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  • BCLMA - Small Firms Subsection Meeting - Leading Difficult Conversations

    Date: June 27, 2019

    Cost: $56.70

    Location: Four Seasons Hotel


    The Small Firms Subsection would like to invite you to attend our last meeting before we all head off for the summer.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019, and will touch upon the topic of “Leading Difficult Conversations”.

    Ever walk away from an exchange with a senior partner or other staff member frustrated that you aren’t able to get what you need from the discussion? This is one of the most common areas that many of us need help with — navigating difficult conversations with colleagues. Our wiring tends to sell us short in being able to navigate these situations effectively. Rather than avoid these conversations or that person, we want to build your confidence to be able to lead a difficult conversation to a successful outcome.

    We will consider some typical obstacles to our “willingness” to lead a difficult conversation with someone. While recognizing that power and influence play a role, some battles may not be worth taking. We also need to know how to represent our interests in a situation. We will look at how to reframe key messages to be helpful, hopeful and inviting solutions, as well as look at how we can improve our listening skills.

    Our guest speaker, Joanne Spalton of Haekka Leadership, is a Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach.

    Joanne has over 20 years of experience working with leaders inside organizations interested in improving what they are doing.  She is proud to have worked for over 10 years as a leadership development consultant, facilitator and coach, across a range of industries — high tech, government, legal, software development, manufacturing, engineering, and not-for-profit, private, public and cooperative. Value and impact are the hallmarks of her work and that of Haekka Leadership.

    Joanne is a fully trained coach through the Coaches Training Institute. She maintains a CHRP designation with the Chartered Professionals of HR BC. She holds a post-degree diploma from BCIT as well as a baccalaureate degree Political Science and English from the University of Victoria.

    We are excited to hear from Joanne, a new presenter to the BCLMA and look forward to seeing you all there.

    Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
    Time: 11:45 am
    Place: The Four Seasons
    Cost: $56.70 per person (inclusive of GST). Please make cheques payable to BCLMA.  Cheques can be mailed to the BCLMA in advance or brought to the session.


    Starter:  Soba Noodle Salad:  Edamame, Shiitake, Carrot, Snap Peas, Soy-Mirin Dressing

    Entrée:  Herb Crusted Ling Cod:  Sautéed Baby Potatoes, Broccolini, Capers, Olives, Confit Tomato (Nut Free, Dairy Free)

    Dessert:  Trio of Desserts

    We ask that you please register by using the calendar of events page on the BCLMA website by January 18, 2019.

    If you have any dietary restrictions, please advise in your RSVP.

    If you should have any questions, please contact Rubyna Jinnah, Chair of the Small Firms Subsection ( or Ronda Smyth, Co-Chair of the Small Firms Subsection (

    Please come out and support the Small Firms Subsection meeting by attending this session.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

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  • Data Analytics (Finance Subsection)

    Date: September 19, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBD


    Data Analytics

    Our speaker will present on the topic of data analytics, with a focus on Clio, a legal practice management, CRM, and client intake program.

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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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  • Fraud: Money Laundering (Finance Subsection)

    Date: October 17, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBD


    Fraud: Money Laundering

    Our speaker is a Vancouver lawyer, former crown counsel, and former peace officer, with an extensive background in fraud and money laundering. His presentation will hone in on the special issues related to money laundering and the law firm.

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  • TBD (Finance Subsection)

    Date: November 21, 2019

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: TBD




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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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