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The Newsletter of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
September 2017
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Messages from ILCO







ILCO's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, April 26, 2018
King Edward Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

An event to remember!

More details to follow.


ILCO's 28th Annual Conference
Commitment to Excellence

Location and Date

Delta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
May 2, 2018 to May 5, 2018





It promises to be a fantastic event!  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn, network and connect with old friends and colleagues.

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The Conference Attendee Budget can be found here.

Your 2018 Conference Committee

We have a great deal of programs planned this fall with the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

  • October 4 - 2017 Advanced Litigation Law Program
  • November 8 - 2017 Advanced Corporate Law Program and Mixer afterwards sponsored by Cox & Palmer
  • December 6, 2017 - Lunch & Learn CLE - Estates Filing Changes 

In addition to planning the Corporate Law Program, we are also working on the 2018 calendar of events. 



Due to the success of the Personal Injury Program, we will be holding another session in the new year.  That program happened and was a success because our members asked for it.  What other programs would you like to see?  Let us know and we can see about making it happen.

We are always looking for members to join our committee so if you are interested and/or have any questions by all means please contact us at

Russell Connelly and Natasha Khan, Co-Chairs
Lisa Matchim, Rana Mirdawi, Shay Babb, 
Peuly Rahman, Rupi Ahuja and Anne Marie MacIntosh
Continuing Legal Education Committee


ILCO committees are always in need of members. Consider joining any one of the committees - Education, CLE, Certification, Newsletter and Public Relations. It is a great way to tap into your resources and network. Contact Karen Daly, Office Administrator, at 416-214-6252 or at for further information.


We are hard at work planning CLE programs and we want to hear from you! Do you have a topic you would like to see covered? Let us know! Submit your requests to:

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ILCO’s summer event was held at Canada’s Wonderland on August 13, 2017. It was a perfect sunny day and all attendees had a good time on the rides and waterpark and some even ventured on the Leviathan! There was a wonderful buffet lunch, where attendees could relax and recharge before heading out again.

A special thanks to our sponsors Cartel Inc. and Do Process! It was a fun day had by all. Watch out for more exciting events!

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chudleigh's logo-rgb-(1)It was a glorious, sunny day on September 17, 2017, which brought out 126 of ILCO’s members and their guests to the 3rd Annual Fall Event at Chudleigh’s Farm in Milton, Ontario. This was by far the best turnout for an ILCO event with 553 people total! 

Upon arrival at Chudleigh’s and completing registration, attendees enjoyed themselves in the children’s play area and with various farm events including tractor-drawn wagon rides and a petting zoo.

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Attendees were given the opportunity to go apple-picking courtesy of Cartel Inc.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch of sausages, hot dogs or veggie dogs, roasted corn-on-the-cob and soft drinks in one of the two private tents courtesy of Do Process Software and Rai Grant Insurance

ILCO also surprised each member with an apple blossom upon arrival and an apple pie as they left, as a thank-you for the continued support.  What a treat! 

It was a great event, with members in attendance giving very positive feedback.  If you couldn’t make it out, we hope to see you next year!  

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: LSUC amends advertising and fee rules

Carolyn Thrasher and Alexander Smith

Many changes have been afoot in the legal space with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) new rules on advertising and fee arrangements and more recently, approval of a cap on referral fees.

Full disclosure: we work with many law firms to market their services so have paid keen attention to these stories as they have unfolded throughout the Toronto Star’s investigation into the controversial advertising practices of some Ontario law firms, mostly in the personal injury field.

The LSUC’s amendments to its advertising and fee rules, which had been in the works since last summer, were agreed upon in principle by Convocation, the LSUC’s governing body and took effect in late February.

At the end of April, the LSUC’s governing board decisively set a referral fee cap at 15 per cent for the first $50,000 of legal fees and five per cent for each subsequent amount, to an absolute fee cap of $25,000.

