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  • Litigation Support: Collecting Data from Social Media & Apps (Rescheduled)

    Date: September 17, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Deloitte


    As business and social activities increasingly migrate to mobile devices, law firms and organizations are challenged to preserve, review and produce digital records that can represent key evidence in a litigation or investigation matter. Deloitte Forensic will present on considerations for data preservation, analysis and review of social media and application data. We will share stories of some of our successes and challenges, and provide you with a playbook for handling social media and app data on your next matter.

    Speaker:  Peter Sanford, Senior Manager, eDiscovery & Forensics, Deloitte

    Lunch Sponsor:  Deloitte


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  • Finance Subsection: Insights from Clio's Legal Trends Report

    Date: September 19, 2019

    Cost: $50.00

    Location: The Law Courts Inn


    Insights from Clio’s Legal Trends Report

    Each year, Clio’s annual Legal Trends Report (LTR) provides new data-driven insights on the practice of law. This year’s report looks closely at legal consumers–what makes them ire? What makes them recommend your services? And what frustrates them most about working with a lawyer?

    Here’s a presentation on key takeaways from this year’s report–plus additional insights and recommendations on how to act on some of our most critical findings.

    In this talk, you’ll learn:

    • How successful firms can incorporate insights from the report into their business and customer service models
    • How client satisfaction impacts business, and what your firm can do to measure it
    • Emerging client experience trends, and quick wins you can implement for better service


    Joshua Lenon is Clio’s Lawyer in Residence. An attorney admitted to the New York Bar, Joshua has worked extensively to education lawyers on how technology can enhance their practices, while also teaching tech companies about the unique needs of legal professionals and organizations.

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  • Litigation Support: ILTA/BCLMA fall social Sept 19 @ 5pm

    Date: September 19, 2019

    Cost: $0.00



    It’s time to take a break from the usual routine and enjoy fall! Please join us for a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres and libations as we meet, mingle and network with our peers and industry representatives.

    SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
    5:00PM — 8:00PM

    Rogue Kitchen & WetBar
    East Side Lounge
    601 West Cordova Street
    Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1G1

    Lisa Evenson 604.895.2866
    Greg Holubowicz 604.331.8324

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  • Incident Response with Modest Resources

    Date: September 26, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Granville Square Meeting Room



    “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Sheriff Brody said it best when he came face to face with the great white shark that was menacing the fictitious town of Amity Island, in Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster, Jaws. Yet the hero was able to stop the shark without a bigger boat. He uses ingenuity and determination.

    The same holds true when it comes to defending against cyber attacks in small to mid-sized law firms. Security operations statistics demonstrate that compared to large law firms, smaller firms generate significantly fewer security incidents, but are close to par when it comes to events requiring an immediate response. But, unlike larger firms with more resources with which to protect client non-public information, small firms can find themselves trapped between cyber attacks like ransomware that do not prejudice based on the size of the firm, and regulators who are indifferent to your size when investigating a potential violation. Nonetheless, smaller firms must use their modest resources wisely to establish and practice incident response. This workshop will be a demonstration of how to effectively respond to a cyber breach or incident both from a technical and a business perspective, and how to mitigate future risks using modest resources


    Mark Sangster from eSentire will be presenting.  Lunch will be provided.

    **Event is hosted in meeting room on north side of main lobby


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  • Marketing Subsection: The Anatomy of a Killer Event!

    Date: September 30, 2019

    Cost: $20.00 - $30.00

    Location: Watson Goepel LLP


    Want to take your law firm client events to the next level? Or maybe you are new to events and want to develop some best practices? This is your chance to learn from the experts who do it every day!

    Please join us for a lively and interactive panel discussion with a group of events professionals with a combined experience of over 50 years, whose sole job at their firms is to plan and execute killer events! Maureen Petrie is the Events and Marketing Specialist at Norton Rose Fulbright, Justin Mui is the Marketing Events Specialist at Fasken, and Kristi Van Binsbergen is the Events Specialist at Borden Ladner Gervais. If it has to do with a law firm event, they’ve seen or done it!

    Takeaways include:

    • Does hosting a client event make sense given my objectives, and what type of event is best?
    • How can I create a solid budget?
    • Help – I’m in guest-list hell!
    • What are they key items I need on my event checklist?
    • How can I measure ROI?
    • What are the current corporate event trends?


