedings, occupational health and safety and workplace safety and insurance.

Erik has represented management in collective bargaining, applications for certification, unfair labour practice complaints, employee status applications, mediation and litigation of wrongful dismissal claims, human rights applications, employment standards complaints and appeals, occupational health and safety reprisal complaints and disciplinary grievances and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ministry of Labour, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Small Claims Court and the Child and Family Services Board.

Erik obtained his B.A. (Hons.) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2001 and his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2007 where he received the Catherine Helen MacLean Prize in Labour Law.  Prior to joining Miller Thomson LLP for his articles, Erik summered with Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, a boutique, management side, labour and employment law firm in Toronto.  During his articles, Erik was seconded to the Ontario Labour Relations Board, where he provided research assistance on various labour and employment issues to the Board’s adjudicators and solicitors.

Erik’s writing and/or comments on current labour and employment topics have been featured in a number of legal publications including, Law Times, Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian Lawyer: INHOUSE, Lexology: Association of Corporate Counsel, HRM (Human Resources Management) Online, OHS (Occupational Health & Safety) Canada – Canada’s Occupational Health & Safety Magazine and Dan Magazine.  He co-authored the Employment Law: Wrongful Dismissal chapter included in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings publication with Stuart Rudner, published by Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Limited.  Erik contributed as an author to a comprehensive guide on Employment Law in Canada for XpertHR, a subscription based online resource for human resources professionals worldwide.   He also has frequently participated as a speaker at internal and external labour and employment seminars and conferences, including but not limited to, the Construction Law Course hosted by the Toronto Construction Association and the Employment Law program put on by Osgoode Professional Development.

Erik has regularly served as an organizing committee member for fundraising efforts in support of United Way Toronto, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.  He has also served as legal liaison to the board of directors of The Macaulay Child Development Centre.

Erik is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.  He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008.

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Eugene Meehan, Q.C.Eugene Meehan, Q.C. is a Litigation Partner at Supreme Advocacy LLP, Ottawa. His primary work is in the Supreme Court of Canada, mainly assisting other lawyers in taking cases(both Leave to Appeal and Appeal) to the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as providing complex legal opinions. He provides legal services to clients and members of the legal profession in French, English, and Scottish and he holds 4 degrees in law:  University of Edinburgh (LL.B.), McGill University (LL.M.), University of Ottawa (LL.B.) and Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University (D.C.L.).  He is a practising member of 6 Bars:  Ontario, Alberta, N.W.T., Yukon and Nunavut and is also licenced to practise law in the state of Arizona, U.S.A. He was the Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1990-1992 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.  He has also been a past National President of the Canadian Bar Association.  His authored works include Supreme Court Manual: Practice & AdvocacyInjunctions, Charter of Rights Annotated (Carswell, 1995 & 1996), Canadian Constitutional Documents Consolidated, 2nd Edition, Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 4th Edition, Creditors’ Remedies in Alberta (Carswell, 2nd ed. 1997), and Law of Criminal Attempt in Canada, 2nd Edition. Eugene has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in Canada for: Public Law, Administrative Law, and Aboriginal Law.

Lindsey E. MillerLindsey E. Miller has a commercial litigation practice at Field Law in Edmonton with a focus on security enforcement, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, collections, commercial lease disputes, Condominium Property Act enforcement and foreclosures.








Harvin D. PitchHarvin D. Pitch is a senior Toronto litigation lawyer. He has practised litigation for thirty years and is an author of the leading law text Damages for Breach of Contract, 2nd Edition. He has also participated in many prominent class action lawsuits including being part of the plaintiff's legal team in the Canadian Hepatitis C class action.





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Christine J. PrattChristine J. Pratt is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. She has a civil litigation practice specializing in insurance defence, personal injury and general litigation. She has done work in the areas of insurance denial, construction litigation, estate litigation, administrative procedure and medical negligence issues. She has worked for individuals, insurers, governments and corporations of various sizes. Christine has experience bringing and defending personal injury claims involving minor to serious personal injury and fatality claims. Christine articled with Field in 1992-1993, and returned to Field in 1998 after practising for 5 years at a small full service law firm.





Sangeetha PunniyamoorthySangeetha Punniyamoorthy is an intellectual property lawyer at Dimock Stratton LLP, where she focuses on trademark and copyright litigation. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2004, she has appeared as counsel before the Federal Court, the Ontario Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada in a variety of intellectual property matters. Sangeetha has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, ranging from pre-litigation opinions to appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also worked with counsel in various jurisdictions to co-ordinate the Canadian part of multi-jurisdictional lawsuits. She is also a registered trademark agent and has an active prosecution and opposition practice.