Firstly, the original rules are fairly broad and vague which can make them easy – or tricky – to follow. With more specific and prescriptive guidelines, there is less room for interpretation and error. Secondly, let’s be honest: some of the law firm advertisements out there are downright dodgy with a certain spoof-like quality. These kinds of ads aren’t doing any favours for the reputation of the legal profession and certainly do not help the people who need these services. Thirdly, and most importantly, the new rules will help to level the marketing playing field, ensuring that individuals and companies can find lawyers that will best represent their interests rather than lawyers that are the best at advertising their services.

The LSUC’s Convocation - Professional Regulation Committee Report contains full details of their findings, concerns, proposed amendments to the current fee and advertising rules, and next steps. The existing rules remain largely unchanged, however the LSUC rules are now much more specific by providing examples of prohibited marketing practices.

For those who need a little refresher, the current rules state:

4.2-1      A lawyer may market legal services only if the marketing

  • Is demonstrably true, accurate and verifiable;
  • Is neither misleading, confusing, or deceptive, nor likely to mislead, confuse, or deceive; and
  • Is in the best interests of the public and is consistent with a high standard of professionalism.

Examples of marketing that may contravene this rule include

  • Stating an amount of money that the lawyer has recovered for a client or referring to the lawyer’s degree of success in past cases, unless such statement is accompanied by a further statement that past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases;
  • Suggesting qualitative superiority to other lawyers;
  • Raising expectations unjustifiably;
  • Suggesting or implying the lawyer is aggressive;
  • Disparaging or demeaning other persons, groups, organizations or institutions;
  • Taking advantage of a vulnerable person or group;
  • Using testimonials or endorsements which contain emotional appeals.

Remember how we said that the rules are somewhat general and open to interpretation? To ensure that little can be left to any wild marketer’s imaginations, the LSUC has added the following:

Examples of marketing that do contravene this rule include

  • Marketing services that the lawyer is not currently able to perform to the standard of a competent lawyer;
  • Bait and switch marketing, that is marketing by which clients are attracted by offers of services, prices or terms different from those commonly provided to clients who respond to the marketing;
  • Marketing that fails to clearly and prominently disclose a practice that the lawyer has of referring clients for a fee, or other consideration, to other licensees;
  • Failing to expressly state that the marketed services will be provided by licensed lawyers, by licensed paralegals or both, as the case may be;
  • Referring to awards, ranking and third party endorsements that are not bona fide or likely to be misleading, confusing, or deceptive.
  • Awards, rankings and third party endorsements which contravene this rule include those that:
  • Do not genuinely reflect the performance of the lawyer and the quality of services provided by the lawyer but appear to do so;
  • Are not the result of a reasonable evaluative process;
  • Are conferred in part as a result of the payment of a fee or other consideration rather than as a result of a legitimate evaluation of the performance and quality of the lawyer; or
  • The lawyer could not have demonstrated, at the time of reference, were compliant with this rule.

The lawyer could not have demonstrated, at the time of reference, were compliant with this rule.

4.2-1.1  A lawyer marketing legal services shall specifically identify in all marketing materials that they are licensed as a lawyer.

4.2-1.2  The marketing of second opinion services is prohibited.

In addition to the cap on referral fees, the LSUC also approved related measures to increase the transparency of referral fee arrangements. The following new requirements took effect on April 28, 2017:

  • The client, the referring lawyer or paralegal and the lawyer or paralegal accepting the referral must sign a standard referral agreement, as provided by the Law Society.
  • The account to the client must clearly indicate the amount of the referral fee.
  • The client must sign an acknowledgement for the referral payment at the time the payment is made.
  • Lawyers and paralegals must record referral fees paid and received in their books and records and report on referral fee practices in the annual reports they submit to the Law Society.
  • Up-front referral fees are prohibited.
  • Paid referrals when the referring licensee has a conflict of interest will continue to be prohibited.
  • Payment of referral fees to licensees whose licenses were suspended at the time of referral are prohibited.

Shortly after the LSUC’s new rules were announced, Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) tabled a private member’s bill that calls for a ban on referral fees, makes all advertising by personal injury lawyers subject to pre-approval by the LSUC, requires contingency fee agreements to clearly state how the lawyers will get paid and caps contingency fees at 15 per cent of the settlements awarded to personal injury victims.

