Program 2018

Conference REGISTRATION at Toronto Association Law Libraries (TALL) under Events

TALL is pleased to offer our members a full day of learning, sharing and networking on October 25 at Vantages Venue (formerly St. Andrew’s Club), Toronto, ON.

TALL eXchange 2K18 will feature two keynote speakers: In the morning, Mr. Eric Wright, CEO Lexis Nexis Canada will give an overview on the state of innovation in the legal technology, specifically in regards to research products. In the afternoon, Dr. Khalid Al-Kofahi, Vice President of Research and Development Thomson Reuters, will be discussing artificial intelligence and its application to law and legal research. As head of corporate R&D at Thomson Reuters, Dr. Al-Kofahi also leads Thomson Reuters’s Center for Cognitive Computing, based in Toronto.

In addition to our Keynote speakers, we will offer sessions on topics such as innovation and legal research, building a personal brand with LinkedIn, innovations in research instruction and the latest developments in legal Canadian copyright issues in a digital era.

We will close out the day with some energizing lightning talks from TALL members on interesting and unique initiatives they’ve been working on as well as exciting new product demos.

Connect with your colleagues during breakfast, lunch, and our post-conference Dutch-treat dinner at the Strathcona Hotel Pub.

Our Twitter handle is #TALL2K18, we encourage you to tweet during the conference and keep the conversations going! Looking forward to seeing you on October 25th

Conference Schedule 

8:00 am – 9:00 am            Breakfast and networking

9:00 am – 9:30 am           Opening Introduction, Candice Fong, TALL President and Sponsors’ Remarks /Keynote Speaker, Eric Wright
Eric Wright, Lexis Nexis Canada CEO
on the current state of legal research technology innovation and what the future holds. Full Bio on our Sponsor and Keynote Speaker

9:30 – 10:30 am               Innovation and Adoption: Don’t Believe the Hype?

**New**  Presentation now available online ~ PLC Committee Panel

Publisher Liaison Committee (PLC) presents this session on how we can make sense of the hype surrounding new legal tech given our limited budgets and time? What do we need to know to be effective partners in adopting new technologies? What do you look for in practice and research tools? A moderated panel with the following participants:

  • Moderated by PLC Committee Member
  • Heather Ritchie, Chief Knowledge and Business Development Officer, Hicks Morley
  • Kate Simpson, National Director of Knowledge Management, Bennett Jones
  • Lesha Van Der Bij, CEO, Optimize Legal

10:30 – 10:45 am             Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:45 am              Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 ~ Building your brand with LinkedIn and Using Social Listening for Business/Legal Research 

Anita Windisman, former Senior Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn will provide the Top 10 best practice tips for building an innovative and effective online professional presence. She will also cover gaining intelligence online by using LinkedIn to proactively search for insights on companies, executives, and firms using social listening methods as a means for conducting business/legal intelligence research.

Session 2 ~ Innovations in Legal and Legislative Research Instruction

Mike McCaffrey, Consultant and Instructor, University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario, and San Jose State University. Former Lecturer, University of Toronto

12 noon – 1:00pm BUFFET LUNCHEON – Knowledge Exchange & Networking

  • $250 Amazon gift card raffle, courtesy of Certent (DisclosureNet)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Sponsors’ Remarks / Keynote Speaker

Dr. Khalid Al-Kofahi, Vice President of Research and Development Thomson Reuters will be discussing artificial intelligence and its application to law and legal research.
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm           Refreshment Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm           Concurrent Sessions

Session 3 ~ Behind the Buzzwords of Library Innovation: Revelations of Researchers

A moderated discussion comprised of representatives from various legal research providers and seasoned professional researchers will give their insights into what is happening in the legal research realm. Participants to include:

Session 4 ~ Blockchain and Smart Contracts for Information Professionals

As technology continues to change, as do the ways that we engage with information.  Join as we look at blockchain’s use in access and attribution of content and discuss what we may see in the future as this technology continues to grow.

Leanne Newell is the Head of Business Development with Access Copyright and Stephen Sawyer is a Design Researcher for Prescient, an innovation lab created by Access Copyright.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm          Lightning talks

  1. Demonstration of Codify, with Paolo Tonelli CEO Codify and Martin Tomlinson Senior Manager, Library Services, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP .
  2. Demonstration of Manzama Insights with Stacy Rowe Director of Client Success, Manzama and Jennifer McNenly Director, Library and Information Services, Fasken LLP
  3. Litigation support services and expert witness consulting Heather Bennett, Vice President, Duff & Phelps will share her experience providing business research to the expert financial witnesses at Duff & Phelps and performing investigative due diligence at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps.
  4. Private investigation work in law libraries Nairne Holtz, Senior Reference Librarian, WeirFoulds LLP, is a licensed Private Investigator (PI) who will explain the process, what it does and doesn’t allow you to do, and how she has used those skills for locates and client / witness background. 

Conference Closing Remarks, Candice Fong, Tall President

Conference Officially Ends at 5:00pm 

 5:30 pm  Pub Night at the Strath Pub (lower level Strathcona Hotel)


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