Annual Report 2017/2018

  • July 05, 2018

Summary of Meetings: Family Law - Okanagan

Number of Meetings Held: 6

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Guest Speaker: Mr. Justice Gary P. Weatherill - The Supreme Court of British Columbia Jody Bekhuys - RCC
Meeting Title/Topic: Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Courtroom: Walking the Tightrope
Synopsis: Some of the most difficult family files are ones where one or more of the parties are dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. Those issues may or may not be diagnosed but almost invariably result in erratic behaviour, significant issues relating to the children and unreasonable positions being taken in the context of the proceedings. The speakers at this seminar gave tips on how best to deal with individuals suffering from mental health problems or substance abuse and how best to address these matters in court.

Monday, October 23, 2017
Guest Speaker: Sylvia Lee, Partner, Quantum Law
Simone Brunton, Accountant, Grant Thornton
Meeting Title/Topic: Financial Statements - An In-Depth Review
Synopsis: We reviewed dummy financial statements and discussing how to identify issues and what they mean. Issues included large salary/wages component, a large depreciation component that makes the business look unprofitable, a large debt load but good cashflow, large revenues, but thin margins (COGS), large revenues, but high expenses, significant assets but limited cashflow, shareholder loans, and related party loans.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Guest Speaker: Taryn M. Moore - Pushor Mitchell LLP
Briana Hardwick - Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: CBA Family Law Subsection Meeting
Synopsis: Collegiality and civility between counsel within the family law context.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Guest Speaker: Dylana Bloor, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
Tracy Knight, Nixon Wenger LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Intersection of Corporate Law and Family Law
Synopsis: Ms. Bloor and Ms. Knight discussed the intersection of corporate law and family law, including particularly strategies for the protection of corporate property when there may be suspicion of malfeasance by a spouse, as well as addressing preventative measures that can be implemented to prevent malfeasance from occurring.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Friday, February 16, 2018
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Madam Justice Alison Beames, Supreme Court of BC Judge Lisa Wyatt, Provincial Court of BC Aaron Franks, Epstein Cole LLP Michael Welsh, QC, Mott Welsh & Associates Todd R. Bell, Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin G.C. Scott, Peterson Stark Scott
Synopsis: The CBABC Family Law - Okanagan Section hosted a 2-day conference with a large panel of speakers discussing various topics within the family law field.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Guest Speaker: N/A
Meeting Title/Topic: CBA Family Law - Summer Social
Synopsis: An informal meeting and social gathering. The CBA Family Law - Okanagan Section provided some appetizers and wonderful views offered up by the rooftop location of the Perch!

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