Acknowledging that private member’s bills rarely become law, Colle said his intention is to raise awareness of these practices that are negatively impacting accident victims and to pressure the government to take action.

While the new rules are a welcome and arguably a long overdue change, they won’t hold much water unless they are enforced and those who break them are penalized. Convocation deals strictly with policy and does not comment on enforcement.

In a press release from the LSUC, Chief Executive Officer Robert Lapper had this to say: “Lawyers and paralegals are expected to follow the Rules of Conduct. In the event that the Rules are not followed, the Law Society will vigorously investigate and take appropriate regulatory action.”

The LSUC is currently investigating about 90 cases of advertising and referral fee complaints involving lawyers from various firms across Ontario. Clearly a problem exists. To effectively deter rule-breaking behavior, the punishment must fit the crime. Serious wrongs are being committed when vulnerable people are being taken advantage of, hard-earned money is going to undeserving people, and public perception of an entire profession is being tarnished by jingles based on half-truths and outright lies. It is our hope that the LSUC will put as much thought and effort into enforcing the rules as it has into coming up with the recent amendments.

So what can your firm do to ensure that your marketing efforts are well within these new regulations? The first step is, of course, knowing them. We have included excerpts from the proposed amendments above and encourage you to take a look at the full report.

Aside from following the letter of the law, so to speak, here are our guidelines to help you follow the spirit of it too:

Let common sense and integrity be your guide. By virtue of being a lawyer, your intentions and motivations are quite simply to help people. Common sense dictates that misleading or deceitful advertising is simply not helpful nor does it uphold the values and integrity that people expect from their trusted legal advisors.

Just be who you really are. From your website to a billboard ad to a radio commercial, it’s important that everything you put out there is true and accurate or else you are committing a major disservice to the general public. And take it from us: truth and accuracy does not mean uninteresting and ineffective. We have worked with hundreds of lawyers over the years to help them uncover who they are, what they offer, and why that makes them the right choice for the right client. We pride ourselves on finding creative, compelling and truthful selling points for each and every firm that we work with.

Be a consumer too. Sure, it’s cliché and a little cheesy, but do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who has been injured by someone else’s negligence and is suffering from intense physical and emotional pain. They may have limited resources and have never had to deal with an insurance company or the legal system. If that were you, would you want to be misled, misinformed, and misrepresented?

This article was published on Cubicle Fugitive blog at  ILCO wishes to thank Carolyn Thrasher and Alexander Smith of Cubicle Fugitive for permitting ILCO to reprint this article. 
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Trolling the Copyright Law

Jane Nevelizer

We are the generation of the digital millennia – iPhones, google, streaming, webinars, social media, digital photography etc. – you name it and it is possible. Undoubtedly the benefits of living in the digital era has been countless, from instagraming your freshly baked Saturday cupcakes, to capturing that ‘first look’ wedding moment, to completing your master’s thesis paperlessly. Sadly, with the good comes the bad, and in the case of copyright trolls, ordinary people and small businesses, often without any intention of copyright infringement, can be sued for thousands of dollars if they are not careful with how they use digital and online resources.

In recent years, the term “copyright troll” emerged as stock image companies and motion picture producers in the USA and Canada began flooding individuals and small businesses with demand letters requiring exorbitant “retroactive” copyright licensing fees, or in the absence of which, face legal charges.1 Often, these letters are sent for actions such as copying and pasting of images found on the Internet or downloading movies. While these demand letters are technically legal, as long as the copyright infringement meets section 3 of the Copyright Act’s conditions and does not fall under any fair dealing exceptions, it exploits the potential ignorance of the “infringers” in two ways:

1) Copyright trolls target a broad number of small businesses and individuals, who in many cases do not have the resources or in-depth knowledge of law to understand that they have infringed upon third party’s intellectual property, let alone defend themselves against such a claim; and

2) Copyright trolls often require exorbitant amounts of money that is often out of proportion with the alleged infringement to settle a potential litigation.

