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Lynne Yryku

Corporate counsel

Protecting your digital assets

By Lynne Yryku June 20, 2018 20 June 2018

Protecting your digital assets

 

“The number of people who are trying to infiltrate networks today greatly exceeds those who are trying to prevent intrusion. So the external hacker world is always half a step ahead of the people who are trying to maintain the integrity of the system,” says Stephen Spracklin, Legal Counsel, Information Technology and Intellectual Property with the City of Mississauga. “It is not a matter of if; it’s when—and then how prepared are you to deal with that eventuality.”

“We handle an average of about 40 to 50 incidents per month [across Canada],” adds Daniel Tobok, CEO of Cytelligence Inc. “Ransomware has been a very big problem in the industry over the past 24 months. People are getting hit left, right and centre, especially the small- to medium-sized organizations, which are getting hit every single day. And now the problem with ransomware is that the bad guys are getting very sophisticated. The average bad guy spends about 28 to 64 days on a network before actually hitting them with the infection. […] We just dealt with a municipality that had literally just under 1,000 servers taken down and to repair all the servers you’re looking at millions of dollars.” 

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Julia Shin Doi: Building success one community at a time

By Lynne Yryku April 6, 2018 6 April 2018

Julia Shin Doi: Building success one community at a time

Julia Shin Doi developed a strong sense of community from a young age. Her parents immigrated to Canada from South Korea when she was only 2 years old. “We lived in one of the poorer areas of Toronto,” she explains. “The Korean community nurtured me and became my extended family. I felt a great sense of belonging.” She adds, “When I was called to the bar, the whole Korean community was excited!”

This immigrant experience shaped her outlook early on, helping her define her purpose: “to be a community builder, a real connector.” “As an immigrant, you lack social capital,” she explains. “I have founded organizations to create and be a part of those communities. I always say, ‘If there isn’t one, let’s build it!’”

From grassroots to national

Over the years, Julia has founded (and co-founded) numerous legal organizations, such as the Diverse Champions for Diversity, Women General Counsel Canada, the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, the Roundtable of Diversity Associations and the Council of Ontario Universities Legal Counsel Group.

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Corporate counsel / Profile

Finding her place to thrive

By Lynne Yryku October 11, 2017 11 October 2017

Finding her place to thrive

 

Patricia Towler is happy. She is President & CEO of CPA Nova Scotia, a position she took on in September 2015, at the time when the three accounting designations were merging into one: Certified Professional Accountant.

“It is still the early days,” she says, creating structures, hiring employees (they are now at 14) and recruiting over 100 volunteers. And it is a lot of fun. “Every day is different, not yet routine. I like change and challenges!”

Because it is a merger, Patti is placing special emphasis on building a new CPA culture. For instance, she held 32 town halls throughout the province this past spring. “The events let people get to know each other,” she says. “I could convey information just as easily in a newsletter but there is something special about getting people in the same room. And with a merger that was at times challenging, it’s important for CPAs to realize they are part of something bigger now and have more in common with professional accountants from other backgrounds than they may have thought. We’re trying to create a ‘tribe’ mentality in a good way—a sense of shared knowledge and competencies, and a shared place in the community.” 

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Improving Your Personal Bottom Line

By Lynne Yryku October 6, 2017 6 October 2017

Improving Your Personal Bottom Line

 


In-house counsel are expected to be on point at all times. But some days are filled with so many different demands and tasks that it can be difficult to set—let alone accomplish—our priorities. The office, with all of its emails, meetings, paperwork and more, can distract us and increase our stress levels. That is the bad news. The good news is that we are in control of how we react each situation—and what we can do to turn them into opportunities to succeed!

Time is one of the most precious commodities we have. As the saying goes, time is money. Efficiency and productivity are key to success. Learning how to manage time-consuming tasks to improve focus and productivity was a universal need among lawyers according to the qualitative research done for CBA Re-Think.

So what can you do to increase this skill set and improve your personal bottom line?

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Modern slavery: How many slaves work for you?

By Lynne Yryku June 16, 2017 16 June 2017

Modern slavery: How many slaves work for you?

 

Freedom is one of the fundamental values in Canadian society. However, almost 50 million people are in some form of modern slavery around the world—including in Canada. As it is often hidden in a vast range of supply chains, a long way from where goods are sold, most of us are unknowingly benefitting from modern slavery in the products we buy, suppliers we hire and companies in which we invest.

To bring more attention to this evil said to be hiding in plain sight, the International Commission of Jurists Canadian Section hosted the panel, “Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: Trends in Global Corporate Liability and Legislation,” in conjunction with the CCCA. Led by leading global legal experts, the pressing global problem of exploitative labour in supply chains, the role of business in addressing forced labour, and legislative responses to address the problem were discussed.

Panelists included Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Stop the Traffik; Jonathan Drimmer, VP & Deputy GC at Barrick Gold Corp.; Mora Johnson, Barrister & Solicitor and Former Chair of the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains; Kevin McGurgan, British Consul General and Director-General for UK Trade & Investment in Canada; Peter Talibart, Managing Partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP (U.K.); Mark Trachuk, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

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