Several members of the Heuristica legal team are experienced presenters and instructors in electronic discovery and law.  If you are looking for a leading eDiscovery practitioner to speak or teach at an event please email



Courses Currently Available


eDiscovery Seminar Series (Calgary)

February 13 – May 19, 2020


We are pleased to announce that, beginning in mid-February, we will sponsor and teach an eight-part legal eDiscovery Seminar Series in downtown Calgary on the fundamentals of modern discovery practices, including developments in case law.


Unless it is a hand-written note, physical or oral evidence, all evidence is electronic.  Over the last number of years, Canadian case law and procedural rules have changed to recognize this reality.


Recent developments can have a significant impact on litigation/arbitration and regulatory proceedings as well as on our professional obligations and responsibilities to provide clients with advice and strategy to effectively deal with electronic evidence in a defensible and proportionate manner.


To meet our changing professional obligations, it is important to understand how the law has evolved and the tools that are now available to do discovery efficiently.


The seminar series is designed for lawyers and paralegals and covers the essential elements of electronic evidence in legal proceedings and investigations.


Two seminars each month from February to May make up the 8-part series to be held at our downtown Calgary office.


The curriculum includes the following 8 seminars:


  1. eDiscovery Essentials – What Everyone Needs to Know about the EDRM
  2. The Sedona Canada Principles – How to Incorporate Them to Save your Clients Time and Money
  3. Avoiding Inadvertent Spoliation – Effective Legal Holds and Defensible Processes
  4. Effective Custodian Interviews – Identifying Sources of Producible Records and Data Mapping
  5. Discovery Planning – How to Prepare for and Conduct Successful Negotiations
  6. Beyond Keywords – The Hazards of Relying on Search Terms and Effective Identification of Relevant Information Through Iterative Review
  7. Review Methodology – An Agile Approach to Review and Production of Documents
  8. Proportionality Motions – What Evidence is Required?

The course will be led by Crystal O’Donnell, Heuristica’s CEO and Senior Counsel.  Please see the Calgary Seminar Series Flyer for more detail.


To register for one, several or all seminars, or for more information about the series, please email



Electronic Discovery Practice and Principles

The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO), Fellowship Course,  February 4 – April 7, 2020


Leading eDiscovery practitioners from Heuristica Discovery Counsel will once again teach the ILCO Fellowship Course “Electronic Discovery Practice and Principles”.


Designed for litigation support professionals and law clerks, this course will explore the legal and practical principles of electronic discovery in a legal practice context.


Using the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and the Sedona Canada Principles, we will discuss the issues and tasks underlying each phase of the process.  With an emphasis on proportionality and defensibility at every stage, practical information will be covered, including:


  • cooperative discovery planning
  • the supporting evidence required for discovery motions
  • and the admissibility of evidence

We also will cover how to best work in a cost-effective manner and bring value to the legal team and client.


To register, or for more information about the course, please visit the course description on the ILCO web site.



Electronic Evidence Seminar (Ontario)

1 1/2 hours (email to schedule)


This education presentation provides an overview of the issues facing counsel when dealing with legal matters involving electronic evidence. The session is comprised of a presentation and an accompanying Q & A session.


The instructor will provide an overview on how new technology and innovative methodologies can provide counsel and their clients with proportionate and defensible processes, and reduce costs and risks while increasing client value.  The presentation provides counsel with information about the developing legal requirements for defensibility and professional competence.


The session qualifies for required LSO continuing professional development hours, and can be accredited for professionalism hours.  We can tailor the length and content of the education presentation to your needs.


Please mail for more information or to schedule this seminar.