2019 Spring Conference - CBA NT 

May 3, 2019
Yellowknife NT

CBA-NT Spring Conference: Preparing the Profession for the Future
May 3, 2019
Chateau Nova
4571 48 St., Yellowknife, NT   X1A 0E2

CBA Members - $75.00
Articling Students and Law Students - $50.00
Non Members - $200C

Event Schedule:

8:00 am to 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:15 am

Opening Blessing - Be’sha Blondin
Opening Remarks - Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice, Government of the Northwest Territories
Remarks from CBA National Office - Cheryl Farrow, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Bar Association

9:15 am to 10:15 am

The Legalization of Cannabis: An Update

Speakers:        J. Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP
                        Peter J. Harte, Barrister and Solicitor

  Moderator:       Amanda Thibodeau, Dragon Toner Law Office

10:15 am to 10:30 am

Health Break - Sponsored by Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Implementing the UN Declaration: Overview of UNDRIP and how it can be incorporated into Canadian Law

Speaker:         Nick Leeson, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Lunch - Sponsored by Lawson Lundell LLP

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Remarks from CBIA / Lawyers Financial -- Laura Cabott, CBIA Board of Directors

Lunch and Learn – Making Law Accessible: The Role of Podcasts in Public Interest Lawyering

Speakers:      Peter Sankoff, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
                      Camille Labchuk, Executive Director, Animal Justice
                      J. Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP
                      Emilie Taman, Criminal Lawyer, Podcaster, Federal Political Candidate,
                      Ottawa Centre

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions – Part 1


Breakout Session 1
Increasing the Representation of Women in Political Leadership in the NWT: Temporary Special Measures and the Legal, Social and Political Context

Speakers:      Glen Rutland, Law Clerk to the 
                       Legislative Assembly of the 
                       Northwest Territories and Lawyer, 
                       Lawson Lundell LLP
                       Caroline Wawzonek, Dragon
                       Toner Law Office
                       Emilie Taman, Criminal Lawyer,
                       Podcaster and Federal Political
                       Candidate in Ottawa

Moderator:      Laura Cabott, CBIA Board of



 Breakout Session 2
 Collateral Consequences to Criminal Charges

Speakers:     J. Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein
                     & Partners LLP
                     Marie-Pier Leduc, McLennan Ross

Moderator:    Amanda Thibodeau, Dragon
                     Toner Law Office







2:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Breakout Session preparation

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions – Part 2


Breakout Session 3

Environmental Assessment in the North

Speakers:    JoAnn P. Jamieson, McLennan
                    Ross LLP
                    Brittany Scott, Denroche &


Breakout Session 4

Behind the Barton/Gladue Appeal–Exploring the Implications for Criminal Justice

Speaker:    Peter Sankoff, Faculty of Law, 
                   University of Alberta


3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Health Break – Sponsored by Marshall & Company Barristers and Solicitors

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Civility in the Legal Profession: “Be it resolved that there is no place for zealousness in a Canadian Courtroom”

Speakers:          Greg DelBigio, Thorsteinssons LLP

Chief Justice Louise Charbonneau, Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories
Chief Judge Christine Gagnon, Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories
Sarah Kay, Legal Division, Government of the Northwest Territories
Jon Rossall, McLennan Ross LLP

Moderator:          Karen Wilford, Northwest Territories Legal Aid Commission

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Closing remarks - Kelly McLaughlin, CBA-NT President

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Evening reception sponsored by Dragon Toner Law Office LLP



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