Day 2, Sat, April 27

Note: Program is subject to change

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called upon the legal profession to learn more about the history of indigenous peoples, the legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous laws and Aboriginal Crown relations. Experience the Kairos Blanket Exercise to open or continue the conversation about decolonization.

Speaker TBC


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From NAFTA to USMCA, learn more about the changes, ramifications and legal effects on Canadian investors and future investment in Canada. UMSCA will change the way we resolve international trade disputes. David R. Haigh, QC will demystify this hard-fought agreement drawing on his experience as an arbitrator in investor-state and commercial arbitrations.

David Haigh, QC
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP


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Have you thought about changing the direction of your legal career? How do you decide? How do you know when you are ready to make the move? Join Sameera Sereda as she introduces you to the fascinating stories of people who have walked a new path and discover the next steps to make a change.

Sameera Sereda
Managing Partner, The Counsel Network


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Description coming soon. 

Wayne A. Barkauskas
Wise Scheible Barkauskas Family Law


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Lawyer well-being affects our ethical duty to the people we serve, to other lawyers and to ourselves. It also influences our competency. Join Shari R. Gregory, Associate Executive Director of the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program to learn about the ABA’s report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” to be inspired to change how we practice and look after ourselves.

Shari Gregory
Attorney Counselor, Oregon Attorney Assistance Program


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Our annual judges’ panel brings together Chief Justice Mary Moreau of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the Supreme Court of BC, Chief Judge Terrence J. Matchett of Alberta’s Provincial Court and Judge Marguerite (Meg) Shaw of BC’s Provincial Court. Reflecting on initiatives in the courts to help the people we serve, learn which initiatives are providing positive change.

Chief Justice Mary Moreau

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes

Chief Judge Terrence J. Matchett

Judge Marguerite Shaw


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Meet Alberta’s new Chief of Alberta’s Human Rights Commission and Tribunals, Michael Gottheil. For over 30 years, he has served as a tribunal chair, adjudicator, mediator, lawyer, and educator creatively exploring how past lessons and current realities can help shape creative policies and implementation methods to achieve and improve access to justice. As a justice leader living with vision loss, he has personal insight into our shared strengths, vulnerabilities and what each of us can contribute to positive change.

Michael Gottheil
Chief of the Commission and Tribunals - Alberta Human Rights Commission