BC Legal Innovation Forum
December 04, 2018 | 8:30am-4:00pm | Vancouver Law Courts Inn, 800 Smith Street 

The forum will focus on the drivers and impacts of change underway in the province's legal sector and will include panels and presentations by innovators at law firms, in-house legal departments, and tech companies. Register to attend and be part of this important discussion! 

This event qualifies for 8 CPD credits and includes 3 Ethics credits.

Founding Partners: Epiq and Hunter West Legal Recruitment.

Additional details and registration information available.


October 23, 2018 | 12:30-2:00pm | Allard School of Law (Room 122), 1822 East Mall

The #MeToo movement is changing how we talk about equality, sexual assault, and harassment in the workplace. Gender is becoming a complex and highly relevant issue for the future viability of companies. This session will tackle the difficult questions facing corporations in the #MeToo era, providing both practical tools for boards and individuals to mitigate risks as well as strategies to navigate (and change) intersectional power dynamics and unconscious biases embedded in corporate culture.

Speakers: Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law. Professor Liao is the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, past Bertram Scholar of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a former New York corporate M&A lawyer. She is a steering committee member of the Themis International Network of Female Business Scholars and a contributing author to the book, Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Shona McGlashan, Chief Governance Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op. Co-hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. Shona McGlashan brings over 20 years’ of experience in her role as Chief Governance Officer of Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, where she oversees MEC's governance, corporate reporting, privacy, and diversity & inclusion portfolios.  Shona was previously the Executive Director for the Vancouver Police Board and worked in the UK House of Commons, providing professional support to MPs. and parliamentary committee.

Co-Presented by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, the Centre for Business Law, and the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. No cost to attend. Please RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca. Open to the public. 


Access to Justice:  Lowering Costs and Reducing Time to Trial
September 19, 2018 | 12:30pm | Terrace Lounge, Fourth Floor, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall 

Please join us for a lecture by the Hon. Mr. Justice Henry Carr, Chancery Division of the High Court of England & Wales 

This talk will focus on a topic that receives less attention than it deserves. Lord Bingham identified 8 principles underpinning the rule of law in his 2012 lecture to the Royal Society, one of which was that: “Means must be provided for resolving, without prohibitive cost or inordinate delay, bona fide civil disputes which the parties themselves are unable to resolve”. Recent changes in the UK in intellectual property (IP) litigation are of interest in achieving this objective. This talk will discuss a number of issues related to access to justice and IP, including options on the menu in the UK (namely the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the shorter trial scheme, and Patents Court trials); the Patents Court Practice Statement; witness statements instead of evidence in chief; approach to disclosure and proposed reform; confidentiality and open justice; admissibility of fresh evidence on appeal; and on-line courts.

Sir Henry Carr studied jurisprudence at Hertford College Oxford and obtained an LLM from the University of British Columbia for a thesis on legal protection of computer programs. He was called to the Bar in 1982 and took Silk in 1998. He specialised in all aspects of intellectual property law. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007 and was chairman of the Intellectual Property Bar Association from 2012 until his appointment to the High Court Bench, Chancery Division, in October 2015. Sir Henry is one of the three High Court judges assigned to the Patents Court, which hears the most complex patent cases, as well as trademark, design and copyright cases.


IP and the Big Picture 
September 18, 2018 | 5:30-6:30pm | Aspen Room, Third Floor, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Please join us for a lecture by the Hon. Mr. Justice Henry Carr, Chancery Division of the High Court of England & Wales 

Intellectual property practitioners have great specialist expertise. However, just as no person is an island, no area of law can be viewed in isolation. It is important for judges and advocates to search for principles beyond their own areas of expertise. This talk is intended to be light-hearted and to provoke debate. Mr Justice Henry Carr will recount some of his experiences, as a QC and then a judge, of the subjects under discussion. The theme, however, is serious. Henry will argue for the benefits of cross-fertilisation between intellectual property and the general law. A comparison of approaches between the UK and Canada will be made as each jurisdiction has much to learn from the other. Henry will consider the following topics: passing off; patents (claim scope and the doctrine of equivalents); copyright and fair dealing; and final injunctive relief. 

