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

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

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. >

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. >