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  • Small Firms Subsection: How to Create a Positive Organizational Culture - Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Date: February 22, 2018

    Cost: $45.45 - $55.00

    Location: Terminal City Club


    Please join us for our next meeting on  Thursday,  February 22, 2018, entitled “How to Create a Positive Organizational Culture“.

    This presentation will discuss how to strengthen your firm’s organizational culture to foster maximum employee engagement, productivity and retention.  We will explore the role that leadership plays in culture creation, as well as your firm’s supporting structures and processes – everything from hiring for cultural fit, to training and rewarding for it. The importance or organizational story telling, shared traditions, value alignment, and psychological safety will be discussed to provide a framework for how your firm can build and enhance its current organizational culture.

    Our guest speaker, Robin Turnill, is CEO and founder of Pivot HR Services in Vancouver, and has spoken at BCLMA meetings in the past.

    Robin has over 15 years of executive, management and consulting experience in both the public and private sector. She is the founder of Pivot HR Services, a firm that provides strategic HR services to many large local clients in the health, education, legal, utilities, financial and transportation industries.  An HR professional with strong business acumen, Robin has been a Chief Operating Officer, as well as having held several senior management HR roles in her career.   To compliment her professional practice, Robin has worked in academia as an Instructor in the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, teaching courses in the Human Resources BBA Program.

    As a community-minded individual, Robin volunteers her time and expertise as a Board Director for non-profit organizations.   She is the Vice-Chair of Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, a founding Board Member for Project Change Foundation, and past Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee for Kids Up Front Foundation.

    Robin has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from York University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management from BCIT, and holds her designation as Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

    Date:     Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Time:     12:00 noon

    Place:     Terminal City Club

    Cost:     $45.45 per person (includes GST of $2.16). Please make cheques payable to BCLMA.  Cheques can be mailed to the BCLMA in advance or brought to the session.


    • Waldorf salad, gala apple, celery, celeriac, grape, toasted walnut
    • Petite fillet and garlic prawns, lentil ragout, chive cream sauce
    • Bananas foster tart, caramelized bananas, rum caramel sauce

    We ask that you please register by using the calendar of events page on the BCLMA website by February 16, 2018.


    If you have any dietary restrictions, please advise in your RSVP.

    Reserve your tickets before February 16, 2018.



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  • Consistency Is Key - Mitigate Risk Throughout the Ediscovery Process

    Date: February 27, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Deloitte Learning Center – Pacioli Room


    Peter Sanford

    Lunch Sponsor: Deloitte

    Join us to gain insight into managing risk throughout the ediscovery process, focusing on electronic data processing, review and production. We will provide advice on best practices methodology and validation to help litigation departments build a playbook for ediscovery success.

    Scott Hunter is a Partner with Deloitte’s forensic & dispute services group in Toronto. He specializes in providing ediscovery and computer forensic services, ranging from detailed computer forensic examinations to large scale ediscovery support exercises, to a very diverse client base. Scott has assisted numerous clients with the identification, preservation, preparation and review of electronic documents, in relation to fraud investigations, civil litigation, international arbitration and regulatory compliance reviews. His experience covers industry sectors including financial, retail, manufacturing, insurance, entertainment, transportation and technology.

    Peter Sanford is a Manager in Deloitte’s forensic & dispute services group in Vancouver. He has experience working on hundreds of matters involving discovery readiness, preservation, analysis and reporting on electronic evidence, data processing, hosting of data in web applications and the use of structured and conceptual analytics to assist in prioritizing client data for review. A trusted advisor in the Western Canadian legal community, Peter helps remove the complexity of ediscovery by providing clear communication and reliable project management on complex cases.

    If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Carlos Tyler at or Lisa Evenson at

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  • BCLMA Annual General Meeting

    Date: March 01, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Farris LLP


    The annual general meeting of the British Columbia Legal Management Association will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4’oclock.

    Only representatives of BCLMA member firms are able to vote. Affiliate members are welcome to attend.

    Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

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    Date: March 05, 2018

    Cost: $20.00

    Location: Singleton Reynolds


    Law firms are dizzyingly undifferentiated.  Why?  It’s a big question and not one that can be easily answered.  Differentiation means doing different things, or doing the same things differently.  Presented by Gwen Pengelly, Directory of Marketing & Client Development with Harper Grey, this month’s meeting will focus on why differentiation is important, why it is so difficult to attain by law firms, how to build a strategy to identify your points of differentiation versus points of parity, and more.

    This session will be held at the Singleton Reynolds offices at 1200 – 925 West Georgia Street.

    This event is for BCLMA Marketing affiliates only.

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  • Save the date: Marketing Subsection: Law Firm Differentiation

    Date: March 05, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBA


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  • Making Change Stick

    Date: March 07, 2018

    Cost: $18.00

    Location: Alexander Holburn


    A joint session for IT and Learning and Development subsection affiliates.

    “Change is inevitable and accelerating. Organizations that manage it effectively will pull ahead of their competition.  Change initiatives are time consuming and costly, but by approaching change management with a disciplined approach, organizations can survive and thrive.”