Sir Henry Carr studied jurisprudence at Hertford College Oxford and obtained an LLM from the University of British Columbia for a thesis on legal protection of computer programs. He was called to the Bar in 1982 and took Silk in 1998. He specialised in all aspects of intellectual property law. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007 and was chairman of the Intellectual Property Bar Association from 2012 until his appointment to the High Court Bench, Chancery Division, in October 2015. Sir Henry is one of the three High Court judges assigned to the Patents Court, which hears the most complex patent cases, as well as trademark, design and copyright cases.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. There is no cost to attend this event.

Please RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca by September 14, 2018.


Business Law: Working with Public Companies - an Introduction to Life as a Securities Lawyer
September 11, 2018 | 12:30-1:30pm | Davis Hall Room 104, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall 

What it Means to be a Securities Lawyer in Vancouver

Do you know the difference between a prospectus and the PPSA? Do you wonder what the M in M&A stands for? Did you learn everything you know about being a solicitor in Crim class? Are you unsure of what to ask when a business lawyer says “Do you have any questions for us?” in an OCI? If you relate to any of these questions – you’re not alone!

Securities law is a big part of the practice of law in Vancouver but unless you choose to take an upper year course on the subject, you may never learn what it really involves. Come listen to Andrew McLeod and Steve McKoen talk about their securities law practices at Blakes. The information they impart will be relevant for any downtown firm and any other major market in North America. If you have ever been curious about this fast-paced area of corporate law, come get the straight goods on what it means to be a securities lawyer in Vancouver.

Lunch will be provided.


Responsible Business and the Law: 2nd Annual Academic-Practitioner Roundtable
July 19, 2018 | 2:00-5:00pm | Sauder School of Business, UBC, 9th Floor, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver

The Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the UBC Sauder School of Business is pleased to host its second annual Roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law. Hear from academics and practitioners with expertise in diverse areas of the law fueling rising expectations of responsibility by business. The event takes place on Thursday July 19 from 2-5pm at UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver. The event is complimentary but space is limited. Please RSVP to christie.stephenson@sauder.ubc.ca to attend.

Topics and Presenters:

What Business Needs to Know about Privacy Law, Janina Kon, Legal Counsel and Principal at Streamline Counsel

Responsible Business in Historical Perspective: The Changing Roles of Law and Markets, Camden Hutchison, Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law

Aboriginal Law: Compensation Principles and Opportunities for Economic Development, Kirk Gehl, Associate, Callison & Hanna aboriginal law firm

Say on Purpose: Lessons from Chinese Corporate Charters, Li-Wen Lin, Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law

Legal Pedagogy for Business Students: Ethics and Challenges, Ellen McIntosh, Lecturer in Law, UBC Sauder School of Business

Moderator: Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law, and UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar with the UBC Sauder Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics

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Making Sense of Corporate Law and Social Enterprise
April 23, 2018 | 12:00pm | HA 968, Sauder School of Business, UBC

The Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics is pleased to host a research talk by Dr. Carol Liao, the Centre’s UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar, and an Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law.

The proliferation of businesses self-identifying as “social enterprises” has led to some confusion as to what is and is not permissible under Canadian corporate law. Liao will dispel some legal myths in business, and unpack the growing "Americanization" of privately regulating good business within the backdrop of social enterprise laws that are developing across the world. In recent years, there have been significant lobbying efforts for Canada to implement a corporate legal model similar to the American benefit corporation in order to enhance the development of social enterprise. Yet many of the fundamental legal characteristics of the benefit corporation are already reflected in existing Canadian corporate laws, and in some instances Canadian laws are comparatively more progressive. Liao will offer ways in which Canadian legislators should approach the implementation of laws designed to support social enterprise and values-driven business, to better address Canadian social and legal needs.

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Transforming the Justice System: Changing processes and maintaining principles
April 5, 2018 | 12:30pm | The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver

Presented by the Law Courts Inn as part of the “Lunching with Leaders” discussion series.

Guest speaker: Karen Tan, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, London, England.

Join “Lunching with Leaders” for a CPD accredited round-table discussion on transforming the justice system while maintaining the core principles that underpin it. The courts in England and Wales have embarked on an ambitious £1 billion ($1.7 billion) court reform program that covers all jurisdictions and touches every aspect of the system, from case management processes to online civil claims, to reducing the need of physical court space. Karen Tan is the Senior Behavioural Scientist figuring out how public and professional users will adapt to radical changes when justice is delivered in a modern way. Read more.

Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $15 for students (lunch included). Students interested in attending should contact Diana at diana@lawcourtsinn.com.


The Death and Life of the State and Local Tax Deduction
March 23, 2018 | 12:30-2:00pm | David Brine Class of 1973 Seminar Room (Room 115), Allard Hall

Part of the Tax Law and Policy Workshop Speaker Series

Guest speaker: Daniel Hemel, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

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Lunch will be served.


Panel Discussion | Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice
March 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm | Four Seasons Hotel, Le Pavillon, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver

Please join us for a panel discussion of central themes presented in Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice by Cristie Ford with a distinguished group of panelists:

  • Amy Cohen, Professor, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University;
  • Donald Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; and
  • Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, Director, Center for Corporate and Securities Law, University of San Diego School of Law.

Description: From social media to mortgage-backed securities, innovation carries both risk and opportunity. Groups of people win, and lose, when innovation changes the ground rules. Innovation can obscure and sideline our normative priorities. It also throws up profound regulatory challenges. Looking beyond formal politics, this book argues that we need to recognize innovation, and financial innovation in particular, as a central challenge for regulation. Read more.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits.

Panel: 5:30-7:00pm
Reception: 7:00-7:30pm


March 6, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Room 106, Allard Hall

Join the Centre for Business Law to hear from Carla Swansburg and Simon Wormwell of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as they discuss the impact of technology and innovation on the practice and business of law. Topics of conversation will include:

  • What pressures are law firms facing?
  • Can large law firms be innovative?
  • How will legal practice change in the future?
  • What will these changes mean for legal careers?
  • How can you stay informed and get involved?

Lunch will be provided.

Carla Swansburg, Director , Practice Innovation, Pricing & Knowledge | Toronto
Carla leads teams responsible for practice innovation, training, pricing, knowledge management, enterprise information management, and library and research services. She is responsible for a number of innovation initiatives at Blakes, including the Blakes Innovation Council and managing the Firm's partnership with LawMade, designed to promote legal innovation. She also co-manages Blakes inSource, the Firm's alternative service delivery business. Carla practiced law in the litigation group of another large law firm and then led the in-house litigation team for one of Canada’s largest banks before joining Blakes.

Simon Wormwell, Director , Knowledge & Research Services | Toronto
Simon is responsible for knowledge management at Blakes and related aspects of the Firm's practice support and innovation functions. This includes oversight of knowledge management at the practice level across the Firm. Simon also leads the library and research services in the Firm’s Toronto office. Simon practiced law in the financial services group of a large Canadian law firm for six years. Prior to joining Blakes in 2013, he worked as a knowledge management lawyer in the transactional practice of another national firm for seven years.


Fintech Revolution – Competitors or Collaborators to Banks?
February 20, 2018 | 5:00-7:00pm | Le Pavillion, Four Seasons Hotel

Please join us to hear from leaders in the legal and business communities as they discuss the fast-moving world of fintech. Topics will include fintech’s strengths, the democratization of financial services, and the role of regulators in this space. Our panelists will also discuss the relationship between traditional financial institutions and finech, in terms of both competition and collaboration. Lastly, opportunities and risks for consumers and society-at-large will be considered.

Moderator: Cristie Ford, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law.


  • Ryan Austin, Deputy General Counsel & SVP Regulatory Affairs, Hyperwallet Systems Inc;
  • Cameron Burke, Managing Director, Technology Sector, PwC Canada;
  • Lynne Charbonneau, Deputy General Counsel, Retail Banking & Wealth Management Legal Department, HSBC Bank Canada;
  • Michael Reid, Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, McMillan LLP; and
  • Lisa Shields, CEO, FI.SPAN.

Event details:
February 20, 2018
Panel Discussion: 5:00-6:30pm
Reception: 6:30-7:00pm
Le Pavillion, Four Seasons Hotel 791 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC

Cost: $40 + GST, no charge for UBC faculty, staff, and students.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits.


Comparing Corporate Law in Canada and the US. Lecture by Camden Hutchison, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law
February 16, 2018 | 12:30-1:30pm | UBC Robson Square

Although American and Canadian corporate law share many similarities, they are also marked by important differences. One major difference is that while the landscape of American corporate law is dominated by the state of Delaware, Canadian law has been influenced instead by federal legislation. Assistant Professor Hutchison's lecture will explore the history of this difference by focusing on two questions. First, why did federal corporate law never emerge in the United States? Second, and equally important, why is there no Canadian Delaware?

