BCLMA President's Report
Message From the Board
With the pandemic in our rearview mirror, we were pleased to host our second consecutive 100% in person AGM this year. This year seemed to offer a general return to normalcy, with attendance increasing at in-person subsection and Association events, while we continued to offer virtual attendance options for our membership.
During the AGM Ronda Smyth was elected as a Director and we said goodbye to Robert Sansalone. Thank you to Robert for his time working on the Board. Ronda is the Operations and HR Manager with Wiebe Wittmann Robertson LLP, has been a Small Firms Subsection Co-Chair as well as our long time advertising coordinator for TOPICS Newsletter. In addition, Rubyna Jinnah was nominated as the new President. Thank you, Alexa Kingsmith for your dedication and time spent guiding our Association this past year.
We’ve hosted several events since in the past few months including our second Young Professionals evening at the Greta Arcade Bar in Gastown. It was wonderful to see so many turn out for the event. The insightful educational zoom event “Foundational Reconciliation” with Marissa McIntyre was well received. Make sure to check out the photos in this newsletter issue.
The subsections have been busy with events this spring with round table discussion and topics such as Strategic Learning: From Irrelevant to Influential; Navigating the Law Society of BC’s Client ID and Verification Rules, AI and the Law Firm Library, Effective Time Management, How to Use Powerful Questions and a series of Litigation Technology & eDiscovery webinars. Thank you to all the subsection chairs and co-chairs for your hard work.
Our Summer Social, held at the D6 Lounge at the Parq was attended by 125 members. We are very grateful to all our sponsors who supported this event. Look for photos in the next issue of TOPICS, you’ll see how a good of a time was had by all.
The new BCLMA Conference Committee led by Lorraine Burchynsky has been busy planning our 2024 Conference planned for April 18 & 19, 2024 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Mark your calendar and watch for coming updates with speakers and events.
In summary, it's been a very busy and productive start to the year and we have lots on the go for the remaining part of the year. The Board extends a special thanks to our members who continue to stand by us and engage with us year after year. Happy Summer to all.
BCLMA Board of Directors