Upcoming Programmes

Paul Tushinski Dinner
Brassaii Restaurant & Lounge 461 King St W. Toronto 31 January 2017  

Dinner to honour Paul Tushinski – Toronto, January 31, 2017

Recipient of the 2016 Lee Samis Award of Excellence


The Board of Directors of Canadian Defence Lawyers invites you to a dinner honouring our 2016 Lee Samis Award recipient Paul Tushinski. We hope that you and your colleagues in the defence bar and the insurance community will join us to recognize his achievements at an enjoyable and entertaining evening at Brassaii Restaurant & Lounge, 461 King St West, Toronto.

Lee Samis Award of Excellence Dinner January 31, 2017 -  ORDER DINNER TICKETS HERE
Cocktails begin at 6:30 for dinner at 7:15 (business attire).


The Lee Samis Award of Excellence was named for the founding President of CDL to recognize exceptional contributions and/or achievements by members of CDL:

- to the legal profession in general; or

- to jurisprudence in Canada on the law of insurance; or

- to law or development of the law of insurance in Canada; or

- a significant law-related benefit to CDL and/or the insurance industry.


Paul has been a leading member of the defence bar for over 30 years.  Paul was educated at University of Windsor – Dean’s Honour List, and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1985. He has received special calls to the bars of Nova Scotia and Nunavut and certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995. He is the Managing Partner of Dutton Brock LLP, focusing exclusively on defence and representing a broad range of insurers and self-insured corporations. Paul has lectured extensively and been widely published over his distinguished career. He is a Past President and a Founding Member of Canadian Defence Lawyers, Past President of the Toronto Lawyers Association and Past Director of The Advocates Society. Most recently, Paul was recognized by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association as a leader in the defence personal injury bar.


Paul’s trademark sense of humour makes him unique among Ontario litigators. He is blessed with a dry sarcasm that, mixed with his boundless affection for his lawyer colleagues, makes dealing with Paul fun, even if he is your opponent. He is a special lawyer – a rare combination of light-hearted approachability, practical common-sense and aggressive advocacy for his clients. Judges appreciate his exceptional thoroughness in court but welcome his reasonable approach to the many opportunities to achieve common ground in complex cases. He is unbelievably hard-working – arriving at the office before everyone else and maintaining a steady hand at the helm of his ever-growing firm.


Please join us in celebrating Paul’s award.


13th Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium
One King West Hotel 1 February 2017  


Cost: Members $621.50  Non-Members $791.00
         Insurance Adjusters and Claims Managers: Call CDL for a special rate: $395.50
WEDNESDAY February 1, 2017 | One King West Hotel
CPD: 1 hour Professionalism and 5 hours Substantive Credits
Chairs: David Mackenzie - Blaney McMurtry LLP, Toronto & Catherine Keyes, TD Legal


Fortuitous Exposures: Issues in Insurance Coverage

The 13th Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium


Chairs: David Mackenzie, Blaney McMurtry LLP - Toronto Ontario
             Catherine Keyes, TD Legal - Toronto Ontario


The Program:

Is Builders Risk Getting Riskier? Ledcor and Acciona  
Richard Lindsay Q.C., Lindsay LLP - Vancouver, British Columbia


Floods, Fires and Droughts - Insurance in the Era of Climate Change
Dominic Clarke, Blaney McMurtry LLP - Toronto, Ontario


When a Disaster Changes the Insured’s Address to “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams”:  Dull Business Interruption Coverage Becomes Interesting
Heather Sanderson, Sanderson Law - Calgary, Alberta


Lessons From the Front Lines - The Fort McMurray Fires  
Ian Frost, Wawanesa - Winnipeg, Manitoba


Autonomous / Semi-Autonomous Cars: Challenges for Insurers and Counsel
Paul Kovacs, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; PACICC - London, Ontario


Personal Lines Policies and the Sharing Economy
Daniel Strigberger, Samis & Company - Waterloo, Ontario


Cyberbullying and Electronic Aggression
David Fraser, McInnes Cooper - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Melanie Hoad, Chubb -  Toronto, Ontario


Challenges Arising Out of Coverage for the Additional Insured
Eric Adams, Dutton Brock LLP - Toronto, Ontario


