• 6 Mar 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Blakes (#3500 - 1133 Melville St) & Zoom

    The FACL BC In-House Committee is thrilled to welcome Li-Jeen Broshko, K.C. and Hubert Lai, K.C.  at our inaugural Trailblazer event. You will hear firsthand from Li-Jeen and Hubert about their paths to reaching the highest legal positions at the two largest research universities in the province, SFU and UBC, and, in Li-Jeen’s case, her leadership now in helping to keep British Columbians safe.  You’ll hear their advice for lawyers at any level of experience who want to succeed in-house and about the importance of allyship in the legal profession.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 
    • Time: 5:30 - 8:00PM
    • Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, #3500 - 1133 Melville St, Vancouver, BC

    This will be a hybrid in-person/Zoom event, with a Zoom link to follow for remote registrants. The discussion will be led in person by Kristen Woo, Legal Counsel at the BC Public School Employers’ Association. We encourage you to join us in person for the opportunity to meet Li-Jeen and Hubert and to get to know other FACL members.



    • 5:30PM - Doors Open/Reception
    • 6:00PM - Opening Remarks / Moderated Discussion with Li-Jeen and Hubert
    • 7:00PM - Closing Remarks and Post-Event Social

    Special thanks to Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP for their support and sponsorship of this event.

    Meet our Speakers

    Li-Jeen Broshko, K.C., joined SFU in 2010 where she served for over 12 years.  As General Counsel and University Secretary, she was the University Executive member responsible for all legal matters.  Her office had operational responsibility for the Board of Governors, the Human Rights Office, University Policies, Internal Audit, the Office of the Ombudsperson as well as Archives and Records Management, which included freedom of information and privacy.  She is now Vice President, Legal and Governance at E-Comm 911, which is the primary emergency communications service provider in BC, whose stakeholders include all levels of government and the emergency services agencies operating in the province.  She has over 20 years of combined executive and legal experience.  

    Hubert Lai, K.C., was appointed as University Counsel at the University of British Columbia in 2001. At the time, he was the youngest person to have ever served in such a capacity at a major Canadian university. As well, from 2006 to 2007, he simultaneously served as the University’s Associate Vice President, Government Relations. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the University Executive. In 2012, he was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. In 2022, he was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.


    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 info@faclbc.ca.

    • 8 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Register Here

    Join us on Friday, March 8, 2024 for an online workshop hosted by WorkSafeBC (WCB) where WCB lawyers, Joash Fang, Lindsay Clement and Heather Hettiarachchi will walk FACL members through prohibited action complaints. This workshop follows our latest workshop regarding discrimination on the basis of political belief, and is being hosted in recognition of FACL BC's position condemning hostility and discrimination in British Columbia.

    Under the Workers Compensation Act, a worker that reports a health or safety issue to their employer, union or WorkSafeBC, is exercising their legal right or carrying out a duty. This includes reports regarding workplace bullying and harassment. In response, it is illegal for the employer or union to threaten or take a prohibited action against a worker reporting the issue. A prohibited action includes any action by the employer or union that has a negative impact on the workers’ employment or membership in the union. For example, a negative impact includes when the worker is dismissed, demoted or working hours are changed. Workers who have experienced this can file a prohibited action complaint.  

    We want our members to feel safe at their workplaces including having their voices heard without facing negative consequences on their employment. Our goal with this workshop is to ensure that our members are aware of the support and remedies available to them if they feel they have been penalized after reporting a health or safety issue at their workplace.

    This seminar is eligible for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. FACL BC thanks WorkSafeBC for making this workshop possible. 

    Meet our Panelists 

    Joash Fang joined WorkSafeBC’s Prohibited Action Complaints section in January 2021. He is a first-generation lawyer and a 2015 graduate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining WorkSafeBC, Joash practiced insurance defense litigation with a downtown Vancouver firm. Joash also previously worked with the BC Public Service, first as an Investigative Analyst with the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, conducting oversight into complaints alleging misconduct by municipal police officers, and then as a Legal Counsel with the Attorney General’s office, focusing on policy and legislation reform.

    Heather Hettiarachchi is a Legal Adjudicative Officer at WorkSafeBC responsible for adjudicating prohibited action complaints. Previously, Heather practiced workplace law, including providing coaching and training, and workplace investigation and mediation services. In addition to a law degree, Heather has a MSc in HR Management and Training. She also holds CPHR and SHRM-SCP designations in Canada and the US and a QMed designation with ADRIC. Prior to law, Heather was a HR Manager at UBC and Labour Relations Advisor to Vancouver Community College. Heather is an active member of the CBA, and also mentors junior lawyers, law students, and HR professionals.

    Lindsay Clement graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School in 2011, after obtaining a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2007. Ms. Clement began her legal career at a large nursing union, representing union members at various levels of the grievance process, including arbitration. In 2018, Ms. Clement began adjudicating prohibited action complaints under the Workers Compensation Act.


      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 info@faclbc.ca.

      • 15 Mar 2024
      • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • TRU (Old Main, Room 3782) & Zoom

      Advocating for your own mental health and well-being can be a challenge when you are navigating the demands and expectations of the legal profession. Join our panel speakers, who will share their lived experiences with mental health and addictions for an opportunity to learn tools that will help you navigate and advocate for yourself during the various stages of your legal career. Our diverse panel will share how they have developed effective strategies to balance their legal career with their life outside of work, and their recommendations to create healthy and sustainable habits in their work life. 


      • Hardeep Chahal, TRU Associate Counsel
      • Ruby Dhand, TRU Faculty of Law Professor
      • Kim Carter, Kim Carter Law

      This event will take place on March 15, 2024 at 11:30AM in a hybrid format. Registrants may choose to attend in-person at Thompson Rivers University or on Zoom.


      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 info@faclbc.ca.

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