Lunch will be provided. Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.


The Changing Politics of Central Banking: Lecture by Professor Riles, Cornell University
February 15, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Lecture by Professor Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies & Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University. 

Central banks are now suffering from a crisis in public confidence and public legitimacy. New populist and nationalist movements have made a target of central banks and central bankers as a source of popular malaise. Consumers and workers anxious about future economic risks are increasing skeptical about the “science” of monetary policy and suspicious that central bankers serve the interests of a few at the expense of the rest. On the right and on the left, new civil society groups are challenging the notion—accepted by most for a generation—that when it comes to the regulation of the economy, expertise confers legitimacy. Addressing this legitimacy crisis is as urgent a macro-prudential matter as any other on the agenda of central banks today.

As an anthropologist and a lawyer who has studied the culture of central banking and the social relationship between financial regulators and other market participants for twenty years, Professor Riles sees this crisis of legitimacy as a problem of a cultural divide. It is a problem of culture as much as it is a problem of law. To address this crisis we need a new concept of financial citizenship and a new collaboration between experts and publics.


15th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference
February 8 & 9, 2018 | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia Street

The Annual Review of Insolvency Law (ARIL) offers a collection of articles from today's experts, both academic and practicing. Authors weigh in on the most timely debates, discuss future implications of current rules and trends, and scrutinize the practical implications of recent proceedings. Each person attending the ARIL conference receives the most recent volume as part of their registration fee.

This year's conference will take place on February 9, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. An opening reception will be held on February 8, 2018 in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Pacific Ballroom. Conference attendees are welcome to come to Vancouver a few hours early and see the final oral competition round of the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot being held at the nearby BC Court of Appeal, (800 Smithe Street) which will feature the top two law school teams globally.  

Additional information and details regarding registration can be found on ARIL's website, and the conference agenda can be found here


Civil Code Draft and Property Reform in China
February 5, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 121 (Roundtable discussion to follow with representatives from Tsinghua University: 2:30-4:00pm | Allard Hall, Room 415)

Hosted by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

The Chinese Government has resolved to complete the Civil Code Draft Bill by 2020. What can we expect from the Draft in reforming the property law, which is a critical component of the Civil Code? Professor Weixing Shen will address the debates of the basic principles, different types of usufructuary rights, and most important of all, the creation of new types of property rights for rural land in the Draft. At the same time, in light of the trending of international gurantee system, Professor Shen will also discuss the possible reform of Chinese security interest.

A light lunch will be provided.

Representatives participating in the roundtable discussion:
SHEN, Weixing, Dean, Professor of Law (Property, Health Law and German Civil Law)
CUI, Guobin, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, (IP law & Internet Law)
WANG, Hongliang, Professor of Law (Civil law & Property law)
DENG, Haifeng, Associate Dean, Associate Professor (Environment Law)

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Centre for Business Law & Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics Present: Professor Brian Cheffins, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
January 22, 2018 | 12:30-1:45pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Professor Brian Cheffins will discuss “The Future of the Public Company”. In the United States manager-led public companies with diffuse share ownership and apathetic shareholders have dominated the corporate economy since the mid-20th century. A popular theory currently is that the public company is heading toward extinction. As for those public companies that remain significant economic players, powerful institutional shareholders are supposedly accumulating sufficiently sizeable voting stakes to exercise considerable influence over corporate decision-making. In fact, as Professor Cheffins will argue, the public company will continue to play a dominant economic role for the foreseeable future and share ownership will remain sufficiently diffuse to ensure that corporate executives retain substantial managerial discretion. His seminar will be based on the concluding chapter from Transformation of the Public Company, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law and the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics’ inaugural UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar.

Lunch will be served. Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.


A Conversation with Jack Newton, CEO and Co-founder, Clio
January 10, 2018 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard Hall, Room 122

Join us for a discussion with Jack Newton focused on technology and the legal profession. Topics will include the origin of Clio and the services its cloud based law practice management software provides, ways in which technology is changing the practice of law, and advice for law students and lawyers interested in the intersection of law and technology. Dr. Cristie Ford will facilitate the conversation, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Lunch will be provided.