June 2017 Sections Update

  • June 01, 2017

Labour Law

Meeting in Review: March 28, 2017
Speakers: Diane MacDonald, BC Teachers’ Federation, and John Rogers, QC – Victory Square Law Office LLP
Topic: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 49

Diane MacDonald and John Rogers, QC, counsel for the BCTF, discussed the long road to the Supreme Court of Canada and the comparatively short proceeding before the Court. They spoke to the implications and implementation of the decision by which the majority of the Court held that the Education Improvement Act, S.B.C. 2012, c. 3 unjustifiably infringed teachers’ freedom of association under s. 2(d) of the Charter for the dissenting reasons of Justice Donald of the Court of Appeal.

Labour Law 

Meeting in Review: December 14, 2016
Speakers: J. Geoffrey Howard, Roper Greyell, Martin Sheard, Tevlin Gleadle Curtis, and
J. Berry Hykin, Woodward & Co.
Topic: The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Wilson and Atomic Energy of Canada and its Implications for your Clients 

BC lawyers Geoff Howard, Martin Sheard and Berry Hykin discussed the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., 2016 SCC 29. They shared their insights and perspectives as counsel to employers, employees, and First Nations respectively. These experienced practitioners provided participants with a summary of the key findings by the Court respecting the unjust dismissal provisions of the Canada Labour Code and the implications that flow from this decision for your clients, be they employer or employee.

Municipal Law

Meeting in Review: December 6, 2016
Speaker: Alyssa Bradley, Partner, Young Anderson
Topic: BC Court of Appeal decision Cowichan Valley (Regional District) v. Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. 

Alyssa Bradley discussed the recent Court of Appeal decision Cowichan Valley (Regional District) v. Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd., 2016 BCCA 432. The case dealt with the local government’s jurisdiction over the reclamation of a rock quarry that involved the permanent encapsulation of contaminated soil in engineered cells. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is seeking leave to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. There have also been related hearings before the Environmental Appeal Board. Alyssa represented the respondent, Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (“CCCA”) BC

Meeting in Review: April 7, 2017
Speakers: Nate Kube, General Electric’s former Chief Technology Officer for Cybersecurity, David Wotherspoon and Nathan Schissel, Partners at MLT Aikins
Topic: Cybersecurity and Data Breach

The experienced guest speakers brought a practical focus on the role that corporate counsel can play in (1) helping the company be aware of current cybersecurity risks, (2) pro-actively preparing for inevitable attacks, and (3) responding in the event that the company is hacked. The discussion included: why cybersecurity is now a key issue in the boardroom and not just the IT department; who is looking to hack you; how hackers find their way in and what they do when they get there; how to respond if you are hacked; corporate governance issues; maintaining privilege over your response; privacy and public relations; catching the hackers; and class action concerns.

Did you know?

During the 2016/2017 CBABC Section Term, our 75 Sections hosted a total of 300+ Section meetings, welcoming 400+ guest speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting on hundreds of topics of interest to the legal community.