Today and tomorrow I am at the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) 2013 National Spring Conference in Toronto. This morning the CCCA announced they are partnering with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to launch a new certification program for Canadian in-house counsel, Business Leadership Program for In-house Counsel. The announcement was made by CCCA Chair Grant Borbridge, Q.C., of Calgary, and Roger Martin, Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
The focus of the program is not substantive law, but rather helping lawyers make the leap from firm-focussed practice of law to functioning as in-house counsel. It will address such things as leading a team, reporting, running a financially responsible department, and being part of a management team.
Successful completion of the program will give graduates the designation of Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C). The curriculum is given in three phases, shown in the graphic below.