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Living, Working, and Having it All

Posted by Marketing

Dec 7, 2016 4:57:30 PM

Roberta Hague, Senior Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs at OMERS, discusses lessons from a life in progress in her featured Women of Influence article as part of the discussion on the advancement of women, focusing on "having it all", in partnership with Ricoh.

“Procuring and teaching the right people to work together to get things done enables great things to happen”

By Roberta Hague


Can we “have it all” in terms work and family? The answer to that question has changed throughout life as I’ve reconsidered what “all” means for me. Generally, it has been about living passionately, having fun, aspiring to more, and feeling satisfied at the end of each day that it was another good day.

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A New View of "Having it All"

Posted by Marketing

Nov 16, 2016 1:06:31 PM

Mary Ann Turcke, President of Bell Media, interviewed by Women of Influence as part of the next installment in the discussion on the advancement of women, focusing on "having it all", in partnership with Ricoh.

“In the workplace, we need to be asking, ‘How do we get better at helping everyone spend time the way they need to when their loved ones are in need?’ It ought not to be a women’s issue.”

By Shelley White


When it comes to women’s work-life balance, Mary Ann Turcke wants to change the conversation.

It shouldn’t be about “women having it all,” it should be about “families having it all,” says Mary Ann, president of Bell Media and one of Canada’s most influential leaders.

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Ricoh's Donna Venable Featured in Women of Influence

Posted by Marketing

Oct 18, 2016 1:29:10 PM

A Passion for Advocacy

“Procuring and teaching the right people to work together to get things done enables great things to happen.”

By Liz Bruckner


When Donna Venable speaks about helping others, it’s clear it’s an important part of who she is. “I believe that giving back is a responsibility we all have. My parents instilled this perspective in me as a child, and my husband and I worked to do the same with our children.”

It’s no surprise then that Donna has achieved huge success in the field of human resource management. Serving as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Ricoh in the Americas since 2008, she oversees approximately 31,000+ employees across Canada, the U.S. and South America, has amassed almost 25 years of management experience in her industry, and has set many impressive standards as a champion of women’s business initiatives and inclusion throughout her career.

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Karen Brookman Featured in Women of Influence

Posted by Marketing

Sep 15, 2016 11:52:57 AM

Is There a Recipe for Having it All?

“The measure of success is more valid when it originates from within you, rather than when it is determined by external factors beyond your control.”

By Karen Brookman


As a female executive I think a lot about the future, the goals I want to achieve in business, in my personal life and the contribution I want to make in the world. I have often been faced with internal conflict when feeling forced to choose one priority at the expense of another.

Earlier in my career I attended a business dinner where the guest speaker, a powerful woman who was running a successful multi-national company, addressed the women in the audience by saying, “If you think you can have it all, you can’t. If you think you can run a successful business, be involved in your community, raise children, and have a happy marriage, you can’t. My advice is, pick two.”  

These words represented her life’s lesson and they hit me hard. I found myself feeling a combination of shock, anger, and discouragement all at the same time. I didn’t want to believe her message. The words, “pick two” have stayed with me and fueled my desire to find a way to prove that women can have it all.

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The Changing Face of Litigation Support Technology in British Columbia

Posted by Peter Sanford

May 11, 2016 4:33:30 PM

The original article, written by Peter Sanford, Client Services Manager at Commonwealth Legal, was featured in the BCPA Paralegal Press, 2016 Spring Edition.

With many firms looking to replace their legacy review technology solutions, Peter Sanford, Client Services Manager at Commonwealth Legal, was asked by the BC Paralegal Association to provide insight into the key factors driving the decision-making process in the BC market.

Firms are looking for litigation technology solutions that help them effectively manage their regular caseload, while maintaining flexibility and scalability should case needs arise. Firms are also actively exploring opportunities to incorporate more thorough project planning into the discovery process, including the adoption of Early Case Assessment and the use of structured and conceptual analytics to prioritize documents for review.

Says Sanford,

"One of the key drivers of adopting next generation technology is the need to differentiate against other firms, and eventually, to keep up with clients. Compounding the pressure on law firms to fully embrace technology is the steady increase in the number of corporate clients attempting to address the data volume challenge head-on."

Read the full article in the BCPA Paralegal Press

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Topics: Published Articles, litigation technology, Peter Sanford


Strategy Key to Implementing Advanced Discovery Technology

Posted by Marketing

Mar 31, 2016 4:23:23 PM

Commonwealth Legal's Vice President, Jennifer Johnson, quoted on the AdvocateDaily.com.

