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Monday, September 5, 2016

DOER JOINS DENTONS IN TORONTO

The former Canadian ambassador to the United States and a past premier of Manitoba, Gary Doer, has joined Dentons in its Toronto office.

In the role of senior business adviser, Doer will be working with all of the firm’s offices across Canada (including Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver), throughout the United States and around the world.

“I think advocacy through an international law firm, particularly with assets in the United States, could be a real advantage for Canadians and for Americans to get stuff done,” says Doer.

Doer served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States from October 2009 to March 2016.

Prior to that, Doer was the 20th premier of Manitoba, from 1999 to 2009, leading the New Democratic Party to win three consecutive majority governments. 

“I was involved as a premier in the European trade discussions and one of the big issues for Europe was procurement for subnational governments. I was very involved in that process and very aware of what the benefits are for Canada. I was very involved in the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) negotiations, which gives some certainty and parameters to state-owned enterprises in dealing with free market countries like Canada, the United States and Mexico,” says Doer.

He will work with Dentons’ Canada-U.S. trans-border practice.

Doer will also be deeply involved in the firm’s global public policy initiatives.

“We are honoured to welcome Gary to Dentons — his arrival further strengthens the unmatched talent and scope of our team of business and public policy advisors,” said Chris Pinnington, Dentons’ Canada chief executive officer, in a statement.

ATWOOD TO SPEAK AT LEAF EVENT

Noted Canadian writer Margaret Atwood will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s Person’s Day Breakfast. The event will take place Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

To learn more about the event, contact c.daniel@leaf.ca or 416-595-7170. Tickets can be purchased online at www.leaf.ca/pdbtoronto2016/.

CABL EVENTS ON THE HORIZON

The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers will have its sixth annual conference Oct. 14, in partnership with the Law Society of Upper Canada. The conference will take place at the LSUC’s Donald Lamont Learning Centre, at 130 Queen Street West in Toronto. That evening at 6 p.m., there will be a 20th anniversary opening night reception, at the Fairmont Royal York’s Upper Canada Ballroom. On Oct. 15, CABL will have its 20th anniversary gala at the Fairmont Royal York’s Concert Hall Ballroom. More information and updates on these events are available at www.cabl.ca.

LAW TIMES POLL

A Law Times series has explored how technology is changing how lawyers operate. Readers were asked if they thought they would use a legal app in their practice in the next two years. About 56 per cent said yes, and that embracing new technologies helped them harness information in new ways.

About 44 per cent said no, while new technologies are important, some of the new tools proposed are not relevant to their work and not useful in their day-to-day practice.

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