CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Online Symposium (Recording) 

Feb. 3, 2023

CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Online Symposium

CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Online Symposium

Presented by the CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section

Friday, February 3, 2023
11:00 am - 4:30 pm (times listed in Eastern Time)
Registration Fees

LGBTQ2S+ Rights in Canada: The Past, The Present, The Future

This one-day Symposium sponsored by the CBA SOGIC section will feature a diverse array of speakers from the LGBTQ2S+ community, looking at where we have come, where we are, and where we have to go with respect to rights and legal battles in Canada.

Friday February 3, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Fasken Martineau

11:00 am–12:30 pm
The Past (Recording)

Join our speakers as they discuss the battles for LGBTQ2S+ rights they faced early in their careers and how they overcame hurdles as members of the community. Topics will include notable cases, ethics in dealing with incivility related to sexual and gender identity, and practice tips for litigating LGBTQ2S+ issues from experts.

barbara findlay, K.C., The Law Office of barbara findlay, KC
The Honourable Kael McKenzie, Manitoba Provincial Court

Tuma Young, K.C., Cape Breton University

12:30 pm–1:00 pm

Taylor McCaffrey LLP

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
The Present (No Recording)
Katner Lam LLP

This session looks at the state of where LGBTQ2S+ rights are today, and analyzes some of the most important cases working their way through the courts. Panelists will also discuss legal issues currently facing the LGBTQ2S+ community and trends in litigation, as well as legislation both recently passed and tabled that may affect the queer community. If released by this date, the CBA A2J for Trans People Report will also be discussed.

Frances Mahon, Pender Litigation
Samuel Singer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Zachary Rudge, 
Articling Student, Stikeman Elliott LLP

2:30 pm–3:00 pm

Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP / S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.

3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Future (Recording)
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Where do we go from here? What are the next battles, legal and political, for the LGBTQ2S+ community. How do lawyers and legal academics use their power and privilege to advance these causes? Cases to watch. Discussion of the implementation of the recommendations from the A2J for Trans People Report, if the Report is released by this date. 

Doug Stollery, C.M., K.C., Reynolds Mirth
Florence Ashley, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Jonathan Griffith, Law Society of Alberta


Registration fees for the entire 1-day symposium

CBA Members: $179
CBA Young Lawyer Members (<5 years): $139
CBA Student Members: $79
Non-Members: $349
Government: $259
Plus applicable taxes

Group Rates For Firms / Organizations

5 – 9 registrants = 10% discount
10 – 19 registrants = 15% discount
20+ = 20% discount
To take advantage of the discount, please contact:


Unless otherwise specified, sessions will be presented in English.
Registrants will receive on-demand recording(s) following the symposium.


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    Feb. 3, 2023
    11:00am-4:30pm ET





    Fasken Martineau

    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

    Kastner Lam LLP

    Taylor McCaffrey LLP

    Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP / S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.

    Hull and Hull LLP

    MacIsaac and Company

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