Upcoming Programmes

Annual General Meeting Toronto
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W Toronto 26 May 2016  

Cost: Members $621.50  Non-Members $791.00
CPD: 5.5 CPD Credits  (Ethics/Professionalism TBD)
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W. | Toronto

8:30 am:  CDL Annual General Meeting
9:00 am: Conference Program Begins



Annual General Meeting & Conference

Chaired by:


David Festeryga, Sullivan Festeryga, Hamilton 

Aleksandra Zivanovic, Hughes Amys, Toronto

Join your colleagues from across Canada to learn, network at CDL’s 21st Annual General Meeting & Conference. Whether you are looking to discover new trends, expand your practical knowledge, gain insight from the top cases from across Canada or capitalize on  networking and business development goals, this flagship event is certain to meet your needs. CDL’s annual meeting features an excellent array of experts and speakers on a variety of trending topics in the legal and professional sphere.



8:00                  Registration & Breakfast
8:30                  CDL Annual General Meeting- Committee Reports
 9:00                 Opening Remarks From Conference Chairs:
David Festeryga, Sullivan Festeryga, Hamilton, &
                         Aleksandra Zivanovic, Hughes Amys LLP, Toronto
9:05 - 9:50         Reptile  Litigation: Plaintiffs and Defendants can provoke The Reptile
                           Matt Moffett, Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske LLP, Atlanta
The reptile technique is an effective trial strategy against the unprepared or ignorant defendant and defense lawyer. As one claims manager of a national insurer told me:  Better know what Reptile is. Better hire defense lawyers who know too. Or just get your resume up to date.
What is this strategy?  What does it work?  How do you the defense lawyer counter it effectively?
Matt Moffett is a defense lawyer from Atlanta. He beat the Reptile and its authors in a wrongful death trial and will show you how you can do the same!
9:50 - 10:50       Adverse Cost Insurance Panel: The Risks for the Defence Before Trials
Panel Chair        Brian Foster, Foster, Townsend Graham & Associates, 
                            Ian Hu, LawPro

                            Melissa Miles, Dutton Brock
Adverse Cost Insurance/After the Event Insurance:  How do these policies work?  Does the existence of these policies change the settlement negotiation dynamic? At motions?  At mediations? At pre-trials and trials?  Are there any implications for Counsel with respect to Law Pro?  Come and hear all about these products and how they may be changing the way you practice.
10:50 - 11:05 Morning Break      Sponsored by:  
11:15 - 12:15     Are You Ready for Your First Electronic Trial?       
Panel Chair      John Olah, Beard Winter LLP
                         Dan Pinnington, LawPro
                         Mr Justice Arthur Gans, Superior Court of Justice, 
The use of technology in the court room to run trials and hearings, and the issues it will create for counsel.  Electronic trials are now a reality and are Defence Counsel and Insurers ready for this process and the additional costs that it will entail?
  • What is the better platform; PC’s or iPads?
  • How can this technology be used at:
  • summary judgment
  • settlement discussions
  • settlement offers
Will there need to be changes to the Rules of Court? 
Are insurers equipped to engage in such litigation and, if not, what needs to be done to make sure they are? 
What are some of the better programs and software currently available?
12:15                    Networking Lunch 
1:15 - 2:00            Keynote Presentation Gratitude, Resilience and Overcoming Adversity
                           Ronald Difrancesco
Working in the World Trade Center and surviving the life-changing events of 9/11 in NYC, Ron was the last known man out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre. Accomplishing all of his goals as a highly touted investment professional, Ron now consults with senior business leaders and is a relationship management expert. He speaks on the topics of Gratitude, Resilience and Adversity.
2:00 - 2:45            Back to Basics: A Products Liability Primer
                            Taryn Burnett, Gowlings WLG, Calgary Panel Chair
                            Tipper McEwan, Stewart McKelvey
                             George Wray, BLG  
A Products Liability panel that will be a “nuts and bolts” or “primer” discussion of the significant issues when facing a PL case:
As PL cases are actually true negligence cases, what do you have to prove to establish a PL case?  What defences are available?
When should you consider Summary Judgment in a PL case?
Causative issues in PL cases – when confronting “possible” vs. “probable” opinions in expert reports
Spoliation How do you deal with recalls of your allegedly defective product (in terms of your defence)?
2:45 - 3:00                 Afternoon Break
3:00 - 4:00            The Drone Technology-Potential Uses and Misuses in Adjusting and Litigating Claims
Panel Chair          Aleksandra  Zivanovic, Hughes Amys LLP
                              Keith Elliott, Reed Research
                              Paul Hancock,Crawford & Company
                             Gerry Bouwman, MDD
Future trends in today's claims: namely, the impact of drone technology in investigating claims. Discussing the importance of a multi-disciplinary team in adjusting claims, and the regulatory state of affairs of how counsel can use information secured from drones and other modern technology in litigation.
4:00        Lee Samis Award and Richard B. Lindsay, QC Award Winner Presentations
4:15        Closing Remarks, Prize Draws 
4:45        Reception Sponsored By: