Breaking Through

Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel

Co-authored by Kirby Chown, former Ontario Regional Managing Partner for McCarthy Tétrault, and Carrie Mandel, Consultant at Spencer Stuart, North American Legal & Compliance Practice, the book weaves together in-depth, candid personal accounts of setback and success with commentary from experts in talent management and diversity issues to present a compelling roadmap for “breaking through” to the top ranks.

Winner of the CCCA 2014 Award Special Contribution Award recognizing extraordinary individual contribution to further the objectives of the CCCA.

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Kirby Chown, Author

Kirby Chown, Author

Former Ontario Regional Managing Partner,
McCarthy Tétrault

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April 29, 2014
L’Institut Canadien, Montreal, Quebec

January 23, 2014
“General Counsel Speak — Lessons for Law Firms on women’s advancement and increasing client connections”
Manitoba Bar Association Mid Winter Meeting, Winnipeg Manitoba

Nov 26, 2013
“From Lawyer to Leader”
U of T Faculty of Law and Centre for the Legal Profession, Toronto, Ontario

Nov 22, 2013
“Why Women are Succeeding as GCs”
The Petroleum Club, Spencer Stuart and McCarthy Tétrault, Calgary, Alberta

Nov 21, 2013
“Why Women are Succeeding as GCs”
Sutton Place Hotel, CCCA, Edmonton Alberta

Nov 14, 2013
Verity Club, Toronto, Ontario

Nov 4, 2013
“Mentors and Sponsors”
CBA Law Firm Managing Partner Conference, Halifax Nova Scotia

Nov 4, 2013
“Breaking Through”
Atlantic Chapter IWF, Halifax, Nova Scotia

October 10, 2013
“Toronto Launch”
KPMG, Toronto, Ontario

October 4, 2013
“Women Walking the Talk: Concrete Steps Towards Leadership”
CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women, Montreal, Quebec

October 3, 2013
“The US & Canadian Perspective on Women GCs”
Women, Influence, Power in Law Conference, Washington D.C.

April 4, 2013
“Pre Launch”
CCCA Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario