Practice Part 1: How Not to be the Next Victim of Wire Fraud: Lawyers & Their Clients; Mentoring Change in the Post Pandemic Law Firm; Corporate Opinions |

Practice Part 1: How Not to be the Next Victim of Wire Fraud: Lawyers and Their Clients; Mentoring Change in the Post Pandemic Law Firm; Corporate Opinions

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
1 hour
Dirk Bouwer
Ray Leclair
Scott McLean
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
1 hour
$119.00 plus tax
CCLA 28th East Region Solicitors Conference
Includes Handouts

Ray Leclair, Scott McLean, Dirk Bouwer present Practice Part 1: How Not to be the Next Victim of Wire Fraud: Lawyers and Their Clients; Mentoring Change in the Post Pandemic Law Firm; Corporate Opinions


Dirk Bouwer

A Partner at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, Dirk Bouwer has provided primary leadership on complex mergers, acquisitions and financings ranging in price up to approximately $250 Million, making irreplaceable contributions to his clients’ businesses within the Business Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall. Dirk has more than 28 years experience as a business lawyer in Ottawa, leading corporate and commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and debt and equity financings. His experience across a wide range of industry sectors includes manufacturing, professional services, retail, telecommunications, cleantech and health. In addition to his legal and business credentials, Dirk offers the added expertise of a registered Trade-Mark agent. Dirk is also active in the regional business community. From January 2012 until October 2020, he was on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Board of Trade (formerly called the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce). Dirk was also President of the Kanata Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2004

Ray Leclair

Ray Leclair

Ray Leclair joined Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO) in June of 2008 in the role of Vice President, TitlePLUS, and as of May, 2012 became Vice President, Public Affairs, responsible for government relations efforts at LawPRO.

Formerly General Counsel for the Kanata Research Park Corporation, a development company and major commercial landlord in Ottawa, Ray has practised in both major national law firms and as a sole practitioner, and was a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Law School and Cité Collégiale instructing the French language portion of the real estate law course. He also served for 15 years as the Ottawa senior instructor for the French and English Real Estate Sections of the Bar Admission Course and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Solicitor Advisory Group, Licensing Process.

Called to the bar in 1984, Ray is Past-Chair and remains an active participant of both the National Real Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association and of the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association, past Co-Chair and remains a member of the Working Group on Lawyers & Real Estate, and President of the Ontario Real Estate Lawyers Association (ORELA).  Former member of the Ontario Bar Association Council, past executive member of CBA’s National Sections Council, past member of its budget committee and formerly Vice President of the North American Bar-related® Title Insurers, past President of the Advisory Committee for the Cité Collégiale Legal Assistants Program. Ray volunteered as Manager of the fundraiser TOM* MensFashion4Hope and a VIP & Sponsor Relations Officer for semi-annual Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*). Ray is and has been a frequent speaker/presenter, in French or English, in numerous programs on various real estate and other law related topics in Canada and the United States.

Scott McLean

Scott McLean is a former partner and counsel in the Ottawa office of an international law firm with 44 years of commercial and related litigation experience, Scott Mclean joined Mann Lawyers in the role of General Counsel and Director of Practice Management in 2020. While he continues to handle complex commercial disputes, he is predominantly involved in supporting the continued development of the firm’s practice, including the recruitment and retention of associates, mentorship in enabling his associates to reach their professional goals, and the provision of structured training programs. With particular reference to the litigation practice, he will be providing advocacy support and strategic advice. Scott Mclean is also a regular contributor to CCLA’s blogs under the heading Practice Management, on subjects relating to the mentoring of junior lawyers. After completing an honours degree at Carleton University in 1973, Scott completed his law degree at Windsor Law School in 1975 and an M.A. in political studies in 1976. Scott Mclean was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1977. Since 1977, he has appeared at all trial, judicial review, and appellate levels in Ontario, as well as at the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal. In addition to his commercial trial and appellate experience, he has regulatory experience and has acted on forensic investigations including an interesting engagement as senior counsel to the Independent Investigation into the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak. Out of these latter experiences, he is pleased to offer guidance to the firm’s corporate clients in Risk Avoidance and Strategic Advice and to assist corporate needs in the conduct of Third Party Investigations (whistle blower and commercial fraud).

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