Significant cases related to copyright troll in Canada include: Voltage Pictures LLC v. Doe, 2011 FC 1024, Euro-Excellence Inc. v. Kraft Canada Inc., 2007 SCC 37, [2007] 3 SCR 20, and Masterfile Corp. v. World Internet Corp., 2001 FC 1416, and in the USA include: Getty Images (US) Inc. v. Advernet Inc, 797 F Supp 2d 399 (SD NY 2011) and Masterfile Corp. v. Country Cycling & Hiking Tours by Brooks, Inc., 2008 WL 313958 (SD NY).2

David Fewer, the director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, said to the Law Times in February 2017, “We’re seeing more copyright misuse here in Canada by lots of copyright trolls…Allegations of infringement are being used to secure settlements that aren’t just…where there is any infringement, it’s not in proportion to the harm alleged”.3

In light of such circumstances, what precautionary measures can businesses and individuals take to avoid being “trolled” by the Copyright Act?

Recently, Carters Professional Corporation, a law firm serving many charities, not-for-profits (NFPs), businesses and individuals, and where I work as an IP clerk, published a webinar on the topic of Copyright Issues for Charities and NFPs in the Digital Era, by Sepal Bonni. In it, she mentions several precautionary measures for issues surrounding the Copyright Act that we hope will be helpful to those who are interested in further reading.4 The handout and webinar session recording are found here:

For more information on the complete Carters Charity and NFP Webinar Series, please click here:


  1. The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), University of Ottawa. Copyright Trolls. Accessed June 29, 2017 <>.
  2. The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), University of Ottawa. Copyright Trolls - Resources. Accessed June 29, 2017 <>.
  3. Law Times. February 6, 2017. “Focus: Feds must take action on copyright trolls”. Accessed June 29, 2017 <>.
  4. Bonni, Sepal. (2017) Carters Professional Corporation. Copyright Issues for Charities and NFPs in the Digital Era. <>.
ILCO wishes to thank ILCO Member Jane Nevelizer for submitting this article. 
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Top Five Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

Time-Saving-KeystrokesBy taking advantage of keystrokes in Microsoft Word you can unlock some significant time savings and productivity gains. 

Experts have compiled a list of their top time-saving keystrokes to help you save time when creating and formatting legal documents. To realize the gains, all you need to do is be willing to modify your computing habits. Outlined below are a few popular keystrokes and how they can help you when creating legal documents and correspondence in Microsoft Word.


1. CTRL + Spacebar
Remove all character formatting (font, bold, size, italics, etc.) from any selected text.

This keystroke saves time by not having to re-highlight text and remove an exact attribute. An entire document may be highlighted and all character formatting can be removed at once. This is helpful when you are reformatting old documents or making changes to one from opposing counsel. Additionally, this keystroke is an invaluable tool when bringing old templates to a new firm where their standard styles will need to be applied to your legal documents. 

2. CTRL + Q
Remove all direct paragraph formatting.

We’ve all experienced those pesky spacing issues that were troublesome to fix. This keystroke removes all direct paragraph formatting at once and reverts the paragraph back to the style that was originally applied.   You may click in a single paragraph or select several paragraphs and press Ctrl + Q.  This is incredibly useful when spacing and paragraph issues arise as a result of exchanging document versions between colleagues and provides a quick solution to resolving them.

3. ALT + Shift + Up/Down Arrows
Move a paragraph or table row.

Click in a paragraph or row or select more than one and hold down Alt + Shift with your left hand.  Use the up and down arrows to move the text up or down to a different location. This is helpful in legal documents where you need to change the order of your arguments and saves time from the usual approach of copy and pasting throughout the document.

4. Shift + F5
Return to the last three (3) edit points.

If you have edited text and then moved to another location within your document, pressing Shift + F5 will move your cursor back to your previous three edit points. This is helpful in all documents, but specifically in contracts, pleadings and agreements, when you want to quickly return back to your last change without having to manually search for it.

