What will 2021 look like for the CBA Business Law Section? It’s up to you!

  • February 11, 2021

2020 will be a year we will never forget, but we look forward to what 2021 has to offer! The Section is what you, as members, make of it, so we encourage you to get involved with our activities. Please find below an update on where we have been and where we intend to go in 2021.

Advocacy Highlights

Our Section continues to participate in meetings and constructive dialogue with respect to advocacy initiatives that may impact your corporate/commercial clients.

In 2021, members of the Executive will volunteer and represent our Section on the following ongoing projects:

  • Consultation for the creation of a guidance document on business and human rights; and
  • Consultation on anti-corruption measures.

In addition, the following consultations were concluded in 2020:

The Langlois Prize – Law Student Essay Contest

Calling all students: submit your essays by April 30! 2021 marks the third year of the law student essay contest, the Langlois Prize. Langlois Lawyers sponsors both the English and French contests related to general topics in Canadian business law.

I am pleased to announce our 2020 winners, Isabella Tamilia for her essay, “La règle selon laquelle un actionnaire d’une SPA ne dispose pas d’un recours direct contre le tiers qui cause un dommage à l’entreprise est-elle compatible avec les principes de base du C.c.Q.?” (only available in French), and Robert Nanni for his essay, “What’s in a name? Understanding ‘piercing the corporate veil’ in Canada after Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp”.


In 2020, our Section hosted the following webinars, which are available on-demand:

Keep an eye out for more programming to be announced in 2021.

And don’t miss the last webinar of the Commercial Insolvency and Restructuring stream of the Skilled Lawyers Series! Register right now for “Consumer Insolvencies: Advising Your Client Step by Step” (February 25) and get essential skills to help clients through difficult times.

Get Involved

The success of the Section comes from the dedication of our executive, our volunteers and our members. Our objective is to deliver relevant and beneficial programs to our members.

We invite you to engage with the Section in the following ways:

  • Send us your ideas for new activities or initiatives that you would like to see from the Section.
  • Submit a member article.
  • Join us to contribute to our submissions.

Don’t hesitate to get involved!


Robert J. de Guzman
Chair, CBA Business Law Section 2020-2021