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 700 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 80,000 lawyers.

In 2024, FACL BC received the Canadian Bar Association Touchstone Award as a result of our contributions relating to race and gender, and for promoting equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, and the legal community in all of Canada. 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. 


    • 14 Jun 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TD Tower (18th Floor, 700 W Georgia St)
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    TD is our Exclusive Financial Partner for 2023-2024. We are pleased to introduce the third instalment of our Financial Series with TD: Investing for Lawyers - Basics to Advanced.

    TD will be hosting two sessions: “Basics on Investing” and “Advanced Investing.” Whether you are just starting your financial journey or looking to enhance your investment approach, join us in person to learn from TD’s experts. Attendees can choose to attend one of the sessions, which will feature presentations from TD financial planners, Kyle Fan and Aman Grewal, followed by an open Q&A to address your specific questions. After the sessions, there will be time to mingle and network with TD specialists and fellow attendees.

    Event Details:

    Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
    Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
    Location: TD Tower, 18th Floor, 700 W Georgia Street

    Agenda:

    5:30pm: Registration
    6:00pm: Investment Sessions
    7:00pm: Mingling/Networking

    Meet the TD Specialists:

    Kyle Fan has been working in the personal financial services industry since 2007, with a focus on fostering strong client relationships and in-depth knowledge about financial markets and investing. He is dedicated to helping customers achieve their personal financial goals. Kyle holds a bachelor's degree in business finance from the Central University of Finance and Economics. He also holds the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation offered by the Financial Planning Standards Council and the Chartered Investment Manager® (CIM®) designation.

    Aman Grewal is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of diverse experience in both the banking and public financial sectors. Holding a Certified Financial Planner® designation from FP Canada, Aman has exhibited exceptional skills in financial planning. Graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's in business administration, specializing in financial planning. Aman is deeply passionate about mentoring and guiding young professionals towards financial empowerment and success.

    Please note that this is a complementary event. Please update your RSVP if your plans change as a courtesy to our sponsor. Failure to do so without explanation, or repeated no-shows at free FACL BC events, may affect your attendance status and future registrations at events where catering is arranged.

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    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 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Sun Sui Wah (3888 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9)
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    As the good weather (hopefully) starts to roll in, we want to invite our mentors and mentees to a dim sum lunch to reconnect and meet other mentor-mentee pairs. If you are not paired with a mentor or mentee, we are happy to have you and we invite you to come and meet other FACL BC members in the mentorship program. 

    • Location: Sun Sui Wah (3888 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9) 
    • Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 2024 | Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    • Registration fee: $30 for lawyers | $20 for students
    We hope to see you there!


    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom


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    Are you ready to unlock the numerous benefits of journaling? Dive into the world of self-discovery, creativity, and empowerment by joining FACL BC’s weekend writing session on Zoom.

    As this month's session lands on Father's Day, we hope you can join us to journal about some family-themed questions! 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!

    Please note that starting this year, we will be meeting bi-monthly. Your support has made this journey remarkable, and we look forward to more shared moments of creativity and growth.

    Moderated by:

    • Jenny Huang, Associate at Blakes VP Marketing
    • Janice Fujikawa, 3L at UVic


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    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.

    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom


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    Whether you are a law student or a lawyer lateraling as an associate from another province, this event is tailored to provide you with tips about transferring to BC. Join us virtually on Zoom on June 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (PT), as our panelists share their experiences transitioning from out of province to practicing in BC. Learn essential strategies on navigating recruitment, building networks and settling into the BC legal community. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

    Meet our Panelists


    Xue Zhang (she/her)

    Xue Zhang is an associate at Lawson Lundell LLP, practicing in business law and commercial real estate law in the Asia Pacific Group. She summered and articled at the same firm, and was called to the bar in 2024. She attended the University of Calgary for her Juris Doctor, and was a visiting/letter of permission student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law during her 3L. Xue looks forward to sharing her experience navigating 2L recruitment as an out-of-province law student, as well as her summer and articling experience in Vancouver. 


    Jerry Zhu (he/him)

    Jerry is currently an associate at Sangra Moller LLP, practicing in corporate, commercial, and securities law. Jerry attended the University of Toronto for both his law school and undergraduate studies, before articling with Sangra Moller LLP and being called to the bar in 2024. He has thoroughly enjoyed exploring life on the West Coast, and is excited to discuss the student recruitment process as an out-of-province student, licensing in British Columbia, as well as general working differences between Vancouver and Toronto as a new call.


    Jeff Hernaez (he/him)

    Jeff is currently a lawyer at Olthuis van Ert where he practices commercial litigation and regulatory law. He started his legal career in Toronto as an articling student at a large national firm, and he was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2016. Jeff then practiced litigation at a small firm in Toronto from 2016-2017, before deciding to move to Vancouver. Jeff was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2017, where he first started working at a large national firm. Jeff received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Western University in 2012. He is hoping that attendees of this event will leave with an understanding of the differences in work culture between Toronto and Vancouver, and what is like working at a small vs large firm.


    Haifeng Hu (he/him)

    Haifeng is currently a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott LLP in the Corporate Group whose practice focuses on: private equity, mergers and acquisitions, energy, corporate finance, securities, and general corporate matters. Haifeng received his Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary, and began his legal career at Stikeman Elliott’s Calgary office as an articling student before being called to the Alberta bar in 2016. Haifeng practiced in Stikeman Elliott’s Alberta office until August 2021, before deciding to move to Stikeman Elliott’s Vancouver office. Haifeng is excited to share his experiences in working across Alberta and British Columbia at a national law firm. 

