Canadian Elder Law Conference 2015: The Journey of Aging—The Law & Beyond: Connecting Across Discipline & Geography

Course Date: November 12, 2015

Total: 5h 38min

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Thursday, November 12

Welcome and Introduction

Jan Goddard — Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP, Toronto
Hugh S. McLellan — McLellan Herbert, Vancouver

Opening Address: "Creative and Powerful Linkages: Anchoring Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Elder Abuse in BC"

Barb MacLean — Chair, Council to Reduce Elder Abuse, Family Caregivers of British Columbia, Victoria


A. Advance Health Care Planning: Supporting Clients to Prepare for Future Health Care Decisions (Implications of the Margot Bentley Decision)—Legal Content
Webinar Session

Moderator: Catherine M. Romanko — Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver
Richard H. Bell — Bell Alliance Lawyers & Notaries Public, Vancouver
Kathleen CunninghamExecutive Director, BC Law Institute, Vancouver
Laura Gaspard — Social Worker, Carewest, Calgary
Joanne Taylor — Executive Director, Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, Vancouver


B. Hard Cases, Tough Questions: Mental Capacity, Intention, and Consent—Reflections on Three Cases Involving Testamentary Capacity, Sexuality in a Long Term Care Setting, and Recent UK Case Law Developing the Inherent Jurisdiction—Legal Content

Margaret I. Hall — Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops
Vanessa Hope — JD student, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops
Kelly Melnyk — JD student, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops


C. Police Practice to Counter Elder Abuse—A Comparison of Two Communities: Montreal and New Westminster—Policy & Practice

Moderator: Marie Beaulieu — Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke
Josée Blais — Chief Inspector, City of Montreal Police Service, Montreal
Detective Constable Jacqueline Frost — Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Investigator, New Westminster Police Department, New Westminster
Reena Singh — Victim Support Worker, New Westminster Police Department, Elder Abuse Unit, New Westminster

Networking Break

DebateEstablishing a National Power of Attorney Registry: A Pan-Canadian Approach to Minimizing Financial Elder Abuse and Fraud

Doug Surtees — Associate Dean Academic, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Brian Trainor — Retired Police Sergeant and Community Education Consultant, Saskatoon

Kimberly Azyan — Director, Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver
Clare Burns — WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto

RefereeJay Chalke, QC — Ombudsperson of British Columbia, Victoria

Lunch with Keynote Speaker: "The Wounds of Silence: A LGBTQ Isolation and Elder Abuse—Strategic Approaches for Change"

Rick Goralewicz — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma


A. Guardianship Law in BC—Reflections on Changes to Legislation One Year In—Legal Content
Webinar Session

Andrew S. MacKay — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
Sarah Watson — Counsel, Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver


B. Fresh Approaches to Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution in Elder Matters—Legal Content

Joan Braun — Mediator and PhD student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Birgitta von Krosigk — Coach, Facilitator, and Mediator, Dialogica, Vancouver


C. Supporting Older Women Fleeing Abuse—Policy & Practice

Janice Abbott — Chief Executive Officer, Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver
Kendra Milne — Director of Law Reform, West Coast LEAF, Vancouver
Alana Prochuk — Manager of Public Legal Education, West Coast LEAF, Vancouver


A. Supporting Older Women Fleeing Abuse (cont'd)—Policy & Practice


B. Elder Abuse and Care Issues in a Long-Term Care Setting: Working Strategically to Advocate for Older Adults—Legal Content
Webinar Session

R.C. (Tino) Di Bella — Jawl Bundon LLP, Victoria
Michael B. Krabbendam, RN, Registered Psychiatric Nurse AdvAdministrator/Director of Care, Manoah Manor, Langley
Jane E. Meadus — Staff Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Toronto


C. Balancing Protection and Autonomy for the Older Adult with Dementia—An International Human Rights Approach—Policy & Practice

