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  • Finance Subsection: Money Laundering and the Law Firm

    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.


    Money Laundering and the Law Firm
    Mr. Ahern brings his extensive background in fraud to the topic of money laundering. In his presentation Mr. Ahern will focus on money laundering 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.

    Non-BCLMA members can register by emailing BCLMA:

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  • “KM through the Lens of a Lawyer" RESCHEDULED FOR October 17th, 2019

    Date: October 17, 2019

    Cost: $15.00

    Location: Blakes


    Please join us on October 17th, 2019 for the KM subsection event: “KM through the Lens of a Lawyer”

    Daniel McElroy of Dentons will talk about his role as a practice support lawyer and  will lead a discussion about how we can encourage lawyers and other important contributors to recognize and engage in KM and  how we get them to add to the knowledge base and use it in their daily work.  Dan’s presentation will provide time for discussion, so that members can brainstorm with and learn from each other.

    Dan is a Practice Support lawyer at Dentons, with a focus on corporate, capital markets and corporate governance matters. Dan works with the firm’s Corporate-Commercial group to improve access to and sharing of firm knowledge, as well as on research projects and legal updates.



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  • The LMA invites you to their 2019 General Counsel Panel event

    Date: October 23, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: McCarthy Tétrault


    The Legal Marketing Association, Western Canada Region, invites BCLMA members to the 2019 General Counsel Panel on Wednesday October 23rd from 4:00 – 6:30 pm at McCarthy Tetrault’s Vancouver offices. Tickets for BCLMA members are $20. Further details are below. To register please click here.

    If you have any difficulties registering, please reach out to

    2019 General Counsel Panel

    As competition intensifies in the legal industry, in-house lawyers have increased options and buying power when determining who will fulfill their internal and external support needs.

    Join us for an interactive discussion with in-house leaders as we explore their thoughts on the future of the legal industry. Topics to consider:

    • Client service delivery and the evolving needs of in-house counsel in today’s marketplace
    • The impact of alternative legal service providers and the big four accounting firms in legal
      Advances in legal service delivery through innovative technologies and collaboration
    • Price sensitivity, AFAs, and decision making in today’s legal market


    Jean Cumming, Market Director and Editor-in-Chief at Lexpert Magazine


    Alice Davidson
    Alice Davidson is the Vice-President and General Counsel at Mogo – a financial technology company offering a finance app that empowers consumers with simple solutions to help them get in control of their financial health. Prior to her role at Mogo, she was an associate in the Corporate/Securities group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Alice has supported Mogo from a legal & compliance perspective in the launch of all six of Mogo’s current products and in its expansion across Canada. She serves as Mogo’s Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer and Privacy Officer.

    Nicola-Jane McNeill
    Nicola-Jane McNeill is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Impark. She led a seven-member corporate Legal Department, responsible for overseeing budget and legal expenditures, managing relationships with external counsel, administering contract negotiations and managing processes and developing systems for efficient service delivery.

    Lisa Skakun
    As General Counsel and Chief Corporate Development Officer, Lisa Skakun is responsible for all legal, corporate development, public affairs and corporate governance-related functions at Coast Capital Savings.  In 2017 she was a recipient of the Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Women in Law and in 2015 was named to Canada’s Diversity 50 list by the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She is also the recipient of the Association of Women in Finance’s PEAK award for “Rising Star” and the National Post Award for “Tomorrow’s Leader” at the Western Canada General Counsel Awards.

    Kieran Moore 

    Kieran Moore is a director on the legal team at lululemon, since May 2013.  During this time, lululemon has quickly grown to be one of the world’s most iconic and valuable brands. Kieran is responsible for guiding lululemon’s global intellectual property protection and litigation. He is the past chairperson of the Fashion Industry Group of the International Trademark Association, and leads lululemon’s Fit to Practice, which brings lawyers and law students together to sweat and explore mindfulness in connection with legal practice.

    Date:         October 23, 2019

    Time:        4:00 – 5:15 | Panel discussion

    5:15 – 6:30 | Reception

    Location:  McCarthy Tétrault, Vancouver Office

    745 Thurlow Street, Suite 2400

    Vancouver, BC

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  • Small Firms Subsection - Round Table and Call for Nominations

    Date: October 24, 2019

    Cost: $36.75

    Location: HHBG Lawyers


    Hi Everyone,

    Ronda Smyth and I have been co-chairing the BCLMA Small Firms Subsection for the past two years.  It has been a privilege to work with each of you during this time, but sadly, we are both stepping down at the end of the year, and are looking for volunteers who would like to become actively involved in planning the subsection activities and co-chair this subsection.  This is an amazing opportunity to enhance your career, gain valuable professional experience, network with others in the same field and plan relevant and interesting subsection activities.  If you are interested in putting your name forward as a nominee to serve as a co-chair for the 2020 term, we want to hear from you.  Please email both Ronda Smyth ( and myself ( as soon as possible.  If we receive a lot of interest, we will circulate the list of nominees to everyone along with information about them. Both Ronda and myself are available to discuss if you have any questions.