Managing Conflicts Between Insurers and Defence Lawyers: The Role of Coverage Counsel
Neil MacLean, Guild Yule LLP - Vancouver, British Columbia


*Ask for CDL’s rate when booking your hotel room

reservations@onekingwest.com 1-866-470-5464



YL Breakfast Feb 2017
RCAF Officers Mess 158 Gloucester Street Ottawa 21 February 2017  

Cost: Members $28.25  Non-Members $45.20
CPD Credits: 1 Hour Substantive
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | RCAF Officer’s Mess 158 Gloucester Street | Ottawa


Expert Witnesses: Recent Developments

Chaired By: Jill Alexander, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Canadian Defence Lawyers Young Lawyers’ Division is pleased to launch this breakfast series in Ottawa on Insurance and Tort Law. This quarterly series will feature timely presentations from Ottawa’s personal injury bar on important and emerging legal issues. Although the event is hosted by the young lawyers, lawyers of all experience levels are encouraged to attend and will benefit from the seminar content.


Jill Alexander of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP will kick off the breakfast series on February 21, 2017.  Jill will review recent case law involving experts as well as best practices in retaining and communicating with your expert. 


7:30 am – Breakfast - Included in the price

8:00am- 9:00am – CPD 


Products Liability Feb 2017
Twenty Toronto Street Conference Centre Toronto 22 February 2017  

9:00 AM  | Twenty Toronto Street Conference Centre | 20 Toronto St | Toronto

CDL Members $412.45        Non-Members $502.85   

Chaired by George Wray, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP &
Samantha Biglou, Mason Caplun Dizgun Roti LLP



Save the Date! CDL is proud to launch our first Products Liability conference. February 22!  

For those practitioners working  in the area of products liability, this program will provide a comprehensive review of recent developments as well as an analysis of emerging areas of interest and trends to come.  Topics to include:


  • Expert Evidence – legal and practical considerations and marshalling expert evidence on motions for summary judgment;
  • Causation – the link between association and causation;
  • Autonomous Vehicles – a new frontier in products liability (and every other area of law);
  • Class Actions – where are we at now and where are we going;


This is your opportunity to get up to date analysis of recent developments and learn  strategic considerations for defending products claims. 






The Best Defence 2017
Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings St. Vancouver 2 March 2017  

Date: March 2, 2017, Start time 9:00 am
Members $414.75   Non Members $535.50
Contact our office for information on group rates
Accreditation: TBA

Jennifer Bye, QA Law and Mary Nguyen, Guild Yule LLP


Register Now for The Best Defence, Canadian Defence Lawyer’s annual West Coast conference for defence counsel and insurers.  This signature CDL program is always the best way to get a complete picture of what’s happening in the defence bar from the top Insurance Practitioners in British Columbia. 

The Best Defence will once again feature engaging and knowledgeable speakers and timely and relevant topics, as well as the chance to meet up with other members of the insurance community.

Program details will be announced very soon. 

Chaired Jennifer Bye and Mary Nguyen, the topics will cover everything you need to take your defence practice to the next level. 

This Program provides CPD Credits from the LSBC.  More details soon




Without Prejudice March 2017
Joey Eaton Centre 1 Dundas St. W. Toronto 9 March 2017  



Dinner Series

March 9, 2017

Joey Eaton Centre

1 Dundas Street West,  Toronto


Come on out to JOEY Eaton on March 9 for story time with Canadian Defence Lawyers


Join us for dinner and drinks on March 9, 2017 at Joey Eaton Centre for the 4th Annual War Stories Dinner hosted by the CDL Young Lawyers Division. This year, spend an evening with James Dunn, Blouin Dunn LLP and Philippa Samworth, Dutton Brock LLP, who will share their anecdotes, tips, and tricks of the trade. It is a unique opportunity to get the no-holds-barred goods on practice management, finding balance, winning with your clients, and developing a solid practice



Cost: One Price: $163.85 (Includes Dinner)
CPD: 1 Hour Professionalism


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cocktails & Networking

6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Introduction - “Without Prejudice” Series: Philippa Samworth & James Dunn