Featured Speakers

Amyn Thawer

Amyn Thawer - Keynote Speaker

Amyn Thawer is the VP, Global Compliance & Integrity at LinkedIn Corporation, the world’s leading professional social network. He is responsible for strengthening and integrating a compliance function that can keep pace with the company’s rapid growth around the world, but also stays true to the company’s start-up culture and founding values. He’s also the executive sponsor for LinkedIn’s efforts around disability inclusion.

Prior to LinkedIn, Amyn served at eBay Inc. as the Business Ethics Officer for eBay’s stable of e-commerce and payments properties, including PayPal. While there he also had stints as head of legal for eBay Canada and product counsel for eBay’s portfolio of social innovation bets. Before coming in-house, Amyn worked as a corporate and securities attorney for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, and the Canadian law firm of Stikeman Elliott.

Amyn Thawer earned joint Law and MBA degrees from McGill University and attended undergraduate school at the University of Ottawa, where he was a Parliamentary Page Program Scholar. He is a past recipient of the Attorneys Who Matter Honor from the Ethisphere Institute for exceptional contributions to the corporate compliance and ethics field.

Amyn was born in Nairobi, Kenya but came to Canada as a refugee, which is why he takes special pride in being a Canadian. Today, he resides in sunny Saratoga, CA, with his wife Roxanne and two boys, Kyan and Zack.   

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Mara Lederman - Keynote Speaker

Mara Lederman is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management and the Site Lead of the Creative Destruction Lab’s Toronto site. She joined the faculty at Rotman in 2003 after completing her PhD in Economics at MIT. Mara does empirical research in the areas of Industrial Organization and Organizational Economics. At a broad level, Mara studies how companies compete and how they organize themselves for competitive advantage. On the teaching side, Mara delivers courses on competitive strategy, data analytics and business problem-solving, at both the MBA and executive level.

Arden Furlotte - Plenary Panelist

Arden Furlotte - Plenary Panelist

Arden Furlotte is vice-president & corporate secretary with SNC-Lavalin. She has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney, 20 of which were in private practice in the field of commercial litigation, corporate, M&A and securities law with, among others, Stikeman Elliott in Montreal. As Corporate Secretary to the board of SNC-Lavalin she advises the board of directors and its committees on governance matters and on corporate/commercial and securities issues including legislative changes, that may have an impact on the company. She is a member of the Senior Management Committee, manages a team of 11 professionals located in Canada and the UK, responsible for the management of the company’s 600 subsidiaries, and provides legal support on all corporate reorganizations, finance and securities transactions, tax planning structures and consolidations, oversight of the company’s worldwide trademark portfolio, and the commercial needs of the company’s Corporate group.

Domenic Marino - Plenary Panelist

Domenic Marino - Plenary Panelist

Domenic Marino is the leader of PwC’s Canadian Forensics and Disputes practice. Based in Toronto, Domenic has 20 years of experience helping clients prepare for, respond to and emerge stronger from unplanned events. His specialties include assisting corporate boards and management, law firms and non-for-profit entities in the areas of loss quantification, forensic accounting/investigations and business valuations. 

Domenic has prepared numerous expert reports that have been relied upon by various courts and arbitral institutions.  He has served as partner-in-charge and conducted some of PwC's largest and most complex international and domestic forensic accounting assignments. He has been qualified as an expert by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and has given oral testimony in various proceedings. He has also been retained to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in relation to various purchase and sale disputes.

Domenic graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, scoring in the top ten in Canada on the CICBV Membership Entrance Exam. Domenic is an active member of the forensic and litigation support community, and has authored numerous pieces of thought leadership as well as CICBV educational materials. 

Monique Jilesen - Plenary Panelist

Monique Jilesen - Plenary Panelist

Monique Jilesen is a Partner at Lenczner Slaght. In her extensive litigation practice, Monique acts as lead counsel in highly complex proceedings from inception through to trial. Her commercial litigation practice includes class actions, contract and shareholder disputes, civil fraud cases, injunctions, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and securities and derivatives cases. Her clients include major financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, technology companies, and other multinational corporations who routinely face challenging, cross-border disputes. She appears at all levels of Court and in administrative tribunals. She has an enviable record of success at trial in bet-the-company disputes.

Monique is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a recipient of the Advocates’ Society Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy. Benchmark Canada has identified her as one of Canada’s top 50 trial lawyers and Lexpert has identified her as one of the leading 500 lawyers in Canada.

