Category: In-House Counsel

A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

September 21, 2017

CETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) and its member states. CETA comprises 30 chapters of rules respecting trade between Canada and the EU. The agreement was signed by Canadian and EU leaders on October 30, 2016. CETA will enter into force, on a provisional basis, on September 21, 2017.

U.S. Immigration Solution: Canada is Open for Business

August 9, 2017

The competition for professional foreign workers continues to increase in many U.S. business sectors. In light of changing U.S. immigration laws and impending reform, however, American companies hiring foreign talent are challenged by how to efficiently and economically recruit and retain their top talent. This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of The American Lawyer.  

Infographic: Data Breach Disruptions: The Cost of Cybercrime in Canada

July 11, 2017

News about malicious cyber-attacks have been flooding media outlets in recent weeks as high-profile viruses (including WannaCry and Petya) continue to hit leading global and Canadian companies. What’s the cost here at home? In June, IBM Security and Ponemon Institute released their annual series of benchmark studies exposing the cost of data breach incidents in 13 regions around the world. The results found…

Background Checks by Province: What Employers Need to Know

June 22, 2017

Background screening job candidates is an important part of an employer’s recruitment process. There are several different background checks that are generally permissible in Canada, but employers must tread carefully. An improperly conducted background check — or a properly conducted one where information obtained is improperly used or disclosed — can expose an employer to liability. Therefore, it is critical…

Groundbreaking New Study Shows Opportunities for Women General Counsel on Boards

May 26, 2017

The majority of current and former general counsel sitting on company boards last year were women, according to a groundbreaking new study from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes). The study, Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel​, reports that women comprised 59 per cent of general counsel (GCs) on the boards of publicly listed companies. It also highlights that…

Canada’s Securities Regulators Report on Cybersecurity Disclosure Review

May 23, 2017

Canada’s securities regulators have conducted a wide-ranging review of the largest Canadian publicly listed companies’ practices regarding the disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents (Review). The Review, and accompanying report (Report), were recently published in a staff notice of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the informal coalition of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators. Ross McKee and Kristin Ali of…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.