Inaugural CPR Canada Regional Meeting

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 8:45am — Tuesday, June 21, 2016 4:45pm


At this inaugural Regional Meeting of CPR in Canada, attendees explored paths to optimize efficiency of dispute prevention and resolution by enhancing the inside/outside counsel relationship. Distinguished Panelists discussed hot issues affecting dispute resolution between Canada and the United States, the two largest trading partners in North America.

During a highly interactive morning session, CPR Faculty Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron offered strategies to meet the challenges of client-counseling, such as establishing connection, communicating complexity and uncertainty, and introducing “bad news” without damaging the client relationship. Author of Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients on Bad News and Other Legal Realities (Oxford 2012), Professor Aaron drew upon research in the fields of communication, psychology, theater, emotion, and dispute resolution as well as more than two decades of mediation experience, extensive work with actors-as-clients, and teaching.  Participants gained practical insight and advice to overcome the challenges of client counseling.

CPD Accredited LogoThis program contained 3.5 Professionalism Hours (Ontario).  This program was eligible for up to 3.0 Substantive Hours (Ontario). McMillan LLP was approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  In addition, participants were eligible for up to 4.5 New York CLE Credits (for the Art of Client Counseling Workshop). See the Agenda for more detail

Photo of Andrea K. BjorklundOur lunch keynote speaker was Professor Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University Faculty of Law, L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, and an expert in free trade agreements and their dispute resolution mechanisms. She addressed "Will proposed investment courts change arbitration as we know it?” in a conversation with Matthew H. Kirtland, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Following lunch, panel discussions with distinguished in-house counsel and practitioners from Canada and the United States will explore current dispute prevention and resolution issues faced by corporations in these two countries.

The day will end with a networking reception which will take place at the Labatt Pub of Labatt Breweries of Canada.

Registration to the Meeting is free and open to all. To register, email

Space is limited and registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first served basis.