Spotlight: Samson Chan
This month’s first spotlight is Samson Chan. Samson is currently Senior Corporate Counsel at London Drugs and was a former FACL BC board member.
1. What is something not many people know about you?
I worked as a vaccine program researcher at BCCDC during the last pandemic and actually published clinical papers as the first author (as if my resume isn't nerdy enough). I'm still very much involved in healthcare personally and professionally.
2. How did you first get involved with FACL?
I first got involved by attending the 2013 FACL BC Gala as a first year law student, and then officially as a student director in 2015 (back when the AGMs were held at a bar!). Back then I did not imagine FACL BC to grow this fast and become what it is today, and definitely did not think I would one day become the President. Needless to say, I'm super proud of what FACL BC has achieved and accomplished collectively and we're in great hands with the current board.
3. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?
Invest in yourself and be more entrepreneurial earlier on in life, whether that be learning new languages, improving on public speaking skills, trying new business ventures or investments, etc. Life is too short to stay in status quo. Don't dream - just do it.
4. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?
The FACL BC Gala (all of them) has always been a major highlight, but I would say the upcoming documentary "But I look like a lawyer" will be my favourite initiative. It's such a game-changer for Asian Canadian lawyers to publicly and collectively deliver such strong and unfiltered messages regarding the existing systemic racism in the profession.