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Glen Bloom has been a partner in Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt’s Ottawa office since 1985. He practices intellectual property law and litigation, primarily copyright, trade-mark and patent matters and frequently appears before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Trade-marks Opposition Board and the Copyright Board.Glen was Editor in Chief of the Canadian Patent Reporter (1999-2008) and a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (1998–99). He was a founding board member of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority where he served as Vice Chair (2000–2001).From 1989 to 1999 he was an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Common Law of the University Ottawa where he established the faculty’s courses on Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Technology and on Copyright Law. He has also been invited as a speaker at numerous conferences sponsored by the National Judicial Institute, Federal Court of Canada, U.S. Department of Commerce, Law Society of Upper Canada, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Canadian Bar Association, University of Ottawa, York University (Toronto), Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Copyright Society and International Trade-mark Association, among others. For a more detailed biography, click here.
Mario Bouchard is general counsel with the Copyright Board of Canada. A member of the Quebec bar, he holds a master’s degree from l’Université Laval. He was legislative counsel to the Quebec National Assembly, teaching associate in Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Birmingham (U.K.), research coordinator of the administrative law project of the Law Reform Commission of Canada, wine broker, counsel to the federal department of Justice and head of legal services at the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has authored several papers dealing with copyright, the work of the Copyright Board, collective administration and orphan works. His most recent one compares the operations and regulation of collective management organizations in Australia and Canada.As General Counsel to the Copyright Board, Mr. Bouchard has been involved in many files dealing with copyright law reform and new technologies, including proposed tariffs for the use of music over the Internet and by satellite radio. Mr. Bouchard is a member of the external advisory board of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
|| Mary Carman
Ms. Carman has over 25 years of Canadian federal government experience in several departments, in areas as diverse as pre-market approval of pharmaceuticals at Health Canada, and economic policy assessment at the Privy Council Office. Since she joined Industry Canada in early 2003, Ms. Carman has served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, as Chief Information Officer, and as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Science and Innovation Sector. Most recently she was ADM, Small Business and Marketplace Services.In April 2007 Ms. Carman was appointed Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).CIPO is an Agency of Industry Canada responsible for administering Canada’s intellectual property (IP) systems which comprise patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies. As such CIPO is responsible for granting and registering IP rights, as well as disseminating information associated with these rights.
|Jane E. Caskey
Jane E. Caskey is a partner at Norton Rose OR LLP. She practises intellectual property law, including patent and trade-mark infringement litigation, trade-mark prosecution and opposition work, licensing, injunctions and commercial litigation. She is the global practice leader of Norton Rose Group’s intellectual property practice.Ms. Caskey has extensive experience as an advocate at both the trial and appellate levels on applications and motions, as well as at trial, and appears regularly before the Federal Court of Canada and the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Ms. Caskey also participates in resolving client issues through negotiation/alternative dispute resolution and has broad experience as an advocate on arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative tribunals. For a more detailed biography, click here.
Casey Chisick combines recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters with an in-depth understanding of the entertainment and media industries, providing transactional advice and litigation counsel to film, television, music, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, fashion and business clients. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and Harvard Law School, and a former law clerk to The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada, Casey has taught copyright to hundreds of students at Osgoode Hall, the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. He remains active in legal education circles as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall and co-chair of the bi-annual Entertainment, Advertising & Media Law Symposium for the Law Society of Upper Canada.Casey has represented clients in proceedings before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Copyright Board. In 2006, he acted as lead counsel to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) in the historic CSI Online Music Services Tariff hearing, in which the Copyright Board established the royalties payable to songwriters and music publishers by online music services like iTunes, Napster, and Puretracks for the right to reproduce songs and distribute them via the Internet as downloads and streams. He is also a frequent commentator on copyright and entertainment issues for CBC television and radio. For a more detailed biography, click here.
