Current Events


Navigating the Practice of Business Law
November 25, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | Room 105, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall 

Speaker: Ryan J. Black, Partner and Co-Chair Video Games and eSports, McMillan LLP

This event is FREE


BC Legal Innovation Forum
November 5, 2019 | 8:00am-5:00pm | Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe St, 4th Floor, Vancouver 
Six panels and 16 speakers including:
  • Cristie Ford, Associate Dean of Research & Legal Profession, Allard Law
  • Alice Davidson, VP & General Counsel, Mogo
  • Catherine Scott, Chief Legal Officer, PayByPhone
  • Karim Amlani, Senior Director, Legal, Hootsuite
  • Lynne Charbonneau, Lawyer & Corporate Director

More details on the the event's webpage

Hosted by ADB Insights; the Centre is the Academic Partner; CPD credits available


Forum on Pension Fund Investing and Climate Change
October 31, 2019 | 8:00-10:00am | Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU Vancouver Campus, 500 Granville St, Vancouver

Murray Gold, Senior Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
Janis Sarra, Presidential Distinguished Professor, Allard Law
Jacky Shen, Director, Treasury at SFU

Learn more about the event online

Co-hosted with Canada Climate Law Initiative, SHARE, Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, and the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability


Bridging the Access to Justice Gap: How Business Lawyers Can Contribute
October 18, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 104, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall

This event is part of Access to Justice Week BC 2019, an initiative of the BC Law Schools and the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, with support from Access to Justice BC and the Law Society of BC and funding from the Law Foundation of BC


Knowledge Pays: Reversing Information Flows & the Future of Pay Equity
October 18, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 122, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall 

Reform is underway for pay equity. After years of stagnation, states have passed important legislation with numerous other bills pending and a rising number of class actions in progress. At this event, Orly Lobel will be speaking about her article, Knowledge Pays: Reversing Information Flows & the Future of Pay Equity. Her article is the first to study the emerging ecology of pay equity law. In it she identifies the underlying logic of pay equity reforms and explains how previous efforts to eradicate wage discrimination have failed due to information asymmetries and difficulties in identifying and proving discrimination. She will talk about why the new path of pay equity is to correct knowledge disparities and how these developments move beyond the substantive prohibition of pay discrimination to focus on process. However, reforms are piecemeal and heavily contested, and some of the most promising initiatives for systematic wage transparency have been halted

Her paper is available for download.

Orly Lobel, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
A graduate of Harvard Law School and Tel-Aviv University, Orly Lobel’s interdisciplinary research is published widely in top journals in law, economics, and psychology and has recently been named among the most cited public law scholars in the nation. She has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards for her research, and her books You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side (Norton 2018) and Talent Wants to Be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids and Free Riding (Yale University Press 2013) are the winners of several prestigious awards.


This event is FREE. Lunch is provided. CPD credit is available. Co-hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and the Centre for Business Law.


Continuity in Morality and Law
October 11, 2019 | 12:00-1:30pm | C400, Robson Square, UBC, 800 Robson Street

According to the Continuity Argument:

  1. morality is usually continuous (namely, a gradual change in one variable triggers a gradual change in another);
  2. the law should usually track morality;
  3. therefore, the law should often becontinuous.

This talk by Re'em Segev will review some of the challenges with respect to this argument that are related to interesting debates in Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.

Re’em Segev, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Re’em Segev studied at the Hebrew University (LL.B. summa cum laude, LL.M. magna cum laude, Ph.D.) and held visiting positions at Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley and NYU. His research interests are moral philosophy and philosophy of law. His work has been published in journals such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Utilitas, University of Toronto Law Journal, Law & Philosophy, Criminal Law & Philosophy and Criminal Justice Ethics.

Faculty Exchange Program
Established in 2010, this program offers professors from the Allard School of Law at UBC and the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem the opportunity to foster academic and research collaboration. The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem provided funding for the initial years of the program. From 2013 to the spring of 2019, the program was named in honour of Mitchell H. Gropper, QC after a successful fundraising initiative to support the continuation of the program and to recognize Mr. Gropper’s ongoing commitment and leadership within the Jewish and legal communities. 

