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Advanced Advocacy: Tell a Story; Win Your Case - Part 2: Panel Discussion

Advanced Advocacy: Tell a Story; Win Your Case - Part 2: Panel Discussion

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Gary Gildin
Charles Hackland
John Hollander
Elizabeth Quigley
Bonnie Warkentin
Heather Williams
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
45 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
33rd Annual Civil Litigation Conference

Telling your client’s story persuasively and ethically and grabbing the attention of the trier of fact.


Professor Gary Gildin

Justice Charles Hackland

Justice Hackland was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in October of 2003. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978 after completing his legal studies at the University of Ottawa Law School (LL.B,1975) and Oxford University (B.C.L.,1977) and articling at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior partner at Gowlings LL.P. (Ottawa) specializing in employment and administrative law and the representation of physicians and other professionals. Justice Hackland served as Regional Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, East Region, (2008-14). During that period he served as Chair of the Committee of Administrative Judges of the Small Claims Court. Justice Hackland is currently a member of the Superior Court bench in Ottawa and a member of Deputy Judges’ Council (which administers Ontario’s Small Claims Court), and Chair of the Council’s Education Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Canadian Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and is a facilitator in the National Judicial Institute’s Evidence Workshop and Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges.

John Hollander

John Hollander joined MBC Law's predecessor firm in 2001 and is a member of the firm's Financial Loss Recovery and Wills and Estates Law practice groups.

He has practiced law in Ottawa since 1978, primarily as a civil litigator and trial counsel.  John has conducted a great many civil trials throughout Eastern Ontario and has appeared many times in the Ontario appellate courts. He has presented at the prestigious Canadian Institute in Toronto and three times at the Civil Litigation Conference conducted by the County of Carleton Law Association. He has taught the intensive Trial Advocacy Course at the University of Ottawa's Common Law Program since January 2012.

In November 2005, John was selected as one of ten members of the newly formed Investor Advisory Committee established by the Ontario Securities Commission. During his two-year term he helped identify and address issues affecting investors.

John is responsible for the mentoring and advocacy training programs at MBC. He also includes young lawyers from other firms in his innovative Advocacy Club, which fosters both skills and collegiality. Several times each year, he trains junior litigators and articling students from several different firms. These introductory sessions introduce participants to essential advocacy skills from interview and case analysis to direct, discovery and cross-examination.  As part of the Advocacy Club, John presents more advanced sessions that train junior lawyers to deal with many advocacy subjects, including presentation techniques, discovery, mediation, case analysis, use of themes, tactical cross-examination, expert witnesses and negotiation. Club graduates now participate in the presentation of the sessions to their colleagues.

In 2016, John started to interview senior litigators about advocacy techniques and professionalism issues. He has recently started to include more junior lawyers in his web of guests. Listen to his podcasts at

Elizabeth Quigley

Justice Bonnie Warkentin

Justice Warkentin received her B.A. Honours from the University of Winnipeg in 1983 and graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 1989. Justice Warkentin practised law in Kingston, Ontario with the firm of Willoughby MacLeod Warkentin LLP from 1991 until 2008 and shortly before her appointment to the bench joined the firm of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP. Her practice consisted of estate litigation, estate planning and family law. Justice Warkentin was a Bencher with the Law Society of Upper Canada from 2003 until she was appointed to the Superior Court in July of 2008. As a Bencher she worked on numerous committees most notably she was co-chair of the Retention of Women in Private Practice Project and the first woman Bencher elected as Chair of the Finance Committee. She was also Co-Chair of the Emerging Issues Committee and Vice Chair of the Hearings Panel, the Tribunals, Access to Justice and the Paralegal Standing Committees. Justice Warkentin has been a speaker at a wide variety of legal seminars.

Justice Heather Williams

Justice Heather J. Williams was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa in May, 2017 after practising civil litigation in Ottawa for more than 25 years. Justice Williams practised with Cavanagh Williams LLP (which now goes by some other name) and before that, with Nelligan O’Brien Payne (formerly Nelligan Power). Justice Williams is proud to be a past president of the County of Carleton Law Association and a former chair of the CCLA’s Civil Litigation Updated conference at Mont Tremblant.

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