May 11, 2017


For more details, please download the PDF Registration Form or the Conference Agenda

The premier networking, educational and social event for IP litigators across Canada
Presented by the CBA Intellectual Property Section


8:00 am-9:30 am               Networking breakfast: Diversity in the IP Bar

Inspired by last year’s IP Debates keynote speaker, retired Justice Judith Snider, who lamented the lack of diversity in the bar when she asked where are the women? Start off the day with diverse leaders in the IP law profession and network in an informal setting. All are welcome to attend this special networking breakfast celebrating diversity in the IP Bar.

10:00 am-12:00 pm          Town Hall Meeting

The 9th annual forum on IP litigation reform, hosted by CBA, allows members of the bench and bar to engage in an open discussion of possible procedural reform in a “town hall” format.

12:15                                  The 2017 IP Professional Development Afternoon

                                              12:15-1:45                           Luncheon Keynote Address

                                              1:45                                     Professional Development Sessions

The IP Professional Development Afternoon will feature several topics of interest to IP litigators.

7:15 pm                               CBA Judges’ Dinner

The evening pays tribute to retiring members of the Federal Courts and the intellectual property bar who have made significant contributions to intellectual property law in Canada. This is a unique opportunity for junior and senior members of the bar to meet and mingle socially with judges of the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

                                                6:30 pm-7:15 pm              Junior Bar cocktail reception (by invitation only)

                                                7:15 pm-8:00 pm              Cocktail reception (for all attendees)

                                                8:00 pm                              Dinner and honouree presentations


On-line registration is now open. To register online (credit card only) please click the REGISTER NOW button on the right-hand side of the page. To pay by cheque, please complete and return the PDF Registration form.  

Please note your registration will not be processed until payment has been received.

Conference Rates

Networking breakfast



CBA members and non-members

Free but registration is required



Town Hall Meeting



CBA Members

 $25.00 + taxes



 $100.00 + taxes



Afternoon Professional Development



CBA Members      

$295.00 + taxes


CBA Students Members

$215.00 + taxes



$425.00 + taxes



Federal Courts Judges’ Dinner



Dinner Ticket

$295.00 + taxes


Young Lawyers Dinner Ticket




There will be a 20% administrative charge for any cancellation received in writing prior to April 11, 2017. No refund will be given after April 11, 2017. There will be no refunds for "no-show" registrants.

Meeting Venues

Networking Breakfast, Town Hall Meeting & Afternoon PD

Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre)
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1N 9J2


Judges' Dinner 

War Museum
1 Vimy Pl.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0M8


Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
(613) 241-1414

*** If you need additional reservations assistance, please call 1-800-441-1414. Refer to the CBA conference name (2017 IP Day) when reserving to obtain the preferred rate of $299/night. The preferred rate is subject to availability. Book by April 10, 2017.

You may also book your room online:



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    Thank you to our conference sponsors:





Marianne Pelletier

Professional Development Program Coordinator

500-865 Carling Ave Ottawa ON K1S 5S8

(800) 267-8860 / (613) 237-2925 ext.189