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Roy McMurtry to Deliver Keynote Address at CFA Franchise Law Day

January 20, 2014

(Toronto, ON) January 20, 2014… The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O.Ont, Q.C. is one of many esteemed legal figures who will speak to franchise leaders from across Canada at the Canadian Franchise Association’s annual Franchise Law Day on January 30th. Taking place at the Old Mill in Toronto, Ontario, the full-day event will highlight the latest franchise-related legislative developments and case law, with an emphasis on best practices to be learned from leading cases.

“Each year, CFA Franchise Law Day focuses on legal topics that are of pressing interest to franchise professionals in their day to day business operations,” says Lorraine McLachlan, President and CEO of the Canadian Franchise Association. “Attendees will learn practical solutions to common problems faced in Canadian franchising, as well as insights into legal trends and best practices.”

“Canada’s franchise laws are constantly evolving and franchisors need to stay current on the latest developments,” says CFA Franchise Law Day Co-Chair Chad Finkelstein, Partner, Dale & Lessmann LLP. “CFA Franchise Law Day addresses that need by offering a summary of recent case law and legislative updates, as well as best practices for avoiding common legal pitfalls.”

In addition to plenary sessions, workshops and roundtables, attendees will benefit from an exciting keynote presentation from former Chief Justice and Attorney General of Ontario Roy McMurtry, who will share lessons learned from his storied career in politics and the judiciary. Known for overseeing progressive law reform in Ontario and contributing to the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McMurtry will give attendees unique insight into what it takes to leave a lasting legacy while navigating life in the public eye.

Other speakers include leading franchise lawyers from in-house and private practices, franchisee counsel and franchisors. “CFA has assembled an impressive roster of speakers who represent a broad spectrum of expertise,” says Co-Chair Susan Friedman, Partner, Davis LLP. “This diversity of experience will provide helpful perspectives to the topics raised in plenary sessions, workshops and roundtables.”

This year’s topics and speakers include:

• “Breakfast Lounge: No Lawyer, No Cry – The Problems of and Solutions to Dealing with Franchisees Without Counsel” presented by Derek Ronde, Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP, Gillian Scott, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Taryn McCormick, Law Society of Upper Canada
• “The Employment Swiss Army Knife: What Every Franchisor Should Provide to Ensure Brand Protection” presented by Cynthia Ingram, Keyser Mason Ball LLP and Lisa Bolton, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
• “Litigation Management: Assisting Your Legal Team to Assist You” presented by David Altshuller, Teplitsky, Colson LLP and Lloyd Hoffer, Hoffer Adler LLP
• “Avoiding Pricing and Supply Pitfalls: Ensuring Your Franchise System is Complying With Competition Law” presented by Todd Greenbloom, Blaney McMurtry LLP and Danielle Royal, Stikeman Elliot LLP
• “Franchisee Bankruptcy” presented by Bruce Darlington, Davis LLP and Gary Abrahamson, Fuller Landau LLP
• “Beyond Trade Marks - Protecting Your Brand and Intellectual Property” presented by Heather Devine, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and Steve Buors, Reshift Media
• “Coping with Rapid Change” presented by Ned Levitt, Dickinson Wright LLP, Brian Leon, Choice Hotels and Ross Bain, Prime Restaurants
• “Plenary Session: Legal and Legislative Update” presented by Adam Ship, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and John Sotos, Sotos LLP

New this year, CFA Franchise Law Day has received accreditation from the Law Society of Upper Canada. The Breakfast Lounge has been accredited for one hour of professionalism credits; the full program for 6.75 substantive hours.

For more information on CFA Franchise Law Day visit

CFA Franchise Law Day
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON
Cost: $275 for CFA and OBA members / $375 non-members
Register: Download a registration form at or call 800-665-4232 ext. 242

CFA Franchise Law Day Co-Chairs
Susan Friedman, Partner, Davis LLP
Chad Finkelstein, Partner, Dale & Lessmann LLP

CFA Franchise Law Day Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors: Hoffer Adler LLP, Sicotte Guilbault LLP
Gold Sponsors: Dickinson Wright LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Bronze Sponsors: Davis LLP, Teplitsky, Colson LLP
Breakfast Sponsor: Dale & Lessmann LLP
Lunch Sponsor: Cassels Brock
Sign Supplier: Beyond Digital
CFA National Sponsors: CIBC, CINTAS, Microsoft, Moneris Solutions, Reshift Media,

About the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)
With over 550 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada’s best-known brands, the Canadian Franchise Association is the national voice of franchising in Canada and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Kenny Chan
Director, Communications
Canadian Franchise Association
Phone: 416-695-2896 ext. 232

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