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Event | Toronto | 11 October 2023 | 8:00 – 10:30 am

Baker McKenzie is pleased to invite you to a morning breakfast symposium exploring the legal ramifications of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution.

Our symposium will feature two 60-minute panels with leading Baker McKenzie AI team members and also our esteemed client industry experts from Accenture, the Royal Bank of Canada and Thomson Reuters.

The panels will explore key industry developments, highlight essential operational considerations involving AI projects, and examine the cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues impacting companies now.

This event is ideal for corporate counsel and senior leaders responsible for managing the risks and leveraging the opportunities of the AI revolution, and for those wishing to learn more. It will take place in our Toronto office.

Space is limited. Register to save your seat.


Date and Time
11 October 2023
8:00 to 10:30 am ET

Baker McKenzie Toronto
181 Bay Street, Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M5J 2T3


Jennifer Bernardo is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. As a litigator, Jennifer represents clients in labour, employment, and corporate/commercial law matters before a variety of administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators, and all levels of court in Ontario. Jennifer has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Legal 500 and "One to Watch" by Best Lawyers in Canada. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog, and co-author of the Employment Contracts Handbook (4th ed.). She co-chairs the Toronto office's Pro Bono Committee, is a member of the Toronto office’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and is the Toronto office chair of the North America Baker Asian Lawyers Network.


Jim Holloway joined Baker McKenzie after graduating from law school in 1991. He is a recognized and ranked leader in the areas of intellectual property and technology, a skilled and experienced trial and appellate advocate, and a trusted strategic advisor. Jim was formerly the Managing Partner of the Toronto Office, a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, a member of the Firm's Policy Committee, and served as Chair of the North America region.


Theo Ling heads Baker McKenzie's Canadian Information Technology/Communications practice and is a member of the Firm's Global IP/Technology Practice Group, and Technology, Media & Telecoms and Financial Institutions Industry Groups. Theo is ranked by several legal directories, including Chambers Canada, where he is described as "a knowledgeable technology lawyer, with a practical, 'can-do' attitude who is excellent at getting things done." Named by the Financial Times as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in North America, Theo founded the legal industry's first global legal innovation lab focused on multidisciplinary collaboration and serves on the Firm's Global Innovation Committee.


Usman Sheikh is Chair of the Blockchain & Fintech Practice. He is a Transactional Partner in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office and is also a member of the Firm's Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. A highly regarded thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology, Usman has briefed the offices of several prime ministers, as well as ministers, on blockchain's disruptive power, and is regularly invited to speak to business leaders and at global blockchain conferences throughout the world.
Usman was named as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers" by Canadian Lawyer (2018) and as one of the top FinTech lawyers in Canada (Band 1) by Chambers for four consecutive years (2020 - 2023). Most recently, he was recognized in Toronto Life's The Influentials 2021 list, an annual feature that highlights Toronto's most influential people over the last 12 months.
Author of over 25 legal and academic publications, Usman is set to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters) in 2023.
As a global thought leader on blockchain's disruptive power, Usman has lectured at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He has also co-lectured with the heads of blockchain for Nasdaq and the TMX, and has also presented to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA), and several other regulatory organizations. Since 2019, Usman has also been serving as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto (Faculty of Law), teaching a course entitled "Blockchain, Digital Assets, and the Law".

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