NEWLY Announced ~ Special Guest Speakers

This year’s Organizing Committee is pleased to have leading analyst and forecaster for the global legal market, Jordan Furlong as our keynote speaker. In keeping with the Pitblado Lectures tradition, Jordan is joined by a diverse group of innovators and experts from across North America including Shannon Salter, Mr. Justice Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin, Dr. Larry Richard, Monica Goyal and Darrel I. Pink who will all be leading us in challenging and informative discussions on the future of the legal profession.

 

Jordan Furlong, Ottawa, ON

Jordan Furlong is a consultant, author, and legal market analyst who forecasts
the impact of changing market conditions on lawyers and law firms. He has given
dozens of presentations to audiences in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
over the past several years, including to law firms, state bars, courts, and many
legal associations. Formerly an award-winning editor of three major Canadian
legal periodicals, Jordan is also a Fellow of the College of Law Practice
Management and a member of the Advisory Board of the American Bar
Association's Center for Innovation. He is the author, most recently, of Law Is A
Buyer's Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm, and he writes regularly about
the changing legal market at his website, law21.ca.

 

Shannon Salter, Vancouver, BC

Shannon Salter is the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online
tribunal resolving small claims and condominium disputes. Ms. Salter is a
frequent speaker at international conferences on online dispute resolution,
administrative law, legal education, and the future of law and technology. She is
also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching
administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation. She earned her
BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto. Ms. Salter
was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation at a
large Vancouver firm. She has served as a vice chair of the Workers’
Compensation Appeal Tribunal and on the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

Ms. Salter is currently a commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission,
vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and a board
member of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). She is a co-author
of the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual, as well as a number of legal
journal articles. In 2016, Ms. Salter was named one of Canada’s New Law
Pioneers by the Canadian Bar Association. She is also the 2016 recipient of the
Adam Albright award for outstanding teaching by an adjunct professor.

Mr. Justice Leonard S. Mandamin
Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, ON

Born in 1944, an Anishinaabe member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian
Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Educated at University of Waterloo
(B.A.Sc. - Electrical Engineering 1971), University of Alberta (LL.B. 1982). Called
to the Alberta Bar in 1983. Established the law firm of Mandamin and Associates
in 1985 representing First Nations, aboriginal organisations and individuals.

Appeared as counsel before the Alberta Queen’s Bench and Provincial Courts
and before the Supreme Court of Canada (R. v. Badger), Saskatchewan Court of
Appeal (R. v. Wolfe) and the Indian Claims Commission (Cold Lake First Nations
Claim). Faculty Co-ordinator for Aboriginal Justice Seminars at the Banff School
of Management and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of
Native Studies. Chairperson of the Edmonton Police Commission (1991-1995)
and President of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, Alberta
(1990).

Provincial Court judge in the Calgary Criminal Division of the Provincial Court of
Alberta (1999 - 2007). Presided in the Tsuu T’ina Court which involved a First
Nation peacemaker justice initiative and in the Siksika Court at Siksika which
also involved traditional aboriginal mediation. Appointed Judge of the Federal
Court and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, April 27, 2007.

Dr. Larry Richard, Wayne, PA

Dr. Larry Richard is recognized as the leading expert on the psychology of
lawyer behavior and founder of LawyerBrain, a management consulting firm
that exclusively serves the legal profession. He has advised hundreds of top
law firms and major corporate law departments on leadership, building
psychological resilience, management, and related issues such as teaming and
collaboration, coping with change, motivation, influencing skills, talent selection,
assessment, and other aspects of professional development and OD. Widely
known as an expert on the lawyer personality, he has gathered personality
data on thousands of lawyers.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dr. Richard practiced
law as a trial attorney for ten years. He then earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from
Temple University. For more than 20 years, he has provided consulting services
exclusively to the legal profession. Formerly with Altman Weil, and more recently
the head of the Leadership & OD Practice at Hildebrandt, he launched his own
consulting firm in 2011, LawyerBrain LLC.

He is a frequent author and speaker on the use of positive psychology and
applied behavioral science in helping law firms and law departments to succeed.
He is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach, and a licensed user of the MBTI, Caliper, Hogan, DiSC, StrengthsFinder and 14 other tools.

 

 Monica Goyal, Toronto, ON

Monica Goyal is a successful entrepreneur, lawyer, and innovator, and is
recognized as one of the 10 Women to Watch in Tech in the Journal of the
American Bar Association. She has founded two innovative platforms, My Legal
Briefcase and Aluvion Law, that use technology to create democratic legal
solutions for small businesses and individuals. She is currently an adjunct
professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she teaches
Legal Information Technology and Tech Transformation.

 

Darrel I. Pink , Halifax, NS

Darrel I. Pink is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, a
position he has held since 1990.

Mr. Pink has been a regular lecturer on professional responsibility at the Schulich
School of Law, and a frequent presenter to other law societies across Canada
and internationally. In 2010, he spent six months on a consultancy with the
Tanganyika Law Society in Tanzania, East Africa, assisting in its efforts to
strengthen capacity in governance and regulation. From 2005 to 2007, he
participated with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and law society partners
in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, in a program aimed at improving
access to justice through legal sector development in Eastern Africa.

As ED he has lead the recent project of the NSBS to transform its regulation and
governance. A completely revamped approach to professional regulation is
currently being implemented that focuses on regulation which is ‘proactive,
principled and proportionate’.

Mr. Pink recently co-edited a book, Why Good Lawyers Matter (Toronto: Irwin
Law, in progress), with the Hon. Justice Thomas A. Cromwell, Supreme Court of
Canada, and David L. Blaikie, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law.