Breakout 20: The Catastrophic Comma and Other Cautionary Tales for Sourcing Professionals

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 15:30

Sit by a virtual campfire to hear harrowing tales about real-life interpretations by judges of commercial agreements. Learn what it means that “time is of the essence”, a party has committed to “best efforts” and the same point is covered in multiple places in the contract. Finally, delve into the eternal question: How much does punctuation matter?

Richard Corley

Goodmans LLP

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard's practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology.

Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters.  With technology at its core, Richard's practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors. Richard's practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives.  He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.

Peter Ruby

Goodmans LLP

Peter Ruby is a partner in Goodmans’ Dispute Resolution Group and co-leads the Technology Law Group at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on  technology, energy, corporate, commercial, and restructuring litigation and arbitration.

His technology dispute resolution work includes software, hardware, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, telecommunications, film, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, and Canadian and cross-border arbitration and mediation.  Peter has a balanced practice, representing multinational and entrepreneurial vendors of technology and services, along with many end-users of information technology.

In addition to his busy counsel practice, Peter acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a member arbitrator/mediator of Arbitration Place, on the Canadian roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution, and is the Chair of the North America committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

Peter is recognized as a leading technology litigator and arbitration counsel in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to The World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by Who's Who Legal and Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of international arbitration, energy and intellectual property.

Peter was a law clerk to the Federal Court of Canada and for over a dozen years was a Professor of Law (adj.) at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School teaching internet law.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Technology Law Association. 

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