North of the Fraser Conference 2019 

Mar. 7, 2019
Coquitlam BC

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Conversations in Mental Health and Practice Management

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
See Full Agenda Below

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


$350.00 for CBA and Local County Bar Association Members (+GST)
$600.00 for Non-CBA Members (+GST)

*If you are a member of the New Westminster, Surrey, and Abbotsford Bar Associations, you qualify for the $350.00 registration fee. At the time of registration, please indicate what Bar Association you belong to.

*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.


5.00 Hours
Attendance at this 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.


Start 2019 with a fresh approach to your PD!
Lawyers in Westminster county and beyond are invited to enjoy a day of learning and collegiality in a private and exclusive setting in the centre of Coquitlam. The day will be focused on blending current practice issues with ethics and wellness. Topics include strong business development and office management to help refine and take your practice, and your enjoyment of practice, to the next level. Space is limited to the first 40 people to sign up for this conference, reserve your spot now and don't miss out!

March 7, 2019

11:00am - 11:30am | Registration/Check-In

11:30am - 12:00pm | Lunch & Welcome/Introductory Remarks

12:00pm - 1:00pm  |  Avoiding High Conflict Clients Complaints
Neil Hain, Law Society of BC Professional Conduct, Staff Lawyer 
Neil Hain, Lawyer, Mediator and Investigator will discuss common Law Society complaints and provide suggestions on how they can be avoided or dealt with quickly and effectively.

1:00pm - 2:00pm  |  Smart Tips for a Successful Practice
Marina Sedai
, Sedai Law Office
A succesful practice is made up of several moving parts and in order to ensure your success there are tips and tricks you can implement to take your firm or solo-practice to the next level. Learn how to identify your personal and business values, prioritize your mind and body, take a step back and not feel like you must do everything and lean on your delegation strengths, capitalize on the positive effect of saying “no” and “goodbye,” and embrace change.

2:00pm - 3:00pm |  Dealing with Adversity: When the Professional becomes Personal
Bena Stock,
B.A., LL.B., M.C. Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C. – Associate Director, LAP
Adversity often triggers negative thoughts, which can cause unhappiness. Resilience is the ability to recover after adversity. We plant the seeds of resilience in the way we process negative events. Resilient people tend to have a more positive attitude and deal with stress more efficiently. Research on lawyers’ personalities reveals that lawyers score in the bottom 30% or lower on the resilience trait. While some people are simply more resilient than others are, the good news is that resilience can be learned. You are not your thoughts and not all thoughts are true. This workshop will help you build resilience through the science of positive psychology.

3:00pm - 3:15pm |  Afternoon Break

3:15pm - 4:15pm   |  Ethics in Practice & Community
Ken Armstrong, Managing Partner, Stewart & Company, 2018/2019 CBABC Vice-President
Have you ever encountered a “gray area” in your practice? Or, have you faced an ethical dilemma that challenges your professional responsibility? Kick start the afternoon with an engaging discussion of ethical dilemmas, putting ethics into action by working together on realistic case studies to highlight emerging ethical problems in the legal landscape.

4:15pm - 5:15pm   |  Staffing for Success
Sara Forte
, Forte Law
A firm’s lawyers and staff can be its greatest assets, but also its largest liabilities. Challenges in recruiting, retention, performance management and maintaining a respectful workplace can impact firms of any size. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for avoiding costly and distracting workplace conflicts.  We will also discuss how you can tap into discretionary effort, for greater engagement and productivity. This session will provide tangible take-aways for firm leaders and for those preparing to be leaders in future.


5:15pm - 6:30pm   |  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!

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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