Annual Report 2021-2022

  • July 21, 2022

Summary of Meetings: Women Lawyers Forum

Number of Meetings Held:8

October 20, 2021
Registration Count: 66
Guest Speaker: The Honourable Madam Justice Francesca Marzari, Supreme Court of British Columbia ; Amy Fong, McCarthy T├ętrault; Tamara Napoleon, Miller Titerle; Jordanna Cytrynbaum, Whitelaw Twining; Seema Lal, Clyde & Co.
Meeting Title/Topic: WLF Fall Launch featuring Hot Tips from Top Mentors
Synopsis: The Women Lawyers Forum hosted their annual (virtual) fall launch event, where members were inspired by outstanding speakers, and the Executive provided a summary of events to look forward to in the upcoming Term.

October 28, 2021
Registration Count: 24
Guest Speaker: Bevann Fox, Author of Genocidal Love; Michelle Casavant, Department of Justice
Meeting Title/Topic: WLF Book Club: Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School by Bevann Fox
Synopsis: Bevann Fox joined members for a discussion about Genocidal Love and her experience as a residential school survivor and Indigenous woman trying to heal, pursue justice, and reclaim her voice and identity along the way.

December 03, 2021
Registration Count: 54
Guest Speaker: Elle Gavin, Legal Recruiter, Impact Recruitment; Sara Forte, Forte Law; Alice Davidson, Chief Legal Officer, Mogo Inc. ; Moderator: Bena Stock, Former Lawyer, Counselor and Workplace Wellness Consultant.
Meeting Title/Topic: Finding Fulfillment in the Law and Your Profession
Synopsis: Panel discussion and a Q&A session about finding fulfillment in the law and in your profession. Topics included: what female lawyers are looking for these days beyond compensation and how they are negotiating in order to get it; unique career trajectories

February 10, 2022
Registration Count: 50
Guest Speaker: Associate Chief Justice Heather J. Holmes;; Chief Justice Melissa Gillespie; ; Gaynor Yeung, mediator and Bencher;; Kate Campbell, CRT Vice Chair of Strata, Societies and Cooperative Associations; and; Jacqueline McQueen, QC, family law mediator and Bench
Meeting Title/Topic: Junior Women Lawyers Event
Synopsis: Practical tips and tricks for making the most out of your court appearances, or avoiding those appearances if possible by resolving disputes out of chambers or the courtroom.

March 10, 2022
Registration Count: 55
Guest Speaker: Justice Veronica Jackson, Supreme Court of British Columbia; Miranda Lam, Chief Legal Officer & Senior Director, Business Development, Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc.; Shannon Salter, Deputy Attorney General for British Columbia; Amy Peck, Litigation Counsel,
Meeting Title/Topic: International Women's Day Event
Synopsis: Theme was Celebrating Successes in our Community, and featured women that forged different career paths

March 23, 2022
Registration Count: 10
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Wade, Human Rights Advocate
Meeting Title/Topic: Annual Senior Women Lawyers Dinner
Synopsis: Hosted online, guest speaker Jennifer Wade presented on human rights issues.

April 14, 2022
Registration Count: 34
Guest Speaker: Tara McPhail, Director of Discipline and External Litigation at the Law Society of British Columbia, and Mandana Namazi, Discipline Counsel at the Law Society of British Columbia; Moderator: Fiona Hunter, Partner at Horne Coupar LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Book Club: In Search of the Ethical Lawyer: Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession
Synopsis: Semi-annual book club event. Held online.

June 21, 2022
Registration Count: 25
Guest Speaker: Cayleigh Shiff, Lawyer at the SHARP Workplaces Legal Clinic, Community Legal Assistance Society; Jessica Forman, Employment Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Forte Law; Julie Menten, Partner, Roper Greyell LLP; Moderator: Paula Price, Lawyer Coach and No
Meeting Title/Topic: Workplace Harassment and the Legal Profession
Synopsis: Panel discussion and live Q&A session featuring Cayleigh Shiff, Jessica Forman, Julie Menten, and moderated by Paula Price.