Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events

Toronto Chapter: An Evening of Crypto and Champagne

On behalf of the Toronto Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP invites you to an evening of cryptocurrency and champagne tasting.

Topics explored will include recent trends in the cryptocurrency market, cross-border regulation and enforcement proceedings. The event will include an informal panel where industry leaders, Pat Chaukos, Deputy Director of the OSC Launchpad on Fintech Innovation, Iliana Oris Valiente, Global Blockchain Innovation Lead at Accenture and Meghan Spillane, Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, Digital Currency + Blockchain Technology Practice, will provide us with key insights from the rapidly evolving field of cryptocurrency regulation.

Thursday April 26, 2018
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Registration & Welcome Toast
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Informal Panel Discussion
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Champagne Tasting & Sabering

Osler Conference Centre
100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Toronto ON
Reception Located on the 63rd Floor

Click here to RSVP.

Upcoming Ohio Chapter Events

  • March 23, 2018: Lunch meeting at McDonald Hopkins (Noon-1 p.m.)
  • May 15,  2018:  Happy hour at Urban Farmer (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
  • July 17, 2018:  Cocktail hour at Shoreby Club pool (5:00 – 6:30 p.m.)
  • August 8, 2018: Lunch meeting at McDonald Hopkins (Noon-1 p.m.)
  • October 23, 2018: Happy hour (5:00-6:00 p.m., location TBD)
  • November 12, 2018:  Lunch meeting at McDonald Hopkins (Noon-1 p.m.)

For more information or to register for any of these upcoming events, contact:

Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong
Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC
600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2100
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 348-5809

Toronto Paint Night

The Toronto chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and NERA Economic Consulting recently hosted “paint night.” A good time was had by all!


DC Chapter Luncheon Featuring Carol Leonnig, The Washington Post

The next Women’s White Collar Defense Association DC Chapter Lunch will be Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm, hosted by Biz Van Gelder, Niki Sprinzen, Rebecca Brodey, Karen Williams and Emily Gurskis at Cozen O’Connor, 1200 19th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC.

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig will be our guest speaker. Leonnig is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who has been at The Washington Post since 2000.  Her work holding governments accountable has drawn numerous national awards and led to major legislative reform and federal investigations.  She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her work on the security failures and misconduct within the US Secret Service. She was also part of a Washington Post team that was awarded the Pulitzer for revealing the US government’s secret, broad surveillance of Americans through the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Leonnig currently reports on the Mueller special counsel investigation and investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Before joining The Washington Post, Leonnig covered city halls, legislatures and Congress in various postings at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Charlotte Observer and the Washington bureau of the former Knight-Ridder newspaper chain.

We hope to see you at the lunch!

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Join WWCDA Toronto for a Cocktails and Canvas Night

Cocktails and Canvas

The Toronto chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and NERA Economic Consulting are hosting a paint night on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Please join us for a night of painting, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. We will supply the painting supplies and artist’s guided instruction; you provide the creativity and camaraderie. No previous experience or painting skill required! We hope to see you there.

One of the primary goals of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, a coalition of women defence lawyers and other professionals who specialise in white collar defence, is to provide opportunities to promote and enhance professional practices and business development opportunities.

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Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. For questions about this event, please contact

Location: Thompson Toronto, 550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4, Canada

Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm

DC Chapter Annual Holiday Party on December 4, 2017


Please join us on Monday, December 1, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for our annual holiday party.  The Claro Group will be hosting us at Rizik’s, one of the oldest dress shops in DC, for a wine tasting and trunk show.  In the spirit of women supporting women, we will be joined by two women entrepreneurs, Sandra Taylor and Cindy Fields.

Sandra Taylor is the CEO of Sustainable Business International and former SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Starbucks.  She recently authored a book, The Business of Sustainable Wine: How to Build Brand Equity in a 21 Century Wine Industry. She will lead a short discussion on the business case for sustainable wine, and how brands have used sustainability and social responsibility to grow brand equity with the key demographics of the wine industry – women and millennials.  An excerpt from her book is attached for those interested.

Cindy Fields is the CEO of Cynthia Fields LLC and former President and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Catalog and  In October, she launched a new line of iconic dresses designed in New York with exquisite fabric and expert tailoring.  Her dresses will be on display during our event.  To preview her line in advance, follow this link:

We look forward to seeing you next Monday!


Previous Ohio Chapter Events

October 12, 2017 (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.): Meeting/Cocktail Hour, Tucker Ellis (Cleveland, Ohio)

November 16, 2017 (12 – 1 p.m.):  Lunch meeting, McDonald Hopkins LLC (Cleveland, Ohio)


Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong
McDonald Hopkins LLC
600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2100
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 348-5809