5. CTRL + G
Navigate to a specific part of your document.

This keystroke is especially helpful when working with larger documents. Using GoTo will take you to a specific page, section, bookmark or footnote within your document. If you are making changes to only a few clauses or sections, this tool is particularly useful to help you find the relevant text faster. This keystroke can also give you access to Advanced Find and Replace in the same dialog box, helping you get more done, faster.

This article was published in its entirety on the website of Infoware Canada: ILCO wishes to thank Michael Barrons and Kathy Mergulhao for permitting ILCO to reprint this article.
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Five Ways to Dress the Part for a Client Meeting

With a predominantly male-driven work force, it is more important than ever for women to stake their claim in their careers. First impressions are everything, so much so that the average person will base their entire first impression of you in the first three seconds they meet you. Three seconds is lighting fast. The majority of that impression will most likely come from how you look, but more importantly what you are wearing. Now, don’t get me wrong; clothes aren’t everything, but they definitely don’t hurt. Clothes and your appearance in general sets the tone that you are serious and capable of doing business with the top dogs. Dressing powerful will make you feel powerful, and in turn, command the energy of everyone in the room. Below are five easy fashion tips to dress the part for any big or small client meeting, ensuring you command positive energy. Happy styling!

1. Clackers - aka a "Rockin'' Pair of Pumps"

Every woman should own a pair of heels that make her feel like a queen. First and foremost, when choosing your shoe soul mate, make sure they are comfortable! The last thing you need is aching toes and wobbly knees as you're trying to seal the deal on that important sale. Shoes are a great way to show your personality without being too “flashy." The majority of the rest of your outfit will be pretty classic, so play up your style and personal touches with your shoes. If you're struggling with the abundant options of shoes that are out there, a never-fail option is a nude pointed-toe heel. Not only will they go with any outfit, but they will elongate your legs and make you look a little thinner and a tad taller.

 2. A Power Blouse

Nothing says “business woman” quite like a crisp, fitted blouse. The best thing about a blouse is that it is probably one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in your closet. You can tuck it into a pencil skirt, let it flow over a nice pair of trousers, pair it with your favorite jeans, or even throw it over a dress for a layering piece for that unpredictable fall and spring weather. When choosing the material and color of your blouse, feel free to experiment with what you like best. Make sure your blouse of choice is fitted and not popping at the breast button. Don’t forget to button it up far ... nothing says unprofessional like a big 'ol eye full of cleavage.

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak" -Rachel Zoe

 3. Trouser Pants

Now that you have your top and your shoes, you need your pants! No leaving the house without those. Best practices for choosing a stellar pair of trousers is to always remember: fit, fit, fit. Not all of us magically fit into the pre-determined sizes of the fashion industry, so taking your trousers to a tailor is definitely encouraged. I would recommend sticking with a neutral color like black, navy, or gray. High-rise, mid-rise, boot cut, or flared, all fine! Choose the style and look that makes you feel the best. If you choose to tuck in your blouse, add a cute thin belt for an extra touch of “I’m really put together.”

4. Laptop Tote

Okay, you're almost fully dressed; just a few final touches to pull it all together. Having a laptop tote to carry all your necessities is a must! Throw your tablet, meeting notes, and your favorite pen in there. Being prepared is important, so having everything you need to rock the meeting can be thrown right into your tote. You can stick with a classic black or brown leather over the shoulder or take a risk with a bright colored boho over-sized purse. Whatever you decide make sure you don’t forget this VIP accessory.

5. A Smile

A smile is a girl's best accessory, so looking put together will get your foot in the door, but your smile and genuine charm will make them coming back deal after deal. Make sure to always flash those pearly whites, and maybe even throw on your favorite shade of lipstick for an extra "wow" factor. Minty fresh breath is never a bad thing, either.

 Now that you have all the secrets to killing a client meeting you can finally feel confident and ensured that you will always put your best foot forward and look good while doing it.

