Upcoming Programmes

Accident Benefits Fall Classic
Hilton Toronto 145 Richmond St W Toronto 6 October 2016  

Cost: Members $446.35  Non-Members $576.30
CPD Credits: 5 - 6 Hours Substantive
Co-Chair: Catherine Zingg, Flaherty McCarthy LLP & Audrey Ramsay, Blouin Dunn LLP


Ontario's best CLE designed by and for AB lawyers. This is the place where you will get the most up to date information on developments in Accident Benefits. You will meet other AB lawyers and insurers in the AB community. Canadian Defence Lawyer’s annual program has become a mandatory part of your Ontario  AB practice!  Register Early for this sold out event

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Program Chairs  Catherine Zingg, Flaherty McCarthy LLP & Audrey Ramsay, Blouin Dunn LLP are putting together an up to the minute discussion on the many changes that have taken place in the Accident Benefits area. Featuring an in depth panel of the top AB experts in Ontario who can provide practical ideas under the most important new definitions.



The Top 10 Accident Benefits Cases of 2016 

     - Kadey Schultz, Schultz Frost LLP


Life at the LAT - Navigating Two Streams & Substantive Changes to the SABS/10 

     - Troy H. Lehman, Oatley, Vigmond
Amanda Lennox, Laxton Glass LLP


Expenses (Legal Fees and Disbursements) - Changes in the New System: Procedure at the LAT
     - Stanley Pasternak, The Law Offices of Stanley Pasternak


Priority Disputes and Loss Transfer Panel - Dependency Claims Revisited, Limitation Periods, Top Cases

     - Mark K. Donaldson, Dutton Brock LLP
     - D'Arcy McGoey, Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP
     - Daniel Strigberger, Samis + Company


Marshalling the Evidence for Your Priority Dispute & Loss Transfer Hearings
     - Guy Jones, Mediator & Arbitrator, AR Group Inc.


Non-Earner Benefits Revisited - Impact of Recent Changes
     - Reneé Vinett, Howie Sacks & Henry LLP


The Test for "Incurred" Expenses - Where are We Now?
     - Jennifer Reid, Beard Winter LLP


Causation, Causation, Causation - Is What Was Old New Again?  Or Are Times A 'Changing?
     - Catherine Korte, McCague Borlack


Broker Liability in this Brave New World - Is There a Case to be Made for Suing?
     - Heather Kawaguchi, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP


Changes to Catastrophic Impairment – There is Something New Under the Sun!

     - Dr. Arthur Ameis, MDAC
     - Dr. Ronald Kaplan, Kaplan & Levitt Psychologists
     - Philippa Samworth, Dutton Brock LLP
     - Eric Grossman, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 
     - Reneé Vinett, Howie Sacks & Henry LLP
     - Joseph Campisi, Campisi LLP






Third Annual Joint CIAA/CICMA/CDL Seminar
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W Toronto 26 October 2016  

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Hyatt Regency | 370 King St. W. | Toronto


CIAA/CICMA Members $67.80
CDL Members $152.55        Non-Members $186.45   

(BN 84996 1974)

Chaired by Teresa Djriber (CICMA, OSBIE), Dorothy Lowry (CIAA, Crawford), and Michelle Dunbar, (CDL, Civil Defence Lawyer) 

This joint program between CICMA, CIAA and CDL is developed to appeal to brokers, adjusters, claims managers and lawyers.


 Accreditation: LSUC 4 hours Substantive - RIBO - Pending


The program this year will include:

Faulty Workmanship Panel: The panel will review the issue of Faulty Workmanship.  They will cover areas such as what is required in an investigation, policy coverage issues, and legal issues pertaining to coverage and subrogation. 

     Brett Rideout, Partner, Genest Murray
     Greg Madill, ClaimsPro


Cyber Liability: Recent cases of security breaches and the obligations of the victim of the breach. Gary will discuss a Breach Coach’s role in this process along with information on what some of the legal obligations are, as well as, investigation tips.
     Gary S. A. Solway, Senior Partner, Bennett Jones LLP


AB Panel: Update on the New Changes. Auto Changes are ever present. Approximately six months after the most recent changes, our panel will discuss how these changes have impacted the adjudication process, litigation and coverage.  
     Philippa Samworth, Partner, Dutton Brock LLP
     Becky Cameron, Senior VP, Regional Claims Leader, Aon Risk Solutions
     Sonali Panchal, Crawford & Company


Concussion: Concussions, the new and emerging personal injury.  What is a concussion? What types of new therapy are we seeing?  How can you prove or disprove a concussion? Jim will also discuss the advancements in medical imaging technology and how it may assist in the defence of personal injury claims including those claims arising out of concussions and head injuries.
     Jim Tomlinson, Partner, McCague Borlack LLP


The Adjuster of the Future: How technology is changing the investigation process, and are insurers are preparing for the adjuster of the future. Paul and Glen will share their views on what skills the adjuster of the future will need.
     Paul Hancock, National Director, Toronto Branch Manager, Crawford & Company
     Glen Hopkinson, Vice President, Head of Claims, Canada, XL Catlin


Without Prejudice: Vancouver
Law Courts Inn 800 Smithe St 10 November 2016  

11:45 AM to 2:00 PM | Law Courts Inn | 800 Smithe St
One Price: $68.25



Come on out to the Law Courts Inn for story time with Canadian Defence Lawyers. Meet other Young Defence Lawyers, share food and drink, and listen to war stories. Top litigators Karen Jamieson, Murray Jamieson and Mark Virgin, Stevens Virgin, will share their war stories and insights into the legal profession. 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.



11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Networking

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m. “War Stories” Featuring: Karen Jamieson & Mark Virgin                                         

1 Hour Professional Responsibility & Ethics CPD 


Insurance Coverage Primer
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W Toronto 24 November 2016  

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Hyatt Regency | 370 King St. W. | Toronto

CDL Members $446.35        Non-Members $576.30   

Chaired by Eric Adams, Dutton Brock LLP



Insurance Coverage Foundations and Fundamentals

Develop and sharpen the tools you need to compete successfully in the world of insurance coverage law!  The Canadian Defence Lawyer’s Insurance Coverage Foundations and Fundamental’s program provides a unique opportunity to hear a distinguished faculty of leading coverage lawyers and experts introduce the world of insurance coverage law.  Our one day program provides a sweeping overview of insurance coverage practice, from the interpretation of insurance policies, to the claims process and coverage litigation.  Attendees will learn to identify and address common coverage provisions, principles and issues and will gain practical techniques for successfully providing coverage opinions and litigating coverage disputes.


The Program Includes:

General principles of insurance law and policy interpretation: Thomas Donnelly, Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

The tripartite relationship between insurers, defence counsel and insured: Geoffrey Adair, Adair Barristers

The Duty to Defend: Christopher Dunn, Dutton Brock LLP

Additional insured coverage and indemnity agreements: David Boghosian, Boghosian+Allen LLP

The Commercial General Liability Policy: Jason Mangano, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Automobile Liability Coverage: Linda Matthews, Matthews Abogado LLP

First party claims and Homeowners coverage: Michael Hart, Dejardins Insurance

Subrogation: Mark Mason, Mason Caplan Dizgun Roti LLP

The claims process and limitation periods in an insurance action: Andrew Evangelista, Evangelista Barristers and Solicitors

Primary and excess carriers and disputes between insurers: Catherine Keyes, TD Insurance