Causation on Trial: Making Sense of Causation in the Most Difficult Cases


Friday, February 26, 2021 (9:00 a.m.–4:10 p.m.)

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  • Cindy Clarke
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Richard Halpern
    Gluckstein Lawyers

As a litigator, you are careful to put forth the best case for your client. In tort cases, causation is often a challenging and even elusive concept, particularly in cases involving multiple wrongdoers or complex factual scenarios. What is the But-For test? How should the But-For test be applied? Are there alternatives to the But-For test? Can any confusion about the But-For test that permeates the case law be resolved? Take a deep dive into these and other causation issues, with our experienced judges, lawyers and academics, in a full day, in-depth program.

  • Learn best practices for collaboration with counsel to best frame jury questions on causation
  • Hear discussion on the fundamental nature of the But-For test and how counsel and courts could better articulate the test 
  • Gain insights on professionalism and working with experts


  • The Honourable Justice Darla WilsonSuperior Court of Justice
  • The Honourable John Laskin
  • The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C.Borden Ladner Gervais LLp
  • Gayle BrockBrock Medical Malpractice Law PC
  • Cindy ClarkeBorden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Domenic CrollaGowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Darryl CruzMcCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Tom Curry, C.S.Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Donald DowGowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Hilik ElmalehSommers Roth & Elmaleh Professional Corporation
  • Richard HalpernGluckstein Lawyers
  • Professor Erik KnutsenFaculty of LawQueen's University
  • Peter KryworukLerners LLP
  • Cynthia Kuehl, C.S.Lerners LLP
  • Barbara Legate, C.S.Legate Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Anna MarrisonBorden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Jerome Morse, C.S.Morse Shannon LLP
  • Paul PapePape Chaudhury LLP
  • Mary ThomsonGowling WLG (Canada) LLP

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