RSVP by October 1st to Joyce Lau at

Hosted by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law. CPD credit is available. Light lunch is provided.


How Can Business Be a Vehicle for Social Good?
September 20, 2019 | 8:30am-12:00pm | Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, 845 Burrard St

Learn the tools to meaningfully connect with customers, build a sense of purpose, and conduct your business to make a valuable impact.

Robert Cialdini is the keynote speaker; 
Carol Liao, Director of the Centre for Business Law, is one of the spotlight speakers at this event.

Read more about the event

Register online

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Business Law; hosted by the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics and the UBC Sauder School of Business.


Does the Sharing Economy Increase Inequality? An Empirical Strategy
September 18, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 123, Allard School of Law, UBC, 1822 East Mall 

This research project is a rigorous quasi-experimental study of the effects of Airbnb activity on housing prices in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, during the years 2015-2018. The research is based on rich datasets on Airbnb listings, scraped from the Airbnb website throughout that period. It is also informed by detailed data on property transactions from the Israel Tax Authority and raw data from the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics Survey of Rents, and big-data on users’ interest in housing and rental ads. Combined with additional statistical and geographical information on the real estate market and other macroeconomic variables, this wealth of information will allow systematic examination of the distributional effect of Airbnb activity, and its contribution to inequality in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, providing proper background for policy purposes. This is a matter of timely relevance given current efforts to impose stricter regulation on landlord-tenant contracts and tax properties held for investment.

Dr. Ronit Levine-Schnur is a senior lecturer at the Radzyner Law School, and a research associate at the Gazit-Globe Institute for Real Estate at IDC Herzliya. Her research focuses on property, land use regulation, urban development and land conflicts. She is an expert on land rights in the occupied West Bank. She was previously a Halbert Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2018 she served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.


This event is FREE. Lunch is provided. Introduced by Dr. Alexandra Flynn, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law.


Working with Public Companies - an Introduction to Life as a Securities Lawyer
September 9, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 106, 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: 3rd Annual Academic-Practitioner Roundtable
July 23, 2019 | 2:00-5:00pm | Sauder School of Business, UBC, 9th Floor, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver

The Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder Business School and the Centre for Business Law at Allard School of Law are pleased to co-host the third annual academic-practitioner roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Hear from academics and practitioners with expertise in diverse areas of the law that are fueling rising expectations of responsibility by business.

Topics and Presenters
Transnational Corporate Accountability in Mining – The Nevsun Case Study
Sara Ghebremusse, Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law

The Business of Pipelines: Understanding Crown Duty of Accommodation & Indigenous Rights
Darwin Hanna, Founding Partner of Callison & Hanna

Citizen Participation and Deliberation in Environmental Decision-Making: Recent Changes to Environmental Assessment Laws
Jocelyn Stacey, Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law

Business and Human Rights: A Changing Legal Landscape
Kevin Smith, Associate at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

Canada - Mexico: Legal Opportunities for an Ethics and Sustainability Agenda
Patricio Cumming, Lawyer (Mexico)

Moderator: Lynne Charbonneau, Lawyer and Corporate Director

FREE, RSVP by sending an email to Christie Stephenson at

Note: in previous years, lawyers received CPD credits for attending and it is expected they will this year as well. For anyone interested in these credits, please inform Christie Stephenson and you will be notified as soon as this is confirmed with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Read about the event


The Patriation of Canadian Corporate Law
April 30, 2019 | 12:30pm | The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe St (4th Floor)
The Law Courts Inn’s “Lunching with Leaders” discussion series and the Centre for Business Law present:

The Patriation of Canadian Corporate Law
Canadian corporate law belongs to a broader Anglo-American legal tradition, sharing many of the same basic features as other common law jurisdictions, most notably England and the United States. This shared heritage raises an important empirical question—namely, which of these countries has had greater influence on Canadian corporate law? This lecture addresses this question by presenting a comprehensive citation analysis of substantially all corporate law decisions by Canadian courts of appeal since 1867 and discussing how Canadian corporate law has shaped its own distinct identity.

