Technology in Practice: The Blog

Technology in Practice is an annual litigation technology conference that provides educational and practical content for Canadian legal professionals. It is hosted by Commonwealth Legal and supported by our technology partners and fellow industry experts.

ACEDs: Personal Reflections on #TIPTO17

Nov 22, 2017 1:45:01 PM | Marketing


Kaylee Walstad, ACEDs and Ian Campbell, iCONECT (pictured in front) take a group selfie at the ACEDs sponsored Thought-Leaders Social during Technology in Practice 2017.

Mary Mack, Executive Director and Kaylee Walstad, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at ACEDs share their experiences and take-aways from Technology in Practice 2017 as sponsors, speakers and attendees of the conference. 

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Topics: Published Articles, ACEDS

eDiscovery Tips for Small Law Firms

Nov 16, 2017 3:16:22 PM | Marketing

Technology in Practice 2017 Small Law Forum "Evening the Playing Field" featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine. 

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Topics: TIP Conference, Published Articles

Lessons In Leadership: Ricoh's Eric Mandel Interviewed for High Performance Counsel

Nov 15, 2017 2:27:02 PM | Marketing

This post was originally published on High Performance Counsel and has been republished here with permission.

Eric Mandel, Vice President, Information Governance & Cyber Security Strategy at Ricoh USA, discusses his career path from lawyer to eDiscovery expert and the future of legal technology for the latest High Performance Counsel "Baker's Dozen" Interview. 

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Topics: Published Articles, Ricoh

Lessons In Leadership: Jessica Lockett Interviewed for High Performance Counsel

Oct 2, 2017 4:19:22 PM | Marketing

This post was originally published on High Performance Counsel and has been republished here with permission.

Jessica Lockett, Director of Legal Solutions at Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, shares her professional journey and expert insight into the future of our industry for High Performance Counsel's "Baker's Dozen" Interview. 

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Topics: Published Articles, Jessica Lockett

The Role of Encryption in Law Firm Data Security

Aug 15, 2017 1:50:43 PM | Marketing

Ricoh USA's David Greetham, Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations and David Levine, Vice President of Information Security and CISO, featured in Law Journal Newsletters.

Written by: David Greetham, Ricoh USA and David Levine, Ricoh USA for Law Journal Newsletters

"Encryption can play a vital role in securing data, but it needs to be considered within the context of a firm’s overall IT security strategy. Whether, when and how to encrypt requires a careful look at what data the firm keeps, and how much protection it needs.

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Topics: Published Articles, Ricoh, David Greetham

Living, Working, and Having it All

Dec 7, 2016 4:57:30 PM | Marketing

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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Topics: Published Articles

A New View of "Having it All"

Nov 16, 2016 1:06:31 PM | Marketing

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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Topics: Published Articles

Ricoh's Donna Venable Featured in Women of Influence

Oct 18, 2016 1:29:10 PM | Marketing

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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Topics: Published Articles

Karen Brookman Featured in Women of Influence

Sep 15, 2016 11:52:57 AM | Marketing

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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Topics: Published Articles

The Changing Face of Litigation Support Technology in British Columbia

May 11, 2016 4:33:30 PM | Peter Sanford

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