Bringing PD to the North 2019 

Dec. 6, 2019
Prince George BC

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
See Full Agenda Below
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Prince George
900 Brunswick St, Prince George, BC
(Fir Room)

  $50.00   Articling Student/ Young Lawyer
$125.00   CBA /Local & County Bar Association Members (+GST)
$250.00   Non-CBA Members (+GST)

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*Register online or by using our PDF Registration Form.

*Become a member within 30 business days of this conference, and receive a refund for the difference in the conference registration fees for CBA members and non-CBA members.

**Inquire with your Local County Bar Association for membership rates to take advantage of the CBA & LCBA conference registration fees.


The CBABC comes to Prince George this term to bring you an afternoon three and a half-hour PD program where speakers discuss topical issues and concerns that affect practitioners in the BC North!

12:00pm - 12:15pm  |  Registration Check-In & Welcome

12:15pm – 1:00pm   |  Lunch


Northern Regional Manager Christina Draegen will provide association updates and introduce Native Courtworker Jordan Contois to share important historical information about the traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh peoples.

CBABC President Armstrong joins us via Zoom to share the latest work of the CBABC and opportunities for members to engage.

Kenneth Armstrong, 2019-2020 CBA BC Branch President, Armstrong Naish Trial Lawyers

The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is British Columbia’s newest administrative tribunal. Opened in 2016, it uses online dispute resolution to deliver timely, accessible and affordable access to justice. The CRT has jurisdiction over small claims disputes $5,000 and under, strata property disputes, societies disputes, co-operative association disputes, and motor vehicle personal injury disputes.  

This session will explore how the CRT’s dispute resolution process works, and highlight sections of the legislation, regulations and rules of particular importance to the CRT’s motor vehicle personal injury jurisdiction.

Lauryn Kerr, Legal Counsel,The Civil Resolution Tribunal

Receive advice from experts who will help you understand your ethical and professional responsibilities when it comes to working with self-represented litigants (SRL's), how to respond effectively to SRL's, and how the judiciary communicates (and expects counsel to communicate) with SRL's. Learn how to get results for your client while maintaining your own professional and ethical reputation and how to minimize your client’s expense and stress (and your stress as well) when dealing with SRL's.

The Honourable Judge Victor Galbraith, BC Northern Region
Kerry Simmons QC, CBABC Executive Director

3:15pm - 3:30pm   |  Afternoon Health Break

Join us for a roundtable discussion to talk about strengths and needs of lawyers in the North. Share your knowledge about useful resources, current registry practice (both Land Titles, and courts), general needs, potential gaps and possible solutions.

Moderated by Brian Gilson QC.

4:00pm - 5:00pm  |  ETHICS IN PRACTICE & COMMUNITY
Have you ever encountered a “gray area” in your practice? Or an ethical dilemma that challenges your professional responsibility? This engaging discussion of ethical dilemmas will challenge you to put ethics into action by working together on realistic case studies to highlight emerging ethical problems in the legal landscape.

Oliver Fleck, CBABC Elected Member Cariboo County, Crown Counsel - Fort St. John




About Kenneth Armstrong

Ken Armstrong is the  President of the CBA BC Branch for the 2019-20 term. He is a 25-year member of the Canadian Bar Association, with many years volunteering on CBA national and branch committees, focused on legal aid and government relations. He also served over 20 years on CBABC Provincial Council. 

Ken is originally from Vancouver, growing up in the North Shore, but has been living in New Westminster since 2002. In 2004-2005, he served as President of the New Westminster Bar Association. Ken was called to the bar in BC in 1996. The year after that, he started practicing motor vehicle accident litigation - his area of practice is personal injury defense.

He has developed his expertise spending hundreds of hours in trial work. In 2008, Ken joined Stewart & Company – now known as Armstrong Naish Trial Lawyers. He became a partner in 2014 and, since 2016, he is the Managing Partner.

In addition to his professional work, Ken is a long-time volunteer in youth sports! He has over two decades as a soccer and Little League baseball coach. He is also an accomplished umpire with two World Series appearances: Little League Softball in 2015, and Senior League Baseball in 2016.

On his path to the CBABC presidency, in 2004, he received the BC Branch President’s Medal.

About Lauryn Kerr

Lauryn Kerr is the CRT’s Legal Counsel. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria. Lauryn has instructed at the University of Ottawa and Thompson Rivers University in the field of technology and access to justice. Since 2016 Lauryn has served on the board of directors of the Justice Education Society, a Vancouver-based organization that carries out public legal education and information activities, justice reform and capacity building programs in British Columbia and in several jurisdictions outside Canada. Lauryn is a frequent presenter on the topics of access to justice, legal technology, and innovation.

The Honourable Judge Victor Galbraith, BC Northern Region

Honourable Judge Victor Galbraith serves in Prince George, being appointed to the bench on Feb. 13, 2012. Galbraith has practiced law for more than 20 years and is was an administrative Crown counsel in Quesnel. Galbraith was also Crown counsel in Williams Lake for seven years.

About Kerry L. Simmons QC

Kerry L. Simmons, QC was called to the bar in 2000 and practiced with Cook Roberts LLP in Victoria, BC until 2018 in family law, risk management, employment law, commercial disputes, estate litigation, and professional negligence. She served on the firm’s management committee for four years.

Ms. Simmons joined CBABC in 1996 as a law student and became a member of the CBABC Executive Committee in 2008. She was CBABC President in 2012-13, leading the organization’s advocacy for legal aid funding. She also served on the Canadian Bar Association National Board, leading and developing its strategic, governance and financial changes for three years, culminating in her year as National President in 2017-18. Most recently, she co-chaired the CBA’s Truth & Reconciliation Task Force.

With extensive knowledge of the association’s history, mandate, culture and operations, member services and its role in the justice system, CBABC’s new Executive Director brings over twenty-five years of leadership experience and training, formal education in supervision, management and governance, and a decade of management experience of business operations and volunteers. Her additional areas of interest include education, reconciliation with indigenous peoples, inclusion and diversity, and the protection and promotion of children in healthy, positive environments.

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

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to 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

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

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

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