Deborah O'Connor Professor, University of BC School of Social Work, AND Co-Director, Centre for Research on Personhood and Dementia, Vancouver
Eva Ryrstedt — Professor, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden

Networking Break


A. The Practice and Promise of Class Action Litigation in Elder and Estate Law (USA and Canada)—Legal Content
Webinar Session

Mark Bauer — Professor, Stetson University College of Law, Florida
Reidar M. Mogerman Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, Vancouver
Rebecca Morgan — Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Elder Law, Stetson University College of Law, Florida
Laura Tamblyn Watts — Seniors Fellow CCEL, Toronto
Jennifer WinstanleyCamp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, Vancouver


B. The Lonely Client: Identifying "Psycholegal Soft Spots" in the Solicitor-Client Relationship—Legal Content

Heather Campbell — LLB, LLM student, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, Saskatoon
Eddy M. Elmer — PhD student, Social Gerontology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands


C. Arrimage: A Practical Guide on Intersystem Duo Practice Between Police Officers and Community Practitioners to Counter Elder AbusePolicy & Practice

Marie Beaulieu — Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke

Social Isolation of Seniors: Perspectives of the National Seniors Council

Dr. Andrew Wister — Chair, National Seniors Council, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Closing Remarks by CCEL

Friday, November 13

Welcome and Introduction

Jan Goddard — Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP, Toronto
Hugh S. McLellan — McLellan Herbert, Vancouver

Opening Address: "Seniors and the Right to Live at Risk—What Role does the Law Play?"

Isobel Mackenzie — BC Seniors Advocate, Victoria

Physician-Assisted Death and Health Care Decision-Making—The Implications of the Decisions in Carter and Bentley

Geoffrey W. White — Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation, Counsel, Clark Wilson LLP, Kelowna

Networking Break

Who to Call When a Vulnerable Adult Needs Help—Introducing the Decision Tree

Kevin Coughlin — Regional Consultant, Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver
Deidre J. Herbert — McLellan Herbert, Vancouver
Detective/Constable Natasha Holdal Vancouver Police Department, DVACH – Elder Abuse Unit, Vancouver
Leanne Lange — Clinical Specialist, Adult Abuse and Neglect, Fraser Health, Coquitlam
Alison Leaney — Provincial Coordinator, Vulnerable Adults Community Response, Services to Adults, Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, Vancouver

Lunch with Keynote Speaker: "Aging in Popular Culture and Representations of Aging in TV, Movies, and Advertising"

Darren Blakeborough — Professor, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford


A. Late-Life Separation and Divorce: Demographics, Financial Consequences, and Pensions and Benefits Issues—Legal Content
Webinar Session

John-Paul E. Boyd — Executive Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, Calgary
Anna Laing — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver


B. Workshop: Addressing Elder Abuse in Ethno-Cultural Communities—Mapping the Gaps in Existing Knowledge Mobilization Tools—Policy & Practice   [Please note Workshop B runs from 1:10 pm – 4:25 pm]

Krista James — National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver
Karen M. Kobayashi — Associate Professor and Research Affiliate, Department of Sociology and Centre on Aging, University of Victoria, Victoria

Mental Capacity and Predatory Marriage: Challenging Unscrupulous Marriages

Heather Hogan — Whaley Estate Litigation, Toronto
Kimberly A. Whaley — Whaley Estate Litigation, Toronto

Networking Break

Mental Capacity Assessment—The When and How of Getting a Referral and Working Strategically with Assessment Professionals

Dr. Carole Cohen — Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
Kevin Smith — Staff Lawyer, BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, Vancouver

Dementia and Client Competency—Practice Tips, Communications Strategies, and Ethical Issues

The Honourable Marion J. Allan — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Barbara K. Buchanan — Practice Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Barbara J. Lindsay — Director, Advocacy and Education, Alzheimer Society of BC, Vancouver

Closing Remarks

Jan Goddard — Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP, Toronto
Hugh S. McLellan — McLellan Herbert, Vancouver