Canadian Elder Law Conference 2015: The Journey of Aging - the Law and Beyond: Key Practice Challenges and Hot Topics in Legal Practic


Course Date: November 13, 2015

Total: 6h 12min

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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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #1 (choose 1)

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

OR

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

OR

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

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

Con:
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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #2 (choose 1)

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

OR

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

OR

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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #3 (choose 1)

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

OR

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 

OR

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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS #4 (choose 1)

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

OR

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

OR

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
Jessica Calvé — Research Assistant, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke
Joséphine Loock — Research Professional, 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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS (choose 1)

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

OR

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