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TiP Conference - Personal Reflections

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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TiP Conference - Personal Reflections

Kaylee Walstad - Director of Strategic Partnerships, ACEDS
Technology in Practice, Canada’s largest eDiscovery conference curated by the amazing team at Commonwealth Legal, a Ricoh company, took me by surprise. I heard it was a great event, and I was not disappointed; from my first impression of the Shangri-La Hotel venue - selected personally by the Commonwealth team - to the amazing people and education - I was blown away! The five-star hotel exemplifies Commonwealth Legal’s brand of highly personalized and caring service to their clients and their willingness to go the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect… and it was! Vice President of Commonwealth Legal, Jennifer Johnson, said the design and execution of the entire event was intended to reflect the brand and our desire to promote excellence in eDiscovery standards across the industry.  The costs for taking an event or even a solution to the next level are really incremental but the benefits - although subtle – are often what make the difference on exceptional results and quality. Mary Mack and I frequently hear and speak about the race to the bottom with the ever-increasing eDiscovery service provider pricing squeeze and felt this was a great example of why you get what you pay for when selecting a vendor.

ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, shared her expertise on FIVE panels between Thursday and Friday on topics ranging from Information Governance to AI in Lawyer Robotics, and everything in between. Mary is truly an eDiscovery and legal technology pioneer, which shined through during her panels. 

I enjoyed live tweeting the panels, interviews and experiences with my newly gifted selfie stick (thank you Ian Campbell). We loved meeting the eDiscovery community in Canada; connecting with CEDS and meeting new friends. Also, connecting with old friends; the Hon. Judge Andrew Peck and Chris Dale come to mind, as we had dinner and great conversations with them. We also connected with Eric Mandel, Seth Magaw and Dave Hendershott of Ricoh- who are wonderful partners of ACEDS! 

A highlight for me was our connection with Ian Campbell, CEO of iCONECT. Spending time with him, learning more about their company and hearing about how they took the newly shared JFK files and made them available via their platform- they took the data in their available format and indexed and OCR’d them for the public and made them available to the public to view and search.

Mary Mack – Executive Director, ACEDS
This was my second TiP conference, and has become a must attend for me.  Kaylee is right:  Commonwealth Legal could write a book on planning a conference that moves the needle.  This conference has everything:  trend forward, thought provoking keynotes, integrated virtual technology and millennial moderators.

It is an “eDiscovery AND” conference, highlighting adjacent areas like privacy, security and contract analytics.  The high touch nature of the Commonwealth client experience was mirrored in everything from panel preparation to the thoughtful conference materials.  Prizes were given for participation in the conference app and for twitter.  And no, Kaylee did not win the twitter in terms of number of tweets, that honor went to Gavin Le Ber.  Kaylee definitely would have won for number of minutes on twitter as she livestreamed most of the panels I was on, and recorded Ian Campbell demo-ing the JFK files in Xera.

TiP has the highest quality educational sessions, supported by human scale networking opportunities.  It is no surprise that it sold out this year.  Highly recommended for your conference calendar next year, particularly with GDPR unfolding midyear.  Canada deemed a jurisdiction with adequate privacy controls, which has a fabulous opportunity to bridge the gap between the EU and the US as its market explodes.

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