Stephen Scholtz is Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel (Canada) for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. CIBC is a leading North American financial institution serving clients in Canada and around the world. Stephen heads a team of lawyers that handles virtually all legal proceedings initiated in Canada against CIBC or any of its many subsidiaries, and is accountable for the strategic direction of those matters. In addition to managing his internal team of experienced counsel and directing external counsel, Stephen provides advice to senior business leaders of the bank regarding actual and potential legal and reputational risks and ways to mitigate those risks. Prior to joining CIBC in 2006, Stephen was a partner in the litigation group of a national law firm.