    Source: Project Management Institute (

    You have bought a new piece of software, and/or have implemented a new accounting process, etc. so how do you get people to use the software or follow the new process?  How many of your projects have failed within one to two years because of lack of user adoption?  Well the answer is the disciplined approach known as change management which is a subset of the project management discipline.  In this seminar, Susan Grubmayr will explain the change management process and what it entails, and provide you with strategies you can use to increase adoption rates at your organization.  There will also be a handout listing additional resources where you can learn more about change management.

    Our guest speaker, Susan Grubmayr, is an online UBC instructor in Business Analysis, Project Management and Program Management. She teaches two change management courses: PM Essential Skills and Change Management and Process Implementation. She has been an advisor to Fortune 500 Companies and startups across diverse industries utilizing her 20+ years of experience in Business Analysis, Project Management and Program Management.  Susan is a PMI-Project Manager Professional and Agile Certified ScrumMaster.  She enjoys working with teams and stakeholders to deliver projects, realize benefits and change that sticks. She will share some of her change management successes and lessons learned as part of a 20-person organizational change management board  where she assessed all capital projects and operating initiatives’ for organizational readiness with a portfolio of $200MM capital budget per year. Susan is the principal of Deliverable Consulting. In her spare time, she is learning data science.

    Lunch: salad, sandwiches and dessert squares

    Space is limited to 40. Priority will be given for IT and Learning/Development subsection members.

    For general inquires contact Ann Halkett

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  • BCLMA 2018 Conference & Market Place

    Date: April 20, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East


    BCLMA 2018 Conference
    Law Firm Transformation

    Engage – Plan – Communicate

    The theme of this year’s conference is Law Firm Transformation. As we all know, the practice of law is experiencing one of the most dynamic periods of change in history. Everything from technology to personnel, brick and mortar to partner compensation is on the table. The speed of these changes is daunting, and both lawyers and support staff are exhibiting stress. The conference will be exploring how we can engage our firm members in the process of developing and implementing change, how we can plan the best possible roll out, and how we can communicate effectively at all stages of the project.

    The kick-off Reception on Thursday evening, April 19, 2018, will be all about cocktails, conversation & creativity. We hope you can join us for an opportunity to meet fellow delegates, participate in an entertaining networking activity, and win prizes.

    Using feedback from last conference, we have implemented changes to the conference format:

    • The educational portion of the conference will be presented on Friday, April 20th.
    • We have continued the extended hours for the ever-popular Market Place from 2 to 3 hours, encompassing a networking lunch and a pre-dinner reception.
    • Social Media will once again play an important role in capturing the Conference:
      • Twitter and Instagram hashtag #bclma2018.
      • Instagram contest. Win more great prizes!

    The Conference Committee is excited to have secured three wonderful speakers for the one-day educational Conference.

    • Michelle Ray will start us off with a lively discussion on how to engage your firm members in the up-coming project or change. Michelle will help you understand the reasons people are resistant to change and how best to over-come this very natural impulse. Michelle has kindly provided copies of her book Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life to all conference delegates.
    • The plan portion of our program will be presented by Pamela Hollington of SFU and Rebound Consulting. Pam will provide us with an overview of effective project management. Come learn the tricks of the trade used by professionals to simplify and organize the process. Pam will also lead a hands-on workshop, allowing us to practice the techniques discussed. You will walk away with templates and resources to help with your next project.
    • Our final speaker of the day, Lorraine Behnan, previously an actor and writer with Second City, will give an entertaining and practical presentation on how to efficiently and effectively communicate. Lorraine will be emphasizing two-way conversations which are crucial to achieving goals and building relationships from a place of mutual understanding.

    Along with offering the usual reduction for early bird registrants, we have extended the payment date to January 29, 2018. We are also offering a 10% rebate per registration when there are three or more attendees from the same firm. Every member of your team will benefit from learning techniques that will help transform your firm to meet the demands of law practice in the 21st century.

    This is a great opportunity to engage, plan and communicate. For more information and to register for our conference visit


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  • Save the date: Marketing Subsection: SEO

    Date: April 30, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBA


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  • Save the date: Marketing Subsection: PR/Media Relations

    Date: May 28, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBA


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  • BCLMA Annual Summer Social

    Date: June 07, 2018

    Cost: $0.00 - $85.00

    Location: Bridges Restaurant


    Bridges has, by far, the best patio and view for a social gathering so we’re going back for this years’ summer social. Hopefully the weather will be just a spectacular as it has been the last few years.

    Come raise a glass and enjoy some canapes along with your fellow BCLMA members. This event is a favourite one of many.




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  • Save the date: Marketing Subsection: Project Management

    Date: September 24, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBA


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  • TBD: Marketing Subsection: Social Media

    Date: October 29, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBA


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  • BCLMA Annual Winter Social

    Date: November 29, 2018

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Sutton Place Hotel


    Join us for our Annual Winter Social. A sit down, buffet dinner at the Sutton Place Hotel.

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