Lunch & Learn: White Collar Crime

  • 10 May 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • UBC Room at Vancouver Club (915 W Hastings St)


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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 UBC Room at the Vancouver Club (915 W Hastings St). 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

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