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BC Legal Innovation Forum Webcast Series

ADB Insights
Course name
BC Legal Innovation Forum Webcast Series
Available to everyone
Primary target audience
  • Lawyers
  • Other
Course no.
Start date
End date
Total course hours
Family law ADR qualification course hours
0.00  -  Mediation
0.00  -  Arbitration
0.00  -  Parenting Coordinator
0.00  -  Family Violence

Practice area
  • Corporate
  • Lawyering skills
  • Non-legal topics sufficiently connected to the practice of law
  • Practice management
Delivery method
Archived webcast/podcast
ADB Insights convened the British Columbian Legal Innovation Forum which was held on December 4th, 2018 in Vancouver. The core purpose was convene a group of innovators across the BC legal sector to discuss a number of different aspects concerning innovation and the business of law.

ADB Insights has created a web-cast series of the forum that are available to access on a panel by panel basis to attain their 2019 CPD credits. More information and access to the videos can be found on: and the website for the forum is:

Panel 1: The next wave of foreign investment in British Columbia (1 CPD Credit)
China’s rise as the world’s second largest economy has had a critical impact on Vancouver’s economic growth, arguably more than any other North American city. As the global economy evolves, different types of investment in the British Columbian economy from China are emerging - moving beyond the resource and property sectors to high-growth areas such as technology and healthcare. Yet recently, foreign investment – particularly from China – is facing political headwinds. The Federal Government’s recent rejection of a bid for Canadian company Aecon by a Chinese State Owned Enterprise on national security grounds is forcing investors and their advisers to rethink their investment strategies in both economic and political contexts. The opening session will focus on how these shifts offer new opportunities and challenges for B.C. businesses, investors and lawyers.

Joel Schuster, General Counsel, Avigilon
Jack Yong, Partner, Lawson Lundell
Victor Tsao, Managing Partner, DS Avocats
Moses Zhang, Yonghua Capital
Chair: Andrew Bowyer, Founder, ADB Insights

Panel 2: How is the structure of the legal sector changing? (1 CPD Credit)
For law firms and law departments, innovation goes beyond just implementing the latest technology. To innovate, lawyers must embrace risk taking approaches that are not always natural to them; retain talent in a market undergoing generational change and justify their value to their internal and external clients beyond simply providing legal advice to offering more strategic, business focused solutions. Competition is also getting fiercer, with advisory firms and new law companies emerging as potent, disruptive competitors. Here, the panel will discuss changes underway in the legal ecosystem and how lawyers can recalibrate their approaches in the face of them.

Michael Walker, Managing Partner, Miller Thomson
Matthew Peters, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
Karim Amlani, Managing Counsel, Hootsuite
Corrine Zimmerman, General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Carla Swansburg, Vice President & General Manager Canada, Epiq
Chair: Jon Festinger, Principal, Festinger Law & Strategy / Peter A. Allard School of Law

Panel 3: The future of law firms (1 CPD Credit, 1 Ethics Credit)
For law firms, how they create value for their clients, structure their businesses and deliver services are key ways to differentiate themselves. Law firms must now deliver solutions for multiple client stakeholders in multiple situations and organise and manage themselves in more innovative ways. To do this, they are experimenting with building scalable technology based solutions to solve client problems, alternative fee arrangements and fostering deeper internal and external collaboration. Yet there are many hurdles for law firms to overcome in order to make these changes achievable, sustainable and, in the long term, profitable. This session will focus on how law firms are working toward these innovative ends while maintaining market share now and in the future.