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  • The Desperate Need for Open Thinking

    Date: October 03, 2019

    Cost: $95.00 - $115.00

    Location: Four Seasons Hotel


    Society is losing its grip on what matters most: the ability to think. Though the root cause is by no means malicious, we have begun to reward speed over quality, distractedness over focus, action over reflection, and the negative effects suffered in people’s personal and professional lives are beginning to add up. This predicament ought to be a wake-up call for all of us. A return to balance between three components of productive thought is needed; Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Applied Thinking. In other words, how can we ensure people are practicing Open Thinking? “Dream, decide, do, repeat” is the mantra best-selling author Dan Pontefract wants us to consider.

    Guest speaker :   Dan Pontefract

    Dan is the best-selling author of three books: OPEN TO THINK: Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions (2018), THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization (2016) and FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization (2013). Dan is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business.

    He is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

    Previously, as Chief Envisioner of TELUS he founded the Transformation Office in 2014 to help organizations enhance their corporate culture, leadership, learning, work styles & collaboration practices. As Chief Learning Officer at TELUS, Dan was responsible for the overarching leadership, collaboration & learning strategy for the company. Dan championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), a collaborative-based leadership framework for 50,000+ team members. In parallel to these actions he drove a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences learning called “Pervasive Learning” the shift to a social, informal and formal learning model. He further championed the use and deployment of collaborative technologies to complement both the leadership and learning frameworks. Between 2008 and 2018, employee engagement at TELUS soared from 53% to nearly 90%. Dan’s innovation also led to the introduction of the TELUS MBA—run in partnership with the University of Victoria—which allows TELUS team members the opportunity to garner an MBA over a two-year period. The program has won three international awards and delivered new revenues and savings in excess of $300 million.

    His career is interwoven with both corporate and academic experience, coupled with an MBA, B.Ed and multiple industry certifications and accreditations. Dan is also a renowned speaker and has been invited to deliver over 300 external keynotes and presentations, including four TED Talks. In 2012 he appeared on the front cover of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. Dan also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post.

    In 2010, Dan was acknowledged by CLO as a ‘Vanguard Award’ winner and is a 2-time winner by the Corporate University Best in Class Awards of the ‘Leader of the Year’ in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012, SkillSoft awarded Dan the ‘Learning Leader of the Year’ for his work at TELUS and CLO Magazine bestowed the ‘Learning in Practice Innovation Award’ as well. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Brandon-Hall ‘Gold Award in Strategy & Governance’. In 2015, TELUS became a 10-time winner of the prestigious ‘ATD BEST’ award under his leadership and was the first ever recipient of the ATD Hall of Fame distinction. In 2013 and 2014, TELUS also placed in the top ten of the Learning! 100 Awards.

    Previous to his ten years at TELUS he held senior positions over twelve years with SAP, Business Objects, Crystal Decisions and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

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  • Finance Subsection: Money Laundering and Accountants

    Date: October 17, 2019

    Cost: $51.60

    Location: Terminal City Club



    John Ahern is a Vancouver lawyer and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who, among other things, currently serves as National Special Advisor, RCMP Federal Policing Criminal Operations. Prior to returning to private practice in 2017, Mr. Ahern was Senior Crown Counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice for more than 20 years, where his province-wide practice focused on the prosecution of serious financial crime. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Ahern served 17 years as a peace officer with Canada Customs, the Peel Regional Police, and the RCMP, mostly in front line policing and criminal investigations.


    Topic: Money Laundering and Accountants

    Mr. Ahern brings his extensive background in fraud to the topic of money laundering. In his presentation Mr. Ahern will focus on money laundering, accountants and the law firm, including: the role that lawyers and accountants play as gatekeepers to the financial system, the manner in which money launderers seek to exploit lawyers and accountants, and current Law Society of BC anti-money laundering Rules and initiatives. If time allows, we will also cover some current issues of special interest to BC lawyers and accountants, notably the use of real estate transactions and lawyers’ trust accounts to launder the proceeds of crime and evade taxation.


    Seating is limited.

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  • Law Firm Financials

    Date: October 28, 2019

    Cost: $50.50 - $60.50

    Location: Four Seasons Hotel


    This law firm economics overview will bring context to your work and will expand your understanding of the business of law. This session is essential for anyone making a career in law.

