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Guest Speaker: Michael Welsh, Q.C.

December 4, 2020 @ 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

A Bencher of the Law Society of BC, a Past President of both the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and of the ADR Institute of BC (ADRBC), Mr. Welsh is a lawyer with 37 years of litigation experience, both in trials and on appeals in all levels of court in this province and in the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, certified family law mediator, Certified Family Arbitrator and roster member on the Mediate BC Med-Arb roster and ADRBC Civil Roster.

Between 2018 and 2020 Mr, Welsh was appointed by the BC government as a part-time Tribunal adjudicator with the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal. Through his professional experience and as a member of professional and community organizations he is well versed in in problem and dispute resolution and in understanding and working with people in difficult situations toward a positive outcome.

Between 1997 and 2007, he also operated a commercial vineyard, and through that experience and his experience as proprietor and partner in law firms, has a good knowledge and ability to manage staff and business operations. An effective communicator, he has the ability to assess problems expeditiously and to relate to people from all walks of life. As one who sees life as an opportunity to learn, he seeks to educate himself in a wide range of areas.

He has taken that learning and passed it on writing and as faculty in continuing legal educational conferences and seminars, including articles in the Advocate, Canadian Arbitration & Mediation Journal and BarTalk magazines and as author of the Advocate Wine Column.

Guest Speaker: Angela Browne

December 4, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Angela Browne has had post-secondary education in sociology, business and law at Niagara College, Brock and Toronto.  She earlier worked in the mental health field as a counselor and an advocate.  Later, she took on the role of a business consultant and policy advisor to government and non-governmental organizations,.

In 1993, she developed her advocacy skills in the legal arena by first working with mental health clients and their families.  In 1997, she began working full-time as a Paralegal & Court Agent, first as an agent for members of the legal profession, then taking her own clients.  She served on the Board of the Paralegal Society of Ontario between 2002 to 2007, as well as the community advisory board of her local newspaper in 2006-2007.

She currently serves on the Coach and Advisor Network of the Law Society of Upper Canada and offers legal services in the areas of:

  • employment
  • contract disputes
  • construction/renovation issues
  • personal injury
  • landlord and tenant law
  • education law, and
  • social security appeals (including CPP, ODSP, WSIB, EI, labour board and consumer protection).

She also works with small businesses to aid in their development, manage crisis, strategic planning and determining one’s natural markets.

Guest Speaker: Samantha Francine Glass

December 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Samantha F. Glass is the founderof SFG Paralegal Services.  Sam founded SFG and sought a paralegal career with the mission of assisting everyday people with troublesome legal matters.  Sam holds a strong knowledge of the Residential Tenancies ActHuman Rights Code, among others.  Sam is also well experienced in litigation within the Small Claims Court where representation served private individuals, small-to-medium sized businesses as well as the big banks.

Samantha enjoys volunteering and gives much time to bringing forward public awareness on behalf of the paralegal profession and what paralegals can do to assist the general public in Ontario.  In keeping with these efforts, Sam hosts the Get Legal television talk show that involves discussion on a variety of legal topics and shares knowledge with the public.  Additionally, Sam founded the York Region Paralegal Network in 2016 to assist in the education of paralegals and the community.  Sam sits as a Board of Director at the Landlord Self Help Center and assists with Scouts Canada and the Navy League of Ontario.  Samantha mentored many paralegals and sits on the Humber College Paralegal Advisory Committee as well as acting as a mooting Judge for the Paralegal Cup for many years.

Samantha possesses a passion for access to justice and continually strives to find new ways within the paralegal scope to ensure that the public receives representation.  Sam fights vigorously and passionately, while engaging with civility, in the best interests of each client and is overall a very friendly and caring person.

Guest Speaker: Calvin Barry

December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Calvin Barry worked as a Senior Crown Attorney for more than 16 years and has handled high-profile cases including more than 60 jury trials in his time as a Criminal Prosecutor at the all the levels of Trial Court. Calvin has garnered more than 3 decades of experience in Criminal Law, with the last half of that spent on the area of Criminal law and Regulatory Offences since the last quarter of 2004.

Calvin Barry defended high-profile fraud cases in his private practice as well as matters related to drugs. Mr. Barry handled manslaughter, theft, assault, and murder charges but has focused primarily on the defence of charges related to drinking and driving such as impaired driving, failure to blow, and having Over 80 mgs blood alcohol level.

Guest Speaker: Anjali Chauhan

December 1, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Anjali is a Foreign-trained Lawyer and a Corporate Governance Professional having over 8 years of specialized experience in managing statutory and regulatory compliance for business corporations. She has worked as a Compliance Administrator at a mortgage company in Mississauga, Ontario for a year.

