Programs & Events Schedule

CBABC members receive complimentary access to continuing professional development (CPD) credits through Section meetings, and get preferred rates on other Professional Development events.

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Updated Feb 29, 2024

All times listed in Pacific time.

Thu Feb 29

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section

Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases of 2023

Athar Malik, Jennifer Marles, and Mat Brechtel lead an engaging panel discussion about some of the most interesting IP-related developments in British Columbia and across the country in 2023.

Thursday February 29 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Feb 29

4:30pm - 6:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Vancouver Section

Registry Practice Tips & Tricks

Rebecca Stock & Maja Novcic discuss tips and tricks for Supreme Court Scheduling, Registry and the Court Services Branch.

Thursday February 29 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Feb 29

5:30pm - 7:30pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

ADR-Nanaimo Section

Mediation Skills Practice through the Lens of Improvisation

This skills-based presentation will cover the theory and intentions behind the skills used in mediation.

Thursday February 29 2024, , Zoom, Webinar, Alternative Dispute Resolution,

Thu Feb 29

5:30pm - 9:00pm

0.5 CPD

IN-PERSON

Women Lawyers Forum-BC

Senior Women Lawyers Dinner

An evening of inspiration and camaraderie. We are delighted to have Dr. Martha C. Piper, OC, OBC, former President and Vice Chancellor of The University of British Columbia as our keynote speaker.

Thursday February 29 2024, , WLF,

Mon Mar 4

5:00pm - 7:00pm

1.5 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Criminal Justice-Vancouver Section

Police Use of Force: From Avenues for Prosecution to Stays of Proceedings

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable panel discusses various issues relating to allegations of excessive force by police.

Monday March 4 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Mar 5

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Insurance Law Section

Hot Topics on Cyber Insurance: Coverage Issues on Cyber Liability Policies and Responding to Cyberattacks

Eric Dolden, Senior Partner, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, and Luke Dineley, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, discuss the recurring coverage issues inherent in cyber policies and how differing underwriting facilities are responding.

Tuesday March 5 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Mar 5

9:30am - 11:00am

1.5 CPD

IN-PERSON

Immigration Law Section

Canadian Border Services Agency Tour

This is an exclusive chance to enhance knowledge, deepen expertise, and build connections for your every day practice. Bring your questions to CBSA representatives.

Tuesday March 5 2024, ,

Wed Mar 6

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Social Justice Section

Residential Tenancy Advocacy

Robert Patterson & Joey Doyle discuss what role lawyers have in landlord-tenancy advocacy.

Wednesday March 6 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Wed Mar 6

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD (1.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Practice Management Series: Technology & Practice Innovation: Future Proof Your Practice

Hosted by LEAP Legal Software product and client service specialists Scott Oliver and Dylan Connolly, attendees will get an inside look at a winning practice management solution and learn how solo, small and medium-sized law firms are harnessing the power of cloud technologies to become a productive, paperless office. You will also hear from a BC lawyer who will share their first-hand experience and best practices in using this technology, to demonstrate the success their firm has had in enhancing the management of their legal practice as a result.

Wednesday March 6 2024, Scott Oliver and Dylan Connolly (LEAP), David M Brown, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Thu Mar 7

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Workplace Investigations Section

Credibility Assessment

Lisa Southern and Deanna Brummitt, Southern Butler Price LLP, discusses which approaches work and which don’t, while learning valuable practice tips along the way.

Thursday March 7 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Mar 7

4:15pm - 5:15pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Wills & Trusts-Vancouver Section

Section 132 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act

Aubrie Girou of Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP and Scott Boucher of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP discuss section 132 of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, which allows the court to appoint administrators in special circumstances.

Thursday March 7 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Mar 7

5:00pm - 9:00pm

0.5 CPD

IN-PERSON

Family Law-Vancouver Section

Family Law - Vancouver Dinner

Enjoy dinner, networking, and an inspiring keynote speech by The Honourable Justice Sheila Tucker of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Thursday March 7 2024, ,

Mon Mar 11

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Public Sector Lawyers Section

Federal and Provincial UN Declaration Acts

Some of the key players in the implementation of UNDRIPA and DRIPA come together to present on action plans under their respective Declaration Acts and the measures being taken to align laws with UNDRIP.

