Programs & Events Schedule

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Updated May 14, 2021

All times listed in Pacific time.

Fri May 14

9:30am - 3:30pm

6.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC PD

Northern BC Virtual Law Talks 2021

Designed for practitioners in the BC North, this full-day virtual conference brings you topical discussions on Adapting Justice, Adapting Law, featuring presentations about effective document management, CanLii services, a view from the Bench about virtual advocacy, practice management in a COVID world and more...

Friday May 14 2021, Various - See Registration Page, Zoom, Webinar, coronavirus, pandemic,

Mon May 17

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Freedom of Information & Privacy Law Section

Keeping Apace - Privacy Law Developments Outside of British Columbia

Stay on top of recent issues beyond BC’s borders at our next section meeting, which will discuss federal Bill C-11, Quebec Bill 64, and the California Privacy Rights Act.

Monday May 17 2021, Julie Facchin, Dentons (Vancouver), Elisa Henry, BLG (Montreal), Batya F. Forsyth, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco), Zoom, Webinar,

Mon May 17

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Administrative Law, ADR-Vancouver Sections

From Vavilov to Wastech: The Impact of the Administrative Law Standard of Review on Appeals from Commercial Arbitration Awards

In Vavilov, the Supreme Court of Canada set out a new approach for determining the standard of review that applies to the judicial review of an administrative decision. Our speakers will discuss the various approaches to the issue taken by the Courts of Canada.

Monday May 17 2021, Tom A. Posyniak, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Clayton J. Gallant, Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Zoom, Webinar, Alternative Dispute Resolution,
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Tue May 18

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE, ONLINE

Family Law-Vancouver Island Section

Excluded Property under the Family Law Act - Updates to Case Law and Trends

Speakers Beatrice McCutcheon, and Christine Murray, will provide a summary of the case law regarding excluded property, that of being put into joint names - case law updates and updates regarding the presumption of advancement and how it is being treated.

Tuesday May 18 2021, Beatrice McCutcheon, Associate Counsel, Cook Roberts, Christine Murray, Partner, Cassels Murray,, Zoom, Webinar,

Wed May 19

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Health Law, Aboriginal Law-Vancouver Sections

First Nations and Privacy in the Face of a Global Pandemic

Max Dokuchie, Senior Legal Counsel for the First Nations Health Authority, will present on various issues facing First Nations communities related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various roles of the First Nations Health Authority

Wednesday May 19 2021, Max Dokuchie, Senior Legal Counsel, First Nations Health Authority, Zoom, Webinar, Indigenous, coronavirus, pandemic, COVID, coronavirus,

Wed May 19

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD (1.0 ethics)

ONLINE

Women Lawyers Forum

Book Club: Two Firsts: Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada

We are very excited to announce that the renowned Professor Constance Backhouse, author of “Two Firsts: Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada” will host the upcoming WLF Education Committee Book Club. 

Wednesday May 19 2021, Professor Constance Backhouse, Zoom, Webinar, WLF,

Wed May 19

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Civil Litigation-Vancouver Island, Civil Litigation-Okanagan Sections

Duty of Honest Performance in Contracts

Joseph Ensom and Jeffrey Robinson will discuss the impacts of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger.

Wednesday May 19 2021, Joseph Ensom and Jeffrey Robinson, Zoom, Webinar,

Wed May 19

4:00pm - 5:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Senior Lawyers Section

The Role of Elders in our Cultures

The Senior Lawyers Section is pleased to be hosting former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh, PC, QC, and the Honourable Madam Justice Linda Loo of the Supreme Court of BC with additional speakers yet to be announced. Please join our esteemed panelsts as they share their experiences.

Wednesday May 19 2021, Ujjal Dosanjh, PC, QC, Lawyer, Former Premier of BC, Honourable Madam Justice Linda Loo, Supreme Court of BC, Zoom, Webinar,

Wed May 19

4:15pm - 5:15pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Elder Law Section

Inclusive Investing: Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Investors through Supported Decision-Making

The presentation will summarize the rationale behind using supported decision-making in an investment context, the existing legal framework in BC, and the results of a recent study by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) on this area.

Wednesday May 19 2021, Stephanie Tam, Staff Lawyer, British Columbia Law Institute & Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 20

10:00am - 11:30am

1 CPD

ONLINE

Charities and Not-For-Profit Section

Donor-Advised Funds - Life and Death

The legal implications of creating a DAF and how a DAF can be incorporated into a donor's planned giving? We will work through a case study following the life and death of a donor, beginning with a donor wanting to establish a DAF as a planned giving vehicle through to her death.

Thursday May 20 2021, Kate Bake-Paterson , Liz Moxham, Zoom, Webinar,
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Thu May 20

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Business Law Section

Tax Topics with David Christian

Join David Christian, partner at Thorsteinssons LLP, for a discussion of timely tax topics for business lawyers, including the 2021 federal budget.

Thursday May 20 2021, David Christian, Thorsteinssons LLP, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 20

12:00pm - 2:00pm

2.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC PD & Kelowna Bar Associations

Ethical Considerations for Every Practitioner (Kelowna)

Have you ever encountered a “gray area” in your practice? Or an ethical dilemma that challenges your professional responsibility? Join the CBABC and Surrey Bar and the South Asian Bar Associations as we discuss the important subject of ethics in an engaging way, Jeevyn Dhaliwal QC and Kamaljit Kaur Lehal will involve audience members in the discussion of ethical scenarios involving real-life examples, case studies and the code of conduct. By examining emerging ethical problems that could impact your practice, this webinar will encourage you to think critically about ethical issues where the right path to take is not always clear. It will help you consider which decision-making criteria will fulfill the obligations you have to your clients, the courts, our profession and the public.

