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Perspectives: First annual conference a success

May 11, 2023

Perspectives: First annual conference a success


The first-ever Perspectives conference, organized in partnership between Executive Education HEC Montréal and the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ), was an unqualified success. More than 200 legal managers gathered on April 20, 2023, to discuss key trends in management.

You can watch a few highlights from the event here:


The future of work

The event brought together six seasoned legal management professionals — Catherine Bleau, Ariane Gagnon, Sophie Gagnon, Ryan Hillier, Éric Lavoie and Stéphanie Raymond-Bougie — to discuss the future of work in their field. The speakers shared their career experiences and the challenges they face.

Several experts from HEC Montréal also contributed their knowledge and thoughts on the topic:

- Luc Lespérance, full-time lecturer, reflected on the future of work and new approaches companies are adopting.

- Alain Gosselin, professor emeritus, explained potential blind spots for legal managers to address in order to ensure a consistent, sustainable human resources strategy.

- Alexandre Rousseau, a lecturer, lawyer and business consultant, set out factors to facilitate the transition from veteran lawyer to effective legal manager. Among the topics covered in his discussion with Pascale Pageau, President of Delegatus, were psychological safety in the workplace, team autonomy and engagement, employee recognition and sense of purpose.

- Professor Laurent Simon, Director of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, discussed creativity and innovation with Éric Beauchesne, Ethics and Compliance Director at Therrien Couture Joli-Coeur, as well as the best way to incorporate certain approaches within the legal sector.


The next generation’s vision

The conference concluded with contributions from three up-and-coming legal managers — Karine Fournier, Gabrielle Lagarde Le Chasseur and Tara Mandjee — who outlined their vision for the future of the industry. They emphasized the importance of innovation and change in legal practice in order to respond to client needs in an evolving market.

The first-ever Perspectives conference was a rich learning experience for all attendees, full of rewarding discussions. The teams at CAIJ and Executive Education HEC Montréal are already excited to plan the next version of this landmark event for the legal sector. See you next year!


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