Sangeetha presently serves as Chair of the Copyright Policy Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and sits on the Editorial Board of the Intellectual Property Journal published by Federated Press. She is also an active member of the International Trademarks Association (Publicity Rights Committee), the Canadian Bar Association (CLE Committee of the IP Section) and the American Bar Association. She has also presented and contributed several articles on intellectual property issues to various publications and continuing legal education seminars. Sangeetha received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003. She has a background in molecular biology, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. degree in 2000.

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J. Mark Raven-JacksonJ. Mark Raven-Jackson is a partner in Field Law’s Edmonton office and a civil litigator specializing in the area of health care law. Mark is involved in a broad spectrum of health care related issues, from medical malpractice litigation, fatality inquiries and quality assurance advising to policy review and service provider contracting. Mark acts on behalf of many health care clients including medical staff, health regions, active treatment hospitals, long term care facilities, and other health care providers. Mark has represented the interests of health care clients in many legal forums; including, Fatality Inquiries, Judicial Dispute Resolution, the Alberta Court of Queens Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Mark closely monitors health care reform developments, medical malpractice case law and health care legislation on a provincial and federal level, offering advice and guidance to clients that are stakeholders in these developments. Mark also provides clinical policy and practice opinions to health care clients to assist with operational issues that arise in the context of health care. On an annual basis Mark lectures students at the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine on health care law and the litigation process.

Bonnie Roberts Jones is a partner at Heenan Blaikie LLP and is the head of the Toronto Litigation group. Her practice encompasses a wide range of complex litigation and arbitration matters, including general corporate and contractual disputes, cross-border litigation, libel and slander, and employment termination. Bonnie has particular expertise in pretrial remedies, such as Mareva injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and employment related injunctions. She has appeared in all levels of the Ontario courts and has extensive experience in complex commercial arbitrations.

Bonnie has particular skill and experience in the project management side of complex litigation, focusing on electronic discovery and document management.

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Stuart RudnerStuart Rudner is a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a new boutique law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law.  Stuart provides senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and termination. He works with employees and employers, helping them to understand their legal rights and obligations and providing the strategic advice they need to pursue their goals.  At every stage, Stuart’s focus is on achieving practical, cost-effective solutions for his client. 

Stuart has repeatedly been named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada). In 2008, Stuart was retained to represent the Human Resources Professionals Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark employment law case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc., a testament to his stellar ability to represent clients before courts, mediators and tribunals. In recent years, he has also acted as a mediator in employment-related disputes. His balanced approach has earned the respect of employers and employees as he works with them and their counsel to achieve a reasoned resolution.

Named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers, Stuart continues to make his mark and expand his reach. He is the founder and moderator of the Canadian HR Law Group on LinkedIn, which now counts more than 5,000 HR professionals, lawyers and business people as members. He  enjoys an ever-increasing following for his prolific Twitter updates @CanadianHRlaw and blog posts – which prompted  Klout (a website providing social media analytics to measure user influence) to recognize him as a "specialist."  In addition, he is regularly called upon by the media to provide his expert opinion on employment law matters.

A prolific communicator, his book You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada has received critical acclaim since its release in 2011.  Stuart has also contributed to four other employment law texts.

Stuart enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience through teaching. He chairs and speaks at conferences frequently, including those offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Law Society of Upper Canada.  He has been the Chair of the Osgoode Professional Development’s Employment Law Update each year since its inception.  He is also the founding Program Director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course, and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both HR Professional Magazine and Consult Carswell.

In addition, Stuart serves as a Director at Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), an organization of lawyers helping to raise awareness of worldwide child poverty among the legal profession and increase financial professional commitment to corporate social responsibility. In fact, he spearheaded the first of what has become an annual LIFE fundraising event in 2011; his efforts led to a Zenith Award for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility, which Stuart shared with his colleagues. Stuart is also on the Advisory Committee for the Family Education Centre.

Stuart and his family are actively involved in the community. Over the past nine years, Stuart has donated time and energy to organizations including United Way of York Region, the Volunteer Lawyers Service, the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the One Voice Network, a York Region organization supporting agencies providing employment services to job seekers with disabilities and employers who wish to become equal opportunity employers. He is also a leader within the legal community, having spent years on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division and, more recently, the Labour & Employment Law Section.

Stuart graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School after obtaining B.A. (Hons) in Industrial Relations from McGill University.  He was called to the Bar in 1999.

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Kevin Shipley, B.A., B.E.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), J.D. is an associate in the Mechanical/Industrial Process practice group at the law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP.  His practice focuses on patent prosecution with an emphasis on mechanical innovations.  He also focuses on freedom to operate, patent infringement, and patent validity investigations, as well as advising on confidentiality agreements, patent licenses, and other IP-related agreements.  He was registered as a Canadian and United States Patent Agent in 2010.  He currently serves as Chair of the Ontario Engineering Competition Advisory Board, and as a volunteer advisor with the Research, Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) Centre. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) IP Licensing Committee and is involved with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) committee work.  He has written articles and spoken about patent and IP-related issues, including providing in-house education and training seminars for clients, and lecturing at the Western University Faculty of Engineering, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Schulich School of Business.


