08:15 Reception and Registration (Toronto)

08:45 Greetings from Conference Chair (Toronto)

Prof. Pina D’Agostino, IPOsgoode Founder & Director, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


09:00  Canada-Israel Joint Session I: Intellectual Property, Commercialization and Innovation – What Lies Ahead

Since our first Bracing for Impact conference in 2018, many scholars have reflected on the impact of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies on intellectual property law. In Canada, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology for the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act received numerous reports and comments calling for amendments that will accommodate data mining for AI companies and start-ups for example. This panel will take a step back to review the recent changes and consider how we should move ahead from here.


Prof. David Vaver, Osgoode Hall Law School

Barry Sookman, Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Speakers in Israel:

Dr. Aviv Gaon, Harry Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzliya

Adv. Asa Kling, former Director of the Israel Patent Office (ILPO), Partner at Naschitz Brandes Amir & Co

Speakers in Canada:

Adv. Jordana Sanft, Partner, Lawyer, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Prof. Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


10:30 Coffee Break


10:45  Canada-Israel Joint Session II: Revisiting AI Policy

In the past three years several reports and policy papers were published by the US, UK, Canada and recently – Israel. Many countries have developed and implemented AI policy recommendations. In this panel, we hope to share both Israel and Canada's knowledge and expertise to revise and devise AI policy and consider some of the changes and concerns discussed in our previous.


Adv. Asa Kling, former Director of the Israel Patent Office (ILPO), Partner and Head of IP Practice at Naschitz, Brandes, Amir & Co

Adv. Nadine Letson, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Canada

Speakers in Israel:

Adv. Cedric Yehuda Sabbah, Ministry of Justice, Israel

Adv. Shai-lee Spigelman, CEO, Digital Israel

Speakers in Canada:

Adv. Carole Piovesan, Partner and Co-Founder, INQ Data Law

Jennifer Miller, Director General for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Owen Ripley, Director General, Broadcasting, Copyright & Creative Marketplace, Canadian Heritage


12:15  Canada-Israel Joint Session III: Urban Intelligence and the Emerging City

Smart cities bring together infrastructure and technology in order to improve the quality of life of citizens and enhance their interactions with the urban environment, but how do emerging of advanced technologies shape social interaction within communities and cities in this new age? How does information undergird social norms? How do information technologies filter the experience of existing information and generate new kinds of information? How cities organize and control this information? The panel should be an opportunity to share views on ways to understand our current challenges in creating smart cities.


Dr. Ora Bloom, Director, Aura Institute for Law, Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Renewal, IDC Herzliya

Adv. Casey Chisick, partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Speaker in Israel:

Dr. Hila Oren, CEO, The Tel Aviv Foundation, Founder, Tel Aviv Global

Speakers in Canada:

Mr. Colin Clark, Associate Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

Prof. Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet & E-Commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa 

Prof. Natasha Tusikov, Department of Social Science, York University

Mr. John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada


1:45  Lunch Break


2:00  Keynote Lunch

Mr. John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

Innovation in Canada – A Call to Break the Status Quo


3:30  Session IV: TBC

Description TBC



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