|A. Kelly Gill
Mr. Gill is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office. A member of the Firm’s IP department, Mr. Gill formerly served as the Intellectual Property Department Head in Toronto from 2003 to 2006, and was Head of the Firm’s IP Litigation National Practice Group from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Gill specializes in trade mark, copyright, patent and misleading advertising litigation, including related rights and opinion work. Selected as one of Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 Canadian lawyers in November/December 2004, Mr. Gill is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, Lexpert and Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners as a one of the top IP professionals in Canada and is a Canadian contributing editor of the European Intellectual Property Review. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Institute of Trademark Agents, the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Gill’s practice has brought him before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court Trial Division, the Ontario Court of Appeal, High Court and Divisional Court. He has appeared as counsel on numerous reported intellectual property decisions. For a more detailed biography, click here.
|The Honourable Justice Roger T. Hughes
Born September 16, 1941, in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at Queen’s University (B.Sc. 1963) and University of Toronto (LL.B. 1966). Called to the Bar of Ontario (1968) and Alberta (1976). Appointed Queen’s Counsel (1984). Associate and Partner, Sim, Hughes, Ashton & McKay and Sim & McBurney (1969 – 2005). Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law and in Civil Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; Registered Professional Engineer (1964), Registered Trade Mark Agent (1968), Registered Patent Agent (1969); Past-President, Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada; Past Director, Advocates’ Society; Author and speaker, Court practice and procedure, patent, trade mark and copyright law, and media and entertainment law. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court, and ex officio, member of the Federal Court of Appeal, June 1, 2005. Appointed as a Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on June 23, 2006.
Sylvain Laporte is the Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-Marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) since April 2011. CIPO is an agency of Industry Canada responsible for granting and registering IP rights in Canada. Mr. Laporte holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, and a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston. He started his career as a member of the Canadian Forces in the field of aerospace engineering. He then held positions at Canada Post Corporation in business development, marketing, logistics and information technology. He joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer (CIO) and soon after he was appointed as Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office (ITO) in October 2008. At ITO, he was responsible for government contributions into industrial research and development programs.
Ms Monteith is the Director of the Copyright and International Intellectual Property Directorate at Industry Canada. The CIIP Directorate advises the government on copyright and international intellectual property matters other than patents and develops specific policy proposals and legislative initiatives in these areas.
Mr. Olsen is currently Director, Legislation and Negotiations at the Copyright Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Copyright Policy Branch ensures that Canada’s copyright policy framework, a cornerstone of cultural policy, supports creation, innovation and access to cultural works. The Branch provides research and analysis to develop and maintain a copyright policy framework that responds to the emerging challenges of domestic and international trends.Prior to joining Canadian Heritage, Mr. Olsen was the Chief of Economic Analysis at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has also held positions at Industry Canada in telecommunications policy and in the Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Program.He served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority from 2000-2002, and has represented Canada at the Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. He also served on the Secretariat of the National Broadband Task Force. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, and received his L.L.B. from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1997.
| Lisa Philipps
Professor Lisa Philipps joined the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996 after teaching at the University of Victoria (1991-95) and the University of British Columbia (1995-96). She holds law degrees from the University of Toronto (LL.B. 1986) and York University (LL.M. 1992). Prior to her academic career Lisa practiced tax law with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. She is co-author of Canadian Income Tax Law, 3d (LexisNexis 2009, with David Duff, Kim Brooks and Ben Alarie), and co-editor of Tax Expenditures: State of the Art (Canadian Tax Foundation, 2011, with Neil Brooks and Jinyan Li). Professor Philipps teaches a range of tax courses to JD and LLM students at Osgoode and in 2008 she taught as a Visiting Senior Fellow in Melbourne Law School’s Tax LLM Program. Lisa has published many articles, book chapters and op-ed comments on tax and fiscal policy issues, as well as briefs and reports for Parliamentary Standing Committees, the Law Commission of Canada, the National Association of Women and the Law, and others. She currently serves as Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations) (2009-11), and in this capacity develops international partnerships and programs, and promotes all aspects of the law school’s research productivity and reputation. Lisa also sits as a representative of Osgoode on the Council of the Ontario Bar Association. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Poonam Puri is one of Canada’s most respected scholars and commentators on issues of corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, and corporate and white-collar crime.