Linda Lucas, CEO, Roper Greyell
Steve McKoen, Partner, Blakes
Blair Lill, COO, Singleton Reynolds
Marshall Pawar, Managing Partner, MEP Business Counsel
Chair: Lynne Charbonneau, Legal Innovator

Panel 4: The future of law departments (1 CPD Credit)
For in-house legal teams, their role, scale and influence within their organizations is increasing. Lawyers working in innovative companies are under pressure to be as innovative (and cost efficient) in their delivery of services. The legal work they are undertaking -- particularly in technology companies in nascent parts of the sector -- can have critical consequences for the future success of their companies. Operationally, law departments are also changing. Organizations like CLOC (The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) are gaining increasing prominence and clout in the sector -- changing the way that legal services are purchased, who they are purchased from and how legal departments are structured. In the panel, we’ll look at how these changes underway for law departments are impacting the sector and the implications for the future of innovation in it.

Robert Piasentin, General Counsel, Sierra Systems
Catherine Scott, General Counsel, PayByPhone
Ranj Sangra, General Counsel, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Ramneek Padda, Senior Litigation Counsel, Telus
Chair: Jennifer Brown, Managing Editor, Canadian Lawyer In-House

Panel 5: Technology (1 CPD Credit, 1 Ethics Credit)
Technology is disrupting every sector and law is no exception. A greater percentage of purely legal tasks like document review, e-discovery and expertise automation are being solved for by AI powered applications. Administrative tasks such as matter management, billing and CRM tools custom built for the legal sector are positively impacting firm and legal department bottom lines. And for consumers, technology is enabling increased, more efficient and inexpensive access to justice in areas such as family law. Yet, the long term impact of technology on the legal sector remains in question. Will it free up lawyers’ time to focus on more strategic work? Or, will it eliminate much of the work currently done by lawyers? What are the ethical implications of delegating more legal work to technology in favour of human lawyers and what are the risks involved when human judgement is eliminated from the equation? This session will discuss how technology is impacting the sector currently and the future implications of technology and the law.

Sherry MacLennan, VP Public Legal Information & Applications, Legal Services Society
Gal Smolar, Counsel, Miller Thomson
Katie Sykes, Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law
Peter Sanford, Senior Manager, E-Discovery and Forensics, Deloitte
Chair: Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence & Data Protection Officer at Clio

Panel 6: Regions (1 CPD Credit)
An emerging and unique factor in the B.C. legal sector is the location of law firms. Many businesses are expanding or relocating outside of Vancouver with regional hubs like Kelowna, Surrey and Victoria increasingly attracting top companies, law firms and talent. There are multiple drivers behind this: regional hubs have developed unique ecosystems supporting innovative businesses flourishing in them; technology has enabled a new normal of remote working and Vancouver continues to be increasingly expensive for professionals to live, work and raise families in. As a result, these regional hubs are increasing their centrality and importance for businesses and lawyers. Here we will discuss the importance of regional hubs in the current and future contexts for the B.C. legal sector.

Mike Macaulay, Partner, Lawson Lundell - Kelowna
James Paterson, Managing Partner, Pushor Mitchell - Kelowna
Sunny Aujla, Lawyer, Hamilton Duncan - Surrey
Chair: Andrew Bowyer, Principal, ADB Insights

Panel 7: Talent, education and purpose (1 CPD Credit, 1 Ethics Credit)
The legal profession is one that is people driven. For law firms having a diverse, differentiated and purpose driven culture is critical to attracting the best talent and achieving success; for law departments, the same applies. Underpinning the success of both is education with law schools training the lawyers of the future. At the same time, the profession is encountering generational and economic shifts. How can law firms and law departments attract and retain talent? How are millennial lawyers viewing the potential paths of their careers differently particularly when it comes to purpose? What can law schools do to better train future lawyers; and what are the ethical implications of law schools training lawyers for skills beyond purely legal ones?

Kaaren Vlug, Director, Legal Services and General Counsel, Vancity
Ryan J. Black, Co-Chair, Information Technology, McMillan
Susanna Tam, Director of Inclusion, McCarthy Tetrault
Jennifer Lau, Director, Career Services, Allard School of Law (UBC)
Stephanie Hacksel, Founding Partner, Hunter West Recruitment
Chair: Cheryl Slusarchuk, CEO, NumerixS Quant

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Bowyer
Founder, ADB Insights
p: (778) 686-1634

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