Self-Governing Professions 2017


Course Date: June 2, 2017

Total: 6h 11min

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Welcome and Introduction

Lisa C. Fong — Ng Ariss Fong, Vancouver
Angela R. Westmacott, QC — Lovett Westmacott, Victoria

Regulating Professional Businesses

  • differences in regulating professionals versus their businesses
  • the case for and against regulating businesses
  • registration, quality assurance, investigation and discipline
  • lessons learned and challenges ahead

Deborah Armour — Chief Legal Officer, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Geoff Thiele — Director, Legal Services, Real Estate Council of BC, Vancouver

Labour Mobility

  • interprovincial labour  mobility agreements
  • enforcement mechanisms
  • important issues
    • equivalent occupation
    • character
    • competency
    • currency of practice
    • “legitimate objectives”
  • cases to know 

Jason Herbert — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Difficult Inquiry Issues: View from Two Sides

  • responding to an investigation
  • continuing an investigation when there is concurrent legislation
  • taking interim action on a registrant’s license: how much information is enough before proceeding and how is a defense to be treated
  • charging standards for sending to discipline hearing

Natasha Dookie — Deputy Registrar/Chief Officer Registration, Inquiry & Discipline, College of Registered Nurses, Vancouver
Jennifer Strate — Senior Manager (Acting), Inquiry & Discipline, College of Registered Nurses, Vancouver
Lara C. H. Zee — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (Provided)

Unauthorized Practice and Contempt

  • injunctions to cease unauthorized   practice
  •  injunctions to search and seizure evidence
  •  recent cases:
    •  unauthorized cosmetic surgery
    •  unauthorized dental practice
    •  seizing electronic equipment: phones and computers

Brent Olthuis — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver

Key Recent Regulatory Cases

  • who decides what is in the public interest
  • regulating civility
  • tribunal review of tribunal decisions
  • delay or not to delay?

Sarah A. Hellmann — College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC, Vancouver
Graeme Keirstead — Chief Legal Counsel, College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC, Vancouver
Jaia Rai — Beach Avenue Barristers, Vancouver

Networking Break

Trends in Professional Regulation

  • regulating of regulators
  • loss of self-regulation
  • mandatory transparency and discipline
  • increased litigation against regulators

Rebecca Durcan — Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc, Toronto
Lisa C. Fong — Ng Ariss Fong, Vancouver
Katrina Haymond — Field Law, Edmonton
Angela R. Westmacott, QC — Lovett Westmacott, Victoria