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LAC Forum on Canadian Democracy and the Corporate Management and Government Records Sector present:

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New Approaches to Recordkeeping
Enabling litigation readiness within the Government of Canada with the introduction of a recordkeeping regulatory regime.

Corporate Management and Government Records Sector
Effective recordkeeping establishes the administrative and business coherence within government necessary to support better decision-making, the development of new policies, and the improved delivery of programs and services to Canadians.

The Sector is currently working on developing and implementing an action plan which is designed to modernize approaches to recordkeeping across the Government of Canada. This renewed focus on recordkeeping seeks to situate it as part of a regulatory regime of accountability and stewardship in which records are created, used, kept and preserved as vital business assets and knowledge resources. These measures are further designed to help mitigate the risks associated with poor recordkeeping

LAC Forum on Canadian Democracy
The LAC Forum on Canadian Democracy promotes informed civic engagement online and in public by connecting Canadians with historical and contemporary information pertaining to Canada's democratic experience as embodied in the documentary heritage of Canadian government, governance and political culture.

8:00 to 8:30
8:30 to 8:45
Daniel J. Caron
Better Government Through Effective Recordkeeping
8:45 to 9:15
Jason R. Baron
Emerging Issues in e-Discovery
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9:15 to 9:45
Richard Brown
Recordkeeping Regime and Litigation Readiness
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9:45 to 10:15
Steve Accette and Peg Duncan
Electronic Discovery: The Sedona Canada Principles
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10:15 to 10:45
10:45 to 11:25
François Matte and Gregory S. Tzemenakis
What we learned from Gomery: Managing the scope of document discovery
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Commissions of Inquiry. Lessons Learned.
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11:25 to 12:00
Closing panel discussion

Daniel J. Caron
is currently assistant deputy minister of the Corporate Management and Government Records Sector at LAC. Dr. Caron has an extensive career of more than 25 years in the federal public sector serving in different policy, operational and program areas in Ottawa and the regions. He has an MA from Laval University in Economics and a PhD in Applied Human Sciences (Public Law and Strategic Management) from the University of Montréal. Dr. Caron has contributed several publications and conferences in the field of public administration and has taught master's-level courses at several universities and at the École nationale d'administration publique where he is an associate professor.

Jean-Stéphen Piché
has extensive experience in the public service and is a leader in the field of recordkeeping. In his current role as the director general of the Government Records Branch at LAC, Mr. Piché is responsible for setting strategic directions for recordkeeping and for leading a team of extremely skilled staff in developing business solutions for Government of Canada-wide recordkeeping issues. He holds a master's degree in Canadian History from the University of Montréal. Mr. Piché has published and presented extensively on various topics related to digital preservation, digitization, recordkeeping and the use of information technology in the service of records and information management.

Jason R. Baron
is the director of litigation, in the Office of General Counsel, at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Mr. Baron is a leading expert in the employ of electronically stored information (ESI) searches in large litigation cases. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in Vancouver, in the spring of 2000, where he taught a course on cyberspace law and participated in the InterPARES project.

Richard Brown
has been an archivist at LAC for over 25 years, and he is currently senior advisor, Government Records Branch. Dr. Brown developed and coordinated the government records disposition program at LAC, and has been director of the Government Archives responsible for the appraisal, acquisition and accessibility of the archival and historical records of the Government of Canada. He has published a number of articles and presented talks extensively in Canada and abroad on recordkeeping, information management and archival science. Dr. Brown has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Steve Accette
has been a member of the Department of Justice since 1990. Mr. Accette is currently the department's national litigation support manager. He has extensive litigation support experience as a result of working on numerous mega-cases and Commissions of Inquiry. Mr. Accette advises Justice lawyers and client departments on all aspects of e-Discovery, documentary production, and evidence management. He was a key drafter of the Civil Litigation Branch's Practice Direction 14.0 (e-Discovery). Mr. Accette meets with client departments, government officials and private sector service providers in order to assist in the development of best practices and standards related to e-Discovery and the use of automated litigation support tools.

Peg Duncan
is the director of Business Opportunities and Emerging Technologies in the Information Management Branch of the Department of Justice, a unit established to bridge the gap between the IT world and that of the law office. In 2000, Mrs. Duncan launched the "Barrister's Briefcase" project to select and implement tools to help federal litigators deal with major document-heavy cases involving electronic sources of information. She is a member of the e-Discovery Sub-Committee of the Ontario Discovery Task Force and a member of the Steering Committee and Editorial Board of Sedona Canada.

François Matte
is the principal consultant with Government Consulting Services of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and leads the Strategic Litigation Management Services team. Mr. Matte was instrumental in devising and implementing an innovative document discovery arrangement to enable the federal government to respond to the information needs of the Gomery Commission. He has since assembled a team of professionals who developed an approach and a series of tools to support the government's response to class action litigation document discovery.

Gregory S. Tzemenakis
has practiced for seven years with Canada's largest national law firm before joining the Civil Litigation Section of Department of Justice. Mr. Tzemenakis has acted as co-counsel in two Commissions of Inquiry and has a particular interest in public and administrative law. He has appeared before the Superior Court of Ontario, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Tzemenakis received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Organizational Behaviour, from McGill University.