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  • Three Cs of Effective Leadership: Lessons Learned from the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie

    Date: November 04, 2020

    Cost: $0.00 - $95.00

    Location: Terminal City Club


    This event is being offered by Zoom Webinar both in person or at the location of your choice. Representatives & Managing Partners may attend in person, limited to 40, safe distance protocals in place. Register on the website to attend in person. To attend in your office email your registration to

    In these challenging times, there are certain requirements of good leaders to build and hold together effective organizations. Norm’s presentation will address his philosophies as to the three most important elements of firm building:

    Core Values
    Consistency of values and actions

    Norm will provide numerous examples from day to day management and will also address various other rules of thumb for effective leadership including the ‘rule of thirds’ and the need to bat .750 – no more, no less – in order to remain effective.

    Guest Speaker: Norm Bacal

    Norman is the author of the nonfiction debut Globe and Mail bestseller, “Breakdown”, about the meteoric rise and devastating downfall of prestigious Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie, once home to Canada’s top lawyers, including former Prime Ministers, Jean Chrétien and Pierre Trudeau. Bacal founded the Toronto office of that firm in 1989 and in 1997, became the national co-managing partner, expanding their operations and clout internationally. He also served on the board of directors for Lionsgate Entertainment 10 years.

    His debut fiction novel, “Odell’s Fall” was called “a page-turning potboiler of a read” by former HBO Pictures President, Robert Cooper.  Bacal brings to writing his experience as one of Canada’s leading tax attorneys in the entertainment business.  He has helped to finance countless Canadian films and television programs and a number of Hollywood studio pictures.  In addition to writing, Bacal is a frequent speaker at law schools and forums.  He regularly delivers keynote speeches at corporate retreats, and has taken part in several roundtable discussions featuring prominent experts in firm management, growth and development.  Some of his topics include “Learning to Lead,” Building a Firm,” “The Importance of Culture and Values,” and “Building a Career.”

    Born in Montreal in 1956, Bacal graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law in 1980. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife, Sharon, a portrait artist. The couple have four children.


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  • Marketing Subsection - LMA Event Announcement – 2020 Conference De-Brief

    Date: November 05, 2020

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Via Zoom


    The Legal Marketing Association (“LMA”) offers a number of seminars throughout the year focused on all things Legal Marketing at a reduced ticket rate for BCLMA members.

    Didn’t make it to the LMA Virtual Conference this year?

    Join us for our annual debrief session! As always, you can look forward to a high-level overview of the key takeaways from the first virtual conference. Our panelists, who attended safely from the comfort of their offices and homes, will discuss the following sessions:

    • Chief Marketing and Business Development Officers as Change Agents
    • Internal Communications in an Age of Dispersion
    • Pathways to Leadership: The Convergence of Service and Career Leadership in Times of Uncertainty


    Susan Van Dyke, Principal – Van Dyke Marketing 


    Nicole Lougheed, Senior Marketing Manager – Roper Greyell LLP

    Kenzie McGowan, Manager of Content & Social Media – Fasken

    Johanna Mills, Business Development and Marketing Manager – Watson Goepel LLP

    Date:         November 5, 2020

    Time:        12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Location:  Zoom (link will be provided upon successful registration)

    Register here.

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  • Employment Law Update

    Date: November 18, 2020

    Cost: $0.00



    We would like to invite you to attend our November 18, 2020 sub-section meeting, which will be our annual Employment Law Update.  Our guest speaker, Nicole Howell, partner at HHBG Lawyers, a boutique employment firm, will touch on current topics that are of interest in the employment law realm.  Nicole is one of the founding partners of HHBG lawyers.  Her practice covers all matters arising prior to, during, or after employment.  This includes employment contract review, termination, negotiating severance packages,  constructive dismissal, allegations of cause, worker status (ie. employee vs. independent contractor),  and non-competition or non-solicitation agreements.

    Nicole will be sharing the following:


    • ESA amendments (in response to Covid)
    • Managing Work Refusals (re Covid)
    • Potential Claims (e.g. forced temp lay offs, frustration, notice period)


    • Important employment cases of 2020

    This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.  You can expect the link to be provided 3 – 5 days before the event.

    We ask the you kindly register by using the calendar of events page on the BCLMA website by November 13, 2020. This subsection event is free of cost to all BCLMA members and to non-members from member firms.

    Should you have any questions, please contact Bria Taker or Marketa Rumlena, Human Resources Subsection Co-chairs.


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  • Facilities Subsection

    Date: November 18, 2020

    Cost: $0.00



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  • BCLMA Annual Winter Social Reception - Postponned until November, 2021

    Date: November 19, 2020

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Sutton Place Hotel


    The BCLMA Board has cancelled this years’ winter social due to the restrictions on social gatherings.

    Generously supported by:



                                   zsa Legal Recruitment



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  • Save the Date: Marketing Subsection Virtual Panel Discussion

    Date: November 24, 2020

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: Via Zoom


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  • BCLMA Summer Social

    Date: June 03, 2021

    Cost: $0.00

    Location: D6 Lounge – Parc Vancouver


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

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