She has exceptional research and analytical skills. She provided assistance in successful set-up of an Administrative Tribunal, playing dual role as the supervisor of the administration and the registry department. She was also a member of the Investors’ Committee, Purchase Committee and Sexual Harassment Committee while working as a federal government employee.

Her dependable personality made her lead various projects involving mergers, insolvencies, incorporations, conducting shareholders’ and board meetings while working at the law office in India, where she was hired after completion of her internship.

Guest Speaker: Kavita V. Bhagat

November 17, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Kavita V. Bhagat practices exclusively in the area of family law and deals with a wide range of family law issues including the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and/or litigation of parenting and residential arrangements, child and spousal support, property division and the preparation of domestic contracts. She is a certified Family Law Specialist; an accredited Family Mediator, Arbitrator, Parenting Coordinator and a former Panel Lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Kavita is also a Coach and Advisor for the Law Society of Ontario and Legal Aid Ontario. She is a former board member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and past-President of the Peel Chapter of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. She is the treasurer of Peel Mediation Arbitration and currently sits on the board of Volunteer Mississauga Brampton Caledon & Caledon Parent and Child Centre.

Kavita is a regular presenter for the Ontario Justice Education Network, Mandatory Information Program in Brampton Court, Catholic Cross Cultural Centre, Canadian Council of Muslim Women and various Continuing Professional Development programs. I have been actively involved in mentoring young lawyers, law clerks, high school students and new immigrants. Many of who have utilized my training to establish their own successful practices or careers at prominent firms across the Greater Toronto Area.

An experienced litigator, Kavita has years of experience in helping her clients identify their desired outcomes and pursue that goal using the most appropriate legal mechanism. While she is a strong proponent of alternate dispute resolution she recognizes that not all cases can be settled. Kavita is recognized among her peers for her ability to successfully conclude seemingly un-resolvable situations as an arbitrator and mediator and as a litigation lawyer with a proven track record.

Guest Speaker: Michael Niren

November 30, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association.

He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

Michael Niren’s practice philosophy is to provide highly personalized immigration service in an efficient and cost effective manner. Full legal representation is provided from the first stages of the immigration process throughout to your arrival in Canada. VisaPlace Legal has been named “Top Immigration Law Firm” by Top Choice Awards every year since 2010.

Michael practices immigration from Toronto. He also commutes to Boca Raton, Florida where he is growing VisaPlace, the marketing division of the VisaPlace Legal.

Guest Speaker: David Tsubouchi

November 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

David Tsubouchi is the Registrar Emeritus of the Ontario College of Trades (regulator of trades). Mr. Tsubouchi holds a B.A. from York University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, an LL.D. from Assumption University in Windsor, a D.S.Litt. from Huntington University and C.Dir. from McMaster University..

David Tsubouchi is the first Japanese Canadian to be elected to office in Canada and has served as the MPP for Markham for two terms and has held cabinet posts in the Ontario Legislature including Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Solicitor General, Chair of Management Board and Minister of Culture. Prior to serving in the Ontario Legislature, Mr. Tsubouchi served as a Councillor for the Town of Markham for two terms.

Mr. Tsubouchi currently sits on the board of directors for OMERS Administration Corporation and the Ontario Arts Council. He has served as the Honorary Consul General for Mongolia (Toronto). He has served on many boards of directors. He was also appointed as the Co-Chair of the Canada Vietnam Business Council by the Republic of Vietnam.

Mr. Tsubouchi, as the campaign chair, has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations and institutions including Seneca College, George Brown College and the Rising Sun Campaign to assist the victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Mr. Tsubouchi has received numerous awards and honors including the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, NAAAP 100 Award, The Bruce Bryden Award (York University), The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, The Award of Merit From the Japanese Canadian Community and the Canadian Horse Racing Industry Award of Recognition.

David Tsubouchi has been an international key note speaker in many countries including Dubai, Macau, China, Japan, Canada and the United States on casino development, infrastructure, arts and culture, trade, politics and business development. 

Guest Speaker: R.J. Wallia

November 26, 2020 @ 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Rabjeet Singh (“RJ”) Wallia graduated in 2012 from Osgoode Hall Law School with a certification in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and was a winner of the Dean’s Gold Key Award.   RJ then articled with a well-known litigation boutique in Toronto before joining the in-house legal team of the largest direct Home & Auto insurer in the country.

RJ returned to BC in 2015.  Since then, he has worked both in-house with a large insurance company and in private practice and has honed his skills in litigation representing plaintiffs, insurance companies, and commercial clients.  RJ provides litigation services both to insurance companies and to plaintiffs as part of his personal injury practice and assists both businesses and individuals in a growing commercial litigation practice.  RJ is passionate about finding the best solutions for his clients.