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2nd Annual CPR Canada Regional Meeting

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Arbitration Place Toronto Bay Adelaide Centre 333 Bay Street, Suite 900 Toronto ON M5H 2R2

CPR will hold its Second Canada Regional Meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Arbitration Place in Toronto.  The theme of this Second Regional Meeting will be “The Secret to a Successful Joint Venture: Building an Enduring Relationship.”

Joint Ventures are not easy. Negotiations often fall apart. And even if an agreement is reached, a vast majority of joint ventures do not survive. This is due in large part to the fact that the negotiation of a joint venture can be highly complex, often fraught with issues such as multiple, disparate parties with similarly disparate, unknown, or misunderstood agendas. There may be cultural clashes, conflicting negotiation styles, and any number of miscommunication problems.

Often the success of the joint venture is jeopardized by these human issues which have nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of the deal. In these instances, a joint venture can be rescued when corporate entities and their counsel bring in third party neutrals – called deal facilitators – to manage the process and facilitate the negotiation of the deal to save time and money and to improve the likelihood that the negotiation and the resulting joint venture will be successful. Standing neutrals then keep the deal together, maintain a constructive corporate relationship, and help prevent litigation.

In the morning, Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and CPR Distinguished Neutral, will conduct an interactive workshop on “The Secret to a Successful Joint Venture: Building an Enduring Relationship.” This will be a “hands-on” program with exercises and demonstrations of how these newer techniques help in house counsel and outside counsel achieving the company’s goals more efficiently and successfully.

 binnie.JPG Our luncheon keynote speaker will be The Honourable Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C., former Justice of the Supreme Court of CanadaThe Hon. Ian Binnie served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada for almost 14 years. When he retired in 2011 he was described by the Globe and Mail as “arguably the country’s premier judge” and by Montreal’s La Presse as “peut-être le juge le plus influent au Canada pendant la dernière décennie”. He authored over 170 opinions on the country’s top court, including leading cases in patent interpretation and validity, protection of famous trade-marks, media law, commercial disputes, punitive damages, expert evidence, and many aspects of constitutional, criminal and administrative law.

In the afternoon, participants will engage in interactive panel discussions with distinguished in-house counsel and practitioners from Canada and the United States. The first panel titled "Arbitration Agreements: Which Law Applies and Why Is it Important?" will focus on key provisions applicable to arbitration agreements, including choice of law, and some of the practical considerations to take into account when drafting an arbitration clause to avoid unintended consequences. The second panel will be "A Comparative Discussion of Dispute Resolution in Canada and the USA in 2017 and Recent Trends." The complete agenda is available here.

The program will be followed by a networking reception at the Labatt Pub.

To register for the conference, click here. Space is limited and registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. 

Continuing Professional Development (Ontario CPD): This program contains 0.5 Professionalism Hours.  This program is eligible for up to 5.75 Substantive Hours.  McMillan LLP has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  

Continuing Legal Education (New York CLE): This program has been approved for up to 7.0 New York CLE Credits. This course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. The CPR Institute has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York [Reaccreditation Pending]. CPR is a nonprofit organization. Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full-time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the nonprofit and public sectors full time. E-mail for more information.

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