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Building your business: the intersection of law and tech - Presented by Fasken

Start Date: 5/20/2021

Start Time:6:30 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


    Start-ups and Fortune 500 tech companies actually have a lot in common at the intersection of law and technological development; not only must they each abide by the laws of their respective jurisdictions (from privacy to e-commerce and consumer protection), they are also subject to the constant evolution of technology.

As vendors develop products, their teams need to understand and anticipate the various legal issues that come with taking an idea to market. How will they contract for and integrate new technologies into their business models? How do vendors and consumers ensure that they are aware of and that they address key legal and business issues, such as data privacy, cyber security, anti-spam and consumer protection?

This Masterclass, presented by Fasken — a full service international business law firm serving both the world’s largest companies and emerging tech start-ups — will feature a panel of lawyers and professionals working at the ever expanding intersection of law and technology.

Are you:
  • A technologist or lawyer interested in technology law?
  • A leader or team member who wants to learn to issue-spot a variety of products?
  • A Black professional looking to network with like minded industry peers?

Then join us! This Masterclass is for you.

About BPTN
Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) bridges the talent gap in the tech industry by providing Black technical and business professionals with access to senior executive sponsorship, skill development and a strong peer network to support their career growth

About Fasken
Growing companies need legal expertise spanning continents, industries and practices. Fasken provides solutions in all areas of law, for almost every industry and sector.


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Andrew Alleyne

Partner, Corporate/ Commercial Lawyer


Andrew Alleyne is a partner with a practice focused primarily on corporate and commercial transactions, particularly technology and M&A matters. Andrew is active in the Black legal community and is a past President and long-time board member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL). Serving on the Steering Committee of the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice group and frequently working in the IT and outsourcing space, Andrew advises clients on the challenges and complexities of commercializing, acquiring and implementing technology solutions; and also works with private companies on M&A transactions, frequently across borders. Andrew regularly advises on IT and business process outsourcings, bancassurance outsourcings, cloud and SaaS arrangements, software licensing and commercial due diligence and the technology aspects of M&A transactions, including transition services arrangements. His experience also extends to a variety of Internet and e-commerce matters, and to the legal and regulatory aspects of online gambling in Canada. Advising Fortune 100 companies, leading-edge software, e-commerce, cloud, media and other technology companies, as well as a variety of financial institutions, mining, health care, transportation and communications companies, Andrew is a trusted counsellor regarding business critical legal matters. Linkedin Profile-

Taisha Lewis


Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Taisha Lewis is a Partner in the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Her corporate, commercial and securities law practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, where she advises clients on a wide range of transactional matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and securities regulatory compliance. Taisha also advises clients on corporate governance matters, and has played a key role on a number of high-profile transactions. Over the years, Taisha has been actively involved with such organizations as the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Fasken’s Ontario Women’s Network, LAWS (Law in Action Within Schools), and the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program at the University of Ottawa. Taisha is a recipient of the 2020 National Bar Association's 40 Under 40 Award. Linkedin profile-

Danielle Nicholson

General Counsel

Silicon Harlem

Danielle is a seasoned Legal Professional and Board Advisor for start-ups and emerging technology companies. She brings 12+ years of experience in navigating complex regulatory frameworks, addressing privacy and security risks, and working in cross-functional teams to develop new verticals in the telecommunications, fintech, logistics and e-commerce industries. As General Counsel of Silicon Harlem, Danielle serves as the company’s lead commercial and product counsel and is responsible for negotiating business agreements as well as developing and maintaining strategic relationships. She is passionate about creatively addressing novel legal, regulatory, and policy issues and building products and services that solve pressing global challenges. Previously, Danielle served as Counsel in an international law firm in their international arbitration litigation and fintech practice groups and acted as a legal advisor at the United Nations with a focus on sustainable development in Eastern and Southern Africa. Danielle earned a Juris Doctor from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She enjoys travel, interior design, rugby and movie nights with her two daughters. Linkedin Profile-

Colette Stewart

Senior Legal Counsel

Interac Corp.

Colette Stewart is Senior Legal Counsel at Interac Corp. In this role Ms. Stewart is a trusted legal advisor to the organization and is recognized for being a strategic partner to her business clients by delivering valued, practical and creative legal support in a complex and innovative Fin-Tech environment. Ms. Stewart provides guidance to Finance, Human Resources, Product, Marketing and Technology & Operations business units. Along the journey from concept to product launch Colette advises on all legal aspects and helps her business clients successfully navigate the challenges that arise. Colette began her career at McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Corporate Finance/M&A. Ms. Stewart’s breadth of experience spans across a variety of industries including retail, transportation, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science and is called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario. Colette’s commitment to empowering the next generation has been a passion throughout her career. Ms. Stewart has served as a member of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law Admissions Committee. Colette has also acted as a formal and informal mentor to young lawyers. Ms. Stewart has been repeatedly been called upon to share her insights and guidance as a featured speaker to motivate and inspire the new generation of young minds. Ms. Stewart has the pleasure of serving her local community of Mississauga. She has also reached the international community by participating in development projects in both the Philippines and India. Colette is past Chairman of The Canadian Protector Company Limited and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for My Life Centre, an organization committed to empowering young women. Ms. Stewart has been featured in the Globe and Mail Report on Business where she was highlighted in a report on new business models responsible for disrupting the global legal landscape. Linkedin Profile -

Lorena Gepraegs

VP, IT Security, Risk and Governance


Lorena Gepraegs is a lawyer and senior IT leader. She is presently the Vice President, IT Security, Risk and Governance at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). At HOOPP, Lorena is responsible information security, business continuity and technology risk management. She is also a former associate of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lorena was a Process Control Engineer at a major manufacturing company. From 1998-2000, Lorena lived and worked in a rural village of Nigeria, as a volunteer Physics Teacher. Outside of work, Lorena is married and the busy mother of two young boys. Linkedin Profile-

Cher Jones

Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Strategist

Socially Active

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. As the founder of Socially Active Training, she leverages over 20 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience to help professionals, leaders and consultants develop a credible and strategic online presence while teaching them how to use social media at work for work. Her passion, knowledge and expertise have many referring to her as one of North America's leading experts in online personal branding for professionals. She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including Rogers, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, BlackBerry, Industrial Alliance, The City of Toronto, MPI, The UK Trade and Investment, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few. Cher is also the host of a weekly LinkedIn livestream called #JustAskCher LIVE where she offers tips and advice to help you develop a powerful and professional brand online! Linkedin profile-

Lekan Olawoye

Founder & CEO


A passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress, Lekan Olawoye is a leader who is equally comfortable offering high-level business advice as he is passionately speaking about how to be an effective ally. His organization, the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN), is the largest of its kind in Canada and the third largest in the US with an organization spanning over 10,000 members. Olawoye’s cross-sector experience gives him the skills to foster transformational change and provide critical guidance on harnessing the power of meaningful diversity. Olawoye honed his expertise across roles spanning from local non-profit organizations to government advisory boards to executive boardrooms. As lead executive, Talent Development at the MaRS District, Olawoye helped ensure workers had the skills and adaptability needed to thrive in modern work environments. Throughout these roles, Olawoye has earned a reputation for effective leadership and peerless vision, resulting in industry awards and accolades. With his proven insight and tireless dedication to inclusivity, Olawoye’s perspective is sought by people across many fields. He’s been published in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and TechCrunch, and the annual BPTN summit is the largest virtual Black tech summit globally, with thousands of attendees in person and online.
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