Department of Justice Canada Conference 2019 

Jun. 12, 2019
Vancouver BC


Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
in partnership with Department of Justice Canada

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Registration/Breakfast: 8:30 am
Conference: 8:50 am - 3:20 pm

Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville Street, Vancouver

Registration Fees
Please note that your registration to this special seminar includes the morning and afternoon sessions.
Breakfast and lunch will be included as a part of your registration.


Registration Type Cost
CBA Member $750.00                                                   
Non-CBA Member $825.00

*If you are employed with the Department of Justice, please contact before registering.


The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and the Department of Justice Canada BC Regional Office (BCRO) are pleased to jointly host this unique public law conference.

This full day event brings together private and government counsel to hear judges, scholars, senior private practitioners, and senior government counsel share their perspectives on the latest developments and emerging trends in civil litigation involving the government. Participants will leave this course with knowledge of key recent crown liability, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and public law decisions, and developments in Indigenous Law and litigation.

The morning will feature a presentation by the Honourable Mr. Justice Groberman of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Then, participants will hear directly from counsel who have appeared in recent high profile government litigation, which will include a discussion of the jurisprudential and practice issues they encountered in those cases.

The afternoon sessions will focus on trends and developments in Indigenous law and traditions, and Aboriginal litigation. Participants will learn about real-life applications of Indigenous Laws and traditions from a panel of experts. To close off the day, the Regional Director General of the BC Regional Department of Justice Office, Jonathan Chaplan, will discuss the government's role in civil litigation involving Indigenous peoples.

This conference is an opportunity to discuss the issues with colleagues from across the bar, outside of the usual adversarial or case specific setting.

We look forward to having you join us for what promises to be an extraordinary day of learning and dialogue!

8:30 am-8:50 am

 MORNING SESSION  | 8:50 am-12:15 pm

8:50 am-9:00 am 
Jonathan Chaplan, Regional Director General, Department of Justice
Margaret Mereigh, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions, CBABC 2018-2019 President

9:00 am-9:50 am
Keynote Address (Morning)
Mr. Justice Harvey M. Groberman, British Columbia Court of Appeal

9:50 am-10:45 am
Litigating Abuse of Office
Deborah Strachan, QC, General Counsel, Department of Justice
Andrew Gay, QC, Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP

10:45 am-11:00 am

11:00 am-11:20 am
Top Ten New/Revitalized Issues to Watch for in Crown Litigation 
Participant-led session

11:20 am-12:15 pm
Emerging Issues in Public Law
Jan Brongers, Senior General Counsel, Department of Justice
Monique Pongracic-Speier, QC, Ethos Law Group LLP
Micah Rankin, Legal Counsel - Constitutional & Administrative Law Division, Attorney General's Office BC

  LUNCH  | 
12:15 am-1:15 pm

  AFTERNOON SESSION  | 1:15 pm-4:30 pm


  AFTERNOON HEALTH BREAK  | 2:40 pm-2:55 pm

2:55 pm-3:15 pm
Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples
Jonathan Chaplan, Regional Director General, Department of Justice

  CLOSING REMARKS | 3:15 pm-3:20 pm

Continuing Professional Development Accreditation
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 4.50 CPD hours for the 2019 Law Society of BC reporting, including 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component.

Registration for this event includes both morning and afternoon sessions.
There is no discount offered for attendance at one session only.  Please note that credit coupons will not be issued in lieu of any missed sessions.


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