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can take action to facilitate reconciliation. The symposium broke new
ground by educating lawyers on the importance of understanding the
legacy of Indian Residential Schools as a facet of legal competence, how the
law was used as an instrument of oppression and how lawyers can now
learn to use the law as a tool for reconciliation.
Many thanks to course chairs Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem and Herman
Van Ommen, Q.C., as well as faculty members Andrea Hilland; Celeste
A. Haldane; Dr. Bruce McIvor; Patricia M. Barkaskas; the Honourable Judge
Steven L. Point, OBC; Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson; Tina L. Dion, Q.C.;
Melissa Louie Maxine; and Hayman Matilpi.
Working with the Tech Start-Up – Award for Professional Excellence (Programs)
Innovative and timely, Working with the Tech Start-Up provided lawyers
with education on how to advise a fast-growing and unique client base:
start-ups in the technology industry. Lawyers and tech industry experts
joined forces to discuss the specific legal issues faced by start-ups using a
central fact pattern involving a fictitious company. Subject matter experts
presented the issues that arise for start-ups in their area of expertise,
applied the key legal principles to the fact pattern and then shared personal
experiences related to the topic. This course gave the tech and legal industries
a window into each other’s worlds to facilitate more successful working
Many thanks to course chairs David A. Allard and David J. Jennings and
presenters Greg Smith, Eleni Kassaris, Roch J. Ripley, Alexander Demner,
Dayna M. Forsyth, Joe Timlin, Douglas G. Copland and Keith E. Spencer.
For more information on CLEBC’s courses or other resources, please call
CLEBC customer service at 604-893-2121 or visit <www.cle.bc.ca> today.