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

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

08.00-08.45 Registration


08.45-09.00 Welcome from Law Faculty Dean and Institute Co-Directors

Dean Robert Leckey, Professor Vincent Correia, Professor Andrea Harrington


09.00-10.00 Liability of Air Carriers

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


  • Erin Applebaum, Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
  • Tracy A. Brammeier, Partner, Clifford Law
  • Clay Hunter, Partner, Patterson MacDougall
  • Andrew Harakas, Partner, Clyde & Co.
  • Caryn Geraghty Jorgensen, Shareholder, Stokes


10.00-11.00 Liability of Airport and Other Service Providers

Moderator: Laura Pierallini, Name Partner, Pierallini Studio Legale


  • Racquel Reinstein, Attorney, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Isabelle Lelieur, Founding Parter, Lelieur Avocat
  • Sylvain Choinière, Vice President, Legal, Aéroports de Montréal
  • Francis Schubert, former COO and Deputy CEO, Skyguide


11.00-11.30 Refreshment Break


11.30-12.30 Product Liability

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


  • Steven Marks, Parter, Podhurst Orseck
  • Christopher Odell, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • Roland Küsters, Senior Underwriter and Senior Legal Counsel, Munich Re
  • Pete Neenan, Partner, Stewarts


12.30-14.15 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


14.15-15.15 Global Regulatory Update

Moderator: Mia Wouters


  • Evelyn Sahr, Member, Eckert Seamans
  • Ken Quinn, Partner, Clyde & Co.
  • Kerianne Wilson, Director, Customer Accessibility, Air Canada


15.15-16.15 Insurance Panel

Moderator: Professor Andrea Harrington


  • Chris Kunstadter, Global Head of Space, AXA
  • Philip Chrystal, Of Counsel, GBF Lawyers
  • 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

Flying Outlaws to play after dinner

Saturday 14 September 2024

08.30-09.30 Cargo Liability

Moderator: Professor John Saba


  • Holger Burskens at Arnecke Siebold
  • Carlos Tornero from IATA


09.30-10.30 Aircraft Finance

Moderator: Professor Donal Hanley


  • Don Gray, Of Counsel, Holland and Knight
  • Anna-Maria Masciotra, Assistant General Counsel, Air Canada
  • Elizabeth Evans, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Carlos Sierra, Managing Partner, Sierra Latam
  • Thomas Schmid, Senior Vice President – Legal, Azorra Aviation


10.30-11.00 Refreshment Break


11.00-12.00 Update on National/International Air Transport Organisations Current/Future Issues

Moderator: Professor Ludwig Weber


  • Yaw Nyampong, Legal Officer, International Civil Aviation Organization
  • 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


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


14.30-15.30 Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation

Moderator: Professor Andrea Bjorklund


  • Martine de Serres, Assistant General Counsel, Air Canada
  • Robert Hedrick, Partner, Aviation Law Group
  • Gary Birnberg, Chairperson, Advisory Board, Hague Court for Arbitration in Aviation
  • Karl Hennessee, Senior Vice President, Airbus


15.30-16.30 Book Discussion with the Editors on The Montreal Convention: A Commentary

Moderator: Professor Vincent Correia

Speakers: Professors George Leloudas and Paul Dempsey, Laurent Chassot

16.30-16:45 Brief Closing Remarks


16:45 -18:30 Farewell Reception



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