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. 

We welcome you to join us as a member or attend any of our upcoming events below.

    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom


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    There are so many benefits to journaling, it can 1) help you keep track of your goals; 2) reduce stress and anxiety; 3) strengthen your memory; 4) help you find inspiration; and 5) allow you to gain self-confidence. Join us for FACL BC’s weekend writing session on Sunday, February 12th to find out more.

    We will be getting together to write on one of three question prompts. Afterwards, we’ll share generally what came through in our writing and anything else that you’d like to share. 

    Grab a coffee, bring a pen and paper and let’s start journaling. See you there!

    Moderated by:

    • Jenny Huang, Associate at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP | Chair of Membership Committee
    • Amy Xu, Articling Student at Powell, Gray & Kim LLP 


        • 12 Feb 2023
        • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Gram Cafe & Pancakes, 2145 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, V6M 1Z6
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        Come out to FACL BC’s dessert social night at Gram Cafe & Pancakes in Kerrisdale! Hosted by the Membership Committee, this will be a “sweet” opportunity to meet new people in an informal setting.

        The event is capped at 20 spots so register to save your spot today. Cost to attend will be $20 which includes tax and tip, and comes with a pancake and drink. We thank Gram Pancakes for their support of this event in offering this new and beautiful space.

        Please complete this form to select your pancake and drink items prior to your arrival: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekGjRdVrf6b6d0-WMCmMczjvurCSmfHqeMs-_DgsSCMuYSXA/viewform?usp=sf_link.

        We look forward to seeing you there!


        • 16 Feb 2023
        • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
        • Hà Nội Old Quarter (5207 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3V4)
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        FACL BC is introducing the FACL BC Hometown Eats Series! This Series invites members to network over plates of delicious food prepared by local favourite restaurants. Each event of this Series will highlight a particular kind of Asian cuisine and will be hosted by a member of our FACL BC board. 

        Do you enjoy Vietnamese food or have always wanted to try it but didn’t have the opportunity? Come join us for our third FACL BC Hometown Eats event, taking place at Hà Nội Old Quarter on Thursday, February 16 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. 

        • Restaurant: Hà Nội Old Quarter 
        • Location: 5207 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3V4
        • Date & Time: Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

        Hà Nội Old Quarter features authentic Northern Vietnamese dishes resulting from three generations of culinary tradition and various family recipes filled with passion and earnestness.

        The cost is $30 per person and will include a selection of some of the best dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. Drinks will be on your own tab. This event has an attendance cap so make sure you secure your ticket earlier than later

        Event hosts: Linda Nguyen & Steven Ngo 

        • 8 Mar 2023
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
        • Zoom & Whitelaw Twining (#2400-200 Granville St)
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        Have you been told that all lawyers should endeavor to build their own book of business?

        This business development seminar will feature lawyer panelists who will discuss business and client development in the context of their own practice and issues that are unique to female lawyers in light of International Women's Day. 

        We have invited several Asian women lawyer panelists who will share their unique practice and business development journeys with the attendees. 

        This event will be take place on March 8, 2023 at 12:00PM in a hybrid format: 

        • To attend virtually, please register on Zoom.
        • To attend in-person at the office of Whitelaw Twining, please register on our website. Given limited physical seating, in-person attendance is capped at 20 registrants. A $5 registration fee will apply for in-person registrants. 

        This event is approved for 1.0 hour of CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

        We thank Whitelaw Twining for their venue sponsorship and kind support. 

        • 10 Mar 2023
        • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Deville Coffee Waterfront (325 Seymour Street)
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        Come out to our second annual Espresso Chats event! This year's "Night Owl edition" will be held after-hours at Deville Coffee Waterfront. Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with one another and enjoy a wide selection of beverages. You will also be automatically entered in a draw to win 1 of 2 door prizes. 

        Attendees will be responsible for their own costs at this event. Caffeine-free beverages are available, including decaf lattes and cappuccinos, herbal teas, and hot chocolate. Food orders MUST be preordered through this link by March 8, 2023.  

        • When: March 10, 2023 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM 
        • Where: 325 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5A6

        Thank you to Helen and Deville Coffee Waterfront for generously offering FACL BC this beautiful space. 

