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Technology Seminar

Montréal, October 2, 2019 - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This seminar will take place in French and English.

How Smart Is Your Contract? Key Legal Issues (Presentation in French)

In recent years, many organizations have begun to seriously experiment with applications built on blockchain technology to improve operational efficiency, build greater transactional transparency and ensure they are well positioned to take advantage of the technology’s benefits. While there are numerous existing and potential blockchain applications, the most advanced and promising one is smart contracts.

As this technology becomes more widespread and adopted by corporate and financial organizations, many important technical and legal concerns have come to light. Organizations must consider key issues related to cybersecurity, privacy, contract law and technical limitations before implementing smart-contract-based solutions. From determining if smart contracts should be used to customizing, applying and monitoring the technology, in-house counsel and other related players must be aware of the potential issues.

This presentation will provide an overview of the application of blockchain to smart contracts and a summary of the associated limitations, challenges and risks.

It’s All About the Data… But Who Owns It? (Presentation in English)

The economic importance of data has exploded in the past few years. In some industries, data is now the key asset used to measure a company’s strength. We are all familiar with the terms big data and artificial intelligence (which uses big data gathered through various means to enhance decision-making), and both are drivers of new technologies and business models. Yet strangely, little attention is paid to data ownership rights. Many simply assume ownership, but is that true? Can one "own" the data that one collects? What laws apply to create such rights?

Join us for a discussion on data ownership rights and a presentation on best practices in establishing ownership rights in the data you collect and/or hold.
Joe Abdul-Massih, Associate
Sunny Handa, Partner
Renée Tousignant, Associate

Mandatory Continuing Education


Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a certificate of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

  • Lunch and Registration: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

  • Presentations: 12:30 – 2 p.m.


Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
1 Place Ville Marie
Suite 3000
Montréal, Quebec (Map)