Northern BC Law Talks 2023 

May 5, 2023
Prince George BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.


COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT PRINCE GEORGE, 900 Brunswick St, Prince George, BC V2L 2C3



8:30-9:00am  |  Registration Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:20am  |  Ceremonial Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:20-10:20am  National Study on Wellness in the Legal Profession in Canada
Brook Greenberg, K.C., Fasken
The Chair of the LSBC Mental Health Task Force and a Member of the Federation Steering Committee that commissioned the National Mental Health report, will review the findings in the report, and will discuss what legal professionals, legal employers, and law departments can do to address these issues, giving you insights on the comprehensive and up-to-the minute understanding of how legal professionals in Canada are doing, and what can be done to improve the profession for everyone. 

10:20-11:20am  |  Trauma Informed Practice for Lawyers in the North
Myrna McCallum, The Trauma-Informed Lawyer
Myrna McCallum introduces the relational approach to the practice of law which benefits you, your clients, your colleagues and the legal profession. This session will deliver high-level education in trauma, resilience, compassion, empathy, humility, boundaries, vicarious trauma and good professional relationship strategies you didn't know you needed.

11:20-11:35pm  |  Morning Break

11:35-12:35pm  |  Feature Presentation: View from the Bench
The Hon. Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie, Provincial Court of BC
The Hon. Judge Michael Brecknell, Provincial Court of BC (Northern Region)
Our panelists lead this feature presentation about the Court’s expectations for remote practice. With recent changes to the Rules and court practices to support virtual bail, small claims settlement and family case conferences, and other hearings. Don’t miss the opportunity to get insights about best and promising practices from the Bench to support that work. There will be a moderated Q&A for this session.

12:35-1:30pm  |  Lunch

1:30-2:00pm |  Supporting Northern Lawyers: Community Issues Roundtable
Valerie Le Blanc, Director of Professional Development, Canadian Bar Association BC Branch
What are the needs of central and northern lawyers? Recruitment and retention strategies? Practice management support? Share your opinions of what would make practice easier for you.

2:00-3:00pm |  Business and Resources in the North
Learn more about what the provincial government is doing to support small businesses like law firms, sustaining the workforce, addressing health and social services that are needed by clients and those impacted by crime (both accused and victims).

3:00-4:00pm |  Developments about the Regulation of the Profession
Christopher McPherson, K.C., President, Law Society of BC
Aleem Bharmal, K.C., President, Canadian Bar Association BC Branch
Presidents of the Law Society of BC and CBABC come together to share highlights from the Ministry of Attorney General Intentions Paper and to discuss key developments since its release.

Participants may wish to refer to the following background resources:

1. LSBC Response to the Ministry of Attorney General's Intentions Paper - Access here.

2. CBABC Response to Legal Professions Regulatory Modernization - Intentions Paper - Access here.


4:00-4:10pm  |  Closing Remarks 

*Agenda may be subject to change.



The CBABC acknowledges that the land from which we gather and host this conference from is the traditional and unceded territories of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, 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. 

Participant General Acknowledgement
By registering, you agree that all materials related to this course are for the sole use of the registrant, and 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.

Cancellation - General
Registration fees for in-person seminars or conferences are eligible for a refund less a 20% administration fee if notice of cancellation is received 48-hours before the RSVP deadline. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the RSVP deadline. This cancellation policy also applies to both in-person and remote attendee cancellations.

Cancellation - Same day registration
If you register for a program and cancel within the same business day prior to 3:00pm, CBABC will issue a full refund of your registration fees. However, no refunds will be issued if your same-day registration and cancellation occurs within 48-hours prior to the RSVP deadline. 


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