Events

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China's Impact on Regulation and the Culture of Business
January 14, 2020 | 5:30-7:00pm, reception to follow | McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 745 Thurlow Street, Suite 2400, Vancouver
 

A description of Good Governance in Economic Development is available online.

Details to follow

 


2020

China's Impact on Regulation and the Culture of Business
January 14, 2020 | 5:30-7:00pm, reception to follow | McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 745 Thurlow Street, Suite 2400, Vancouver
 

A description of Good Governance in Economic Development is available online.

Details to follow

 

2019

Anti-Corruption Law Program: Vancouver Day of Dialogue
December 6, 2019 | 11:00am-4:30pm & Reception 4:30-6:00pm | KPMG, 777 Dunsmuir Street, Pacific Centre, Vancouver

Keynote Speech from Simon Fraser University Professor of Public Policy, Maureen Maloney

Discussions include:
  • Lessons on addressing money laundering
  • Avoiding corruption in high risk markets
  • Transparency in mining licences

Early bird prices (until November 22):
TI Canada Members: $113
Non-Members: $150 NGOs/Academia/Sole Proprietors: $90
Students: $38

This event qualifies for 5 LSBC CPD Credits and is part of the Anti-Corruption Law Program in conjunction with UBC and ICCLR

Download the poster and agenda

Register online

 

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

Ryan J. Black, Chief Technology Partner and Co-Chair Video Games and eSports, McMillan LLP, is a frequent speaker on a wide variety of legal matters including Canada's Anti-Spam Law, video game law, and technology law. In addition, he has a unique insight in emerging technologies such as blockchain and cybersecurity. On November 25th, he is visiting Allard Hall to share his knowledge on navigating the practice of business law with Allard Law students.

This event is FREE

RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca

 

Change Management and the Challenge of Strengthening Social and Environmental Performance of the Mining Industry
November 20, 2019 | 5:00-7:00pm | FSC 1005, Forest Sciences Centre, UBC, Vancouver

Even though some improvements to social and environmental performance are evident amongst leadership mining companies, needed change is not forthcoming, too short term, and not industry wide – a concern that has been re-enforced by the recent tailings tragedies. In this seminar, Dr. Tony Hodge, former president of the International Council of Mining and Metals, will discuss the current social and environmental state of the mining industry and suggest steps that can be taken by companies to strengthen their performance in those areas. Willingness to change is highly variable within the various players in the “mining ecosystem” and different incentives for strengthening performance targeted at different parts of the industry are essential. The creation of a synchronized industry-wide change strategy is essential otherwise business-as-usual will continue: change and improvement will continue at a rate that is too little and too slow, leading companies will continue to be dragged down by the laggards, and respect from society for the industry will not be forthcoming.

This event is part of a cross-campus seminar series co-hosted with the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering and the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

For more information, download the poster.

RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca

 

Anti-Corruption Law Program: The Downstream Impact on Real Estate of the Focus on Money Laundering
November 7, 2019 | 7:30-8:00am (Breakfast), 8:00-9:45am (Seminar) | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 2600-595 Burrard St, Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver housing market is in the midst of an undeniable downturn. New regulatory measures including the BC Foreign Buyers Tax and the Speculation and Vacancy Tax have proven effective in curbing foreign investment appetite. Despite these successes, recent revelations on the pervasiveness of financial crime and money laundering in Vancouver’s real estate market has placed increased scrutiny on the region’s housing affordability crisis. In light of this changing landscape, governments at all levels are expected to take urgent action, especially following commitments made during the 2019 federal election campaign. This Transparency International Canada Vancouver Discussion Group seminar will discuss the downstream impact of emerging government interventions in the real estate market that have resulted from allegations of real estate-related money laundering.

The Anti-Corruption Law Program is a joint program under a collaborative working partnership of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, and Transparency International Canada.

Leading the seminar discussion will be a panel of experts consisting of:
  • Ryan Lang, Director, Deloitte LLP
  • Michael Noseworthy, Superintendent of Real Estate, Government of BC
  • Tsur Somerville, Associate Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business
  • Sean Boyle (Moderator), Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

There is no cost to this event, though attendees are encouraged to donate to TI Canada, a registered charitable organization.

1.5 CPD credits are available for attending this event.

We greatly appreciate Blakes’ generous donation of both the meeting space and a light breakfast.

For more information, download the poster.

RSVP to jcwritchie@telus.net

 

BC Legal Innovation Forum
November 5, 2019 | 8:00am-5:00pm | Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe St, 4th Floor, Vancouver 

The BC Legal Innovation Forum returns to Vancouver, and the Centre for Business Law is pleased to be the academic partner of the forum for the second year running. 

The purpose of this year's forum is to build a leadership network focused on how to stay competitive in key areas relevant to BC business and the legal sector’s role in supporting it. It also focuses on the latest thinking in terms of innovation when it comes to legal practice management.

Panel themes are:
Business and Law in BC
  • The business impact of changes to privacy laws
  • Regulation and the resource industry
  • The BC real estate sector
Legal Practice Management
  • Developing an innovative law firm strategy
  • In-House strategy: aligning with the business
  • Defining, developing, and executing an impactful legal technology strategy
Attendance for in-house counsel is free (maximum 2 attendees per company) and there is an early-bird rate available for law firms and legal sector service providers. Attendees will receive 8 CPD credits.
 

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 | 1400-515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Pension fund trustees and their investment managers and service providers have a fiduciary obligation to pension beneficiaries when making investment decisions regarding fund portfolios. Pension funds will potentially lose significant value of their investments if they do not act as prudent investors by recognizing climate change financial risk as well as climate driven investment opportunities. This panel will discuss strategies to meet prudential obligations to undertake careful evaluation of climate change and share examples of investment strategy decisions that are based on a time frame commensurate with the pension plan’s liabilities.

Panelists:
  •  Janis Sarra, UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor, Allard School of Law
  •  Jacky Shen, Director, Treasury at SFU
  •  Murray Gold, Senior Pensions and Benefits Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
  •  Stephanie Bertels (Moderator), SFU Beedie School of Business

Register online

This event is FREE and is co-hosted with SHARE, the Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability, Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, and the Canada Climate Law Initiative. 

 

Bridging the Access to Justice Gap: How Business Lawyers Can Contribute
October 29, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 104, Allard Hall, UBC, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

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.

Speakers are:
  • Mary Childs, Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Jade Buchanan, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence, Clio
  • Carol Liao (Moderator), Director, Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law

This event is FREE - no RSVP required.

Download the poster

 

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

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.

Registration
RSVP to cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca

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.

Download the poster

 

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

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. 

Registration
RSVP by October 1st to Joyce Lau at jlau@allard.ubc.ca

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 Hall, 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.

Registration
RSVP to flynn@allard.ubc.ca

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

Download the Poster

 

Working with Public Companies - an Introduction to Life as a Securities Lawyer
September 9, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Room 106, Allard Hall, 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.

Registration
RSVP to jennifer.mcnaught@blakes.com

Download the Poster

 

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

Overview
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

Registration
FREE, RSVP by sending an email to Christie Stephenson at christie.stephenson@sauder.ubc.ca

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 diana@lawcourtsinn.com
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 | Room 122, Allard Hall, UBC, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

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 cui@allard.ubc.ca

 

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

Panelists: 

  • 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 | Room 106, Allard Hall, UBC, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

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 pmackenzie@allard.ubc.ca

 

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 cblassistant@allard.ubc.ca by January 25, 2019.

Please note space is limited.