News & Events

  • Blaneys Lawyer Comments on Role of Expert Witnesses

    June 2011

    Dr. Gary Srebrolow of the firm’s Insurance Litigation Group and chair of its Health Law group, is quoted in the May 2011 issue of Canadian Underwriter magazine in the article Silencing Hired Guns. The article looks at the effect of recent changes to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure on the roles of expert witnesses, particularly in complex cases involving medical diagnoses. Read more.

  • Blaney McMurtry Recognized for Commitment to Diversity

    June 2011

    Blaney McMurtry received an award in recognition of the firm’s longstanding commitment to issues of social justice and anti-racism at the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship Awards Program annual awards ceremony held on June 2, 2011 at Toronto City Hall.

  • Cox & Palmer Again Receives Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada Recognition

    May 2011

    For the third consecutive year, Cox & Palmer has been recognized by Progress magazine as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. Read More.

  • Blaneys Lawyers Named as Leading Practitioners in Insurance & Reinsurance

    May 2011

    Crawford Spratt, Roderick Winsor, Mark Lichty and Dominic Clarke, members of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group have been named to Legal Media Group’s 2011 Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers.

  • RMC Honoured by WICC

    April 2011

    On behalf of WICC Ontario Board of Directors, I am delighted to convey that RMC has been selected to be awarded WICC’s Gold Flame Award at our upcoming annual dinner gala, to take place on April 13, 2011 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

    WICC’s main ambition is to raise funds and awareness to support research projects that will hopefully one day eradicate this terrible disease. We also hope to extend WICC’s name and its mission to as many people as we can – right across Canada, so that collectively we can make an impact!

    Risk Management Council was nominated and selected in appreciation for selecting WICC as the charity of choice for the donations and fund raising opportunities at your annual meetings. Since the first Monte Carlo event in 2007, silent auctions and donations RMC has contributed over $24,800 to help in the fight against cancer!

    This Gold Flame award will be presented at the 15th Annual Dinner on April 13, 2010 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Over 600 industry colleagues will participate in the festivities of a ICONIC themed evening encompassing cocktails, dinner, silent auction and raffle. This event sells out every year, and if additional tickets are required, they can be ordered on-line at

  • McKercher Appoints Nicholas Cann to Partnership

    February 2011

    Nicholas Cann’s civil litigation practice focuses on professional liability defense, insurance law, and administrative law. He has represented clients at all levels of Court in Saskatchewan and has defended professionals before a variety of regulatory tribunals. Nicholas also has a great deal of experience as an investigator and prosecutor in matters involving professional competence and conduct. Read More

  • RIMS Canada Conference, Edmonton September 26-29, 2010

    September 2010

    RMC is pleased to be participating, once again, in the RIMS Canada Conference as an Exhibitor, and delighted to have been asked to present at the conference.

    On Monday, September 27, Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC) will offer:

    ‘The Law Doctors – Retrospective Business Risk Diagnosis: A Panel Discussion’

    Gregory A. Thompson, Q.C., Partner from McKercher LLP, in Saskatoon will act as panel moderator. Panel members include:

    Richard B. Lindsay, Q.C., Partner, Lindsay LLP, Vancouver B.C.

    Leslie Paetz, Partner, Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, Edmonton AB

    Domenic S. Venturo, Q.C., Partner, Scott Hall LLP, Calgary AB

    We look forward to seeing you in Edmonton!

  • RMC’s spring event: a great success and an opportunity to support WICC

    April 2010

    ‘Great Cooks on Eight’ was the location for Risk Management Counsel of Canada’s spring event. Members of RMC gathered for cocktails with their invited guests to enjoy both a presentation by Sarah Richardson, the well known Host of Sarah’s House on HGTV and also to support WICC, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade.

    RMC was enthusiastic to once again offer its support to WICC. The RMC member firms graciously donated for the silent auction ‘home décor’ themed gifts from across the country. Two gorgeous silk embroidered throw cushions were generously presented by Sarah Richardson Design, which were a much sought after prize.

    The silent auction raised $2,172.00 for WICC and RMC complemented the auction proceeds with its own donation of $5,000.00, for an impressive grand total of $7,172.00.

    Everyone enjoyed Sarah’s lively and informative presentation on the ‘Secret’s to Great Style, while feasting on delectable confections from Great Cook’s Executive Chef Andrea Nicholson-Jack.

  • RIMS – Canada Conference September 13-15 2009 St John’s Newfoundland

    September 2009

    Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC) was delighted to once again participate at the RIMS-Canada conference in St John’s Newfoundland. Representatives from all RMC member firms across Canada were on hand to meet and visit with delegates at both the Conference and Exhibit Hall.

    In addition, RMC was proud to be invited to present a panel discussion at the Conference. Elizabeth Forster from the member firm of Blaney McMurtry LLP, Toronto ON, moderated the panel presentation entitled ‘Employer’s Dream: Insurer’s Nightmare! Employer’s Liability: the Need for a Canadian Model.

    Expert panel members included Geneviève Cotnam, Stein Monast LLP Québec City, QC; Jorge Segovia, Cox & Palmer, St John’s, NL, and RMC Vice President, Monika M.L. Zauhar, Cox & Palmer, Fredericton, NB.

    This unique presentation included animation by local actors Petrina Bromley and Brad Hodder who performed for the audience various roles in the presentation of four skits reflecting specific employment related scenarios.

    The panel discussion and theatrical presentations were extremely well received and offered a distinctive and dynamic view of employers’ liability insurance programs and insurance coverage offered by such policies.

    Click here to read Elisabeth Forsters’ article on EPL.

  • RMC Seminar – Insurers Sued?! Defence & Discovery Revealed

    April 2009

    Insurers Sued?! Defence & Discovery Revealed was the subject of a dynamic seminar hosted by Risk Management Counsel of Canada [RMC], at The Advocates’ Society on the afternoon of Thursday April 23, 2009 in downtown Toronto.

    RMC’s seminar was very well received by the attendees who enjoyed the two part presentation. President, Anthony (Tony) C. Fletcher was both Master of Ceremonies and moderator for the seminar.

    The first hour was devoted to presentations by Greg Thompson, [McKercher LLP], Colin Empke, [Blaney McMurtry LLP], and Richard Lindsay, [Lindsay LLP]. The focus of the discussion was how to best prepare the Claims representative for Discovery. Panellists offered tips on how to properly document the insurer’s file, avoid pitfalls of poor language in insurance logs, risks of documenting subjective impressions of claimants, as well as the types of documents which are covered by privilege.

    The second part of the seminar was a lively and informative Mock Discovery moderated by Geneviève Cotnam, [Stein Monast LLP]. Additional participants were from Carfra & Lawton Lawyers, Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, Cox & Palmer, Fillmore Riley LLP, Kelly Santini LLP, and McKercher LLP. The exercise offered a demonstration of proper responses when under oath, and the potential consequences of inadequate preparation. Following the presentations and Q&A sessions, guests were entertained at a cocktail reception.