Monday March 11 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Mar 12

12:00pm - 2:30pm

2.5 CPD (2.5 ethics)

ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Series: Overcoming Thought Barriers in Practice--A Fireside Chat with Dr. Lisa Gunderson

Do you hesitate, get stuck or just avoid challenging conversations that can disrupt or dismantle inequity with clients or colleagues? Do you avoid prioritizing centering people from minoritized groups because you are afraid to perpetuate harm, or you are not sure to do? Join this interactive session and overcome your thought barriers. Dr Gunderson begins by talking about why we may hesitate or get stuck and then invites you to share YOUR specific situations/questions. After a short break, attendees engage in an hour-long practice exercise to address tough situations using knowledge and strategies shared. The session concludes with a conversation about mental wellness and self-care strategies for addressing EDI concerns in practice followed by a final Q&A.

Tuesday March 12 2024, Dr Lisa Gunderson, Zoom, Webinar, PD,

Thu Mar 14

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Animal Law, Legal Research Sections

Ag-Gag Laws in Canada and the Charter of Rights

Katie Sykes, Arden Beddoes, and Kaitlyn Mitchell discuss “ag-gag” laws in Canada and Animal Justice’s legal challenges.

Thursday March 14 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Thu Mar 14

5:00pm - 6:00pm

1.0 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Maritime Law Section

March Meeting

Join Maritime Law Section members for a review and update on maritime law, practice and procedure. We are pleased to support a hybrid option for those who would like to attend in-person or online.

Thursday March 14 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Fri Mar 15

12:00pm - 1:30pm

1.5 CPD

IN-PERSON, ONLINE

Health Law, Sexual and Gender Diversity Alliance (SAGDA) Sections

Health Care Decisions: Mature Minors and Gender

Graeme Keirstead, KC, Dionne Liu, and Claire Hunter, KC, discuss recent cases in British Columbia and the legal, ethical and practical issues surrounding gender-affirming care for mature minors.

Friday March 15 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
New

Fri Mar 15

8:30am - 5:00pm

6.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

INPERSON, ONLINE

CBABC Professional Development & Immigration Law Section

Immigration Law Conference 2024

Join your colleagues for a fulfilling day of essential insights and strategies that take your immigration practice to the next level. You’ll leave with the latest on pathways to residency, how to navigate Judicial Reviews in Federal Court and more! This full-day conference offers five expert-led sessions that include deeper dives into best practices for judicial review applications, permits, and the opportunity to network with other immigration lawyers over lunch.

Friday March 15 2024, AnitaBoscariol, Lisa Brunner, Adrienne Denham, Meika Lalonde, Katie Lay, Chi-Young Lee. Jae-Yeon Lim,Hannah Lindy, Will Tao,Brian Yeun, PD,

Tue Mar 19

12:30pm - 2:00pm

1.5 CPD

ONLINE

Family Law-Vancouver Island Section

Relationship Abuse and Brain Injury: Supporting Survivors

The Victoria Brain Injury Society and The Cridge Centre for the Family present on brain injuries resulting from intimate partner violence.

Tuesday March 19 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,

Tue Mar 19

5:00pm - 6:00pm

1.0 CPD

ONLINE

Immigration Law Section

Tax Law for Immigration Lawyers

An informative discussion to highlight what every immigration lawyer needs to know about tax law. Learn new skills, hear tips and tricks, and get your questions answered to inform your practice.

Tuesday March 19 2024, , Zoom, Webinar,
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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,
New

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,

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,

Fri May 3

9:00am - 5:00pm

8.0 CPD (2.0 ethics)

IN-PERSON

CBABC Professional Development

Wills & Estates 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,

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,
New

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,
New

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,
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