Torys Business Brief
Torys Business Brief
Torys Business Brief

Torys Business Brief focuses on key issues and actionable knowledge for businesses to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis resilient and well-positioned for the future. Each episode of Torys Business Brief features in-depth, accessible interviews with Torys lawyers, moderated by Munk Debates convener Rudyard Griffiths. These episodes are accredited for CPD purposes.

Past episodes

The search for liquidity: lending solutions in crisis recovery

As the economy continues to move toward recovery from the pandemic, and companies look ahead to the next quarter of reporting, liquidity remains top of mind. Amanda Balasubramanian and Darien Leung speak on pressing lending issues in Canada and the United States.

Tapping Canada’s infrastructure potential to rebuild the economy—and its relationship with Indigenous peoples

Mark Bain and Tara Mackay discuss the scope of challenges in a new environment where investor risk appetite has shifted: how will projects be prioritized and financed; and what models and structures will be used to deliver them? Valerie Helbronner and John Terry share their thoughts on the changing nature of projects with Indigenous involvement, and how an influx of projects during recovery presents an opportunity to advance the goals of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The art of fixing broken businesses

David Bish and Kyle Kashuba discuss how this current financial crisis is different from the ’08 recession, what principal challenges companies are facing, and what management can do to ease the pressure.

A turning point for Canada’s life sciences

What lessons can be learned from the pandemic for the life sciences industry? Eileen McMahon, Cheryl Reicin and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee discuss how the crisis has caused the industry to move at a pace never seen before.

Canadian oil and gas after COVID‑19

Canada’s oil and gas industry continues to face unique challenges during the pandemic crisis. Stephanie Stimpson and Chris Christopher offer their candid perspectives on the current state of the sector, its prospects for recovery and the silver linings for industry players.

The pandemic’s impact on private equity, and how businesses can best leverage the wage subsidy

Guy Berman and Stefan Stauder give their insights into effects of the COVID‑19 crisis on the private equity industry on both sides of the Canada‑U.S. border. Gwen Watson rounds up the discussion with a closer look at the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and the tax considerations for PE investors and businesses looking to access this program.

Advice for corporate leaders at the pivot point of recovery

Cornell Wright and Chair Robert Prichard share their executive-level perspectives on how boards and management are working together to help their organizations emerge from the pandemic—and what best corporate practices they believe are critical at this high-stakes juncture.

Preparing for a COVID‑19 recovery

Mike Amm and Krista Hill share what they are seeing on the ground working with business leaders throughout the outbreak.

Managing contract risks and obligations during a pandemic

Jessica Lumière and David Outerbridge cover practical takeaways for companies to manage contract concerns amid COVID‑19.

Employment issues in the COVID‑19 crisis

Lisa Talbot discusses aspects of Canada’s framework of relief and support for employers during the crisis, options for reducing payroll and how businesses can position themselves now ahead of recovery from the pandemic.

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