        • 25 Mar 2023
        • 9:30 AM
        • 16 Sep 2023
        • 12:30 PM
        • Vancouver, BC


        Apply here by February 24 at 11:59 PM (PST)

        The FACL BC Leadership Academy is the first of its kind and was created to address the lack of diversity at organizational leadership levels and develop the next generation of leaders in our Asian Canadian legal community.

        This 6-month program has been uniquely designed to equip future leaders with key tools and strategies for leadership growth while allowing participants to form authentic connections with peers within the profession.  This program is envisioned to serve as an important stepping stone for its participants on their individual and collective paths toward career excellence, personal growth, and leadership.

        In particular, Leadership Academy fellows will:

        • Learn about the fundamentals of authentic leadership  
        • Develop practical and tangible skills for growth and success  
        • Form meaningful connections with future leaders 
        • Gain a clearer sense of identity and purpose in their personal and professional lives

          Qualifications

          The program is designed to accelerate junior to mid-level Asian Canadian lawyers through their careers.  Enrollment in the program is limited to up to 12 lawyers. All FACL BC members are encouraged to apply. 

          This year, the selection committee will focus on the following:

          • Experience: This year’s program will prefer candidates with 3 to 6 years of experience.
          • Membership: Applicants must be full members or eligible for full membership of FACL BC.  For more information on how to join, please visit our page (full member fees are $50 annually).
          • Background: FACL BC is a pan-Asian organization celebrating the diversity of our Asian communities - we explicitly encourage lawyers who self-identify as South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, West Asian and other Asian Canadians to apply.

          Fees

          FACL BC will provide the facilitators, guest speakers, materials, and venue. If accepted, attendees are expected to commit a program fee and provide their own travel and accommodations, where required. 

          • FACL BC Members: $100
          • Non-FACL BC Members: $200

          Financial support may be available upon request.

          Schedule

          All  sessions run in person and on Saturdays from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Vancouver, unless otherwise noted.  Schedule is subject to modification.

          • Session One (Mar. 25): Leadership Redefined - Authenticity, Identity & Storytelling
          • Session Two (May 13): Growth “Hacks” - Habit Formation and Building a Support Network
          • Session Three (Jun. 10): Diversity in Action - Team Building and People Management 
          • Session Four (Sep. 16)Leadership Realized - Crisis Management as Identity Management 

          Program Leads

          • Mark Leung | Advisor, FACL BC & General Counsel, GSL Group
          • Steven Ngo | President, FACL BC & Counsel, Rivian

          Guest speakers will be announced during the program. 

          Application

          Apply here by February 24 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

          Reference 

          • Precedent Magazine: “Why are law firms still failing on diversity” (Ontario) | Link 
          • Reuters: “Law firm associate diversity deepened in 2022 as partners saw slower change” (US) | Link 


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        President's Message

        Ten years ago, I remember attending my first FACL event as a law student. It was an experience that I’ll never forget because it was the first time I felt like I belonged in this profession.

        Like many of you, I was the first in my family to attend law school. My parents were immigrants who came to Canada with next to nothing in their pockets. They worked hard so that we could have a better future. Despite getting into law school, I couldn’t help but feel like an outsider. Even my dad was worried that the colour of my skin would put me at a disadvantage he was not wrong.

        Attending my first FACL event changed all of this. It was the first time I met lawyers who not only looked like me but were also willing to lend a hand. FACL gave me a sense of belonging and a sense of family. 

        I believe that this is what sets FACL apart from other organizations. And as a family, we support each other, we advocate for each other, and we lend a helping hand to others in need.

        The rise of anti-Asian hate in the past two years has shown us the importance of organizations like FACL BC that we can lean on for advocacy. We are now at a pivotal moment in history where we have the social license to speak up. We now have a seat at the table. Now is the time to send the elevator down to support the future generation of lawyers. 

        I am grateful for the support of our community. I am grateful for our dedicated volunteers and directors. Finally, I am grateful for members like you.

        It is our members who continue to inspire us towards promoting equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community. In return, I invite you to continue promoting our mission, to take part in our active committees, and to connect with me

        This year marks our 11th year in BC, and we’ve only just begun.

        Steven Ngo

        President, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC

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        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 statement here.

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