Osler's Year-End Professionalism Series

Event Information


October 28; November 16; December 7


12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EST

Delivery Method



Back by popular demand, this year’s Year-End Professionalism Series will feature several engaging speakers exploring diverse and unique topics. You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable insights while earning CPD credits. Attend any or all of the sessions via webinar from your location. 

Performing Open-Heart Surgery with a Blindfold: How to encourage collaboration and engagement in live, virtual, and hybrid work environments: 

Most people, including lawyers, report some level of anxiety around speaking-up in meetings. At the same time, most people believe that when the situation is really important (i.e., when talking about work), people on their team will overcome this fear. Unfortunately, the research is clear—most people, most of the time, prefer to stay silent rather than risk saying the wrong thing. This holds true for lawyers and even for doctors performing heart surgery. Until recently, it was common for doctors and nurses to stay silent about potential problems during surgery for fear of speaking-up and being wrong. And if it’s happening during heart surgery, it’s happening on our teams (and especially your virtual or hybrid team).

This session will help participants understand what’s going on and develop strategies for making sure people engage all the time.

Speaker: Chris Graham, Founder and Principal, TellPeople

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EST

  • Ontario: 1.25 hours Professionalism
  • Québec: 1.25 hours Continuing Education
  • British Columbia: 1.25 hours Lawyering Skills

Indigenous Law: Past, Present and Future

Addressing the issues highlighted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's findings is of critical importance to Canada. The legal system has been at the heart of these issues – from being used to implement failed and harmful policies, to landmark court decisions affirming indigenous rights and, going forward, to implement principles such as free, prior and informed consent in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This seminar will support Indigenous intercultural competency learning, and provide an overview of the history of Indigenous-Crown relations, the current state of Indigenous law in Canada, and where the law might be headed.

Speaker: Richard King, Partner and National Co-Chair of Osler’s Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land Group

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

  • Ontario: 1.5 hours EDI Professionalism
  • Québec: 1.5 hours Continuing Education
  • British Columbia: 1.5 hours Practice Management

Stepping in, Speaking Up

An inclusive culture is one where employees, including lawyers, feel that they can bring their whole selves to work, without fear of discrimination. But sometimes comments made or actions occurring in the workplace can have the unintended result of making employees – or clients – feel uncomfortable, unsafe and ultimately, excluded.  This session explores how to engage in the challenging conversations needed to address microinequities and microaggressions, so that teams, including legal teams, can have dialogue that is candid, respectful and ultimately builds trust.

Speaker: Sarah Neville, Founder and Principal of Open Line Communications

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EST

  • Ontario: 1.25 hours EDI Professionalism
  • Québec: 1.25 hours Continuing Education
  • British Columbia: 1.25 hours Practice Management

Registration Info

To register for this event please email seminars@osler.com