Summary of Meetings
Number of Meetings Held: 4
November 30, 2017
Guest Speakers: Valerie Anderson, Associate Counsel, McQuarrie Hunter LLP; Katharine E. Saunders, Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General (Legal Services Branch - Civil Litigation)
Meeting Title/Topic: Managing Your Public Service Career
Synopsis: Discussed experiences with transitioning from public to private practice, and from private to public practice; the challenges associated with making this transition, and how their experiences in public and private practice have benefited them in their new practice areas.
January 26, 2018
Guest Speakers: Moyra Dhaliwal - Former Counsel, Department of Justice Canada; Robert Moen - Former Counsel, Department of Justice Canada; Phong Phan - Counsel, Legal Services Branch, BC Ministry of Attorney General
Meeting Title/Topic: Expropriation 101
Synopsis: Discussed their practice areaa and provided a framework for understanding public sector property acquisition and related expropriation litigation in BC, including expropriation of reserve land; including applicable federal and provincial legislation and case law developments.
April 05, 2018
Guest Speakers: Adrienne Smith, Regional Representative at Canadian Labour Congress, former Health and Drug Policy Lawyer at Pivot Legal Society; Dustin Klaudt, former law clerk to the Constitutional Court of South Africa and fellow at the Osgoode Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic
Meeting Title/Topic: Applying LGBTQ+ Awareness In Your Legal Practice
Synopsis: Discussed how to apply LGBTQ+ awareness to one’s legal practice – from communicating with clients and colleagues to legal and policy analysis.
June 14, 2018
Guest Speakers: Dr. Maureen Fitzgerald, Gender Diversity Advisor, Former Lawyer and Author; Anne Nickerson, Director of the City of Vancouver's Equal Employment Opportunity Program
Meeting Title/Topic: Gender Equality in the Workplace
Synopsis: Panel discussion on gender equality in the workplace.
Comments and Observations of the Chair