Sections Update | October 2019

Year in Review: Section Professional Development Conferences

October 2019

Year in Review: Section Professional Development Conferences
Solicitors’ General Practice

On February 14, 2019, the Solicitors’ General Practice Section hosted their 6th Annual Central Vancouver Island Conference, where a variety of speakers focused on topics significant to solicitors practising in BC.

Coming together at the Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort in Parksville, BC, Cora Wilson of Wilson McCormack Law Group from Nanaimo spoke on coping with unorganized stratas and the purchase or refinancing of real property. Michael Cooper of Thompson Cooper LLP led a session about upcoming significant changes to Canada’s Trademark System. We learned about First Nations estate planning from Rebecca Domovitch of Shook Wickham Bishop & Field from Campbell River, and Art Vertlieb, QC of Vertlieb & Company from Vancouver led a presentation on understanding the Law Society of BC disciplinary process. This unique 3.5-hour conference boasts 10+ speakers annually; all giving concise, targeted presentations with the solicitor in mind.

Mark Your Calendars

CBABC’s Solicitors’ General Practice Section will have their 7th Annual Central Vancouver Island Conference early in 2020. Stay tuned for more information.

Family Law Okanagan

The Family Law – Okanagan Section hosted their Annual Family Law Conference in the Okanagan 2019 on February 21-22, 2019 at the Predator Ridge Resort in Vernon, BC.

The conference covered a myriad of topics that are crucial to any family law practitioner. Todd R. Bell, Partner, Schuman Basran Robin & Bell LLP returned to present his comprehensive “2018 year in review,” covering BC case law updates. Former Justice Peter Leask, QC, Assistant Deputy Minister Kurt Sandstrom, and Michael Welsh, QC of Mott Welsh & Associates led a panel discussion on the question of the Law Society’s next steps regarding licensing non-lawyer legal service providers, with uncertainty in light of the recent member’s resolution and the passage of Bill 57.

John-Paul Boyd of John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers offered a “deep dive” into family law arbitration, including the use of evaluative mediation in med-arb processes, and creative ways of adjusting rules to ensure proportionality. Former Master William McCallum, Former Justice Peter Leask, QC, Justice Steven Wilson from the Supreme Court of British Columbia gave family lawyers their insights during this year’s iteration of views from the Bench.

Mark Your Calendars

The Family Law – Okanagan Conference will be taking place on February 28, 2020; stay tuned for more information on speakers and topics.

Immigration Law

During the March 15th Annual Immigration Law Conference 2019 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC, Gordon Maynard of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic and Deanna Okun-Nachoff of McCrea Immigration Law opened the conference with a discussion on preparing clients for border crossing. Gordon Maynard led the conversation through addressing criminal inadmissibility and medical examination requirements.

Among other panels and speakers, Trevor Hughes of the British Columbia Ministry of Labour and Steven Meurrens of Larlee Rosenberg presented on several aspects of foreign worker compliance, including BC’s Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act, along with compliance audit updates and best practices.

The conference ended with Erica Olmstead of Edelmann & Co. and Judith Boer from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada/Government of Canada speaking on best practices, strategies and tips when appearing before the Immigration Appeal Division, along with some important updates from the Immigration Division over the last year.

Mark Your Calendars

The Annual Immigration Law Conference 2020 will be taking place in early February 2020. Stay tuned for more information about this annual conference.

Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

The Aboriginal Lawyers Forum hosted their 8th Annual Retreat and 12th Anniversary of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Reception on June 20, 2019 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC.

The retreat’s focus was on Promises, Prosperity and Justice: How the law can impact economic prosperity for Indigenous peoples. The sessions included topics on resource development with Malcolm Macpherson (M├ętis), Partner, Clark Wilson and Liberal MLA Skeena, Ellis Ross (Haisla), and financial management for Indigenous nations through FNFMB’s initiatives with Shayla Point (Musqueam), Director, Market Development at First Nations Financial Management Board. Laura Matthews, Mediator and Roy Johnson, MA, C.Arb, C.Med discussed matters related to dispute resolution. The retreat ended with the Medicine Wheel exercise with Dave Robinson, B.Ed., M.Sc. Student and Shane Point, Musqueam Elder.

In the evening, ALF hosted their 12th Annual National Indigenous Peoples Day Reception, welcoming the dance troupe Butterflies in Spirit. The troupe shared a powerful and moving performance while raising awareness of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Mark Your Calendars

The ALF 9th Annual Retreat will be taking place in June 2020. Stay tuned for more information on speakers and topics.


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