POSTPONED | CBABC Women Lawyers Forum Conference & Retreat 2020 

Apr. 3-5, 2020
Vernon BC




Registered attendees will be contacted privately with further details.


Date Friday April 3,2020 - Sunday April 5, 2020
See Full Agenda Below
Location Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa
888 Sparkling Place, Vernon BC
CPD Hours 5.50 Hours of Accredited Continuing Professional Development
Attendance at this conference will provide you with 1.50 hours of practice management for your 2020 LSBC reporting.

$350.00 for CBA members (+GST)
$650.00 for Non-CBA members (+GST)
$240.00 for New Lawyer Members (1-3 yrs of call)  (+GST)
$240.00 for  Articling Student Members  (+GST)

$110.00 | Guest Dinner Ticket** (+GST)

Optional Acitivitiy
$152.00 | Okanagan Wine Tour & Bites (incl. GST)

**Dinner Ticket
Note, your Dinner Ticket is covered within the registration fees, you do not need to purchase a dinner ticket for yourself. Purchase of a dinner ticket is for guests only, and does not give your guest access to the conference itself.

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

April 3, 2020

4:00pm - 6:00pm |  Check-In & Optional Spa Activities

6:00pm - 7:30pm |  Registration & Welcome Reception

7:30pm - 8:30pm |  Breaking Barriers in Self
Allison Wolf,  Shift Works Strategies Inc.
Certified Professional Lawyer Coach, Allison Wolf, will kick off the WLF Retreat weekend with a dynamic and interactive discussion on Breaking Barriers of Self. The goal is not only to survive but to thrive.

April 4, 2020

7:30am - 9:30am   |  Optional Breakfast at leisure (included for those staying in the hotel only)

9:30am -11:00am  | Breaking Barriers in the Judicial Profession
Madam Justice Sheri Ann Donegan, Supreme Court of British Columbia
The Honourable Judge Stella Frame, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Master Jennifer Kiem, Supreme Court of British Columbia
An all-women judiciary panel with a wide range of experience will provide insightful discussion of their experiences as members of the judiciary, the barriers facing women on the bench and how they have and continue to overcome them.

11:00am - 11:15am   |  Health Break

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Breaking Barriers in Practice
Raji Mangat, West Coast LEAF | Legal Education & Action Fund
Taruna Agrawal, RISE Women's Legal Centre
Executive Director, Raji Mangat, from West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and Family Advocate Support Line Lawyer, Taruna Agrawal from Rise Women’s Legal Centre speak about some of their recent work and collaboration on projects, cases and indicators of success which cultivate a new way of practicing law. Breaking barriers of practice is about supporting the development of practice and how lawyers practice through critical reflection.

12:15pm - 1:00pm |  Lunch in the Austria Ballroom

1:00pm -  2:00pm  |  KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill, Supreme Court of British Columbia
Our esteemed keynote speaker, BC Supreme Court Madame Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill, will define the essence of breaking barriers by recounting some of the personal and professional barriers she has encountered and prevailed from, on her journey to becoming a BC Supreme Court judge. She will also consider and impart some of the lessons and wisdoms she has gathered along the way.



Enjoy the Spa | Take advantage of the wonderful facilities of Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa. Book your favourite treatment today at KurSpa Wellness.  

Sips & Bites Tour | Join a tour of the beautiful Okanagan wine country with stops at some of the region's top vineyards. This package also includes a stop with carefully paired bites bringing the tastes of the region together in a perfect balance. Spaces are limited so book your spot today!


7:00pm - 10:00pm |  Dinner in the Austria Ballroom 
After a full day of thought-provoking speakers, relaxing spa treatments and afternoon activities, join your fellow attendees for a plated dinner with mixing and mingling.

You are welcome and invited to bring a guest with you to this dinner by purchasing a dinner ticket during registration. Guest tickets are subject to availability based on capacity. 

We remind you to bring your business cards.


April 5, 2020

7:30am - 9:30am     |  Optional Breakfast at leisure (included for those staying in the hotel only)

9:30am - 10:30am   |  Breaking Barriers in Business
Marni MacLeod, M.A, LL.B , Vice President Skunkworks Creative Group
Heather Gray-Grant, Business Strategist and Law Firm Consultant
These co-presenters will provide an interactive session in which they will share their insights into the challenges of marketing, promotion and self-branding. Together they will provide you with the tools to help you effectively market yourself, your firm and your brand through strategic goal setting, planning and implementation. 

11:00am  |  Check-out


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
The CBABC acknowledges that this event takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Nle?kepmx Tmíxw (Nlaka'pamux), Syilx tmix (Okanagan), and Okanagan 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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    Guaranteed Room Booking Deadline is
    FRI MAR 13

    Standard Mountain View 
    1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    $249.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    Standard Lake View 
    1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    $269.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    Superior Mountain View 
    1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    $269.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    Superior Lake View 
    1 King Bed 
    $289.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    Deluxe Lake View 
    1 King Bed 
    $309.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    *Additional nightly charge of $70 per guest for 3rd & 4th persons per room.

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