"Many in the legal sector are at a crossroads when it comes to next-generation technology — but pioneering law firms see this as an opportunity to drive competitive advantage by delivering efficiency and value to their clients early on in the discovery process, Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson tells AdvocateDaily.com

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As Johnson explains, one of the key drivers behind the adoption of new technology in law firms is the need to differentiate against competitors, and eventually, to keep up with clients."

Read the rest of the article on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Topics: Published Articles, Jennifer Johnson


Ethics: Choosing the Cloud

Posted by Marketing

Mar 24, 2016 12:49:58 PM

Ricoh USA's Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations, David Greetham, quoted in Legaltech News.

Exploring the three main areas of ethical obligation, cost, competence, and security, and how they apply to cloud computing.

Written by: Babs Deacon, LegalTech News

Cloud has emerged as a powerful way for attorneys and clients to reduce IT overhead while maintaining easy access to data and processes. Consumers, especially attorneys having special, ethical obligations, need to understand the impact of cloud on e-discovery management. An attorney who refuses to consider cloud offerings because of a lack of understanding about the technology is shirking the responsibility to participate competently in the discovery process.

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Says Greetham:

“An attorney cannot ignore cloud options because of lack of knowledge or discomfort; there is an ethical responsibility to understand this area of the law to best serve clients. In fact, it’s one that the industry takes seriously.

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Topics: Published Articles, David Greetham, Cloud


Software brings efficiency to document review process

Posted by Marketing

Mar 9, 2016 3:58:07 PM

Commonwealth Legal's Vice President, Jennifer Johnson, quoted on the AdvocateDaily.com.

"For law firms, technology can be a powerful tool for process improvement — including the use of document management software during the discovery and review process, Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson tells Lawyers Weekly.

As Johnson tells AdvocateDaily, Commonwealth Legal is now a division of Ricoh Canada whose roots are founded in technology innovation. In 1974, Ricoh launched the world’s first high-speed office facsimile machine which brought new efficiency to business communications. The impact of the evolution of technology is relentless and will continue to inform how businesses operate."

Read the rest of the article on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Topics: Published Articles, Jennifer Johnson, eDiscovery


Focus, experience critical to ediscovery managed services

Posted by Marketing

Feb 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

AdvocateDaily.com reaches out to Commonwealth Legal's Vice President, Jennifer Johnson, for what makes for an effective ediscovery managed services offering.

Rather than just an add-on to its main business, 'managed services' should be at the core of an ediscovery firm's offering, as expertise, flexibility and a well-established technology toolkit are key to excelling in this area, says Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson.

In the managed services area — which is a sophisticated combination of evidence management, the cloud, and reactive service needs for litigation, regulatory matters, inquiries or investigations, means that only hands-on experience and a proficient team can set you up for success.

“This is not the kind of business where you can get away with doing a satisfactory job. Infrastructure costs, security risks, an efficient approach to managing the data and enabling your clients to really master the technology is what makes us successful,” says Johnson.

“The reality is that anyone can buy a tool. But we know from experience, and law firms have learned this too as they work to evolve their in-house capabilities, that it takes a village to support these applications and the teams that are using them. There is a lot at stake and highly responsive, first-hand expertise is critical to the successful management of cases in the cloud,” says Johnson.

Read the rest of the article on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Topics: Published Articles, Jennifer Johnson, Managed Services


Technology in Practice 2015 Conference Resonates with Lawyers

Posted by Marketing

Dec 1, 2015 2:06:19 PM

AdvocateDaily.com interviews Commonwealth Legal's Vice President, Jennifer Johnson, about some key themes and differences noted during Technology in Practice 2015:

An increasing number of lawyers are seeing the real value in ediscovery and how technology can help firms operate more efficiently, says Commonwealth Legal Vice President Jennifer Johnson.

“There is a major change happening in law firms, and this was made evident at the Technology in Practice conference this year,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

“In the past, many lawyers only got on board with technology when they had to, but now there is more acknowledgement amongst them of the context in which they are working. The medium has changed — it used to be paper and there has been resistance to changing since electronic evidence came along."

This year’s conference, held Nov. 4 - 6 in Toronto and hosted by Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, attracted over 50 lawyers, more than double the number that attended last year.

“All of the national law firms were present and we had representation from across the industry,” Johnson says. “The firms sent one or more lawyers, often associates, who the partners want to develop expertise around ediscovery."

Johnson believes it’s a sign that the market is maturing and that Technology in Practice is gaining credibility across the legal industry.

Read the rest of the article on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Topics: TIP Conference, Published Articles, Jennifer Johnson, eDiscovery