Think Tank

Think Tank—

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

Team-Building Tips

New York Times
Worthy suggestions for leaders wanting to foster a dynamic team culture. >

Break time!

The Atlantic, Derek Thompson
Here’s one method to optimize your productivity during the work day. >

Getting ready for GDPR

Canadian Lawyer
Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation will have further-reaching implications than many Canadian lawyers think, warn experts. >

The Economics of Artificial Intelligence

McKinsey Quarterly
Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business. >

How AI Is Making Prediction Cheaper

HBR Ideacast
Avi Goldfarb, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, explains the economics of machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence that makes predictions. >

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

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

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. >

Osler Thought Leadership

The Corporate Governance Review, Eighth Edition: Canada (2018)

The Corporate Governance Review
This resource offers in-depth analysis on recent developments and the structure of corporate governance in Canada, with detailed sections devoted to corporate leadership, disclosure requirements and corporate responsibility. The publication also contains a comprehensive section dedicated to shareholder rights and powers, activism and take-over defences. >

NAFTA renegotiations and their impact on Canadian businesses

This presentation by Osler partner Riyaz Dattu, an International Trade and Investment Law expert, and Peter Glossop, a partner in Osler’s Competition/Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group, details the impact of NAFTA renegotiations — and other trade agreements including the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) — on Canadian businesses. >

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. >