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An annual must-attend program featuring a truly national faculty of leading judges and counsel on the forefront of today’s biggest and most challenging class actions cases and hot button issues.

All NEW Content in 2021!

Class actions continue to explode, with a never-ending list of high-profile new cases. These complex litigation files foster old and create new challenges.

You have to be on top of your game to succeed.

Now in its 17th year, the OsgoodePD Class Actions Symposium is Canada’s premier forum for class actions debate. In a class of its own, this truly national program assembles the leading judges, counsel and other experts who will take you through the most critical current and emerging issues in this constantly changing field.

Over 1½  intensive days drill down on:

  • Palliative Care For Class Actions: How And When Should Class Actions Die By Discontinuance Or Decertification
  • Carving Up the Cash: allocating settlements amongst a diverse class
  • Settlements Gone Bad
  • Class Actions Against Climate
  • #MeToo Comes to Class Actions
  • How To Manage Conflicts Between Class Counsel And The Representative Plaintiffs
  • (Not) Getting to Government Money – Guidance for Accessing Aggregate and Charter Damages

PLUS: A View From the Bench and Cross-Country Check-Up


Planning Committee

  • Marie Audren, Audren Rolland LLP, Montreal
  • The Hon. Justice Ward K. Branch, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Celeste Poltak, Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Michael Rosenberg, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Keynote Speaker

  • The Hon. Doug Downey, Minister of the Attorney General (Ontario)


  • The Hon. Justice Thomas M. Davis, Cour supérieure du Québec
  • The Hon. Justice Paul M. Perell, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • The Hon. Justice John D. Rooke, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta


  • Andrew Astritis, Raven Law Firm (Ottawa)
  • Kirk Baert, Koskie Minsky LLP (Toronto)
  • Erica J. Baron, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Toronto)
  • Audrey Boctor, IMK (Montreal)
  • Noah Boudreau, Fasken (Montreal)
  • Luciana Brasil, Branch MacMaster LLP (Vancouver)
  • Michael A. Eizenga, LSM, Bennett Jones (Toronto)
  • David Estrin, LSM, Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Former Chair International Bar Association Environment Committee & Co-Chair, IBA Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Task Force, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)
  • Barry Glaspell, Glaspell Class Actions (Toronto)
  • Amanda D. Iarusso, Senior Policy and Legal Affairs Advisor, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario (Toronto)
  • Bruce W. Johnston, Trudel Johnston Lespérance (Montreal)
  • David Klein, Klein Lawyers, LLP (Vancouver)
  • André Lespérance, Trudel Johnston & Lespérance (Montreal)
  • Benoît Marion, Sylvestre Painchaud et associés (Montreal)
  • Gordon McKee, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto)
  • John McKiggan, Q.C., McKiggan Hebert Lawyers (Halifax)
  • Anne Merminod, BLG (Montreal)
  • Christine Mohr, Senior General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (Toronto)
  • Catharine Moore, Senior General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (Ottawa)
  • Janelle O’Connor, Klein Lawyers LLP (Vancouver)
  • Jeff Orenstein, Consumer Law Group P.C. (Montreal)
  • Christopher Rhone, Branch MacMaster LLP (Vancouver)
  • Nick Rodrigo, Davies (Montreal)
  • Linda R. Rothstein, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP (Toronto)
  • James Sayce, Koskie Minsky LLP (Toronto)
  • Justin Safayeni, Stockwoods LLP (Toronto)
  • Jay S. Strosberg, Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP (Windsor)
  • James M. Sullivan, Q.C., Blakes (Vancouver)
  • Kent E. Thomson, Davies (Toronto)
  • Gregory S. Tzemenakis, General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (Ottawa)
  • Cheryl M. Woodin, Bennett Jones (Toronto)
  • Charles Wright, Siskinds LLP (London, ON)



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

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. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

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

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Alison Hurst 

Program Details

Date & Time

April 22, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
In Person or Webcast

April 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
In Person or Webcast


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$1,695 plus HST

Bundle Price (September 2020 + April 2021 Class Actions): $1,895 + HST
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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

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

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Thank you to this year’s sponsors:



For sponsorship information, please email mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca.


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“Very high quality in terms of interesting and relevant topics, diverse and impressive speakers, advanced level of legal analysis.”

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

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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