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5th Annual Women in Law: Leading with Purpose

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
1 hour
Substantive: 0.0
5 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 0.25
15 minutes
Faren Bogach
Victoria Crewe-Nelson
Jennifer Gold
Crystal O'Donnell
Christina Porretta
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
80 minutes
$129.00 plus tax

TLA’s premiere annual professionalism program returns in-person in 2022 with a focus on leadership and authenticity. You may aspire to be a leader, or you already are a leader by “title”, but are you a “leader” in the truest sense of the word? It is one thing to have the title, but it is game-changing to be the real deal. 

The idea of authentic leadership is that leaders are seen as being relatable, true to themselves, and genuine. Does it work? Yes. Research shows that authentic leadership is the biggest predictor of an employee’s job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and workplace happiness. From how to lead effectively while staying true to yourself, to how to have uncomfortable conversations, you are sure to come out of this program with inspiration and specific tools to assist you with your own leadership journey, no matter if you’re a licensing candidate, a new call, a senior associate, or a partner.  In a dynamic discussion this all-star panel, moderated by Jennifer Gold (Wood Gold LLP and President of the WLAO), with Faren Bogach (Construct Legal), Victoria Crewe-Nelson (LAWPRO), Crystal O’Donnell (Heuristica Discovery Counsel) and Christina Porretta (BDO Canada) will examine the following in conversation:

  • What does Leadership mean to you?

  • Finding your own leadership style

  • What are the values of being an authentic leader?

  • What are some lessons learned on your journey?

  • How being authentic helps you achieve personal leadership goals

  • The values of allyship and mentoring

  • How to network in a way that works for you

  • Value of diversity and inclusion

  • Learning how to have uncomfortable conversations (money, promotion, feedback, mistakes)


Faren Bogach

Victoria Crewe-Nelson

Jennifer Gold

Crystal O'Donnell

Crystal is the founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP. Crystal has a diverse and relevant professional history. She has extensive experience as litigation and e-discovery counsel, having practised with a leading litigation firm and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). Crystal has represented clients in a number of complex matters at all levels of the Ontario courts as well as in regulatory proceedings and investigations. Crystal’s range of expertise includes legal, strategic, and software aspects of e-discovery, which are critical components of all legal and evidence-based proceedings. She also has experience with cross-border and conflicts of laws issues which arise in multi-jurisdiction and multi-forum matters. Crystal’s years of experience as litigation counsel have afforded her a keen appreciation and understanding of clients’ needs and allows her to deliver defensible, proportionate and cost-effective legal advice and solutions. Crystal was recently elected as a Council member of the OBA, and she is currently the Chair of a Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) Working Group, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, CanLII, Steering Committee member of Working Group 7, of the Sedona Conference (Sedona Canada); Member and past Vice-Chair of the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee, (“EIC”).

Christina Porretta

Christina is a partner in the Advisory Research group in Toronto, which provides opinions on complex or novel legal issues to clients and lawyers within the Firm. In her practice, Christina provides advice to corporate clients faced with potential litigation, and works closely with litigators to provide strategic support to clients already engaged in litigation. Drawing on her previous experience as a litigator, Christina develops legal arguments and pleadings, and advises on contractual or statutory interpretation, unclaimed property, conflict of laws, and numerous other corporate and commercial matters. She is regularly called upon to prepare written materials for appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and has played a significant role in cases involving professional negligence, complex commercial disputes and insurance matters. Christina is the Chair of the Firm’s Student Committee and is also responsible for the training and development of the research and writing skills of the articling and summer students in the Firm’s Toronto office.

Christina is a frequent publisher and was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in CIBC v. Green, the securities class action trilogy, for her work on limitation periods. Christina also maintains Dentons’ Limitations Law Blog, which provides updates on key developments on laws involving limitation periods in Ontario.

Prior to joining Dentons, Christina clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for the Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Malone and practiced civil litigation at another national law firm in Toronto. Christina also obtained an LL.M. at Osgoode Hall, focusing her research on conflict of laws.

Christina brings her prior experience as a litigator and judicial law clerk to her practice in order to produce practical answers designed to assist the Firm’s clients and advocate for their interests.

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