    This will also serve as notice that we will hold a round table meeting for any small firm members that want to attend.  We will discuss and brainstorm topics for your new chairs for the upcoming year.

    This meeting will be held at HHBG Lawyers, located at #1918 – 1030 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver.


    Lunch will be served.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you on October 24!

    Rubyna Jinnah


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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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  • Litigation Support: Reimagining Review - October 29 @ 11:30am - 1pm

    Date: October 29, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Miller Thomson LLP


    If you have any questions please contact:

    Lisa Evenson

    Greg Holubowicz

    Reimagining Review – Disrupting Traditional Models

    October 29, 2019

    11:30AM — 1:00PM




    Technological changes can have a substantial impact on business models and client expectations. We will examine how technology can fundamentally disrupt traditional review and business models. In turn, it can also provide opportunities for law firms and corporate legal departments.

    Join us for an interactive presentation as we discuss:

    • How to reduce the cost of ediscovery and provide clients with a better work product
    • How new review and business models can create increasingly marketable skill sets and practice areas for paralegals

    Also, Crystal will provide an update on the ULCC project!


    Crystal O’Donnell – CEO and Senior Counsel, Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP


    Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP


    Miller Thomson LLP
    Pacific Centre
    400 – 725 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5


    Tracy McBride

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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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  • Benefits Trends – one size doesn’t fit all. Key Considerations for the Legal Sector

    Date: November 13, 2019

    Cost: $50.50

    Location: Four Seasons Hotel


    Please join us for our November 13th session where we will be joined by Dimitra Tsourpis and Roey Nevile of Aon Health Solutions, for a discussion: “Benefits Trends – one size doesn’t fit all. Key Considerations for the Legal Sector” Many legal firms are considering their strategies for benefits plan management in 2019 and beyond. Faced with competing for talent from industries outside of legal, the challenge of balancing member needs and wants with changing workplaces and escalating plan costs, legal employers should prepare for a number of issues in the near future.

    In this session, we will explore:

    • Current benefits landscape and benefit priorities for employers
    • Key challenges for the legal sector
    • Creative design solutions in response to competitive pressures for talent
    • Best practices and trends in employee benefits design and management including an overview of the emerging virtual health solutions

    Dimitra is an AVP in the Health Solutions practice of Aon. She has over 20 years of experience in the human resources consulting business, with experience in both group benefits and pension consulting. She specializes in client relationship management, strategic health and wellness, and program governance, for national and international clients. In recent years she’s focused on helping plan sponsors modernize programs so that they continue to support overall talent and business goals. Dimitra started her career as an actuarial analyst after graduating from the University of Calgary with a degree in Actuarial Science. Dimitra also holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba.

    Roey is an AVP in the Health Solutions practice of Aon. She has over 14 years of experience in Total Rewards and specializes in employee benefits. Roey works with clients of all sizes and industries with commitment and an innovative approach. Roey started her career in Human Resources after graduating from BCIT with a Post Diploma in Human Resource Management. Roey also holds a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and holds both the Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Designation (CEBS).

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  • Finance Subsection: Law Society Division 7 Rule Changes

    Date: November 21, 2019

    Cost: $51.60

    Location: Terminal City Club


    Tina Kaminski,
    CPA (CGA), CFE, is an audit team leader in the Law Society of BC’s Trust Assurance Department. She is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist. Recently, her focus has been on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) new model rules and the integration of those model rules with the Law Society of BC’s Rules. She has been invited to teach trust accounting at the Law Courts Center and has facilitated other courses across BC.

    Law Society of BC Division 7 Rule Changes & Review
    Ms. Kaminski will present on the topic of the Law Society of BC’s Division 7 rule changes, which went into effect on 12 July 2019. As well, she will respond to questions and cover topics related to the other Division 7 rules.

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

    Registration Start: 11:00AM
    Event Start: Noon

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  • BCLMA Annual Winter Social

    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.  This years event will be a reception with a buffet dinner.

    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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