Programs & Events Schedule

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Updated Apr 11, 2024

All times listed in Pacific time.

Thu Apr 11

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Employment Law Section

The Right to Silence: Commentary on Bill M 215 and the Pros and Cons of Implementing the Non-Disclosure Agreements Act in BC

Paula Krawus, PortaLaw, and Jaime Hoopes, Roper Greyell, provide a lively debate on preventing employers and employees in BC from entering into non-disclosure agreements including who is impacted, if we should limit freedom to contract and how this comes up.

Thursday April 11 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Apr 11

9:30am - 4:00pm

4.5 CPD (1.0 ethics)

IN-PERSON

CBABC Professional Development & Abbotsford & District Bar Association

Fraser Valley LawTalks 2024

CBABC and the Abbotsford & District Bar Association (ABDA) come together again to invite Fraser Valley lawyers for a conference right in your backyard! This conference covers topics including recent employment law trends, with a focus on practice management tips in consideration of employment law and human rights, the intersectionality between family, criminal and immigration law, and a session on wills for blended families and testamentary capacity. The program will also feature a session on priority issues and best practice trends for commercial and residential real estate practice.

Thursday April 11 2024, Various - See agenda, PD,

Fri Apr 12

8:30am - 12:30am

3.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

INPERSON, ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Through the Looking Glass: Independence & Regulation in BC Today

Lawyers, judges and the legal system have recently been under criticism. Elected officials are expressing their views about the outcome of court cases and the conduct of counsel through the media. Meanwhile, the provincial government has proposed significant changes to how the profession is regulated. This half-day hybrid conference offers a unique opportunity to engage with members of the Bench, Bar and Government on matters of judicial and lawyer independence. Learn more about the recent developments and ask your questions.

Friday April 12 2024, Jeevyn Dhaliwal, KC, The Hon. Chief Justice Hinkson, David Layton, KC, The Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Scott Morishita, Marilyn Standford, KC, The Hon. Niki Sharma, KC, The Hon. Judge David St.Pierre, PD,

Mon Apr 15

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Practice Management Series: Managing Risk for Lawyers and Law Firms - Cyber and Business Considerations

Join our panel to discuss trends in cyber and business risks. Learn how to develop and implement procedures and create policies within your practice to control risk and meet the ever-evolving compliance requirements of the future. Learn about recent claims issues and the tools and resources that exist to help mitigate events and exposure.

Monday April 15 2024, Jay Krushell, Maryanne Prohl,Moderator: Amanda Magee, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Tue Apr 16

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Securities Law Section

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV Update

Anne Child, David Babstock, Joseph van Sickle, and Ashley Ainsley, of the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, provide an overview and market update.

Tuesday April 16 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Apr 16

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Municipal Law Section

Drainage and Local Governments

Ryan Bortolin and Jessica Eastwood, Stewart McDannold Stuart, discuss liability issues faced by local governments, as both owners of land and drainage infrastructure. Other topics include the risk of liability for issues local governments face when regulating drainage and related areas.

Tuesday April 16 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Apr 16

12:15pm - 1:15pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Wills & Trusts-Vancouver, Wills & Trusts-Victoria Sections

Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Clients using Powers of Attorney

Raphael Tachie discusses the evolving legal landscape surrounding financial intermediaries' obligations regarding elder financial abuse, while addressing the operational challenges faced by financial institutions in preventing and addressing such exploitation.

Tuesday April 16 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed Apr 17

4:15pm - 5:15pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Elder Law Section

Advising Clients in Vulnerable Situations

Kathleen Cunningham discusses risk factors and red flags, issues related to decision-making autonomy and capacity assessments, unconscious bias, undue influence, case studies for local discussion, and the many services and resources available to support advisors across sectors, generally and within BC.

Wednesday April 17 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed Apr 17

5:00pm - 6:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Maritime Law Section

Proposed Amendments to the Land Act and Case Law Update

Alexandra King and Brogan Pastro review and comment on recent updates on maritime law, practice and procedure. Attend online or in-person.

Wednesday April 17 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Apr 18

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Charities and Not-For-Profit Law Section

A Case Study of CRA and Qualifying Disbursements: Donor-Advised Funds

Sarah Fitzpatrick, Miller Thomson LLP, discusses the qualifying disbursement rules, the regulatory considerations raised by CRA’s guidance, and the limitations imposed by the new anti-directed giving rules.

Thursday April 18 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Apr 18

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Children's Law, Constitutional/Civil Liberties Sections

Indigenous Child Welfare at the SCC and in BC

This meeting explores these historic changes and the impact that the Supreme Court decision on Bill C-92 will have in BC and beyond, with respect to child and family services.

Thursday April 18 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Aboriginal,

Thu Apr 18

12:45pm - 1:45pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

Introduction to the British Columbia Review Board

The Review Board is interested in receiving expressions of interest from Indigenous BC lawyers who either (a) meet the requirements to be appointed as vice-chairs or (b) would be interested in being appointed as public members.

