A substantive one-day legal conference focusing on the shared legal values of Canada and Israel. Expect discussions around: The IHRA definition of antisemitism, the balance of civil rights & security. This event qualifies for Law Society CPD requirements.
Canada & Israel: Shared Values and Shared Legal Traditions
Galit Baram, Israeli Consul General to Toronto and Western Canada
Legal Perspectives on Achieving a Balance Between Civil Rights and Security
IHRA Definition of Antisemitism as a Tool to Address Antisemitism Targeting Israel
The Historical Barriers Facing the Legal Profession: Lessons Learned from The Jewish Experience*
*Qualified Equality, Diversity & Inclusion hours are pending.
This program contains 1 hour and 15 minutes of EDI Professionalism content. This program is eligible for up to 5 Substantive Hours
08:15 - 08:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome
Chair, CIJA Toronto Council, Barbara Bank
Chair, CIJA Legal Task Force, John Rosen
09:00 – 10:00 Opening Keynote Address
Israel Consul General to Toronto and Western Canada, Galit Baram
10:00 – 11:15 SESSION 1
NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES – BALANCE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, MILITARY ACTIVITY
Amos Guiora, Professor of Law, University of Utah and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Judge Advocate General Corps
Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Attorney General of Ontario 2003-2007
Major-General (ret’d) Ed Fitch, retired major general with the Canadian Armed Forces who served Canada for 43 years
Moderator: Ed Prutschi, Partner at Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman LLP
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER –– John Rosen, Rosen & Company Barristers
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 SESSION 2
HISTORICAL BARRIERS FACING THE LEGAL PROFESSION: Lessons learned from the Jewish experience. Accredited 1 hour and 15 minutes EDI Professionalism Hours
The historical and demographic challenges addressing the barriers faced by equity-seeking groups. Are there lessons to be learned from the Jewish experience? The exploration of the barriers to our predecessors and those now faced by other groups?
Sophia Sperdakos, former policy counsel & Law Society’s Heritage Committee at the Law Society of Upper Canada
Don Carr, Aird & Berlis, LLP
Gayle Nathanson, Associate Director External Affairs, CIJA
Moderator: Dana Doidge, Legal Counsel, Intact Insurance Company
14:30 – 15:30 IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM AS A LEGAL TOOL TO ADDRESS THE NEW ANTISEMITISM (TARGETING ISRAEL)
Mark Freiman, former partner at Lerner’s LLP and Deputy Attorney General of Ontario from 2000 to 2004.
Richard Marceau, Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel, CIJA