POSTPONED | North of the Fraser Regional Conference 2020 

Apr. 17, 2020
Coquitlam BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.

Conversations in Practice Management


Registered attendees will be contacted privately with further details.


Welcome to the Chateau
Nestled into the foot of the prestigious Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam BC, the Chateau is 15,000 square feet of elegance. The nearly sixteen acres of surrounding green space including riverfront and mountain views only serves to accentuate the beauty of this iconic property located only 30 minutes from Downtown Vancouver.

The Chateau
3333 Caliente Place
Coquitlam BC

Venue facilities generously donated by Thomas Spraggs.


Register for NORTH 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)

*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  |  Respecting Legal Workplaces
Sara Forte, Forte Law
Disrespect in the workplace, including bullying and harassment, can be a huge drain on productivity for a law firm of any size. In the age of #metoo, sexual harassment complaints are increasingly being made public, which can be devastating to a firm’s reputation. In this session we will review, in depth, best practices for proactive measures to prevent workplace harassment and encourage respectful workplaces. The session will also include a workshop component with a chance to engage in group discussions to sharpen your skills in identifying bullying and harassment and practice bystander intervention strategies.

1:00pm - 2:00pm  |  How Understanding Vicarious Trauma Develops Vicarious Resilience and Helps you Succeed
Susan Burak
, Lawyers Assistance Program
Many lawyers find it difficult when pre-occupied with depression, burnout, compassion fatigue and the erosion of optimism caused by the repetitive exposure to a number of cases involving cruel and inhumane acts or negligence perpetrated by and toward people.  This Neuroscience informed workshop will be helpful to lawyers who want to focus on developing their resilience capacities and develop their ability to focus on their strengths and resources, enhance their well-being, and succeed when dealing with Vicarious Trauma.  

2:00pm - 3:00pm |  Receiving a Personal & Confidential Letter from the Law Society of BC
Philip A. Riddell QC,
Life Bencher
What do you do when you receive that Personal and Confidential letter from the Law Society?
You have received a letter from the Law Society setting out a complaint against you. What do you do, and how should you deal with the regulator? You will be taken through the complaint process from the initial letter to the Law Society to the conclusion of the complaint. The process that is used to decide if disciplinary action will be take.  he alternatives to disciplinary action.  If disciplinary action is taken the forms that it might take. The purpose of this presentation is to de-mystify the Law Society complaint and discipline process.

3:00pm - 3:15pm |  Afternoon Break

3:15pm - 4:45pm   |  When to Withdraw: Ending the Solicitor/Client Relationship
Thomas Spraggs, Spraggs law
Join us for a presentation from Tom Spraggs, an injury and litigation lawyer in Coquitlam, on the important topic of how to ethically and effectively withdraw as counsel of record. This presentation covers the scope of ethical considerations and challenges on withdrawing services and how to strategize communications to optimize the chances of success for a smooth termination of services. 

4:45pm - 5:45pm   |  Law Office Technology - Increasing Efficiency & Productivity
Rio PetersonCLIO - Cloud-Based Legal Technology
Learn what tools and technologies are out there that can help you better manage client files, documents, appointments, billing and cases - there's more time in the day than you had thought!


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 traditional and unceded territories of Kwikwetlem, Tsleil-Waututh, and Sto:lo 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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