EVENT: 12th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability, Insurance & Finance – Oct 18 & 19, 2019 (Montreal, PQ)

McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law hosts an annual conference that brings together leading aviation liability and insurance experts to discuss issues and trends in the industry. Kathryn McCulloch of Dentons will be speaking on a panel addressing liability issues arising from drone disruption of air travel.

Check out the full programme here.

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EVENT: Unmanned Systems Canada 2019 Conference – Oct 30 to Nov 1, 2019 (Ottawa, ON)

Canada’s largest unmanned systems industry association, Unmanned Systems Canada, will host its 17th annual conference “Unmanned Canada 2019 – Innovating Canada by Air, Land and Sea” in Ottawa, Ontario from October 30-November 1, 2019.

Transport Canada will be delivering updates, along with presentations by experts from all corners of the industry. Kathryn McCulloch will be providing a practical overview of the laws and regulations that apply to RPAS operators and industry participants and will be discussing best practices to mitigate risks and minimize liability in the “Operators Forum” on October 30, 2019.

More details about UC19 can be found here.

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Canada’s regulatory framework for drones featured at the IATA Legal Symposium in Rome, Italy

Kathryn McCulloch, partner at Dentons Canada, joined a panel of experts from around the globe and spoke about regulatory hurdles faced in Canada, operational safety and the impact that drones and new model air transport services have on airspace management at the IATA Legal Symposium in Rome.

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EVENT: Drones on the agenda at the IATA Legal Symposium 2019 (Rome, Italy)

As the number of drone sightings near airports continue to mount (London Gatwick, Newark, Dubai, and now, Dublin), airlines and airports are increasingly concerned with ensuring operational safety and efficiency. Regulators share the desire for operational safety, but are also charged with creating rules that allow drones to fly within our current airspace management system and promoting an environment to encourage technological advances.

These issues are all on the docket at this year’s International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Legal Symposium in Rome, Italy, “Into the Future”, a legal conference that tackles issues facing the airlines, airports and the aviation industry as a whole.

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EVENT: Unmanned Canada Conference and Trade Show, October 30 – November 1, 2018 (Vancouver, BC)


Unmanned Canada presents their 16th annual conference and trade show, “Unmanned Canada:  Innovating Canada by Air, Land & Sea” on October 30 – November 1, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The three day event will bring together industry experts and participants to explore themes and issues critical to the development of the unmanned industry in Canada.

As described by Unmanned Canada:

“This will be Canada’s premiere Unmanned Systems event focusing on sharing new technologies, policies and best practices shaping the aerial, marine and land-based unmanned vehicle sector.

  • Get the latest updates directly from Transport Canada’s UAS Task Force regarding changes in commercial regulations, pilot qualifications, and compliant equipment requirements.
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EVENT: Is the drone operator you hired an employee? Seminar on employment law implications for companies hiring drone services operators

Using drones as part of your business is a milestone. From a legal perspective, the classification of drone operators hired by your business matters – are they independent contractors or employees? Generally, a business has greater obligations to an employee than an independent contractor.

On May 25, 2018, we will be presenting at the Dentons’ Labour, Employment and Pensions group seminar on the legal and financial implications of classifying a drone operator as an independent contractor or an employee of your business.

You are invited to join us at this highly-anticipated and complimentary half-day seminar on emerging workplace and human resources issues.

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Drone thought leaders speaker series – Advances in the drone industry

Drones – or “unmanned aerial vehicles” – are advancing at a blistering pace. Technological improvements have made drones safer, more accessible, user-friendly and cheaper. Taking to the skies resolves logistical problems, allows for the delivering of goods, permits the collection of mass data and will soon permit passenger travel. These developments represent a paradigm shift in many industries, including: transportation, media and entertainment, mining, agriculture, insurance and logistics.

Join us as we consider a wide-range of topics including:

  • Regulatory insights – what regulations are expected to change and when?
  • Using drones in your business – how can it be done safely and efficiently?
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