A Changing Practice: Defining Your Own Path to Success in Law 

Jun. 6, 2019
Vancouver BC

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Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
in partnership with the Vancouver Bar Association.


Speakers: Tyson Gratton, McMillan LLP
Gillian Muirhead, Lawson Lundell LLP
Lynne Charbonneau, Lexterna
Moderator: Nicholas Isaac, BC Securities Commission
Time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Pacific Time)
Registration and working lunch: 12:00pm-12:30pm.
Location: KPMG Vancouver  | 777 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver BC
Fees: CBA Law Student Member: $50.00 (+GST)
CBA / VBA Member: $75.00 (+GST)
CBA Member: $100.00 (+GST)
VBA Member: $150.00 (+GST)
Non-CBA/VBA Member: $200.00 (+GST)

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*Register online or by using our PDF Registration Form.
CPD Hours: 1.50 Hours
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 1.50 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.


Lawyers often approach their careers with the perspective that there is a right and a wrong way for them to be successful in the practice of law, with the “right way” being to move from law school, to associate, to partner, with no diversions from this well-tread path. Contrary to this commonly held belief, the practice of law is becoming an increasingly big tent, where more and more lawyers are charting their careers in unconventional ways, and finding interesting and innovative ways to deliver legal services to clients.

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and the Vancouver Bar Association, are bringing together three Vancouver lawyers from a variety of legal and personal backgrounds to speak about how they took the road less traveled in order to develop a career as a practicing lawyer that suited their goals, ambition, and lifestyle.  

Panelists will discuss a variety of topics, such as becoming a partner, starting a practice, working in-house, working remotely or on a modified schedule, and how working in non-practicing roles has contributed to their law practice. This CLE will provide you with the questions that you need to ask yourself, as well as an idea of the skills required, to develop your legal career on your own terms.

Ask your Questions in Advance!
To ensure our panelists discuss topics that are of interest to CBA members, those interested in attending the panel should contact Katie Comley at kcomley@millerthomson.com to share any questions or concerns in advance. Questions will be posed to the panel anonymously.



Tyson Gratton
Tyson Gratton obtained his J.D. from the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2013, and articled with the Vancouver office of McMillan LLP. After being called to the bar of British Columbia in 2014 and practicing with the firm’s Employment and Labour Relations group, Tyson left the firm to work as a television executive for several years, returning to McMillan’s Business Law group in 2018. Tyson now works alongside companies from across Canada, the United States, and abroad with a focus on video games, software, and entertainment media.

Gillian Muirhead
Gillian Muirhead is Associate Counsel with Lawson Lundell LLP. Gillian received her J.D. Hons. in 2011 from the University of Toronto. Gillian practices corporate and securities law and has experience on a variety of transactions including debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.  She also advises clients on corporate governance and securities regulatory matters, including public issuers with respect to their continuous disclosure obligations.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Gillian practised at the Toronto office of a leading Canadian law firm. 

Lynne Charbonneau
Lynne Charbonneau obtained her LL.B. from the Allard School of Law at UBC in 2013, and then spent the first half of her career at a leading Canadian law firm and the second half in-house with a global financial institution. Currently, Lynne is the principal of Lexterna, a consulting service that provides expertise to help improve performance of in-house departments. Lynne serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, and has been appointed to the Futures Task Force for the Law Society of British Columbia. In 2018, Lynne was the recipient of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) Innovation Award, which is given to individuals or groups who employ new and different ideas in order to create value for a law department or organization.


Nicholas Isaac
Nicholas Isaac is Litigation Counsel at the BC Securities Commission. After obtaining his law degree from the University of Victoria, Nicholas was a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Levine and Mr. Justice Donald of the BC Court of Appeal. After being called to the bar in 2010, Nicholas practiced as a litigator in the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, where he acquired a broad range of litigation experience, particularly in the areas of complex commercial disputes and constitutional litigation. Nicholas served as President of the Vancouver Bar Association in 2017-2018. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Nicholas lived in Medellín, Colombia.



Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued. To cancel your attendance, please contact the PD Department at PD@cbabc.org. No refunds will be issued to non-attendees.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC PD at pd@cbabc.org.

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Course Materials/Handouts
All materials will be delivered electronically one day prior to the course date.

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All materials related to this course are for the sole use of the above said registrant, which may not be copied, reproduced, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, translated, distributed, shared, modified, made available on a network or other website, used to create derivative works, or transmitted in any form or by any means whatsoever without the prior express written permission of the Canadian Bar Association.


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