14th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability, Insurance and Finance

Friday, September 13, 2024toSaturday, September 14, 2024
Plaza Centre Ville, 77 Blvd Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC, H3C3Z7, CA

14th McGill Aviation Liability, Insurance and Finance Conference

13-14 September 2024, Montreal

Draft Programme (as of 30 April 2024)

**Subject to change**




Friday 13 September 2024 

08.00-08.30 Registration 

08.30-08.45 Welcome from Law Faculty Dean and Institute Co-Directors  

Dean Robert Leckey, Prof. Dr. Vincent Correia, Prof. Dr. Andrea Harrington 


08.45-10.00 Liability of Air Carriers 

Moderator: Louise-Helene Senecal, General Counsel-Litigation, Air Canada 


  • Erin Applebaum, Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler 

  • Tracy A. Brammeier, Partner, Clifford Law 

  • Caryn Geraghty Jorgensen, Shareholder, Stokes 

  • Andrew Harakas, Partner, Clyde & Co. 

  • Clay Hunter, Partner, Patterson MacDougall  


10.00-11.00 Liability of Airport and Other Service Providers  

Moderator: Laura Pierallini, Name Partner, Pierallini Studio Legale 


  • Sylvain Choinière, Vice President, Legal, Aéroports de Montréal 

  • Isabelle Lelieur, Founding Parter, Lelieur Avocat 

  • Racquel Reinstein, Attorney, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 

  • Francis Schubert, former CCO and Deputy CEO, Skyguide 


11.00-11.30 Refreshment Break


11.30-12.30 Product Liability 

Moderator: Alan Reitzfeld, former Senior Partner, Holland & Knight 


  • Roland Küsters, Senior Underwriter and Senior Legal Counsel, Munich Re 

  • Steven Marks, Partner, Podhurst Orseck 

  • Pete Neenan, Partner, Stewarts 

  • Christopher Odell, Partner, Arnold & Porter 


12.30-14.00 Lunch 

Networking buffet followed by keynote speech by Michael Gill, Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization


14.00-15.15 Global Regulatory Update 

Moderator: Mia Wouters, Partner, GDS Advocaten 


  • Erick Ferrandez EASA Representative to ICAO & Canada. Alternate EU representative to the ICAO Council 

  • Tony Payne, Partner, DLA Piper (TBC) 

  • Ken Quinn, Partner, Clyde & Co. 

  • Evelyn Sahr, Member, Eckert Seamans 

  • Kerianne Wilson, Director, Customer Accessibility, Air Canada 


15.15-16.15 Insurance Panel  

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Andrea Harrington  


  • Philip Chrystal, Of Counsel, GBF Lawyers 

  • Chris Kunstadter, Global Head of Space, AXA 

  • Ulla Norhäll, Claims Lawyer Aviation, Munich Re, Germany 

  • Rachel Priester, Senior Vice President, US Head of Claims, Global Aerospace 


16.15-16.30 Transition to ICAO 


16.30-18.00 ICAO Cocktail  

Keynote speech by Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of International Civil Aviation Organization 


18.00-21.00   Dinner

The ‘Flying Outlaws to play after dinner 

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Saturday 14 September 2024 

08.30-09.30 Cargo Liability 

Moderator: Prof. Dr. John Saba 


  • Luiz Eduard Arena Alvarez, Partner, Arena Alvarez 

  • Holger Bürskens, Partner, Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein 

  • Katia De Loose, Senior Corporate and Commercial Counsel, Atlas Air  

  • Carlos Tornero, Director Legal Services, International Air Transport Association 


09.30-10.30 Aircraft Finance  

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Donal Hanley 


  • Elizabeth Evans, Partner, Clyde & Co. 

  • Don Gray, Of Counsel, Holland and Knight

  • Anna-Maria Masciotra, Assistant General Counsel, Air Canada 

  • Thomas Schmid, Senior Vice President – Legal, Azorra Aviation 

  • Carlos Sierra, Managing Partner, Sierra Latam  


10.30-11.00 Refreshment Break


11.00-12.00 Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation 

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Andrea Bjorklund 

Suggested Speakers: 

  • Gary Birnberg, Chair, Advisory Board, Hague Court for Arbitration in Aviation 

  • Martine de Serres, Assistant General Counsel, Air Canada 

  • Robert Hedrick, Partner, Aviation Law Group 

  • Karl Hennessee, Senior Vice President, Airbus 


12.00-13.00 Data & Technology Liability and Legal Considerations 

Moderator: Urban Olson, Name Partner, Advokatfirman Urban Olson AB 


  • Axelle Cartier, Chargée de cours, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and Paris 1 

  • Adrian Cioranu, President, Aviation Infrastructure Management Solutions 

  • Philippe Morio, Cybersecurity Technical Officer, International Civil Aviation Organization 


13.00-14.30 Lunch 


14.30-15.45 Update on National/International Air Transport Organisations Current/Future Issues  

Moderator:  Prof. Dr. Ludwig Weber


  • Luis Fiallos, Senior Manager, Legal Services, International Air Transport Association 

  • Jeff Morrison, President & CEO, National Airlines Council of Canada 

  • Doug Mullen, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Airlines for America 

  • Yaw Nyampong, Legal Officer, International Civil Aviation Organization 

  • Jacqueline Serrao, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, International Affairs and National Security Law Division, Federal Aviation Administration 


15.45-16.45 Book Discussion with the Editors on The Montreal Convention: A Commentary  

Moderator: Professor Vincent Correia 

Speakers: Professors Laurent Chassot, Paul Dempsey and George Leloudas 


16.45-17:00 Brief Closing Remarks


17:00 -18:30 Farewell Reception 







General Attendee - Early Bird***



General Attendee – Regular



IASL Alumni (ae) – Early Bird***



IASL Alumni (ae) – Regular



Academic/Government – Early Bird***



Academic/Government – Regular



Speaker – Early Bird***



Speaker – Regular



Student (with ID) – Early Bird **, ***



Student (with ID) – Regular **



Accompanying Guest -Dinner Only



*USD prices are for illustrative purposes only. All payments must be made in CAD$.

** Student fee does not include the Dinner Reception

*** Early Bird prices are available until 14th July 2024


The IASL does not directly award the CLE credits, however, the conference programme may be accepted by each of the participant’s legal profession regulatory body. Each jurisdiction has its own requirements but many accept if another similar legal profession regulatory body has recognised the training. We anticipate our program can provide up to 11.25 hours of CLE under the rules of the Bar of Quebec (the seat of the conference). Members will be required to sign in and out each day and attendance certificates will be issued after the conference and. It is up to each member to register with their own governing body and verify whether the session qualifies under their rule for CLE credits.

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