The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.

Founded in 2011, FACL BC is the largest equity-seeking bar association in British Columbia with over 620 members ranging from judges, partners, associates, in-house counsel, academics and law students and is affiliated with other FACL chapters across Canada and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in the United States, which represents over 60,000 lawyers.

FACL BC was also the winner of the 2022 Clawbies award for Best Podcast and the 2021 Clawbies award for Best Innovative Project for our ground-breaking documentary, “But I Look Like a Lawyer”, which captures stories of the discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community. Allies are welcome, and can support our mission by joining as a Supporting Member. Supporting Members do not need to identify as pan-Asian or as a legal professional. Learn more here. 

    • 10 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Vancouver Club

    Register for Zoom here

    Join us for an engaging Lunch and Learn seminar hosted by Chilwin Cheng of Ascendion Law. This exclusive event is tailored for lawyers (law students welcome), particularly corporate counsel, offering valuable insights into Criminal Secondary Liability for Directors, Officers, and Senior Employees, from the unique perspective of a regulatory and white-collar criminal defense lawyer. 


    • 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Registration and Lunch
    • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Seminar
    • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Q&A Session and Closing Remarks


    • The difference between primary and secondary liability and the distinction between secondary liability and vicarious liability.
    • How the Crown proves secondary liability, emphasizing the problematic concept of “acquiescence”.
    • Balancing the obligation of cooperating with regulators with protecting your client’s rights in an investigation.
    • Recognizing the signs that an inspection has become a criminal or regulatory investigation.
    • Working with independent counsel, particularly when the interests of the corporation and key employees are in conflict.

    Event Venue: Vancouver Club

    Ascendion Law has generously arranged for the event to be held at the Vancouver Club. As such, registration for in-person attendance is limited to FACL members only. 

    If you are attending in person, you will need to adhere to the Vancouver Club’s dress code set out below:

    Business suits, sports jackets, or sweaters/cardigans coordinated with pants, skirts, or dresses are requested. Shirts are to be collared. Dark jeans and a suit jacket or sports jacket are acceptable unless restricted for a specific Club event. Coordinated footwear should be paired accordingly. 

    Please also note the Club’s rules around electronic devices here

    Meet our Host

    Chilwin Cheng is the Principal Lawyer of Ascendion Law, a boutique litigation firm in Vancouver, BC, focusing on complex commercial litigation and regulatory and white-collar defence.

    He is a former Chief Counsel of the regulator of Canada's public equities markets and trading systems, a former prosecutor with the BC securities commission, and a former Crown Counsel.  He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court provincially and federally, in mediations, and before regulatory and administrative tribunals.  His civil cases usually involve multiple jurisdictions, multiple parties, and complex areas of law. 

    Chilwin is a thought-leader in the profession, especially in British Columbia’s regulatory defence and white-collar field. Most recently, he was the Chair of the 2022 Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s Regulatory Proceedings and Criminal Offences conference, a convening of leading practitioners in the province and he is chairing the 2024 edition of the conference.

    Final Notes 

    Although this is a complimentary event, please let us know if your RSVP changes, out of respect and courtesy to Ascendion Law. A failure to do so without explanation and/or repeated no-shows to complimentary FACL BC events with food may result in your attendance being flagged, impacting your ability to attend future complimentary FACL BC events where catering is arranged.


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 22 May 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Law Society of BC Atrium (845 Cambie St)

    In light of Asian Heritage Month in May, FACL BC and the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) will be screening FACL BC's documentary, "But I Look Like a Lawyer" on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

    "But I Look Like a Lawyer" premiered in November 2021 and shares stories of the discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community. It aims to increase intercultural awareness and competency, and to surface the complexity of the historical, socio-economic and colonial aspects of these real lived experiences. Since its premiere, the documentary has screened across dozens of law firms across Canada and the US, including other provincial Law Societies, won the 2021 Clawbies Award for Best Innovative Project, and screened at the 2022 Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

    FACL BC wishes to highlight and bring renewed attention to the original "But I Was Wearing a Suit" documentary (and its Part II), spearheaded by a group of leaders in the Indigenous legal community, including Justice Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem, who has generously provided guidance for our initiative.


    • 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Doors open, registration and refreshments
    • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Documentary screening, discussion and Q&A

    FACL BC will provide light refreshments featuring Indigenous cuisine, catered by Tawnshi Charcuterie. Please email if you have any dietary restrictions.

    This screening is free and approved for 1.5 hours of CPD credits. We thank the LSBC for offering their space for this screening.


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 23 May 2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • Relish Bar (888 Nelson St)
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    Don't miss out on this networking event that will bring together members of South Asian Bar Association BC (SABA BC), Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC (FACL BC)'s NCA/LLM Committee, and CBABC's Internationally Trained Lawyers Section. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for legal professionals from diverse backgrounds to connect, collaborate, and exchange insights in an inclusive and dynamic environment.

    Whether you're an experienced practitioner or just starting your legal journey, use this platform to expand your network, gain valuable knowledge, and establish meaningful connections that can propel your professional growth.

