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Senior Legal Counsel, Copyright Board of Canada
Chief Executive Officer, Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Former General Counsel, Copyright Board of Canada
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 Mr. 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.
|The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell Juriansz
Justice Juriansz received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1969 and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1972. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974. Justice Juriansz was appointed to the former Ontario Court (General Division) in 1998 and the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2004.
Luc Laforest has recently been appointed Acting Director of Copyright and Trademark Policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada). Prior to this position, Luc was Senior Policy Analyst in the Patent Policy Directorate at Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Before tackling intellectual property policy, Luc specialized in intergovernmental fiscal relations. He held positions at the Privy Council Office, first as an economist in the Liaison Secretariat for Macroeconomic Policy, then in the Intergovernmental Secretariat. Before joining the federal public service, Luc was economist with the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Finance.
|The Honourable Mr. 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.
Lara Taylor started her professional life in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a classically-trained French chef, apprenticed in Asian-style “fusion” cuisine. She is currently the Director of Policy and Legislation in the Copyright and International Trade Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage. Over the past few years, Lara has played a key leadership role in the 2009 national copyright consultations, and in the policy and legislative processes leading to recent amendments in the Copyright Act, including its last major reform, passed in 2012.
In her life before copyright, Lara played a leadership role, as part of the Federal Secretariat for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, in securing Canada’s contribution to the Games, and building partnerships with the Vancouver Organizing Committee, the Four Host First Nations, and the Province of British Columbia. Lara has also worked on economic development policy in Cabinet Operations within the Privy Council Office, and on Aboriginal youth programs in British Columbia. Prior to joining the federal government, Lara focused her efforts primarily on health and community development, working with not-for-profit organizations in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, in India, and in Tanzania. She holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.
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.