CBABC-The Department of Justice Professional Development Seminar 2018 

May 30, 2018
Vancouver BC

The Complication Trifecta:
Charter Damages, Large Files, and Privilege

Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
in partnership with Department of Justice Canada

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Registration/Breakfast: 8:30 am
Seminar: 8:55 am - 3:15 pm

Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville Street, Vancouver

Register by Friday, May 25, 2018

Registration Fees
Please note that your registration to this special seminar includes the morning and afternoon sessions.
Breakfast and lunch will be included as a part of your registration.

CBA Member Rate                    $750.00 (+GST)
Non-CBA Member Rate $825.00 (+GST)

The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and the Department of Justice Canada are pleased to be jointly hosting this unique conference on May 30, 2018.  This full day event brings together private and crown counsel to hear from current and former judges, scholars, senior private practitioners, and senior federal and provincial crown counsel about their insights, tips, and lessons learned in dealing with some of the thorniest issues that arise in suing, defending, and advising the government.

The day opens with advocacy tips directly from, and a “fireside chat” with, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honorable Thomas Cromwell, CC.  That will be followed by presentations and panels discussions on (i) the evolving law of litigating Charter damages claims, (ii) dealing with the challenges of large, complex and document intensive files, and (iii) dealing with privilege in respect of government information, including confidential informer privilege.  This will include a presentation by the Honourable Mr. Justice Austin F. Cullen, Supreme Court of British Columbia. Throughout, the focus is on real life experiences and practical solutions from the differing perspectives of the courts, private practitioners, and government lawyers.

Panellists and speakers are experts in their fields and include senior lawyers who have litigated some of the most important, ground breaking public law cases on the conference topics.  This conference provides a unique opportunity to converse with a diverse range of such experts, each viewing the issues from very different sides of the litigation table. It is also an opportunity to discuss the issues with colleagues from across the bar, outside of the usual adversarial or case specific setting.

We look forward to having you join us for what promises to be an extraordinary day of learning and dialogue!


 REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST | 8:30 am-8:55 am

 MORNING SESSION  | 8:55 am-12:35 pm

8:55 am-9:05 am 
Brenda Carbonell, Acting Regional Director General, British Columbia Regional Office
H. William Veenstra, CBABC President 2017-2018, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Panel Introduction
Lorne Lachance & Banafsheh Sokhansanj, Department of Justice Canada

9:05 am-9:50 am
A View from BEYOND the Bench
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada provides tips for effective advocacy then engages in a fireside chat about the conference topics.

The Hon. Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC, Borden Ladner, Gervais LLP, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Oliver Pulleyblank, Pulleyblank Law, Former Clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada and British Columbia Court of Appeal

9:50 am-10:20 am
Charter Damages: A Case Study: Henry v. AGBC, et al.
Dr. Emma Cunliffe, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

10:20 am-10:35 am

10:35 am-11:35 am
Litigating Charter Damages: Through the Looking Glass
Senior private and public sector lawyers who argued Henry v. AGBC discuss key issues in litigating Charter damages claims, based on their unique, opposing perspectives.

E.W. (Heidi) Hughes, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, British Columbia
Marilyn E. Sandford, Q.C., Ritchie, Sandford, McGowan, Barristers
Mitchell R. Taylor, Q.C., Department of Justice Canada

11:35 am-12:35 pm
Large Files: Challenges and Creative Solutions
Senior lawyers discuss tips and lessons learned in working on complex and lengthy matters, including the daily realities of a large file; collaboration, case management, and other ways to streamline; document management and disclosure; working with teams, and setting up systems.

E.W. (Heidi) Hughes, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, British Columbia
Donnaree G. Nygard, Department of Justice Canada
Mark C. Power, Power Law

  LUNCH  | 
12:35 am-1:45 pm

  AFTERNOON SESSION  | 1:45 pm-3:00 pm

1:45 pm-2:45 pm
Privilege: Maintaining Confidences while Achieving Justice
Former Associate Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court and senior counsel identify the risks and provide tips for how to efficiently identify and address public interest privileges, including confidential informer and other privilege claims during litigation.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Austin F. Cullen, Supreme Court of British Columbia
Brock Martland, Martland & Saulnier
Deborah J. Strachan, Q.C., Department of Justice Canada

2:45 pm-3:00 pm
Top Ten New/Revitalized Issues to Watch for in Crown Litigation

  PUBLIC SESSION WRAP UP   | 3:00 pm-3:15 pm

Continuing Professional Development Accreditation
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 4.50 CPD hours for the 2018 Law Society of BC reporting, including 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component.

Registration for this event includes both morning and afternoon sessions.
There is no discount offered for attendance at one session only.  Please note that credit coupons will not be issued in lieu of any missed sessions, or no shows.


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    Registration instructions for DOJ Lawyers

    Please contact Sandra Boire at for further details.

    Two ways to register:
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    Course Materials/Handouts:

    • All materials will be delivered electronically one day prior to the course date.
    • They will also be available for download via the HANDOUTS tab on this page.



Professional Development Dept.
Telephone: 604-687-3404
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