Spotlight: Christopher Yan
Christopher Yan is a Corporate Lawyer at Lawson Lundell LLP and was a past President of FACL BC.
1. What is something that not many people know about you?
That I have a twin brother! His name is Alex but no, unfortunately, we do not have any telepathic abilities.
2. How did you first get involved with FACL BC?
My involvement with FACL BC started during my time as a director for the FACL chapter in Alberta (FACL Western). At that time, there were many discussions about collaboration and building out the FACL brand across Canada. Since I was returning to Vancouver for my articles, it was a natural fit for me to get involved with FACL BC and to assist in any way I can to support its growth. Looking back more than a half decade ago, FACL BC has definitely come a long way from where it began. It has established itself well in the BC legal community.
3. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?
Though there are many events to choose from every year, my favourite FACL event each year is always the Annual Galas. Not only were they great events for networking and getting to meet new professionals (not just lawyers but from other industries as well), they also provided an excellent opportunity to rekindle relationships with past colleagues and friends. Further, I found the keynote speeches at each of the galas to have been very inspirational. Further, the "after-party" at each of the galas were also memorable and they were an enjoyable way to connect with others in a more casual setting.
4. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?
To dream bigger and expect more from yourself! It does not matter if this relates to your career, health, or relationship with family/friends. Too often do people aim for a “lower” bar since they are told that’s all they can expect to achieve or attain. It is incredible how much a person can achieve if they reach and put their mind to it.