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    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.

    • 7 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Memorial South Park
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    We invite you to join us for our President's Picnic and Board Info Session on Sunday, July 7, 2024, from 12:00 - 2:30 PM.

    Venue: Memorial South Park, picnic area by the pond (Google Maps) by 41st and Prince Albert Street

    Attire: Weekend Casual

    Please bring something small for yourself and to share with 3-4 people.

    In addition to the picnic, our board members will be available to chat with those interested in joining us as a director or as a volunteer. Discover upcoming initiatives, gain a deeper understanding of our organization, and explore ways to contribute your skills and perspectives to our community.

    Whether you are a longstanding member or new to FACL BC, we extend a warm invitation to you. We appreciate your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you there.

    To help reduce waste, you are encouraged to bring your own tupperware/cups. If there are any weather updates, we will provide an update on our event page accordingly.

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    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.

    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom


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    In accordance with the Bylaws of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (“FACL BC”), notice is hereby given to all Members of FACL BC that a General Meeting of the Members ("AGM") will be held as follows:

    • Location: Zoom

    • Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024

    • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    This AGM is open to all current FACL BC Members. Please register for the AGM by July 11, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. to receive the Zoom link. Voting will be conducted with the Zoom polling feature for those in virtual attendance. A form for appointing a proxy for matters requiring a vote at this AGM will be provided in advance of the AGM.

    If you are not a current FACL BC Member or have yet to register for the 2024-2025 year, you can join/renew through our website.

    The Agenda for the AGM is as follows (subject to minor changes):

    • 5:00-5:05 – President – meeting called to order and approval of previous meeting minutes
    • 5:05-5:10 – Treasurer/Secretary remarks – financial statements and membership details
    • 5:10-5:15  Outgoing President’s remarks
    • 5:15-5:20 – Incoming President’s remarks
    • 5:20-5:30 – Incoming VPs’ remarks
    • 5:30-5:40 – Acknowledgement of departing and remaining board members
    • 5:40-6:10 – Election of new board members
    • 6:10-6:20 – Announcement of scholarship winners
    • 6:20-6:25 – Announcement of election results
    • 6:25-6:30 – Closing remarks and adjournment

    A post-AGM will be held at a venue in downtown Vancouver. The exact time and location will be announced separately. We hope you can join us and meet FACL BC's Board of Directors and Members.

      2. Call for Nominations

      If you are interested in joining FACL BC’s Board of Directors (the “FACL BC Board”), please complete the nomination form by 11:59 p.m. on July 2, 2024. Your nomination statement should include a short summary of who you are, why you are interested in our organization, and the extent of your previous involvement with FACL BC (if any) (maximum of 300 words). These nomination statements will be sent to all FACL BC members. You may submit a nomination statement for no more than one position described below. 

      All FACL BC Board members are expected to attend monthly Board meetings, participate in FACL BC committees (Membership, Advocacy, Gala, or Mentorship), and contribute actively to the planning and execution of FACL BC programming and initiatives.

      The following positions are available: 

      Director-at-Large (Two-Year Term)

      The FACL BC Board has four Director-at-Large (two-year term) positions available. These positions are open to FACL BC’s Full Members. Members on the FACL BC Board are expected to assume active high-level and on-the-ground leadership for our various initiatives, including in leading FACL BC committees. 

      Director-at-Large (One-Year Term)

      The FACL BC Board has one Director-at-Large (one-year term) position available. This position is open to FACL BC’s Full Members. Members on the FACL BC Board are expected to assume active high-level and on-the-ground leadership for our various initiatives, including in leading FACL BC committees. 

      Secretary (Two Year Term)

      The FACL BC Board has one Secretary position available. This position is open to FACL BC’s Full Members. The Secretary is an integral part of the FACL BC Board and responsible for, among others:

      • overseeing the issuance of notices of FACL BC General Meetings and Board meetings;
      • taking minutes of FACL BC General Meetings and Board meetings;
      • maintaining the records of the FACL BC Society in accordance with the Societies Act;
      • assisting in conducting the correspondence of the FACL BC Board; and
      • overseeing the filing of the annual report of the FACL BC and making any other filings with the registrar under the Societies Act

        Area Director (Two-Year Term)

        The FACL BC Board has one Area Director position for each of Kamloops and Victoria available. Area Directors are key liaisons between FACL BC and their respective region’s legal community and represent/promote FACL BC in their respective regions. These positions are open to FACL BC’s full members in Kamloops or Victoria.

        Student Director (One-Year Term)

        The FACL BC Board has one Student Director position for each of BC’s law schools (UBC, TRU, and UVic) available. Student Directors are key liaisons between FACL BC and their respective law school and represent/promote FACL BC at their respective law school. These positions are open to FACL BC’s student members who are current JD or graduate law students at UBC, TRU, or UVic. 

        Candidates for FACL BC Board positions may share their candidacy with Members leading up to the AGM through social media and email. If you choose to do so, please be mindful of Members' communication preferences.

        If you have any questions, please contact us at info@faclbc.ca.

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        If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email info@faclbc.ca.


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      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 700+ 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 http://faclbc.ca/join. 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 president@faclbc.ca. Let’s get started!

      Fiona Wong

      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 land acknowledgement here.

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