Bruce Hutchison

p: (416) 360-2864
e: BHutchison@GenestMurray.ca
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Assistant
Clara Gagliardi
p: (416) 360-2605
e: CGagliardi@GenestMurray.ca

Overview

Bruce Hutchison is a partner with Genest Murray LLP. He  has practiced litigation there since 1991.  He acts on behalf of a variety of insurers in the defence of claims and actions involving school boards, solicitors, disability insurance, fire loss and transportation matters. Bruce has received training as a fact finder and mediator.

He is Past President of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association (2006-2007).

He is Past Chair of Library Co., a corporation, mandated to undertake the central management of the Ontario county courthouse library system (2010-2012).

He is co-editor of Risk Management in Canadian Education published by Lexis/Nexis and is a member of the editorial board of Federated Press – Insurance Law Journal.

He is a frequent speaker at programmes related to risk management, liability insurance and education law.

Education

  • University of Toronto, B.A. 1983
  • Université Laval, Québec, 1984-1986 - studies in French and History
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B. 1989
  • Law Society of Upper Canada-Call to the Bar 1991

Publications & Presentations

  • “An Overview of Legal Principles and Risk Management Strategies in Actions Involving School Boards”, co-presented with Teresa Drijber (OSBIE), 2013 CAPSLE Conference (Canadian Association of the Practical Study of Law in Education), Winnipeg
  • “Contribution and Indemnity – On Overview”, LawPRO CPD Program – Third Party Claims By and Against Solicitors, November 27, 2012
  • “Why Claims Settle Before Trial”, co-presented with Teresa Drijber (OSBIE), OSBIE Risk Management Seminar, November 1, 2012
  • “Privacy and the Scope of Documentary Disclosure in Proceedings Involving School Boards”, co-presented with John Sharoun (Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.), OSBIE Adjusters Seminar, August 23, 2012
  • “The Standard of Care as a Balancing Mechanism for Finding Justice and Fairness in School Board Negligence Claims”, co-presenter with Teresa Drijber, 2012 CAPSLE Conference, Ottawa
  • “Negligence and Liability Concerns for Schools”, co-presented with T. Drijber (OSBIE), Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, The Complete Guide to School Law for K-12 Educational Professionals, February 27 and 28, 2012
  • “Influences on the Evolution of the Standard of Care of the Careful or Prudent Parent”, co-presented with Teresa Drijber, 2011 CAPSLE Conference, St. John’s
  • “Negligence and Liability Concerns for Schools”, co-presented with T. Drijber (OSBIE), Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, The Complete Guide to School Law for K-12 Educational Professionals, February 28 and March 1, 2011
  • “Unravelling the Mystery of the Litigation Process”, OSBIE Risk Management Seminar, November 4, 2010
  • “School Boards and Vicarious Liability”, co-presented with Teresa Drijber,  2010 CAPSLE Conference, Calgary
  • “Negligence and Liability Concerns for Schools”, co-presented with T. Drijber (OSBIE), Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, The Complete Guide to School Law for K-12 Educational Professionals, November 30 and December 1, 2009
  • “Sexual Assaults:  Staff Obligations and Claim Examples”, OSBIE Risk Management Seminar, November 5, 2009
  • “Risk Management Strategies:  A Bridge to Building a Safe Positive School Environment”, co-presented with Teresa Drijber,  2009 CAPSLE Conference, Toronto
  • OJEN (Ontario Justice Education Networks), Elementary School Mock Trial Program, January 2009
  • “Privacy and the Claims Management Process”, OSBIE Risk Management Seminar, November 6, 2008
  • “Strategies of an action from initiation to trial:  role of library in the research process”, Canadian Association of Law Libraries – The Trail of a Trial, May 7, 2007
  • “Evolution of the Careful or Prudent Parent Standard and Student Responsibility”, 2007 CAPSLE Conference, Vancouver
  • “Negligence and Liability Concerns for Schools”, co-presented with T. Drijber (OSBIE), Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, The Complete Guide to School Law for K-12 Educational Professionals, February 26, 2007
  • “Privacy and the Scope of Documentary Disclosure in Proceedings involving School Boards”, 2006 CAPSLE Conference, Montreal
  • “Avoiding Liability:  School Excursions”, Education Law Institute (OISE-U of T), Lawworks Case Study Workshop, August 17 and 18, 2006
  • “Simplified Procedure:  Pre-Trial and Summary Trial”, Toronto Lawyers Association Nutshell Program, April 19, 2006
  • “Avoiding Liability – Physical Education and Sports”, Education Law Institute (OISE-U of T), August 18 and 19, 2005
  • “Resolving Insurance Coverage Disputes”, Insight Conference, Toronto, April 2, 1996
  • “The Blurred Line Between School and Police Investigations”, Risk Management in Canadian Education, LexisNexis, 10 R.M.C.E.
  • “School Security Risk Management Strategies in the Falconer Report”, 10 R.M.C.E.
  • “Risk Management Strategies:  A Bridge to Building a Safe Positive School Environment:  Part 2”, co-authored with Teresa Drijber, OSBIE, 10 R.M.C.E.
  • “Risk Management Strategies:  A Bridge to Building a Safe Positive School Environment”, co-authored with Teresa Drijber, OSBIE, 9 R.M.C.E.
  • “Overview of Risk Management Strategies for Supervision Arising from the Falconer Report”, 9 R.M.C.E.
  • “Overview of Risk Management Strategies for Discipline Arising from the Falconer Report”, 9 R.M.C.E.
  • “School Safety – The Falconer Report – Part I, 8 R.M.C.E
  • “Balancing Confidentiality with Openness in Court Proceedings”, 8 R.M.C.E
  • “Evolution of the Careful and Prudent Parent Standard and Student Responsibility”, 7 R.M.C.E.
  • “Case Notes:  Schmunk Estate v. Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education, [2004], A.J. No. 491 (Q.B.)(QL)”, 5 R.M.C.E.
  • “The Changing Approach to the Interpretation of Limitation Periods:  Reinterpretation Through Judicial Activism”, Insurance Law, Federated Press, Volume IV, No. 3, 2000
  • “Claims for Damages Arising from Sexual Misconduct Pose Insurance Problems”, Insurance Law, Federated Press, Volume I, No. 4, 1995.

Associations

  • Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute