POSTPONED | The 7th Annual Central Vancouver Island Solicitors Conference 

Mar. 19, 2020
Parksville BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.


Registered attendees will be contacted privately with further details.


Experienced presenters cover practice issues of interest to solicitors and general practitioners. Topics range from Employment Law and Real Estate Law to Family Law, Wills & Estates, and a discussion of what to consider when retiring or transitioning from the practice of law.

The roundtable discussion led by experienced counsel is a highlight of the conference. This year the focus is on how to protect yourself: in a collapsing real estate transaction; when providing approval to a real estate contract; and the use of arbitration clauses in agreements.

See the complete program and details below.
Date Thursday, March 19, 2020
See Full Agenda Below
Location Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville BC
Conference Chair

Chuck Blanaru (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)


$160.00 for CBA Members (+GST)
$300.00 for Non-CBA Members (+GST)

*Lunch Included

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

NON-CBA Member Registration
*If you are a non-CBA member, you may fill out the attached PDF Registration Form.


3.50 Hours
Attendance at the conference will provide you with 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

*Final CPD Hours accreditation to be determined after the conference.

MARCH 19, 2020

12:15pm - 1:00pm  |  Registration Check-In & Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm    |  Seminar

Employment Law - Contracts 101
Sharon Cartmill Lane (Pearlman, Lindholm; Victoria)

Strata Law - The Bare Land & Building Strata Controversy Revisited
Cora Wilson (Wilson McCormack Law Group; Nanaimo)

Family Law - The Ways to Lose an Exclusion
Kathleen Sugiyama (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)
Sabrina Yeudall (Candid Legal; Nanaimo)

Real Estate – Assignments of Real Estate Contracts
Rick Rhodes (Ramsay, Lampman, Rhodes; Nanaimo)

Company Law – The Transparency Register
Nathan Seaward (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)

Obtaining Discharges from Financial Institutions
Esther Robson (Mont & Walker Law Corporation; Nanaimo)

Getting Out – Considerations when Retiring or Transitioning from the Practice of Law
Brian McDaniel (Ridgway & Company; Duncan)
Dick Nesbitt (Duncan)


Protecting Yourself:

  • In a Collapsing Real Estate Transaction
  • When Providing Approval to a Real Estate Contract ("Subject to Lawyer's Approval"); and
  • The Use of Arbitration Clauses in Agreements

Doug Torrie (Vining, Senini; Nanaimo), John Manning (Manning Law; Nanaimo), Blair Franklin (Johnston, Franklin, Bishop; Nanaimo), Chris Kelsey (Swift Datoo; Courtenay), Richard Swift QC (Swift Datoo; Courtenay), Bill Younie QC (Ridgway & Company; Duncan) and Colleen Johel (Ridgway & Company; Duncan)

Advising Clients: Independent Contractor v. Employee
Ian Gove (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)

Blended Families & Wills
Mike Genge (Johns Southward Glazier Walton & Margetts LLP; Nanaimo)
Trina Brubaker (Johnston, Franklin, Bishop; Nanaimo)

Assessing Testamentary Capacity
Morgyn Chandler (Hammerberg Lawyers LLP; Vancouver)

Resulting Trusts (Case Commentary)
Chyna Lines (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)

s.58 of WESA (Case Commentary)
Rod Mont (Mont & Walker Law Corporation; Nanaimo)

Wills and No Contest Clauses
Beau Blanaru (Heath Law LLP; Nanaimo)


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 the K'omoks, Snueymuxw, Te'mexw Treaty Association, 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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