Camden Hutchison, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dr. Hutchison is an Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law, where his research and teaching focus on corporate transactions, comparative corporate governance, and the historical development of corporate law. Camden earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where his dissertation examined the history of corporate regulation in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States.  Before returning to graduate school, he practiced as a corporate associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented private equity firms and public corporations in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester. 

Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members.  Lunch included. 

CPD accreditation (1.0 hours)

The objects of the Lawyers Inn Society are to foster and promote understanding, co-operation, exchange of ideas and comradeship between all members of the legal profession, and to provide a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters of interest to its members.

To RSVP and/or renew your membership, please email Diana Jovanovic at
Please make cheques payable to “The Lawyers Inn Society”


American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | 9:00am-6:00pm | Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place

The ABA Business Law Section will be hosting their 2019 Spring Meeting, March 28-30, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. The Section welcomes law student attendance and provides many opportunities for students to expand their business law knowledge and build their professional network.

Law student attendees are assigned a meeting mentor, invited to join and participate in committee meetings, and encouraged to attend meeting receptions and events to grow their professional network. On Thursday afternoon, the Section hosts a series of programs tailored to law students called the “Law Student Institute” that concludes with a Speed Networking event.

Law student registration is complimentary. Register here


Through The Looking Glass: The Upheaval in International Taxation
March 25, 2019 | 9:00-10:30am | Allard School of Law (Room 122) 

In this talk Mr. Hiltz will offer his reflections on the recent rush of government initiatives in Europe and elsewhere to re-shape the architecture of international taxation and fundamentally re-allocate taxing rights over multinational companies’ profits. He will share his front-row observations of the March 2019 public consultation at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digitalisation of the Economy, and comment on both the substantive merits and the politics of proposals such as the global minimum tax, the digital services tax, and allocation of profits according to marketing intangibles. These proposals leave behind many of the assumptions underlying the recent OECD initiative on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, and may themselves unravel or get rebid in short order. The compliance challenges and potential threats to multinationals’ business models presented by the ongoing turmoil in international taxation will be considered.

For further information, contact Professor Wei Cui


Panel Discussion: Hot Topics in M&A 
February 27, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm | Four Seasons Hotel, Seasons Room, 791 West Georgia Street

Along with being the world’s mining capital and gateway to China, Vancouver is a nexus of M&A activity. Join us to hear a panel of experts discuss current issues & trends related to the practice of M&A in Canada, including the latest on shareholder activism, take-over bids, cross-border deals and private equity in an uncertain global landscape.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Carol Liao, UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar and Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Panel Discussion: 5:30-7:00pm

Reception: 7:00-7:30pm


  • Walied Soliman, Partner, Global Chair and Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Andrew McLeod, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP 
  • Jack Yong, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP  
  • Nazma Lee, Senior Legal Counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission 

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits. 

Register here


Centre for Business Law Info Session: Business Law Clinic, Corporate Counsel Externship, Business Law Concentration
February 27, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Allard School of Law (Room 106), 1822 East Mall

Join us to learn more about the Centre for Business Law academic programming, including the Business Law Clinic, the Corporate Counsel Externship, and the Business Law Concentration. 

All JD students welcome. Lunch will be provided. 


Mitchell H. Gropper, QC Faculty Exchange Program: Reviving Jewish Law in a Modern Democratic State – An Ambitious Israeli Project 
February 12, 2019 | 12:00-1:15pm | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP 25th Floor, 700 W Georgia St 

Jewish law is the ancient legal tradition of the Jewish nation. During the 20th century, one of the most interesting Zionist projects was reviving Jewish law as a source of inspiration to modern Israeli legal system. Israeli law was influenced interestingly by its Jewish roots in some legal issues. This talk will review some of the main challenges of the Jewish law project as well as ongoing debates accompanying it.

Speaker: Benjamin Porat, Senior Lecturer & Director, Matz Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. Light lunch provided.

Please RSVP by February 7th to:
Paige MacKenzie at


CBL & ALBS Welcome Reception 
January 31, 2019 | 5:00-7:00pm | The Keg, 1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Please join us for the annual Welcome Reception hosted by the Centre for Business Law and Allard Law & Business Society.

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, alumni, and our supporters from the legal and business communities to thank you for your contributions over the past year.

Please RSVP to by January 25, 2019.

Please note space is limited.