This article was published by Leighton Interactive ( on September 9, 2016,  ILCO wishes to thank Callie Schroeder, the Leighton Interactive Account Manager for permitting ILCO to reprint.


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ILCO is pleased to welcome the following upgrades (UG) and new members as of August 30, 2017.


Eunice Achiro Ebbu 
Mai Budhram 
Rosanna Castro 
Linda L. Costante 
Giovanna DiMauro 
Amanda G. Duchene
Hector Galindo
Manpreet Ghotra
Ellen M. King
Na Li
Czack D. Mirambo
Joanne M.P. Morton
Alexandar Pavlov
Nishaat Premji
Anuradha A. Quanoongo
Sharmeen Saleem
Janice E. Sharpe
Thi Ngoc Anh Tran
Daniella Vanelli  


Marna N. Alexandroff 
Aird & Berlis LLP

Craig Andrus
Koskie Minsky LLP

Melanie R. Baker 
A. Wilford Professional Corporation

Monpreet K. Bamrah 
Reisler Franklin LLP

Geum Young Bang 
D'Angela Fox Vanounou LLP

Lauren F. Barbetta 
Manulife (Toronto - Bloor Street)

Nicole Barbosa 
Blaney McMurtry LLP

Alan J. Bass (UG)
Bartolini, Berlingieri, Barrafato, Fortino, LLP

Katie V. Bell 
Aird & Berlis LLP

Jennifer J. Bhola (UG)
Gorbet & Associates

Nuria Cabezuelo 
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Lois A. Canning 
Whitford & Nagel Associates

Lu Chen 
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Charlotte M. Cooper 
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Katharine M. A. Crawford (UG)
Bereskin & Parr LLP

Samantha E. Da Rocha (UG)
Cummings Cooper Schusheim Berliner LLP

Josée Dalcourt (UG)
Kronis, Rotsztain, Margles, Cappel LLP

Brittney Dapice 
ESC Corporate Services Ltd.

Kelsie L. Edwards
Macdonald Porter Drees Martin Meyrick LLP

Claudia Erban (UG)
Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company

Rachel H. Fischer 
Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP

Nurisa Fletcher 
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Cristina N. Gikov 
Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

Carolynn Goldman 
McMillan LLP

Carol-Ann Healey 
Walker, Head Lawyers

Shannon L. Hill (UG)
WEL Partners

Angela Johnson 
ESC Corporate Services Ltd.

Lynn Kennedy 
City of Toronto

Elizaveta Khristolyubova 
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Jessica S. Knoll
Boddy Ryerson LLP

Kelly J. Konarowski
Intact Insurance

Tori Kulchysky (UG)
Robert Rose Law Office

Samantha L. Kupch 
Rachlin & Wolfson LLP

Jennifer Lock 
Ministry of the Attorney General

Colleen L. McCabe 
Baldwin Law Professional Corporation

Lori A. McCarthy 
Dye & Russell Personal Injury Lawyers

Jessica Moore 
Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Liana E. Murphy (UG)
Aird & Berlis LLP

Joseph M. Noreiga 
ESC Corporate Services Ltd.

Falon Oge 
Aird & Berlis LLP

Ann-Marie D. Peart (UG)
FNF Canada

Ashley M. Perryman 
O'Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo

Mehnaz Quadri 
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – Toronto

Wendy D. Reilly 
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Dawn Richardson (UG)
Grillone Law Firm

Jennifer Robinson 
Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Limited

Deborah A. Rompen 
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Nellie E. Santic 
Aviva Trial Lawyers

Doug J. Sinclair 
Perley Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Gloria L. Slade 
Sax Lawyers

