December 2015 Section Update

  • December 01, 2015

Keep Current: A review of provincial Section meetings

Air Law

Meeting in Review: September 29, 2015
Speaker: Pascale Giguere, Senior Counsel and Manager, Legal Affairs Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Topic: The Air Canada vs. Thibadeau Case-Issues

Pascal Giguere of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages gave a presentation on the Air Canada vs. Thibodeau decision. The issue in that case was whether the provisions of the Montreal Convention (passed under Carriage By Air Act, RSC 1985, c. 26) had exclusive jurisdiction for damage claims by passengers on international flights. Damages were awarded under the Official Languages Act to the Thibodeaus who did not receive service in French on some Air Canada flights to the USA. The Supreme Court of Canada decided that the Montreal Convention had exclusive jurisdiction with respect to the claims for damages in this case and not the Official Languages Act.

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association BNC (CCCA BC)

Meeting in Review: October 6, 2015
Speakers: Chris Gouglas, VP Legal Services and General Counsel, Best Buy; Jo-Ann Smith, Senior Manager Enterprise Information Protection, Best Buy; Bradley Freedman, Borden Ladner Gervais; and Ruby Rai, Underwriting Specialist, AIG Insurance (Toronto)

Topic: Panel Discussion: Cyber Risks – Four Perspectives – Gain Practical Insight into Emerging Cyber Risk Issues

 The CCCA BC held its kick-off meeting of the year at the Vancouver Club on “Cyber Risks – Four Perspectives – Gaining Practical Insight into Emerging Cyber Risk Issues.” The panel included: Chris Gouglas, VP Legal Services and General Counsel, Best Buy; Jo-Ann Smith, Senior Manager Enterprise Information Protection, Best Buy; Bradley Freedman, Borden Ladner Gervais; Ruby Rai, Underwriting Specialist, AIG Insurance (Toronto); and Allison Crane, Intermark Law and Chair of the CCCA BC as moderator. This session featured the legal framework under which cyber risks emerge and a practical discussion on how companies can manage these risks through policies, active management, technology and insurance products.

Family Law - Fraser Valley

Meeting in Review: October 13, 2015
Speaker: The Honourable Suzanne Anton, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice (pictured left)

Topic: Issues Impacting Family Law

On October 13, 2015 the CBABC Family Law – Fraser Valley Section had the honour of hosting The Honourable Suzanne Anton, QC, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice, as a guest speaker.

The Honourable Suzanne Anton, QC outlined the justice initiatives that she is currently involved in with the Legal Services Society. These include an expansion of duty counsel services, the LawLine, the Parent’s Legal Centre, and the Family Mediation Referral Program.

Members of the Bar present discussed Section 211 assessments, regulating access supervisors and the interpretation of “excluded assets” within the Family Law Act. Minister Anton made a careful note of the suggestions made.

Civil Litigation - Tri-Cities/New Westminster

Meeting in Review: October 21, 2015
Speaker: The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert Crawford, Supreme Court of British Columbia (pictured centre)

Topic: Decorum in the Courtroom

The inaugural Civil Litigation – Tri-Cities/New Westminster Section meeting occurred on October 21, 2015. The meeting was held at the Aboriginal Gathering Place on Douglas College Campus, with Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator Dave Seaweed speaking to the importance of the room to the QayQayt First Nation. Justice Robert Crawford was introduced by Section Co-Chairs Kristin Gardner and Thomas L. Spraggs, and gave an engaging presentation on the importance of decorum in the courtroom, as well as sharing anecdotes from his time on the Bench and his long legal career.

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For CBABC members, more detailed information and available minutes from the Section meetings are online at cbabc.org under CBABC Sections & Forums.

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