I Heart Canada

How do I love Canada? Let me count the ways:

  • It was a Canadian organization—Osgoode Professional Developement—that asked me to do my first public seminar.
    Attendance at my seminars in the U.S. with West Legalworks can fluctuate wildly, but my Osgoode seminars in Toronto sell out. (The next one is on June 16.) And last week 60 people attended my first Vancouver seminar with Osgoode.
  • Every constituency is well represented at my Osgoode seminars—law-firm lawyers, in-house lawyers, paralegals, government lawyers, contract administrators …. By contrast, law-firm lawyers are sometimes scarce at my U.S. public seminars.
  • I’ve done more in-house seminars for Canadian law firms than for U.S. law firms. And invariably both junior and senior lawyers attend. At my seminars at U.S. law firms, often only junior lawyers are present; that poses an obvious problem.
  • Recently, before giving a half-day seminar at a Canadian law firm, I was treated to lunch by three friendly and gracious partners, and I thoroughly enjoyed the contracts shop-talk.
  • When I gave an all-day seminar at a major Canadian company, the general counsel attended. For the entire day.
  • My recent interview with the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly is the best press I’ve had.
  • In September I’ll be giving my first presentation to a trade group. A Canadian one, of course.

This poses the obvious question: what accounts for the warm reception I’ve received in Canada? I have some vague ideas, but I’d welcome your suggestions, dear reader.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.