Legal Innovation Conference

The second annual Legal Innovation Conference, hosted by the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in partnership with the Law and Business Association, promises to build on the exploration of legal innovation and developments in technology established by the inaugural conference. In the midst of ever-present breaking news of information security and privacy, and countless legal technology startups competing to dominate an emerging market, the Legal Innovation Conference will demonstrate relevance in unpacking practical applications of innovation across the legal industry. The Conference will bring together lawyers, entrepreneurs, academics, industry leaders, and students to highlight the ideas, innovations, and solutions that are transforming the delivery of legal services, through panels on cybersecurity and the law and innovation in legal academia under the overarching theme of Pushing the Limits of Innovation.

Keynote Speaker

Robert Garmaise

Robert is the Chief Innovation Officer at Fasken. He transforms firm operations by pinpointing the products, process improvements and business model changes that will best position Fasken for future success. Robert has led major business transformation projects and held senior positions at McKinsey, Microsoft, Workbrain Corporation, Blockbuster Canada and Info-Tech Research Group. Robert holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University.


Martine Boucher

Martine Boucher is the CEO, co-founder and legal brain behind Simplex Legal, a national in-house counsel boutique that is revolutionizing how legal services are delivered. A lawyer by training with “Big Law” and in-house counsel experience under her belt, she is a self-proclaimed tech geek and an entrepreneur at heart. Martine takes great pride in Simplex Legal, a firm where lawyers focus on being great lawyers and providing outstanding customer service, without billable hour quotas or matter origination and firm management obligations, while still enjoying a good work-life balance.

Lisa Culbert

As Law Made’s original “Itinerant” Lawyer and Maker (Itinerant meaning “journeying from place to place”), Lisa spent 2017 travelling the world while pursuing her own legal practice and landed in Vancouver this year.

Lisa practices corporate/commercial law and has advised entrepreneurs, start-ups, growth companies and blue chip, global corporations. She transitioned from Toronto’s Bay Street practicing with Stikeman Elliott LLP to pioneering as the first “Start-up Associate” at Cognition LLP (now Axiom and Caravel Law) and onto her current role where she exemplifies the “T-Shaped Legal Professional” as Counsel, Legal Solutions at Vision Critical and continues the pursuit to “make law better” as a Maker at Law Made.

Patricia Kosseim

Patricia Kosseim is Counsel in Osler's Privacy and Data Management Group and Co-leader of Osler’s AccessPrivacy platform, an integrated suite of innovative information solutions, consulting services and thought leadership. Patricia is a national leading expert in privacy and access law, having served over a decade as Senior General Counsel and Director General at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). She provided strategic legal and policy advice on complex and emerging privacy issues; advised Parliament on privacy implications of legislative bills; led research initiatives on new information technologies and advanced privacy law in major litigation cases before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has spoken and written extensively on matters of health law, privacy and ethics. She has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and holds several Board appointments, including on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital.

Aliya Ramji

Aliya Ramji is General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Figure 1. She is an international lawyer who has held legal and non-legal positions. In 2016, Aliya was named one of the top 10 thirty-somethings by the Association of Corporate Counsel and was awarded the Young Alumni of Influence by the University of Toronto, University College. She has spent time lobbying the US Senate and Canadian government, making submissions on international free trade agreements, and taking companies global. Aliya teaches the Legal Aspects of International Business as well as Business Law at Ryerson University and is licensed to practice in Ontario and in New York.

Jennifer Raso

Dr. Jennifer Raso (SJD, University of Toronto; LLB, University of Victoria) studies how humans and data-driven technologies co-produce institutional decisions, and their implications for procedural fairness and substantive justice. An award-winning socio-legal scholar, her research has been funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Australia’s Endeavour Fellowships Program. Her recent work appears in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Kate Simpson

Kate holds her LLB and Post-grad from the College of Law in London, and moved to Canada in 2010. Kate is a bit of an evangelist for all things KM and Innovation in Legal. She speaks and writes as often as people let her, and she has a regular column in the Canadian Lawyer. Prior to Bennett Jones, Kate was a consultant to many Canadian, UK and global law firms advising them in the design and implementation of useful, usable and engaging KM solutions that benefited both the lawyers and their clients.

Tom Sides

Tom is a partner and chair of Dentons Canada’s National Technology Transactions Law Group, and a representative on the firm’s Global TMT leadership team. His practice focuses extensively on technology, intellectual property, privacy, anti-spam and related commercial legal issues for clients in many vertical sectors of the Canadian economy. Tom has significant experience negotiating complex national and international technology transactions involving cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, software development and more. Tom has given many presentations in Canada, the US and UK in the privacy and data security area on recent technological innovations. He also has extensive legal and business experience, including acting as Associate General Counsel at TELUS Corporation and General Counsel for Intuit Inc. (Canada and UK) in the software and telecommunications industries.

Frank Work, QC

Frank Work, QC, is the former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, serving from 2002 to 2018, and before that had served as General Counsel to the OIPC from 1995 to 2002. Frank holds a Master's in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and an LLB from McGill University Faculty of Law. He is currently working on a BA in Anthropology, in addition to teaching the Information and Privacy Law course at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and acting as Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Sawridge First Nation.