Think Tank

Think Tank—
THE INTELLECTUAL HUB
OF OSLER ALUMNI.

Ongoing shifts in the legal profession are generating innovative thinking and insights that will affect organizations and people for years to come. Think Tank is a carefully curated selection of articles showcasing thought leadership in this arena from around the world.  We invite you to share these discussion-provoking articles with your own teams, and share articles with us that you think your alumni friends and Osler colleagues will enjoy.  Some of you may fondly remember “Purdy’s Picks” – articles of interest that Purdy curates himself which we also share here, along with some of Osler’s latest thinking.

Insights Worth Sharing

Diversity and Inclusion: We’re not doing enough

The Royal Bank of Canada - 6 Degrees Reports
RBC and the Institute for Canada Citizenship surveyed 64 organizations that collectively employ 1.2 million Canadians about diversity and inclusion: how they define it, how they go about promoting it, and how they measure it. >

All of Us: What we mean when we talk about inclusion

Royal Bank of Canada - 6 Degrees Report
A report that takes a look at what it takes to build an inclusive society. >

Inclusion Matters

Catalyst
Want to build high-performing teams? Make employees feel more included at work. >

Lessons from Yelp’s Empirical Approach to Diversity

Harvard Business Review

The Day-to-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion

Catalyst
How do you define inclusion? Inclusion and exclusion do not occur in isolation and are not absolutes. On a day-to-day basis, employees’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion often coexist. This report explores inclusion and exclusion in more concrete terms by examining employees’ daily workplace experience. >

Cognitive Diversity Helps Teams Solve Problems Faster

Harvard Business Review
If cognitive diversity is what we need to succeed in dealing with new, uncertain, and complex situations, we need to encourage people to reveal and deploy their different modes of thinking. >

How blockchains could change the world

McKinsey & Company
In this interview, Don Tapscott explains why blockchains, the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency, have the potential to revolutionize the world economy. >

Blockchain: understanding the potential

Barclays
While still unpredictable, technologies around bitcoin have the potential to transform many different processes. Companies need to be discussing these developments at the board level, asking how this technology could help them and whether they should be investing in it. >

The impact of the blockchain goes beyond financial services

Harvard Business Review
”Blockchain technology is ushering in the second generation of the Internet, and if companies don’t want to get left behind, they’ll need to dodge the Innovator’s dilemma and disrupt from within.” >

Beyond bitcoin: Issues in regulating blockchain transactions

Duke University
“This resource integrates current research from leading computer scientists and cryptographers to elevate the legal community’s understanding of blockchain technology and, ultimately, to inform policymakers and practitioners as they consider different regulatory schemes.” >

Osler Thought Leadership

2017 Diversity Disclosure Practices Report

2017 Diversity Disclosure Practices
A 2017 snapshot on the representation of women in leadership roles in corporate Canada. >

The Securities Litigation Review, Third Edition: Canada (2017)

Securities Litigation in Canada - 2017
In Canada, a patchwork of provincial legislation, regulations, rules, instruments and policies is responsible for governing securities regulation. >

How NAFTA, CETA, TPP could impact cross-border trade

Canadian companies that engage in cross-border business pursuits should be mindful of several trade initiatives that may have a profound impact on their business objectives. >

Looking ahead: Climate Change as a board issue

Climate change is an important area of board oversight, encompassing potential long-term physical impacts on operations, risks and opportunities, as well as the potential for rapid acceleration of change and crisis. >

Canadian public company mergers and acquisitions guide

This practical guide reviews the crucial concerns related to M&A transactions of Canadian public companies, including the fundamental changes to the take-over bid regime that came into effect on May 9, 2016. >

White paper: The board of directors’ role in crisis management

Published in collaboration with the Institute of Corporate Directors, our white paper highlights crisis management from the board’s perspective. Based on a 37-question survey completed by 400 Canadian board directors, feedback from director roundtable participants and cross-country panel discussions, the paper provides key insights on how boards can help their organization to effectively respond to a potential crisis situation, and best protect those organizations. >

Infographic: Practical insight – Representations and warranties insurance

Our new infographic offers a practical guide to the representations and warranties insurance process, providing useful insights into how to obtain the insurance and integrate it into your transaction. >

Managing Risk Today to Prevent Tomorrow’s Class Action

Preparation, a proactive response and a strong defence strategy are crucial in preventing and mitigating a class action’s impact. Managing Risk Today to Prevent Tomorrow’s Class Action outlines essential steps for navigating the modern class action environment. >

Doing Business in Canada

Successfully expanding into the Canadian market means understanding the country’s changing business and legal landscape. Our guide to Doing Business in Canada can help you do just that. >

Legal Year in Review

Osler’s Legal Year in Review provides insights on the most significant legal developments of 2014 and their implications for Canadian business in 2015 and beyond. >