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What Is a Conflict of Interest?

October 25, 2023 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

When the public and private sectors intersect on projects, great things happen. However, these collaborations can be difficult to navigate, with diverse objectives and priorities at play. Conflicts of interest have become an increasingly common issue affecting various companies and organizations. The need to manage conflicts of interest is also relevant when dealing with suppliers and other third parties, or even when considering arbitrators or other decision-makers. The term “conflict of interest” — widely used but poorly understood — can apply to a range of different scenarios and considerations.

Join us for an interactive session where Blakes lawyers will discuss how to identify, assess and manage conflicts of interest through different lenses and perspectives.


  • Conflicts of interest in procurement

  • Conflicts of interest and gifts when dealing with the public sector

  • Managing conflicts of interest within an organization and when interacting with suppliers and other third parties

  • Decision-makers — including government, arbitrators and courts — and avoiding conflicts of interest

  • ​How to manage reputational harm when conflict of interest issues arise


Event Details:
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
12 - 1 p.m. (ET)

Mandatory Continuing Education:


This program contains 1 hour of Professionalism content. This organization has been approved by the Law Society of Ontario.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for up to 1 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia and counts towards the two-hour requirement for ethics and/or practice management.

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 confirmation 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.