Sections Update | December 2019

Watch recordings of our Section meetings and fulfill your CPD requirements before December 31st!

December 2019

Sections Update | December 2019

Sections are designed to meet the educational, advocacy and professional needs of lawyers.

We have strived to make Section meetings as accessible as possible, which is why most of our Section meetings are not only streamed live to accommodate remote attendees but recorded for members to watch later at their own time.

Each Section has its own web page with resources such as minutes, news updates, and more. Visit any of our Sections to watch webinar recordings of this year’s Section meetings.

Below, we highlight our most popular and highest attended Section meetings.

On September 11, 2019, the Family Law — Vancouver Section welcomed Todd Bell of Schuman Basran Robin & Bell, Annie Kaderly and Anne Demeule-meester of Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP to present on recent cases dealing with excluded property and unequal division of property under the Family Law Act, including recent BCCA cases.

Watch the webinar recording:

On September 12, 2019, J. Kendal Paul and Hiva Parandian of Fasken’s Vancouver office joined the Elder Law Section to discuss the nature of joint tenancy, point out the risks of using this approach as an effective planning tool, and provide tips and suggestions on how to spot red flags and militate against the pitfalls of joint tenancy.

Watch this in-depth presentation:

On October 9, 2019, The Honourable Mr. Justice D.M. Masuhara spoke to the Class Action Section on trends and developments in fee approvals, as well as other important issues that are arising in the class action settlement approval process.

Watch The Honourable Justice D.M. Masuhara’s comments on these topics:

On October 17, 2019, Mark Virgin, Principal of Virgin Hickman and Alexandre Maltas, Director at Whitelaw Twining provided a general summary on retainer of experts to the Insurance Law Section and focused on how to select the right expert, lawyer involvement in drafting expert reports, damages that experts and response reports can do to your case as well as how to cultivate your own roster of experts.

Learn more about selecting and working with expert witnesses:

On October 22, 2019, Howard Mickelson, QC of Gundmundseth Mickelson delivered practical insights and tips to use during cross-examinations and examinations for discovery.

Learn more about cross-examinations:

The Business Corporations Act has been amended to require non-public BC companies to keep a register, i.e. a list, of “significant shareholders.” On October 24, 2019, Andrew Avis, Director of Business Organizations from the BC Ministry of Finance provided an overview to the Business Law Section of the new provisions, as well as guidance on the meaning of certain key terms, including “indirect control” and “direct and significant influence.”

Get a better insight on new provisions of the BC Ministry of Finance:

On October 24, 2019, Robert Hayhoe, partner at Miller Thomson LLP joined the Charities & Not-For-Profit Law Section to discuss the rules under the Income Tax Act and Canada Revenue Agency policy applicable to Canadian charities carrying out activities internationally, with practical advice on how charities can work with foreign intermediaries and meet the requirements.

Access the recording for this thought-provoking presentation:

On October 30, 2019, the BC Securities Commission’s Michael Moretto, Gordon Smith, Larissa Streu, Nazma Lee and Laura Lam joined the Securities Law Section as they provided an update on some of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ initiatives to reduce regulatory burden, including facilitating at-the-market offerings, modifying requirements to file a business acquisition report, considering alternative prospectus models, revisiting “primary business” requirements, and more.

Learn more about the BC Securities Commission’s initiatives:

On November 4, 2019, guest speakers Kimberly Burns and Shea Coulson of Dentons Vancouver provided a refresher to the Business Law Section of the current legislative scheme governing cannabis in Canada, outlined the new (October 17, 2019) legislation for the regulation of the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals, and provided insights as to what to expect from the new regulations.

Learn more about the new legislation on cannabis:

On November 27, 2019, the Employment Law Section hosted Mike Hamata of Roper Greyell LLP and Geoffrey Metropolit, a tax lawyer with Deloitte Legal Canada LLP, as they tackled tricky tax issues that arise in employment disputes, such as legal fee reimbursement related to tax deductibility and source deductions, employee RRSP contributions and taxation of severance payments, among other issues.

Watch this in-depth presentation:

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