    In plain language, you will gain a deeper understanding of revenue and compensation, overhead, budgeting and billing. This session demystifies how money flows inside a law firm and how marketing and other business services departments can directly impact the bottom line. Armed with this knowledge, you will advance your career and ultimately bringing greater value to your firm.

    This session will connect the dots and close the gaps in your current knowledge. You will:

    • Understand why operational excellence matters and which levers you should pull to bring more value to your firm
    • Gain a greater command of law firm finances to enable you to engage in higher level discussions in your firm
    • Improve your budget requests armed with ROI knowledge
    • Reconsider how you identify your most profitable clients

    Presenter Susan Van Dyke has worked in legal management since 1996, first in-house for three different Vancouver law firms, before starting a successful consulting practice that grew to include a marketing agency.  She founded the Vancouver Legal Marketing Roundtable Group which represented more than 10 of Vancouver’s largest law firms. This group developed into the first international chapter of the Legal Marketing Association, and Susan served two terms as Chapter President (2008 and 2009) and is currently serving as President-elect. In 2010, she served as the only Canadian elected to the international Legal Marketing Association Board of Directors in that year.

    Now, with more than 20 years of experience in the legal professional, she has worked on some of the most demanding large-scale projects of the profession and claims to have maintained her sense of humour throughout each challenge. She has advised on and implemented international merger communications, conducted marketing audits, built and enhanced small and massive websites, navigated firms through full-scale corporate identity reviews and more.

    This session will be held in the Four Seasons Hotel at 791 West Georgia Street in Vancouver and will include a working lunch during the presentation.

    We are unable to offer this session on zoom.

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  • Navigating Choppy Waters: B.C.’s Economic Prospects

    Date: November 06, 2019

    Cost: $0.00 - $115.00

    Location: Terminal City Club


    Presentation Description: 

    Amid a weakening global backdrop and escalating trade tensions, the outlook for the B.C. economy has softened recently. The sale of established residential properties and consumer spending have been key soft spots. But with the external economic climate becoming less supportive, activity in the province’s export is also beginning to sag. The B.C. economy, however, is well-positioned to weather choppy waters as it will continue to benefit from reasonably strong population growth, which is helping sustain employment growth .

    The outlook for B.C. over the next couple of years is also bolstered by an unprecedented level of non-residential construction activity, including high levels of government investment in schools, hospitals, and energy and transportation infrastructure. A medium-term concern is the fact that a number of recent tax increases and an increasingly complex regulatory environment are undermining B.C.’s competitive position and prompting businesses to be more cautious about making large capital investments in the province, especially on the land base.

    Guest Speaker – Ken Peacock, Chief Economist & Vice President Business Council of British Columbia


    This event is complimentary for Representatives and their Managing Partner of BCLMA Member Firms. The fee for a guest of a BCLMA Member Firm is $115 inclusive

    Co-Sponsored by BCLMA 2019 Premier Sponsors



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  • Finance Subsection: Law Society Division 7 Rule Changes

    Date: November 21, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBD


    Law Society of BC Division 7 Rule Changes & Review

    Tina Kaminski, Audit Team Leader, Law Society of BC Trust Assurance Department, will be presenting on the topic of the Law Society of BC’s Division 7 rule changes that went into effect on 12 July 2019. She will also respond to questions and cover topics related to the other Division 7 rules.

    Please note that this session will not be available by webinar.

    On 27 November 2019, a CLE BC will be hosting a webinar on the upcoming Division 11 rule changes, with presenter Barbara Buchanan, Law Society of BC Practice Advisor. Please contact CLE BC directly if you are interested in this webinar.

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  • BCLMA Annual Winter Social - Reception Year

    Date: November 28, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Sutton Place Hotel


    Fa la La la la.. BCLMA is holding our annual winter social once again at the Sutton Place Hotel.  It’s a reception year!

    On behalf of the Board of Directors we hope you’ll join us at this festive event.


    PREMIER SPONSORS:           Do Process           RICOH          Shaw Sabey/Metrix (part of the Axis Insurance Group)

    Event Sponsors:                          Hunter West          Systems Auditing          Worldox

    Contributor Sponsors:            Dye & Durham          Jelly Marketing          I-worx          R.Johnson          Southwest Binding

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