Thomas Slade is a lawyer at Supreme Advocacy LLP. His primary work involves complex legal research and persuasive written advocacy at all levels of Courts. Thomas has recently appeared as counsel for a federal tribunal in a reference before the Federal Court of Appeal. He holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a journalism degree from the University of Carleton. He is the co-author of Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy.


Chantelle Spagnola is an associate at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in the Litigation practice. She is developing a broad practice in general civil litigation. Since joining the firm as a student in 2009, Chantelle has been involved in a variety of litigation proceedings, including class actions, contractual disputes, corporate governance disputes, competition law disputes and multiple securities law disputes. Chantelle has worked on litigation proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Securities Commission.


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Antonio Turco is a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and practices in Toronto in the area of intellectual property (IP).  His practice focuses on litigation related to intellectual property rights, including disputes related to patents, copyright, trade-marks, industrial designs and trade secrets. Antonio has represented clients in domain name disputes under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. He also represents clients in general commercial disputes. He is involved in searching the availability of trade-marks, the filing and prosecution of trade-mark and copyright applications in Canada, as well as trade-mark opposition and non-use proceedings. On the commercial side, Antonio also assists clients in commercial transactions involving intellectual property and technology, such as electronic commerce and licensing.  Antonio has written and spoken on a range of topics relating to trade-marks, copyright reform, domain name disputes and trade-mark litigation.  Antonio has also been recognized in the WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.


Sharon Vogel, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, is the Regional Leader of the Firm's International Construction Projects Group. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993 with an LLB from the University of Toronto Law School (1991) and in 1996 obtained her LLM from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  Sharon practices construction and surety law, working primarily on matters involving construction disputes relating to major projects including roads, railways, tunnels, pipelines, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and condominiums in various jurisdictions. Sharon is a member of BLG’s Team North in relation to construction projects in Canada’s North.  Sharon has written and spoken extensively on various construction and surety topics including co-authoring Carswell’s text A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law.  She is a member of various associations including the Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Executive Member since 2012); Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Executive Member since 2012); International Bar Association; Advocates’ Society; and CAWIC (Canadian Association of Women in Construction).

Joel Wiesenfeld provides mediation and settlement facilitation services on securities related matters, including investor loss claims, dealer and registrant disputes, and securities class actions. Joel practiced law at Torys LLP as a broker/dealer litigation and securities regulatory counsel for 31 years.

During his law practice, Joel was repeatedly recognized as one of Canada's leading securities litigation lawyers, and appeared before the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (and its predecessors), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association and all levels of Court.

Joel is a frequent speaker and writer on securities litigation and regulatory enforcement topics. He is the author of the Broker/Dealer Legal Reference Case Law Database. Joel was the co-founder and co-chair of The Advocates' Society's Securities Litigation Practice Group and an editorial board member of The Canadian Securities Law Reporter.

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Jenna L. WilsonJenna L. Wilson is a partner at Dimock Stratton LLP. Her practice is directed to patents, with an emphasis on information, software and communication technology. As a registered patent agent, she drafts patent applications and procures patent rights for clients across a wide range of technologies. In addition, she has advised and represented clients in patent and copyright litigation in the information and high tech fields. Jenna also handles licensing and copyright issues pertaining to software, artistic and literary works, and other subject matter in traditional and digital formats. She also represents clients in domain name disputes and is a registered trademark agent. Jenna is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She has written articles on intellectual property issues for various publications and has contributed to continuing legal education seminars, and is the co-author of the Patents Chapter in Intellectual Property Disputes:  Resolutions and Remedies. Jenna is a past member of the Canadian Patent Agent Examining Board and continues to assist the Board in a liaison capacity. She is also an Instructor for IPIC’s Patent Agent Training Course.

Jenna was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. Prior to obtaining her J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1998, Jenna earned a B.Sc. in Co-operative Applied Physics from the University of Waterloo in 1995. She also has work experience in corrosion testing and semiconductor materials characterization.

Howard WinklerHoward Winkler has specialized in the field of libel and slander for more than 30 years and has been described by CBC Radio as one of the country’s leading libel and slander experts. Mr. Winkler is the founder and principal of Winker Dispute Resolution and acts as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants at trial and at all levels of Appeal. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, has been consistently ranked as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in Media Law, has received from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics and has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Winkler regularly performs pre-publication and broadcast review for a number of the country’s leading media outlets and has acted as defence counsel for those organizations and some of Canada’s most respected journalists. He is often retained to represent lawyers who have been sued for libel or slander.


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