Family Law Conference in the Okanagan 2019 

Feb. 21-22, 2019
Vernon BC

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Presented by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch in partnership with the
CBABC Family Law - Okanagan Section.


Date: Thursday, February 21 - Friday, February 22, 2019
See Full Agenda Below
Location: Predator Ridge Resort
301 Village Centre Place, Vernon BC


Full Registration (11 Hours CPD - Day 1 & 2)
$595.00 for CBA members (+GST)
$1000.00 for Non-CBA members (+GST)
$65.00 Guest Dinner Ticket (+GST)

Day 1 (Feb 21) Only Registration (6.50 Hours CPD)
$475.00 for CBA members (+GST)
$800.00 for Non-CBA members (+GST)
$65.00 Guest Dinner Ticket (+GST)

*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.


11.00 Hours (Over the course of the two days)
Attendance at this seminar will provide you with 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

Registration for only the first day (Feb 21) will count towards 6.50 Hours of CPD, 2 hours of which counts towards the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

February 21, 2019

8:15am -8:30am  |  Registration & Check-In

8:30am - 9:00am |  Hosted Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm |  2019 Family Law Year in Review  |  Todd R. Bell, Partner, Schuman Basran Robin & Bell LLP
Todd Bell returns to our conference for a third year to present his comprehensive '2018 year in review,' covering all the case law updates you will need to equip you for a successful 2019.

12:00pm-1:00pm |  Hosted Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm   |  Alternate Legal Service Providers  |  
Former Justice Peter Leask QC, Assistant Deputy Minister Kurt Sandstrom, and Michael Welsh QC, Mott Welsh & Associates
The question of whether to license non-lawyer legal service providers remains a live one, with the Law Society’s next steps uncertain in light of the recent member’s resolution and the passage of Bill 57. This session is sure to generate lively discussion.

2:30pm-3:00pm |  Break

3:00pm-4:00pm |  Ethical Issues & Dilemmas in Family Practice  |  Grant Hardwick, Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP
Join local senior practitioner Grant Hardwick for a practical session grappling with common (and a few less common) ethical issues in family practice.

4:00pm-5:00pm |  Collegiality and Civility amongst the Family Bar  |  Taryn Moore, Pushor Mitchell and Briana Hardwick, Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP
Join us as our speaker discuss collegiality and civility amongst the family bar; in our practice area, these seemingly simple concepts can be amongst the most ethically challenging.


6:30pm-8:00pm |  Annual Family Law Conference Dinner
This is an excellent opportunity for members of the legal community that have gathered from close and far to meet, network, and make new connections. This opportunity will surely include lots of great conversation with professional colleagues that you know of, but may not have had a chance to meet yet!

You are welcome and invited to bring a guest with you to this dinner by purchasing a dinner ticket during registration.

All are reminded to bring your business cards.

February 22, 2019

9:00am - 9:30am   |  Hosted Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am   |  Family Law Arbitration  |  John-Paul Boyd, John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers
JP Boyd will offer a 'deep dive' into family law arbitration, including the use of evaluative mediation in med-arb processes, and creative ways of adjusting rules to ensure proportionality.

10:30am - 10:45am |  Break

10:45am - 12:15pm |  View from the Bench  |  Former Master William McCallumFormer Justice Peter Leask QC, Justice Steven Wilson -  Supreme Court of British Columbia

12:15pm - 1:15pm |  Hosted Lunch
During lunch, we will hear a fun presentation from JP Boyd on “The weird and wonderful history of family law in BC: From the code of Hammurabi to the Family Law Act.

1:15pm- 2:15pm |  Plenary Session
Join us to round out the conference as a number of our speakers from over the two days come together for a free-ranging discussion on topics of their choosing

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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    Predator Ridge Resort

    Studio Suite
    $129.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    One Bedroom Suite
    $179.00 (+Taxes) Per Night

    Two Bedroom Suite
    $219 (+Taxes) Per Night

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