Thursday May 20 2021, Michael Welsh QC and Aleem Bharmal QC, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 20

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Children's Law Section

Intercountry Adoptions

Krisha Dhaliwal and Delia Jane Ramsbotham will provide participants with an introduction to legal issues arising in intercountry adoptions.

Thursday May 20 2021, Krisha Dhaliwal, Associate Lawyer, Larlee Rosenberg, Delia Jane Ramsbotham, Lawyer & Managing Director, Sunrise Family Services Society, Zoom, Webinar,
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Thu May 20

5:00pm - 6:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Vancouver Section

The Nature of Joint Tenancies, Presumptions of Advancement and Resulting Trusts

The nature and severance of joint tenancies, the presumptions of advancement and resulting trust in the context of joint tenancies, unjust enrichment and the remedial constructive trust in the context of joint tenancies and planning strategies to avoid those pitfalls.

Thursday May 20 2021, Nicholas Davies, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, Maclean Family Law, Zoom, Webinar,
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Wed May 26

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Aboriginal Law-Vancouver Island Section

Ethical Climate Action: Lawyers' Ethical Commitments Shape Our Duty to Respond to Climate Change

Join us for a discussion with Meredith James as they talk about questions that were raised after the climate leadership resolution failed to pass at the CBA 2021 AGM. Topics include the ethics of climate change and lawyers' duty to respond.

Wednesday May 26 2021, Meredith James, Woodward and Company, Zoom, Webinar, Indigenous,
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Wed May 26

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Civil Litigation-Vancouver Section

Contempt Applications

Rodney W. Sieg of Harris & Company LLP will discuss the principles governing civil contempt and will provide practical tips to keep in mind when considering, preparing for and pursuing orders for contempt.

Wednesday May 26 2021, Rodney W. Sieg, Harris & Company LLP, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 27

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Fraser Valley Section

Thorny Issues around Spousal Support and the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

Please join us in welcome Kimberley Santerre, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, for an informative presenation on spousal support. Kimberley will cover topics including high income earners under s. 4 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines and shared custody and high income.

Thursday May 27 2021, Kimberley Santerre, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 27

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

CCCA BC Section

Lawyers and Caregiving - how to succeed in and balance these two roles: challenges, stigmas and solutions

A Panel Discussion: Lawyers and Caregiving: how to succeed in/balance these two roles - challenges, stigmas and solutions

Thursday May 27 2021, Sara Forte, Labour and Employment Lawyer and Founder of Forte Law, Dave Namkung Partner at Smith Legal Search, Frank Durnford, Senior Legal Counsel at Corix, Amanda Watson, professor at SFU and author of The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in The Age of Anxiety, Katie Jamieson, SVP Legal at Herschel, Zoom, Webinar, in-house counsel,
New

Fri May 28

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Constitutional Law/Civil Liberties Section

Interventions - Tips and Tricks

The talk will cover all aspects of intervention practice. The panel will discuss tips and tricks from the perspective of counsel and an organization that routinely intervenes in trial and appellate courts.

Friday May 28 2021, Alison Latimer,, Kate Feeney,, Michael Feder, Zoom, Webinar,
New

Wed Jun 2

4:30pm - 6:00 - pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC PD

Diversity on the Bench 2021

This virtual event aims to encourage a diversity of applications to the bench, demystify the Judicial application and appointment process, and draw together a community of lawyers and judges who care that the composition of our judiciary reflects the society it serves.

Wednesday June 2 2021, The Honourable Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie, BC Provincial Court, The Honourable Justice Brenda Brown, Supreme Court of British Columbia, The Honourable Justice David Masuhara, Supreme Court of British Columbia, The Honourable Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill, Supreme Court of British Columbia, The Honourable Judge Tina Dion, BC Provincial Court, Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Jun 3

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Legal Research Section

The Public Law Paradoxes of Climate Emergency Declarations

Jocelyn Stacey will examine the public law paradoxes of climate emergency declarations in common law jurisdictions.

Thursday June 3 2021, Jocelyn Stacey, Peter A. Allard School of Law, Zoom, Webinar,

Fri Jun 11

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Municipal Law Section

Annual Ministry Meeting

Join us for the annual update from representatives from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Representatives will provide summaries of recent and upcoming legislative changes.

Friday June 11 2021, Representatives of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Zoom, Webinar,
New

Thu Jun 17

11:00am - 2:00pm

2.5 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Okanagan Section

Annual Family Law Year In Review (2020-Now)

Aaron Franks and Todd R. Bell bring you the latest installment of their venerable annual year (and a bit) in review - covering all the significant family case law updates from 2020 until now, from BC and beyond.

Thursday June 17 2021, Aaron Franks, Epstein Cole LLP, Todd R. Bell, Schuman Basran Robin & Bell, Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Jun 22

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Civil Litigation-Vancouver Section

The Tough Court Day: Tips for Navigating Challenging Hearings

Join Madam Justice Ahmad, Brook Greenberg, Q.C., and Lisa Hamilton, Q.C. as they share tips and tricks on how to think on your feet, navigate challenging days in court, and recover from difficult hearings. 

Tuesday June 22 2021, Madam Justice Ahmad, Brook Greenberg, Q.C., Lisa Hamilton, Q.C., Zoom, Webinar,

Wed Jul 7

12:00pm - 1:15pm

1 CPD

ONLINE

Commercial & Real Estate-Vancouver Island Section

Real Property Development on First Nation Lands: Legal Frameworks and Business Structures

This presentation will review laws that impact real property development on First Nation lands, commonly used corporate structures, and the underlying rationale for those structures.

Wednesday July 7 2021, Drew Mildon and Alana DeGrave, Woodward & Company, Zoom, Webinar,
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