Thursday April 18 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, ALF, Aboriginal, Indigenous,

Thu Apr 18

5:30pm - 7:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

ADR-Nanaimo Section

Ten Principles for Mediating High Conflict Disputes

Michael Lomax presents on 10 key principles for mediating high conflict disputes, with the goal of helping mediators be more comfortable working in challenging situations.

Thursday April 18 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Alternative Dispute Resolution,

Mon Apr 22

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Appellate Advocacy Section

Interveners, Intervenors, and Interventions in Appellate Practice

What is the state of the law? When are interventions most effective? And how can lawyers best integrate them into their practices? Justice Harvey Groberman, BCCA, Lindsay Waddell, Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, and Connor Bildfell, McCarthy Tetrault address these questions.

Monday April 22 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Apr 23

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Civil Litigation-Okanagan Section

Tips for Assisting Bailiffs in Enforcing Your Judgments

Mike Sundstrom discusses the best practices a lawyer can use to assist a court bailiff in enforcing judgment, from the perspective of a court bailiff.

Tuesday April 23 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Apr 23

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Business Law Section

Business Transactions

Our panel present on the limited partnership structure preferred for Indigenous economic development, aspects of First Nations taxation and practical considerations for managing First Nations energy projects, including a review of BC Hydro’s Call for Power.

Tuesday April 23 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Aboriginal,

Tue Apr 23

12:45pm - 1:45pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Children's Law Section

Hearing From Children in Family Law Matters: Part 2- Judicial Interviews

The Honourable Justice Margot L. Fleming discusses different ways young people can be heard and how a Judge will take their views into consideration.

Tuesday April 23 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed Apr 24

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Workplace Investigations Section

Evidentiary & Ethical Issues in Workplace Investigations

Sharon Cartmill-Lane and David Juteau of Pearlman Lindholm, and Nicole Price of Southern Butler Price, use a case scenario to shed light on important evidentiary and ethical issues in investigations.

Wednesday April 24 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Thu Apr 25

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Administrative Law Section

Advising Administrative Tribunals

John Mayr shares his perspective of administrative tribunals as a lawyer's client and the challenges they face. He discusses how counsel can assist in overcoming these challenges to ensure the public receive fair and timely decisions.

Thursday April 25 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Thu Apr 25

8:30am - 9:30am

1.0 CPD (1.0 ethics)

ONLINE

Immigration Law Section

Overseas Lawyers Group - April Meeting

Connect with peers virtually at this monthly, informal meeting. The group discusses developments in immigration and citizenship law and policy, shares practice tips, and discusses challenging case scenarios.

Thursday April 25 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Apr 25

9:00am - 5:00pm

10.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

IN-PERSON

CBABC Professional Development & Family Law-Okanagan Section

Family Law Conference 2024

From court backlogs, changes to the law and managing client expectations, family law practice can be challenging. Take advantage of this two-day conference that distills the best practices, latest breakthroughs and critical topics to help you stay prepared. Family law experts unpack amendments to the BC Family Law Act, discuss ethical dilemmas, explore parenting coordination issues and more. Plus, the highly anticipated ‘Year in Review’ returns with a breakdown of the latest cases. Combine learning with a getaway at the Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa.

Thursday April 25 2024, , PD,

Tue Apr 30

5:30pm - 7:30pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Wills & Trusts-Victoria Section

How to Avoid Probate Fees

Plan to avoid probate, or should you? Deanna Rivers, Lawyer, Stevenson Luchies & Legh, presents a two-pronged approach aimed at avoiding probate after death. The substantive law portion of this meeting will take place from 5:30pm-6:30pm, followed by dinner.

Tuesday April 30 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Wed May 1

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

CCCA BC Section

Update for In-House Counsel: Modern Slavery Act

Martha Harrison, Gina Murray, and Tara Busch discuss the new Canadian legislation, the Modern Slavery Act, which came into effect January, 1, 2024.

Wednesday May 1 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, in-house counsel,

Wed May 1

5:00pm - 7:00pm

1.5 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Criminal Justice-Vancouver Section

Guarding Against False Guilty Pleas

Join The Honourable Judge Kasandra Cronin, Professor Kent Roach, and Kristy Neurauter as they discuss the risk of a false guilty plea and how to prevent it.

Wednesday May 1 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Thu May 2

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Criminal Justice-Nanaimo Section

Updates and Expanded Eligibility for Drug Treatment Court

Our speakers provide an update to changes made to the Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver (DTCV), opening dialogue about reform initiatives that reflect the current legal landscape and harm reduction best practices.

Thursday May 2 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu May 2

4:30pm - 7:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Aboriginal Law-Vancouver Island Section

Bill C-61 - the First Nations Clean Water Act and Implications for Drinking Water Conditions on First Nations’ Lands

Laura Edwards provides an overview of the challenges First Nations communities face in accessing a sufficient quality and quantity of drinking water and how Bill C-61 will address, or fail to address, these issues.

Thursday May 2 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Indigenous,
New

Fri May 3

9:00am - 5:00pm

8.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

IN-PERSON

CBABC Professional Development

Wills, Estates & Trusts Conference 2024

Welcome to BC Legal Conference Wills & Estates Law 2024! Seasoned experts and innovative thinkers gather to explore critical topics that shape your wills and estates practice, such as medical incapacity and vulnerability, advanced tax issues, key case law developments and more. The conference takes place at the Manteo at Eldorado Resort in Kelowna from May 3-5.