Appointed to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997 at the age of 25, and a recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award in 1999, Puri is a prolific scholar who has co-authored or edited three books and written numerous articles or reports. She has an LLB degree from the University of Toronto, where she was the Silver Medalist in her 1995 graduating law class, and she holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School.
Her work is academically rigorous as well as firmly grounded in the real-time of policy-making. It is for this reason that governments and regulators in Canada and internationally, including Industry Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Canadian Senate, the Wise Persons Committee on Securities Regulation and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, have sought her expertise.
In 2008, she was appointed as one of two research directors of the Canadian Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, which is seeking input on the best way to develop and implement a model Common Securities Act for Canada. In 2005, she was co-research director of the Task Force to Modernize Securities Legislation and also served as a member of the OSC’s Investor Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007. She was the President of the Canadian Law and Economics Association from 2006-2008.
A 2005 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ award, she was appointed in 2008 to the board of directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. She is on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, and an inaugural member of the University of Toronto President’s International Advisory Council.
|The Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein
Born December 25, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Educated at Winnipeg schools and University of Manitoba, B.Com., 1962, LL.B., 1966. Called to the Bar of Manitoba, 1966. Married to Sheila Dorfman of Montreal on June 12, 1966. Four children: Ronald, Douglas, Tracey and Robert, and three grandchildren. Associate Thorvaldson, Eggertson, Saunders and Mauro, 1966-69; Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, 1969-72; partner Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, 1972-92, member and periodic Chairman of Management Committee/Executive Board, 1981-92. Appointed Q.C., 1979. Practised in the areas of Administrative Law and Litigation, primarily Transportation and Competition Law. Labour and commercial arbitrator. Adjudicator, Manitoba Human Rights Act, 1978-83. Member, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 1986-92. Appeared before federal and Manitoba Administrative Tribunals, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Manitoba Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Lecturer, Transportation Law, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, 1970-83, 1988-92. Lecturer, Contract Law, University of Manitoba, Extension Department, 1970-75. Bar Admission Course Lecturer, Law Society of Manitoba, 1970-75. Secretary (Administrator), Civil Legal Aid Committee, Law Society of Manitoba, 1968-70. Chairman, Commission on Compulsory Retirement (Manitoba), 1981-82. Chairman, Ministerial Task Force on International Air Policy (Canada), 1990-91. Member, Manitoba Transportation Industry Development Advisory Committee, 1985-87, and Chairman, 1987-90. Member, Airports Task Force, 1985-86. Member, Airports Transfer Advisory Board, 1988-92. Member, External Advisory Committee, University of Manitoba Transport Institute, 1989-92. Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, and member ex officio Appeal Division, June 24, 1992 – January 20, 1999. Appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, October 29, 1992. Judicial member of the Competition Tribunal, May 31, 1993 – January 20, 1999. Appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal, January 21, 1999. Appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, March 1, 2006.
Barry Sookman is a partner with McCarthy Tétrault and co-chair of its Technology Law Group. He is also the former head of its Internet and Electronic Commerce Group. Prior to that, he was head of its Intellectual Property Group for six years. He is one of Canada’s foremost authorities in the area of Information Technology Law.Mr. Sookman is the author of the leading three-volume text entitled Sookman: Computer Law: Acquiring and Protecting Information Technology (Carswell 1989-1999) and the leading four-volume text Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law (Carswell 1999-2005).Mr. Sookman also authored Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Terms: Judicial, Legislative and Technical Definitions (2001-2004). In addition, he is a contributing author to the following: Gordon Henderson Copyright Law in Canada (Carswell 1994), Barbara McIsaac The Law of Privacy in Canada (Carswell 2000-2003); George Takach The Software Business (McGraw Hill 1999); and Marco Giovanoli International Monetary Law: Issues for the New Millenium (Oxford 2000). Mr. Sookman is also the author of numerous articles dealing with information technology and intellectual property and is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to computer, electronic commerce, internet law and intellectual property. For a more detailed biography, click here.
