South of the Fraser Regional Conference 2020 

Feb. 28, 2020
Surrey BC

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Conversations in Practice Management


Welcome to the Sheraton
Distinguished as the largest convention hotel in Eastern Vancouver and impressing guests with all-suite accommodations, thoughtful service and cutting-edge amenities, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel is a one-of-a-kind destination. Experience this dynamic part of Canada from the elegant comfort of our hotel, ideally located near the city centre, moments from Holland Park.

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Avenue
Surrey BC


Register for SOUTH OF THE FRASER Conference
$350.00 for CBA and Local County Bar Association Members - LCBA* (+GST)
$250.00 for CBA Young Lawyers (1-5 Year of Calls) (+GST)
$600.00 for Non-CBA Members (+GST)


Register for NORTH OF THE FRASER Conference as well for special pricing!
Combined 11 hours of CPD if you register for both.
$600.00 for CBA and Local County Bar Association Members - LCBA* (+GST) for both
$500.00 for CBA Young Lawyers (1-5 Year of Calls) (+GST) for both
$1050.00 for Non-CBA Members (+GST) for both

Click here to visit the April 17 Coquitlam Conference.

*If you are a member of the New Westminster, Surrey, Abbotsford & District Bar, Chilliwack, Fraser Valley Bar Association, and/or the North Fraser Lawyers' Association, you qualify for the $350.00 registration fee. At the time of registration, please indicate what Bar Association you belong to.

FILLABLE Registration Form
If you are a non-CBA member, or would like to register for both conferences, you may fill out the attached PDF Registration Form. 


11:00am - 11:30am | Registration/Check-In

11:30am - 12:00pm | Lunch & Welcome/Introductory Remarks

12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Flexible Law Firm Staffing
Christie Gilmour, Forte Law
The concept of work has changed, and with it the way law firms are staffed. Lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and other admin staff are working as contractors or as employees paid hourly, salaried, fee splits and/or commissions. Work is still happening in traditional law firm offices, but remote working has gained significantly in popularity. In this session we will review a wide variety of working and compensation models, together with some of the employment law issues that arise.  We will cover best practices and tips for what should be covered in contracts and policies when engaging lawyers and law firm staff.

1:00pm - 2:00pm  |  The Upside of Stress
Bena Stock, B.A., LL.B., M.C. Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C. – Associate Director, LAP
Stress is portrayed in a negative light in the news, in health forums, and in the workplace. There is little doubt that most lawyers experience stress on a regular basis. The new science of stress shows that stress can be a good thing, if you know how to use it. The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink, and even embrace it. The goal of this workshop is to help you get better at stress.


2:00pm - 3:00pm |  How to Avoid the Twin Dragons: The Anxiety of Law Society Complaints & Insurance Claims
Martin Finch QC
, Bencher, Baker Newby LLP
This presentation will explore the background to complaints to the Law Society, areas of frequent complains and the response of the Law Society to complaints. It will explain the best methods for avoiding complaints and provide insight to the complaint process. It addresses both the complaints process and the Lawyers’ Insurance Fund process.

3:00pm - 3:15pm |  Afternoon Break

3:15pm - 4:15pm   |  Managing Risky Clients
Thomas Spraggs, Spraggs Law
Join us for a presentation from Tom Spraggs, an injury and litigation lawyer in Coquitlam, on the important topic of Managing Risky Clients. The balance between advocating on your clients behalf while also protecting the interests of your practice in today’s evolving legal services industry has become more difficult to achieve. 

Subtopics will include scope of services, setting boundaries, tips for breaking bad news and strategies to scale successful relationships. 

4:15pm - 4:45pm   |  Practitioners Roundtable - Practice in the Tri-Cities, Fraser Valley, and Beyond
Join us for a roundtable discussion to talk about strengths and needs of lawyers in the region. Share your knowledge about useful resources, general needs, potential gaps and possible solutions.

4:45pm - 5:45pm   |  Effective Billing Practices and Related Issues
Eric Mollema, Cantra Lawyers LLP
You do work for money don’t you?
Techniques to make sure you get paid for your work!


5:45pm - 7:00pm   |  Wine & Cheese Social
This networking opportunity will give you an opportunity to stretch, relax and meet others at the conference you have yet to introduce yourself to. Grab a glass of wine and mingle with speakers and guests alike, making meaningful connections for your practice!

Be sure to bring your business cards!


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
The CBABC acknowledges that the land from which we gather and host this conference from is the unceded territories of the Katzie, Tsawwassen, Kwikwetlem, Sto:lo, WSANEC, Kwantlen, and Stz'uminus peoples, and we encourage  members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous peoples, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada past and present. 

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 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

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 course date.

Participant Disclaimer - This is to confirm that you have agreed with the following terms and conditions:
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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