Risk Management for Corporations 2012

Course Date: November 1, 2012

Total: 5h 9min

Welcome and Introduction

Heather L. Jones — Sager Legal Advisors LLP, West Vancouver

Risk Management

  • what does the term risk management mean in practice?
  • ensuring that your clients get the maximum benefit from your work
  • advantages for you and your client
  • what the case law tells us
  • how to be proactive in your practice

Owen de Vries — Sager Legal Advisors LLP, West Vancouver
Heather L. Jones — Sager Legal Advisors LLP, West Vancouver


  • properly identifying corporate obligations and risks in a contract
  • how to establish your clients to be successful in avoiding problems
  • putting your clients in the best possible position to enforce their rights
  • putting your clients in the best possible position to defend potential litigation
  • understanding the need for internal consistency
  • assist in ensuring fulfillment of performance obligations
  • planning for when things go awry

Douglas W. Lahay — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break


  • how insurance can help to reduce the risk
  • the scope and effect of corporate insurance
  • how to ensure that insurance remains effective
  • interrelation between insurance requirements and business decisions
  • major invalidating factors—what the case law shows

John M. Moshonas — Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Policies and Procedures

  • why counsel should be involved in policies and procedures
  • the most common areas of business that receive challenges or complaints
  • the areas of business that cause the most concern if things go awry
  • key considerations when evaluating policies and procedures
  • planning for a problem—what the case law and practice tells us
    • day to day procedures to avoid problems
    • serious event; who will be involved, what law will be involved, corporate obligations, and more
  • checklists

Joscelyn P. Baker — Polygon Homes Ltd., Vancouver
Scott A. Dawson — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver

Public Relations: From Pro-active to Crisis Management

  • how proactive media relations can help in a crisis; how to work with the media
  • crisis management—how to face the public
  • what not to do in a crisis
  • preparing witnesses for court and the court of public opinion

Deborah Folka, APR — DLF Communications Ltd., Vancouver

Networking Break

What To Do When Things Go Wrong?: Panel

  • the most common crisis calls
    • what to do
    • what not to do
  • how to prevent an issue from going sideways?
  • avoiding litigation
Martin Donner  Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Brent R.H. Johnston — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver
Jeff Schaafsma, RF — Manager, Risk Management, City of Surrey, Surrey 

Closing Questions and Comments