June 2015 Section Updates

  • June 01, 2015

Keep Current A review of provincial Section meetings

Maritime Law

Meeting in Review: March 31, 2015
Speakers: David Jarrett, Bernard LLP
Topic: Various Relevant Topics and Cases about Maritime Law

David JarrettOn March 31, 2015, the Maritime Law Section held their monthly meeting at Whitelaw Twining in Vancouver, BC. The meeting discussed various relevant topics and cases. Section secretary David Jarrett from Bernard LLP led the discussion on the status of the implementation of the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Conventions in Canada. David also provided a case comment on Norwegian Bunkers AS v. Boone Star Owners Inc., 2014 FC 1200. David McEwen, QC of Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP provided a case comment on Snow Valley Marine Services Ltd. v. Seaspan Commodore (Tug), 2015 FC 304, and Gary Wharton of Bernard LLP provided a case comment on Ehler Marine & Industrial Service Co. v. M/V Pacific Yellowfin (Ship), 2015 FC 324. The meeting concluded with enthusiasm and excitement for the annual June outing. This year the event will be held on June 5–7, 2015 at the Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa. This event will be filled with fun activities and members are encouraged to bring their family members to join. Meeting minutes can be found on the CBABC Section web page.

Pensions and Benefits Law

Meeting in Review: April 13, 2015
Speaker: Gordon Cummings, Principal at D&H Group LLP (left) | Avinash Maniram, Group Benefits Consultant at PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd. (right)
Topic: Non-Lawyer Roles in Pension and Benefit Plan Administration

Gordon Cummings and Avinash ManiramOn April 13th, the Pension and Benefits Law Section was pleased to have Gordon Cummings from D&H Group LLP Chartered Accountants and Avinash Maniram from PBI Actuarial Consultants Ltd. discuss non-lawyer roles in pension and benefits plan administration. Avinash first presented on the role of benefits consultants, starting with needs analysis and plan design, and continuing through vendor selection, plan implementation and monitoring. He discussed the evolving nature of the consultant’s role and the areas in which he works with other service providers and advisors (including legal counsel) to manage benefit programs. Gordon then explained the many roles that the accountant may play in pension and benefit plans, including bookkeeping and record keeping, tax advising, internal control functions, auditing and financial statements. He discussed how these various roles interact with one another and addressed current issues facing the accounting profession. The meeting in June will focus on the new Pension Benefits Standards Regulations.

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

Meeting in Review: April 14, 2015
Speakers: Christopher Robinson – Partner at Smart & Biggar
Topic: Current Trends in Canada for Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals

Christopher RobinsonThe landscape of intellectual property law, with respect to life sciences and pharmaceuticals, is ever-evolving in Canada. Chris Robinson, partner at Smart & Biggar and one of Canada’s most knowledgeable experts in the field, led a presentation and discussion on recent developments in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry, and discussed trends that are likely to be seen in the near future in this complex area of law. Topics included sound prediction, promise of the patent and subject-matter issues. The meeting was well attended. Meeting minutes and a copy of the webinar recording can be found on the CBABC Section web page. Topics for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section’s summer 2015 meetings will include cloud computing and copyright.

Young Lawyers Victoria

Upcoming Retreat: July 9, 2015
Topic: Young Lawyers – Victoria Annual Golf Tournament
Location: Cordova Bay Golf Course, Victoria

ALFOn July 9, 2015, the CBABC’s Young Lawyers – Victoria Section will hold its annual golf tournament and AGM at the Cordova Bay Ridge Golf Course. The tournament is a great opportunity for those new to the profession to meet other young lawyers and build connections in their legal community. The Young Lawyers – Victoria Section hosts several social events throughout the year – all of which are important to the health and wellness of its members – and the golf tournament is no different. The first years of practice are especially challenging. Social events are a chance to speak with other young lawyers about common challenges and ways to deal with them. All skill levels are welcome at the tournament. If golf isn’t your thing, feel free to come out just for the BBQ and meet some of the other young lawyers in your community!