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This is a must-attend annual OsgoodePD program, featuring a truly national faculty of leading class actions practitioners on the forefront of today’s hot button issues. They will critically examine and guide you through the many complexities of class actions litigation.

Class actions are still booming with a never-ending list of high profile new cases. These complex litigation files continue to foster old and new challenges for those professionals who must be on top of their game to succeed. Perennial issues include the latest in competition and privacy class actions, with new questions arising around multijurisdictional class actions, settlement approvals, litigation funding, evidentiary issues and more, including:

  • Using class actions to effect regulatory and/or political change
  • Creative and novel settlement structures
  • A review of the top evidentiary issues in common issues trials
  • Beyond boilerplate: getting to the substance of the settlement in your materials
  • The current state of common law misrepresentation certification decisions
  • Ethics: from referral fees to advertising

Over 2 intensive days you will get the key updates on the most critical current and emerging issues and have the opportunity to connect with your colleagues and learn from experienced litigators and judges as they share their experiences and insights.


Planning Committee

  • Marie Audren, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal
  • Ward K. Branch, Branch MacMaster LLP, Vancouver
  • Gordon McKee, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Garry D. Watson, QC, Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Charles M. Wright, Siskinds LLP, London, Ontario
  • Joseph J. Arvay, QC, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
  • Marie Audren, Audren Rolland LLP, Montréal
  • Kirk M. Baert, Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Robert B. Bell, Lerners LLP
  • Ward K. Branch, Branch MacMaster LLP, Vancouver
  • Dr. A. Neil Campbell, McMillan LLP
  • Theodore P. Charney, Charney Lawyers
  • Jacqueline A. De Gagné, Head, Law, Patents & Compliance, Bayer Inc.
  • Brad W. Dixon, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
  • Michael A. Eizenga, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Bryan Finlay, QC, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Shaun E. Finn, BCF, Business Law, Montréal
  • Joe Fiorante, QC, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, Vancouver
  • Marianne Ignacz, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Montréal
  • Jasminka Kalajdzic, Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Katherine L. Kay, Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Jill M. Lawrie, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • André Lespérance, Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, Montréal
  • Gordon McKee, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Wendy M. Matheson, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Malcolm M. Mercer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • David F. O’Connor, Roy O’Connor LLP
  • Ashley L. Paterson, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Michael J. Peerless, McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, London, Ontario
  • Catherine Piché, Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal
  • Justice Pierre-C. Gagnon, Superior Court of Quebec
  • Peter J. Pliszka, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Celeste Poltak, Koskie Minsky LLP
  • David Outerbridge, Torys LLP
  • Michael G. Robb, Siskinds LLP, London, Ontario
  • Joel P. Rochon, Rochon Genova LLP
  • Michael Rosenberg, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Byron Shaw, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Louis Sokolov, Sotos LLP
  • David L. Sterns, Sotos LLP
  • Jay S. Strosberg, Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Windsor
  • Brendan van Niejenhuis, Stockwoods LLP
  • Paul Vickery, Formerly Senior General Counsel, Litigation Branch, Department of Justice Canada
  • Linda Visser, Siskinds LLP, London, Ontario
  • Raymond F. Wagner, QC, Wagners, Halifax
  • Andrew P. Wilson, JSS Barristers, Calgary
  • Cheryl M. Woodin, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • J. Kevin Wright, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
  • Charles M. Wright, Siskinds LLP, London, Ontario


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including a link to the program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
April 6 & 7, 2017
Running Time

Day 1: 7:59:42
Day 2: 3:08:39

Fee per Delegate

$1695 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Plaintiff and Defence Counsel Practicing in Class Actions
  • In-house Counsel/Corporate Counsel
  • Members of the Judiciary
  • Class Actions Academics
  • Government Litigators
  • Liability Insurers
  • Notice and Settlement Specialists

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What past attendees of OsgoodePD’s annual Class Actions Symposium have said:

“A great opportunity to get a national overview of new developments & issues in one seminar with very knowledgeable speakers.”

“The best thing about the program was the dialogue between defence counsel, plaintiff’s counsel and judges.”


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