Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 05, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Business Law

Number of Meetings Held: 8

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Guest Speaker: Cathie Brayley - Clark Wilson LLP
Richard Weiland - Clark Wilson LLP
Areet Kaila - Clark Wilson LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Private Company Tax Proposals: The Changing Landscape
Synopsis: On July 18th, 2017, the Liberal Government released a consultation paper, “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations” outlining proposed changes to income sprinkling, the availability of the lifetime capital gains exemption and converting income to capital gains effective January 1, 2018. Input was requested on how passive income earned by a corporation should be taxed. Areet Kaila, Cathie Brayley and Richard Weiland took members through proposals and show how they would affect in a significant way the taxes payable and the compliance costs facing private companies and their shareholders.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Guest Speaker: Robert Janes, JFK Law Corporation
Meeting Title/Topic: Joint Meeting with the Aboriginal Law - Vancouver Section :Annual Review of Developments in Aboriginal Law
Synopsis: The CBABC Aboriginal Law - Vancouver Section’s annual review session. Robert Janes of JFK Law Corporation presented his annual update on developments in Aboriginal Law.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: Ron Segev - Partner at Segev LLP
Zach Masum - Head of the Technology Team at the British Columbia Securities Commission
Meeting Title/Topic: Blockchain Technology in Business and The Legal Implications
Synopsis: Ron Segev of Segev LLP discussed the commercial elements of blockchain technology and transactions, including how smart contracts and tokens/coins can be used to create more efficient transactions and markets.
Zach Masum, head of the BC Securities Commission’s Tech Team,discussed some of the securities law implications of blockchain, including those discussed in CSA Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings, such as coin and token offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges and cryptocurrency investment funds.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Guest Speaker: Shane Onufrechuk, FCPA, FCA Partner, Tax - KPMG LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Private Company Tax Proposals - Now What?
Synopsis: This seminar provided an overview of the proposed changes, the recent amendments and cancellations to those changes, and any new directions the government may be considering in light of the consultative feedback.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Guest Speaker: Chris Bennett - Partner, DLA Piper - Co-Chair, Canadian Intellectual Property and Technology Group
David Spratley - Associate Counsel, DLA Piper - Trade-mark agent
Meeting Title/Topic: Top 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Clients’ IP
Synopsis: Chris Bennett, head of DLA Piper's IT Law Group and Trade-marks Law Group for Canada, and David Spratley, also of DLA Piper and recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property Law), 2017-2018 (Technology Law), discussed ways that business lawyers can negatively impact their client's intellectual property rights. Chris and Dave provided helpful advice regarding the most common hurdles that corporate lawyers face when dealing with their clients intellectual property rights, and the best ways to navigate these challenges in today’s changing intellectual technology space. Their presentation touched on copyright, trade-mark, licensing and anti-spam issues, among others.

Monday, March 12, 2018
Guest Speaker: Fred R. Pletcher, Partner and Chair, Borden Ladner Gervais
Meeting Title/Topic: What You Need to Know About Confidentiality and Standstill Agreements
Synopsis: Fred R. Pletcher, author, with Tony Zoobkoff, of “Gotcha! Turning Confidentiality and Standstill Agreements into Gold Mines” (53 Rocky Mt. Min L. Inst. 282-1, 2007), presented on confidentiality agreements, sharing his experiences and offering drafting tips. As an extension of the previous Business Law Section meeting, attendees will learn how to apply the advice of the presenters to not rely on general boilerplate in confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Guest Speaker: N/A
Meeting Title/Topic: Business Law Section Spring Social Mixer
Synopsis: The Business Law Section Spring Social Mixer featured after work cocktails and appetizers at Blackbird.

Friday, June 22, 2018
Guest Speaker: Jillian Frank, Partner, Dentons' Labour & Employment Practice Group
Meeting Title/Topic: Employment Law in the M&A Context
Synopsis: Jillian Frank, a Partner in Dentons’ Labour & Employment practice group, provided insight and practice tips on employment issues that arise during M&A transactions, including standard deal terms relating to employment, labour, pensions and benefits, retaining management and key employees, managing risks relating employee terminations, union successorship issues, and the enforceability of restrictive covenants for owners and key employees.

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