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President’s Message

BCLMA President’s Report, Fall 2019

Vision: Elevating leaders in the business of law.

Mission: An educational networking community providing thought leadership and opportunities for information exchange.

A lot has happened since the last president’s message. The Board is working hard to continue to focus on our strategic plan as you’ll see from the updates below.

We have had a busy fall season with our subsections, with a particularly large audience at our HR/Small Firms presentation on an Employer Law Update as well as the Finance subsection presentations on Money Laundering and the Law Firm and Law Society Division 7 Rule Changes.

The Association recently hosted two great events. Our fall educational on October 3rd with speaker Don Pontefract presenting on the ‘Desperate Need for Open Thinking’, which was attended by over 100 members.  Our annual Managing Partners’ event titled ‘Navigating Choppy waters: BC’s Economic Prospects’, presented by Ken Peacock, Chief Economist & VP Business Council of BC was also very well received by over 100 people. This event was offered by Live Stream to our out of town members.

Our annual Winter Social on November 28th is fast approaching and will be a reception and buffet dinner at the Sutton Place Hotel.  It is always wonderful to spend time socially with our peers and our business partners.

The new website is coming along nicely and we’re well into laying out how it will look and feel. We will then move into designing and programming the new features, migrating our content and getting it live. Ultimately, it is our hope the new website will be a vehicle to bring the BCLMA’s benefits to you, no matter where you are in the province.

The Social Media Committee, under the direction of Margaret Cividino, are actively promoting our 2020 Conference through Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Speaking of the BCLMA Conference, I’d like to share this message from our 2020 Conference Chair, Shakti Jeyachandran:

Registration is now open for the April 16-17, 2020 BCLMA Conference!  Our conference title, Facing the Future Together, reflects the collaborative camaraderie of our organization and the sense of community that we share.  At the BCLMA, we pride ourselves in bringing together business professionals from all legal subsections and providing avenues to learn, connect and share knowledge.  A cornerstone of our organization’s offering is the biennial conference.

 The Conference Committee worked diligently to find the right speakers to empower and inspire us and to provide us with real world tactics and practical workshops.  Highlights of our exciting six speaker line-up include:

 Eric Termuende: a globally recognized, and BC based, thought leader and author who will talk to us about how small changes in our perception can have huge impacts on our teams and the organizations where we work.

Linda Edgecombe: who believes that laughter is the way to change how people feel, think and take action.  Linda’s research shows how busy and chaos have become the new working norm and will talk to us about getting back on track with relevant and easy solutions for us, our teams and our organizations.

On behalf of the BCLMA Conference Committee I invite you to join us on April 16-17, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. 

We are often seeking volunteers for various positions within the Association, whether it be as a committee member, subsection chair or member of the Board.  At our upcoming AGM, being held for the first time at our Conference, we will have three vacant Board positions.  Please feel free to call me at 604-647-4162 to find out more about the positions we currently have available, and in the future.

I am very excited to see what 2020 will bring for our Association.

Lorraine Burchynsky, President