Monique is a member of the Toronto Commercial List Users’ Committee, an Executive Member of the Advocates’ Society Commercial List Practice Group and the past chair of the Gale Cup Moot. She is a regular speaker on various topics, and also teaches in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Naomi Loewith - Plenary Panelist

Naomi Loewith - Plenary Panelist

Naomi Loewith is the head of Bentham IMF’s Toronto office, where she acts as an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel.  Bentham IMF is a professional litigation funder, which is traded on the Australian Securities Exchange and currently has 14 offices around the world.  Naomi works with clients and counsel who are advancing commercial litigation, to assess the merits of each case where funding is sought, including analysis of the legal claim, counterclaims, damages and expert evidence.  Once a matter is funded, she provides thoughtful analysis and strategic input.  In addition, as the first Canadian lawyer to join Bentham, she works with the global legal team on precedent-setting test cases that have changed the law regarding litigation funding in Canada.

Prior to joining IMF, Naomi spent close to a decade as a litigator at Lenczner Slaght.  Naomi has extensive experience with complex commercial matters, acting for corporation, boards of directors, senior executive management and public institutions.

Naomi is the a co-chair of Ontario’s Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, a parent mentor for the Bob Rumball Center for the Deaf, and a Board Member for the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School. 

Naomi obtained her B.A. from Western University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to her call to the bar, Naomi clerked for Justice Morris Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Poonam Puri - Plenary Panelist

Poonam Puri is an award-winning professor, seasoned corporate director, practising lawyer, and one of Canada’s most respected experts in corporate governance.

Poonam has served on the boards of engineering, mining, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare organizations and she has deep expertise in strategic planning, financial oversight, risk management, M&A, and complex governance matters. She currently serves as a director of Canada Infrastructure Bank and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In the past, she has served on the board of directors of Arizona Mining, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Cole Engineering, and Women’s College Hospital. Poonam also serves as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School over 21 years ago, Poonam is an internationally recognized scholar on issues of corporate governance, corporate law and securities law. She has authored/edited close to 100 books, special journal issues, scholarly articles, book chapters, commissioned research reports, commentaries, and op-eds, and has presented at over 200 conferences, roundtables, and public addresses to a wide range of audiences. Poonam co-founded Canada’s first-ever Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall, a clinic which provides pro bono legal advice to individuals who have been harmed in the financial markets. She is also director of the Business Law LL.M. at Osgoode Professional Development.

Poonam has been recognized for her impact and leadership. She is a past recipient of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women Award and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award, and she has been twice recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada's 25 Most Influential Lawyers (2015 and 2017). Poonam is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1995, Silver Medalist) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1997).

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Charlene Theodore - Conference Co-Chair

Charlene Theodore is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and a lawyer with a background in public policy and government relations. She started her career with the African Canadian Legal Clinic, advocating against hate crimes and racism before UN, federal and provincial committees.  She then went on to represent unions, acting as Counsel to the Ontario Nurses’ Association, and then the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA). At OECTA, her practice involves providing strategic advice to management and staff on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes in the education sector and providing legal assistance to teachers who are disabled or injured at work. Ms. Theodore also advises on issues related to benefits and pensions.

Ms. Theodore is the 2nd Vice President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Past Chair of the OBA Equality Committee, and a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She speaks frequently on issues related to race, diversity, and gender.

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Julia Shin Doi - Conference Co-Chair

Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University, leading a team of lawyers and professionals and advising the board. Julia is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson Futures Inc.

Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Legal Drafting since 2001, and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Applied Contract Law in the LL.M. program. She is also an instructor in Ryerson’s Law Practice Program. She is an Executive in Residence for the Certified In-House Counsel - Canada designation offered by the CCCA and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Julia is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Thomson Reuters).

An active member of her community and the legal profession, Julia is past chair and current member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association). She is a founder and past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law. She is also a founding member and executive of Women General Counsel Canada which unites senior women leaders nationally. 

In her community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Korean Canadian Arirang Age Friendly Community Centre as Vice-Chair. Julia is a founding member and chair of Lawyers for Possibility, a legal community initiative to support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitiation Hospital. She also serves on the United Way Law Cabinet.

In 2016, the CCCA awarded Julia their highest national honour, the R.V.A. Jones Award, as her career exemplifies the highest standards of service, conduct, and professionalism. In 2017, Julia received the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Chapter of the CCCA, and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential 2017 in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

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Fred Headon - Conference MC

Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, was the first in-house counsel to serve as President of the Canadian Bar Association. He also served as Chair of the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative.

At Air Canada he leads a team of professionals who are responsible for all aspects of labour and employment law, as well as privacy / data protection law and corporate social responsibility. He also represents Air Canada in proceedings before courts and tribunals and advises on matters ranging from collective bargaining to strategic corporate initiatives.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon worked in private practice in Montreal and taught at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda.

His work with the CBA, and, in particular, it’s Legal Futures Initiative, were cited by Canadian Lawyer magazine when it included him in its 2013 and 2015 lists of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. His contributions to the profession were also recognized by the Barreau du Québec (Québec Law Society) which awarded him the distinction Avocat émérite (or Lawyer Emeritus) in 2015.

Mr. Headon earned his LL. B. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University in 1996 and earned his B.A. from the University of Winnipeg in 1992. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1997.