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  • BCLMA Facilities Subsection | Considering Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) When Space Planning

    Date: January 19, 2022

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Via Zoom


    As more employees begin returning to the office, research points to heightened employee anxiety stemming from social unrest, COVID-19, and other economic pressures—factors that can negatively impact productivity and overall wellbeing.

    Inclusive organizations know the importance of acknowledging this new reality and the inherent need to create an authentic work environment that makes employees feel safe and valued.

    Aside from operational DEI strategies, companies are considering their physical space to further promote inclusivity and equality to a design that is adaptable to nearly everyone’s needs and abilities (mental & physical).

    In this session, please join us for a presentation and discussion on planning an office space  for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI).

    Facilitator: Synthia Kloot, Chief Operating Officer, Clark Wilson LLP 

    Synthia has worked in a wide variety of industries and multinational organizations to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness.  Prior to Clark Wilson Synthia was the Executive Champion for a North American Diversity & Inclusion Program at Colliers. She has been instrumental in building awareness of the program within Colliers, moving the needle, and empowering teams and individuals to have important conversations on inclusive behaviour in a workplace.

    In 2020 Synthia was awarded the Wendy McDonald Diversity Champion Award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT), and was recently appointed to their Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee where she continues to be an active member.

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  • Marketing Subsection - BD for a Hybrid World

    Date: January 24, 2022

    Cost: $0.00 - $10.00



    BD for a Hybrid World

    Date: January 24, 2022

    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

    Cost: Complimentary for BCLMA members, $10 plus GST for non-members

    Location: Webcast

    The adaptability of law firms has been tested since the beginning of the pandemic and the hybrid-style workplace appears as though it is here to stay. As a result, connecting and building relationships in this era of uncertainty has become vital to maintaining strong business partnerships. Navigating the challenges to thrive in the remote business development space is key to being productive moving forward. We’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss these implications from a variety of perspectives (panel bios below):

    Priscilla Martindale, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Richards, Buell, Sutton LLP
    Claire Walker, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright
    Sharon Murray, Director, Client Relations & Business Development at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

    Topics we’ll cover include:

    • BD Strategy for the interim
    • Lawyer BD engagement
    • Accommodating client comfort levels
    • Events – In-person vs Remote (or both)
    • Learnings from virtual programming
    • Navigating uncertainty
    • Risk aversion and mitigation strategies

    Please join us for a lively discussion.

    Panel Bios

    Priscilla Martindale is a senior marketing professional who has been in legal management for 12 years. She joined RBS in 2016 as the firm’s Marketing & Business Development Manager, where she directs the development and implementation of firm-wide marketing initiatives focused on serving a diverse range of clients. Priscilla is responsible for all external corporate communications, and focuses on business development strategies that drive business. She provides direction to Practice Group Leaders and their teams based on goal-setting and planning, and oversees a business development program for Lawyers, with coaching at its core.

    An active member of the Legal Marketing Association, Priscilla has served 4 consecutive Board terms including President and Co-Chair of Programming for the Western Canadian Region (previously named the Vancouver Chapter). She was invited to be the sole Canadian representative to sit on the International Legal Marketing Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she is now serving a third term.

    Claire Walker is the Marketing and Business Development Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright responsible for supporting the firm’s Vancouver office and Canadian litigation and disputes practice group.

    In her role, Claire develops and executes strategic go-to-market plans for different practice areas and sectors at regional, national and global levels. Claire manages a team and provides guidance and advice to business leaders to deliver initiatives that support Norton Rose Fulbright’s organizational objectives. Claire has 15 years of marketing and business development experience, with over a decade of that in the ever-changing legal industry. A proven leader, Claire is past president of the Legal Marketing Association’s Western Canada region.

    Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Claire worked in marketing roles at global organizations including The Coca Cola Company and Dassault Systemes.

    Sharon Murray is a Director, Client Relations & Business Development at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She is responsible for the firmwide strategic direction and execution of business development, communication and marketing activities for a number of Blakes practice groups, industry teams and international initiatives. She also leads the events team and select projects including the marketing of the Firm’s innovation initiative and diversity programming.

    Sharon graduated in law before studying marketing and joining the graduate program of an international beverage company. She has worked in marketing for over 30 years and has held senior roles in FTSE 100 companies and professional services organizations in the U.K., including Barclays Bank PLC, BT PLC and Orange S.A.; a division of France Telecom S.A, as well as acting as a consultant to businesses in a variety of industry sectors in the U.K. and Canada.

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  • BCLMA KM Subsection - Expand your legal knowledge with vLex

    Date: January 26, 2022

    Cost: $0.00



    Date: January 26, 2022, 12pm-1pm

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: via Zoom

    Following a swift global expansion, vLex grew its Canadian team in May 2021 with the addition of Tom Atkinson. Previously part of the Justis Publishing group, Tom heads the new division to build and expand key operations and support a growing audience of Canadian customers. Tom will join us to talk about how they are using AI to help assist legal research.

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  • BCLMA Educational Event - Ignite Your Leadership with the Power of Presence

    Date: February 03, 2022

    Cost: $47.00 - $52.00

    Location: Sheraton Guilford


    Have you ever met someone with a commanding presence and wondered how they were so confident
    and self assured? They walk into a room and people notice. When they talk, people listen.

    Presence is one of those things that it’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it. It’s about
    connecting through effective communication and showing your true self in the moments that matter.

    People with presence act with intention. They adapt. They show their authenticity through what they say and do. They not only look confident and comfortable, but they can speak clearly and persuasively, even under pressure.

    The truth is, anyone can learn to how to feel confident with some subtle shifts in our minds and bodies. It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition, because presence is a building block of leadership, no matter what your title or position is.

    In this session, you’ll learn specific tips and techniques to help you feel ready and confident when it’s
    your time to speak. With a little bit of courage and practice, you too can ignite your leadership
    presence and make a big impact.

    From this session, participants will learn how to:
    • Show up and communicate authentically under pressure for maximum influence and impact.
    • Control your nerves, and negative self-talk so you can show up and be your best self when the
    pressure is on.
    • Dial into your non-verbal communication so you can communicate persuasively and positively.
    • Customize your message and approach for maximum impact with your audience
    • The #1 tip to regain your confidence when you find yourself slipping under pressure

    Facilitator: Diane A. Ross

    Diane is a certified executive coach, professional leadership mentor, facilitator, and difficult
    conversations expert. For over 15 years Diane has been teaching leaders and individual contributors
    how to communicate with confidence, poise, and power. She has trained in Difficult Conversations, and
    mediation at Harvard Law School.

    Through her one-on-one coaching and workshops, she uses a wide variety of tools and interactive
    activities to guide clients and learners towards changing their thinking and taking a more effective
    approach towards communication.

    Diane partners with clients to uncover their needs and can customize programs designed to help them
    achieve their specific personal or organizational goals. She is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach with
    extensive experience coaching individuals and teams through strengths-based leadership development.

    Health & Safety Protocols in place.

    This session is not available by zoom.

    Co-Sponsored by BCLMA 2022 Premier Sponsors


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  • BCLMA Summer Social - NEW DATE

    Date: June 02, 2022

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: D6 Lounge – Parc Vancouver


    Join your fellow BCLMA member on the Patio of D6 Lounge in the Parc Vancouver Hotel.



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