Linda Spina 
McMillan LLP

Victoria Stewart (UG)
Minden Gross LLP

James R. Stoneburrowes
The Law Society of Upper Canada

Firuz J. Vazirov 
Miller Thomson LLP

Jean A. Weese 
Rachlin & Wolfson LLP

Michelle P. Williams (UG)
McNeely, Kelly Barristers & Solicitors

Sarah J. M. Wilson-Side
Intact Insurance

Belinda (Qian) Wu  


Daniela A. Busca (UG)
The Town of Caledon

Kimberly E. Carty 
Minden Gross LLP

Shelley Chornaby (UG)
Shuh Cline & Grossman

Kelly Di Martino (UG)
The Corporation of the City of Brampton

Tanya J. Diskic 
Intact Insurance

Sonya Emery 
Nexera Law Group Professional Corporation

May C. Fong (UG)
Bereskin & Parr LLP

Nahid Islam (UG)
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Natalia Jaworska 
Piasetzki Nenniger Kvas LLP

Brenley N. Kaake 
Torkin Manes LLP

Wan-Ting W. Kao (UG)
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Jessica Maiato (UG)
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Michelle E. McArthur (UG)
The Corporation of the Town of Caledon

Yoona Merdzik (UG)
The Law Society of Upper Canada

Lisa Palumbo (UG)

Alistien V. Simon (UG)
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Patti A Teeter 
Xerox Canada Ltd.

Grace (Qi) Wang 
McMillan LLP

Nikki D. Whaley (UG)
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville


Lori A. Armstrong (UG)
Wilson, Vukelich LLP

Nancy E. Boyco-Newans (UG)
Pape Barristers Professional Corporation

Alexis Fitzjohn (UG)
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Amanda J. Goreski (UG)
First National Financial LP

Nicole S. Martin 
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Danielle J. Monsegue (UG)
G Adventures Inc. 

Jeany Nham (UG)
Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Gianna A. Oliveira (UG)
Fengate Capital Management Ltd.

Lisa Schuurman (UG)
Koskie Minsky LLP

Jessica Zhi (UG)
Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP


Teresa P. Fung
Susan R. James
Esther A. Kushnir
Patricia S. Lawson
Karen R. Smith 

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  • September 5, 2017- February 27, 2018 - Litigation Associate Course
  • September 7, 2017 - January 18, 2018 - Real Estate Associate Course
  • September 17, 2017 - Chudleigh's Farm - Fall Family Event
  • October 4, 2017 - Litigation Law Program CLE
  • October 4, 2017 - Fellowship Securities Law Course
  • October 10, 2017 - Fellowship Trademarks & Copyright Law Course
  • October 23, 2017 - Fellowship Estates Accounting Course
  • November 8, 2017 - Corporate Law Program CLE
  • December 6, 2017 - Lunch & Learn - Estates Filing Changes
  • December 20, 2017 - Securities Law Exam
  • January 8, 2018 - Estates Accounting Law Exam
  • January 11, 2018 - Real Estate Associate Course Exam Registration Deadline
  • January 16, 2018 - Trademarks & Copyright Law Exam
  • January 24, 2018 - Real Estate Associate Course Examination Date
  • January 25, 2018 - May 10, 2018 - Estates Associate Course
  • February 20, 2018 - Litigation Associate Course Exam Registration Deadline
  • March 3, 2018 - Education Awards
  • March 5, 2018 - Litigation Associate Course Examination Date
  • March 6, 2018 - June 19, 2018 - Corporate Associate Course
  • May 3, 2018 - Estates Associate Course Exam Registration Deadline
  • May 16, 2018 - Estates Associate Course Examination Date
  • June 12, 2018 - Corporate Associate Course Examination Registration Deadline
  • June 25, 2018 - Corporate Associate Course Examination Date

See for further details. Dates may be subject to change.

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ILCO Board of Directors 2016/2017

  • Lisa Matchim
  • Rose Kottis
    Vice-President, Registrar and
    Co-Chair Conference
  • Margaret Tsetsakos
    Treasurer and
    Co-Chair Conference
  • Suzanne VanSligtenhorst
    Secretary and
    Co-Chair Public Relations
  • Russell Connelly
    Co-Chair CLE
  • Ian Curry
    Co-Chair Public Relations and
    Co-Chair Conference
  • Zadiha Iqbal
    Chair Education
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    Chair Certification and
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    Co-Chair Newsletter and
    Chair of Governance


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