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Techno-savvy law firm shares secrets for success

originally published in The Lawyers Weekly How do you explain the techno-savvy – the understanding of both technology and its business value – that some lawyers instinctively bring to their practices? Maybe it’s found in their upbringing. David Feld’s entire family enjoyed computers, while Sonia Kalia introduced

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Draft, edit documents in real time

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine Drafting and editing legal documents in real time looks different when the co-authors aren’t in the same room. Just ask Brock Smith. “We log in through a secure portal using NetMeeting,” says the Vancouver-based partner in the technology and IP group

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Cloud Cover: Software as a Service enables virtual law practice management

originally published in National Magazine “When I started my firm back in June of 2008,” Florida lawyer Jason Molder wrote in his blog, “one of the first things I did was begin looking into practice management applications. I knew that in order for me to even consider

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RBC Centre, Toronto – a LEED Gold Triple – A Office Building

RBC Centre - pre-construction rendering

originally published in Award Magazine Toronto’s RBC Centre will be the first triple-A office building in Canada to achieve LEED Gold NC status. “We originally announced the project as silver because we were conservative in calculating the LEED scorecard in terms of what we might be able

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Don’t leave home without it

originally published in National Magazine Dominic Jaar recently spoke at a gathering of the National Judicial Institute in Victoria, B.C. Such trips are routine for the frequent-flying Montréal-based legal counsel at Ledjit Consulting. They also help explain Jaar’s loyalty to notebook computers. Jaar used the Victoria trip

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Test of Metal

originally published in Award Magazine Roofs and walls on a steadily increasing number of buildings shun traditional materials in favor of metal. This is not a new phenomenon. “You’ll find metal used on roofing going back thousands of years,” says Wes Brooker, marketing director for American Buildings

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Eying the iPhone?

originally published in National Magazine “On the weekend, I worked on a closing,” Rob Hyndman recalls. “Documents were sent to me. I reviewed the black lines, took two or three minutes to compare them to the list of items on my checklist, and fired off a quick

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Build It Up: Steel Building Systems Offer Better Building Performance At Lower Costs

Originally published in Award Magazine Whistler/Blackcomb. It’s one of the most popular ski resorts in Canada, and in less than a year these two peaks will host numerous events during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The resort presented a major challenge to organizers – shuttling people

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The Online Network

Originally published in PWAC Contact Thanks to Lisa Murphy, web consultant at House & Home Media, quite a few members of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) got to delve into social media at a Thursday morning MagNet session. Murphy helped us understand the current triad

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York Research Tower, Archives of Ontario – York University

originally published in Award Magazine From a downtown Toronto office building, the Archives of Ontario will soon move to their new home on the campus of Toronto’s York University. “This is a self-contained, purpose-built facility of the highest international archival standards, made to archive collections owned by

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