Friday May 3 2024, Various - See agenda, PD,

Wed May 8

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Civil Litigation-Vancouver Section

How to be a Good Junior

Learning how to be a good lawyer starts with learning how to be an effective junior. Our experienced panel share what they believe it takes to be an effective junior lawyer.

Wednesday May 8 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed May 8

12:30pm - 1:45pm

1.25 CPD (1.25 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Mental Wellness Week 2024: Lawyer Well-Being: Strategies for Positive Change

We are happiest, healthiest, and most successful when we adopt healthy lifestyles and work habits. Long hours, demanding managers, bosses and clients, complex files, and difficult opposing counsel can be occupational hazards in the legal profession. Understanding how you respond to these challenges, and learning coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety, will help you build a flourishing career. This webinar explores: Lawyer well-being and mental health in the legal profession. The importance of recognizing your automatic stress response. Strategies to shift your thinking so you can better manage stress and anxiety. How perfectionism fuels procrastination and undermines self-confidence. How to build resilience and optimism. Registration included is access to a workbook tailored to the psychoeducational aspects of this webinar. This workbook is designed to help shift your perspective when adversity strikes so you can navigate difficult life experiences. Exercises will guide attendees through changing thinking patterns, identify their strengths, challenge perfectionism, increase resilience, and more.

Wednesday May 8 2024, Bena Stock, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Thu May 9

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

INPERSON, ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

HYRBID: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Series - Session 2: To my daughter: Resilience in the face of injustice

Join Rumana Monzur and author, Denise Chong, for a conversation about the book, "Out of Darkness: Rumana Monzur's Journey through Betrayal, Tyranny and Abuse" (forthcoming April 2024) which chronicles Monzur's coming back from a brutal domestic assault that left her blind. The attack, which happened in Bangladesh, garnered international headlines and drew attention to intimate partner violence as a global issue. In reflecting on Monzur's search for justice, Chong writes: "[W]hat systems, values and institutions enable and perpetuate violence that in effect give license to mete out harm and that depend on retribution and punishment by the law to address the problem? Justice would be better served if girls and women were not harmed or abused in the first instance."

Thursday May 9 2024, Rumana Monzur, Denise Cheung, Moderator: Ryan R. Dawodharry, PD,

Mon May 13

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Fraser Valley Section

Excluded Property in Family Law

Todd Bell provides insight into the recent changes addressing Excluded Property within family law.

Monday May 13 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue May 14

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Securities Law Section

Securities Law Litigation Update

Teresa Tomchak, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, provides an overview of recent trends in securities litigation and a market update.

Tuesday May 14 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue May 14

5:00pm - 6:30pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Diversity on the Bench 2024: Building Your Application

Considering a decision-making role in your legal career? This session offers guidance to build a successful set of skills and knowledge to be a tribunal member and how to convey that in the application. The case for increasing diversity on our tribunals is strong. Bring your questions for our panel of tribunal members.

Tuesday May 14 2024, CJ Gillespie, Judge Delaram Jahani (Prov Crt), Judge David St Pierre (Prov Crt), Madam Justice Bal Girn, Moderator: Scott Morishita, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Wed May 15

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Constitutional/Civil Liberties Section

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) - Where We Are

Melissa Perry provides an update on the state of the law regarding medical assistance in dying (MAiD) given the federal government's recent decision to delay the implementation of MAiD for people whose only medical condition is mental illness. 

Wednesday May 15 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed May 15

5:00pm - 7:00pm

2.0 CPD

ONLINE

ADR-Vancouver Section

Intersections of ADR & the Courts

This esteemed panel discusses the intersection between alternative dispute resolution and the courts, and share their views from both sides of the Bench.

Wednesday May 15 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Alternative Dispute Resolution,

Tue May 21

4:30pm - 6:00pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Diversity on Tribunals 2024: Building Your Application

Considering a decision-making role in your legal career? This session offers guidance to build a successful set of skills and knowledge to be a tribunal member and how to convey that in the application. The case for increasing diversity on our tribunals is strong.  Bring your questions for our panel of tribunal members.

Tuesday May 21 2024, Jennifer Glougie, Luningning (Ning) Alcuitas-Imperial, Erin Frew, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Fri May 24

7:00pm - 10:00am

6.0 CPD

IN-PERSON

Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum Retreat 2024

Join us for this empowering retreat where Indigenous professionals can come together, learn from each other, and leave with renewed inspiration and strengthened skills to make a positive impact on their communities and beyond. Together, let's amplify Indigenous voices and pave the way for a brighter future.

Friday May 24 2024, , ALF, Aboriginal, Indigenous,

Wed Jun 19

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Labour Law Section

Generative AI's (Current and Future) Impact on Labour Relations

Jordan Michaux & Kieran Meehan address the growing use of, and potential concerns associated with Gen AI on day-to-day operations and labour relations under its existing legal framework.

Wednesday June 19 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
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