|Professor and Dean Lorne Sossin
Lorne Sossin is a Professor and Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, at York University. Prior to this appointment, Professor Sossin was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). Previously (1997-2002), he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Political Science, at York University. His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy and the judicial process. Dean Sossin was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais). He holds doctorates from the University of Toronto in Political Science and from Columbia University in Law. Dean Sossin has published numerous books, journal articles, reviews and essays, including Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2010) (forthcoming); The Future of Judicial Independence (Toronto: Irwin, 2010) (co-edited with Adam Dodek); Civil Litigation (Toronto: Irwin 2010) (co-authored with Janet Walker); Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) (co-edited with Peter Russell); Administrative Law in Context (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2008) (co-edited with Colleen Flood); Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) (co-edited with Sujit Choudhry and Jean-Francois Gaudreault-Desbiens); and Access to Care, Access to Justice: The Legal Debate over Private Health Insurance in Canada(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005) (co-edited with Colleen Flood & Kent Roach).Dean Sossin served as Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Task Force on the Independence of the Bar and has written commissioned papers for the Gomery Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Goudge Inquiry. He also serves on the Boards of the National Judicial Institute, the Law Commission of Ontario and is a Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Member of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Dean Sossin served as Interim Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto in 2008-2009, and is currently the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto.
David Tobin has over thirty years experience in a variety of federal public service management positions. He has experience in both domestic and international fields as well as in policy and operational matters. His most recent position prior to his retirement was Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) He held this position from November 1999 until April 2007.CIPO provides products and services to the intellectual property users (business, universities, IP agents, general public) in support of Canada’s domestic and international interests in intellectual property. It administers the intellectual property systems in Canada including the granting of patents, trade-marks and registration of other intellectual property. The Commissioner and Registrar has separate, independent authority in the decision to grant or reject an application.Prior to this he had a number of other positions including General Director Financial Sector Policy Branch, Department of Finance, from January 1997 – November 1999, and Director General Corporate Governance Branch, Department of Industry Canada, September 1991 to December 1996. He had previous experience at Department of Fisheries as well in the private sector. He holds degrees from Concordia University (Loyola College) and Carleton.
Professor David Vaver has returned to Osgoode from Oxford to inspire a new generation of students in the IP Osgoode program. An Emeritus Fellow of St. Peter’s College at Oxford and former Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Professor Vaver has written extensively in intellectual property law including two texts – Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents, Trademarks (Toronto: Irwin Law 1997) and Copyright Law (Toronto: Irwin Law 2000). His most recent work, a five-volume compilation of leading IP articles, Intellectual Property Rights: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2006), demonstrates his endless fascination with IP. For a more detailed list of publications, please click here.
|The Honourable Justice Karen M. Weiler
Justice Weiler received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1967. After articling with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1969. She practised law with Weiler, Weiler and Maloney in Thunder Bay until 1972 when she returned to Toronto and entered the LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall. She received her LL.M. in 1974. She was counsel for the Ministry of the Attorney General and later became Senior Counsel in the Policy Development Division. Appointed to the former District Court of Ontario in 1980, and to the Ontario High Court, February 21, 1989, Justice Weiler was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on March 12, 1992. She was also appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court on July 26, 1995.Justice Weiler is fluent in French and presides over appeals in the French language. She has been a director of the American Judicature Society, the Canadian Judges Conference, and the International Association of Women Judges – Canadian Chapter. Justice Weiler has also served on the Justice Minister’s Advisory Committee for Judicial Appointments. Over the course of her twenty-seven years on the bench, and now fifteen years as an appellate judge, Justice Weiler has written judgments in all areas of law: criminal, civil, constitutional, administrative, employment and labour law and municipal law.