    Tickets are limited. Register now to secure your spot!

    • Members (FACL BC, SABA BC, or CBABC) - $10 + GST
    • Non-Members - $15 + GST

    Please only sign up through ONE of those organizations to avoid duplicate payments. 

    If you wish to attend this event, we highly encourage you to join the waitlist even if tickets are currently sold out. We are constantly reevaluating venue capacity with our other host organizations and expect to see movement on the waitlist shortly. We will email you if you are offered a spot off the waitlist. 


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 7 Jun 2024
    • 9 Jun 2024
    • Crystal Lodge (4154 Village Green, Whistler, BC)
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    FACL BC is pleased to announce its inaugural Membership Retreat taking place at the Crystal Lodge in Whistler, BC from June 7 to 9, 2024. 

    Attendees have the option of purchasing a Retreat Ticket, which includes access to our Conference programming and the Keynote Dinner, or a Dinner-Only Ticket. Retreat Tickets are available to purchase now, and our Dinner-Only Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1, 2024. This is to ensure our conference attendees receive priority registration for dinner. 

    Accommodation at the Crystal Lodge is optional and can be requested through a separate form. Invoices will be issued once your accommodations are confirmed. Early Bird rates for Retreat Accommodation will be available until April 5, 2024. 

    For more details about the Membership Retreat, please visit the full webpage at 

    Please ensure you complete the following steps to secure your registration: 

    (1) Purchase a ticket using the sidebar on the left.  

    • Retreat Ticket (includes Conference & Keynote Dinner): Member $240 / Non-Member $250 
    • Dinner-Only Ticket (available on April 1): Member $170 / Non-Member $180
    (2) Submit your meal preferences and dietary restrictions for our Keynote Dinner here.

    (3) Request accommodations at the Crystal Lodge, if desired, here.


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email


Our Podcast



President's Message

Welcome home!

It is a great privilege to serve as FACL BC’s President for the 2023 to 2024 year. Like many of you, I am an immigrant (from Hong Kong), a first-generation Canadian, a first-generation university graduate, and a first-generation lawyer.

The diversity of our profession is slowly changing, but lots of work remains to be done. As we enter our 12th year, I hope to focus my presidential term on advocating more, enhancing accessibility, and building more alliances for the Asian-Canadian legal community. Asian-Canadians were not permitted to practice law in BC until the late 1940’s. Only 100 years ago, the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 was enacted with the objective of banning all immigration of Chinese peoples to Canada.

I joined FACL BC as a Student Member. The first time I ran for a board position at the annual general meeting (AGM), I was extremely nervous as I had never participated in a contested election. I was not elected and thought I would never show my face at FACL BC again out of humiliation and embarrassment.

But little did I know my journey at FACL BC actually began that day. The person who was elected for the role I ran for ended up becoming one of my closest friends in law. I went to my first FACL BC event following the AGM. Everyone – strangers – welcomed me with open arms because they all had the same intention of empowering other Asian-Canadian legal professionals, and “sending the elevator down” to junior lawyers. There was an incredible outpour of support from people I have never met, and this is still the case years later.

Not everyone’s experience at FACL BC is the same, but I think we all can safely say that the energy at FACL BC – both at the board and member level – is unparalleled. We are an incorporated non-profit society that is entirely volunteer driven other than two part-time student contractors. You or your firm’s support of our initiatives and mandate of promoting equity, justice, and opportunity can make a significant difference in our legal profession.

Because of FACL BC, I have been fortunate to meet and interact with very distinguished members of our bar, all of whom have carved the path for future generations of Asian-Canadians: from interviewing Justice Randall Wong, producing a documentary on discrimination and bias that screened at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, learning from some of the few King’s Counsel of Asian descent in this province (including Winston Sayson, KC on our Advisory Committee, and Louisa Winn, KC, who recently graced the cover of The Advocate), to sharing a meal with BC’s Attorney General, the Honourable Niki Sharma, KC. FACL BC has also supported me professionally by connecting me to job interviews and client referrals through our incredible network of 620+ members. Most importantly, this professional network has become a community of lifelong friends and mentors - some of which have been recognized individually for the work they do for FACL BC, including through the CBABC Equality & Diversity Award as well as the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.

These opportunities are, similarly, open to anyone who wishes to join FACL BC. I hope that you can benefit from the same through attending our exciting roster of events, or joining our future board, or one of our committees – advocacy, mentorship, membership, or gala.

I invite you and your friends to join us at Allies are welcome, and we offer a Supporting Membership for those who do not fall under the Full and Student Membership categories.

If you have any comments or feedback about FACL BC, please contact me anytime at Let’s get started!

Fiona Wong

President, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC


The FACL BC registered office is situated on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ə (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We acknowledge the significance of the land for the Indigenous peoples who have lived here and acted as stewards since time immemorial, as well as the historical and ongoing injustices they still face. We are committed to working towards decolonial solidarity and the full realization of Indigenous rights.   Read our full land acknowledgement here.

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