Upcoming Events

Canadian Elder Law Conference 2017

Save the Date! The 2017 Canadian Elder Law Conference will be held on November 2-3 in Vancouver, BC.

Building on the success of the 2015 conference, we are again hosting the event in collaboration with the Community Legal Education Society of BC (CLEBC). Please contact CLEBC to register.

If you have any questions of agenda topics or sponsorship, please contact CCEL National Director Krista James at kjames@bcli.org.

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Free Webinar: Older Women’s Rights Matter

Free two-part webinar series

May 24 and May 31, noon-1 pm PST

Elder abuse and violence against women aren’t separate issues, and we believe that they must not be separate conversations. That’s why we are working with West Coast LEAF to offer a free webinar for front-line service providers to explore the legal challenges that are most likely to impact older women in BC who have experienced violence.

If you support or advocate for older women in BC, we invite you to join our free two-part webinar on Tuesday May 24th and Tuesday May 31st 2016 from noon to 1 pm Pacific Time. We will introduce our new 90-page plain language legal handbook for older women fleeing violence, called Roads to Safety, and offer an overview of some of the legal topics it covers:


  • Decision-making rights and capacity, including for women with dementia and mental health diagnoses
  • Substitute decision-makers and the abuse of decision-making authority
  • Protection orders and peace bonds
  • Options to assist older women who are facing abuse and cannot take action to protect themselves


  • Public pensions
  • Basics of property division after separation or divorce, including pension division
  • Steps to protect assets in cases of financial abuse

Each session will be framed by discussion of the insights that 450 older women shared with us in nine different languages as part of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project. Throughout the webinar, we’ll maintain a focus on the gendered dynamics of violence against older adults. We aim to prompt reflection about how legal challenges in the aftermath of abuse can vary based not only on age and gender, but also based on ability, citizenship status, Indigenous identity, language, access to financial resources, and more. We hope you will come away with greater confidence in talking to older women in BC about their legal rights and options in the context of abuse.

This webinar is part of the Older Women’s Legal Education Project, a collaboration between West Coast LEAF and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Funding has been generously provided by the BC Council to Reduce Elder Abuse.

Space in the webinar is limited to 100 people.


Questions? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Alana Prochuk at education@westcoastleaf.org or 604-684-8772 extension 117.

Spring Workshops, Presentations and Community Outreach

CCEL is pleased to speak at various up and coming events including:

CLEBC and CCEL in collaboration present

The Journey of Aging — the Law and Beyond

2-Day Conference – Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13, 2015

DAY 1: Connecting Across Discipline and Geography

Join practitioners from law, social work, health care, finance, non-profit and other sectors from across the country and around the world to talk about the challenges and issues involved in working with older adults.

DAY 2: Key Practice Challenges and Hot Topics in Legal Practice

Explore issues engaged in powers of attorney and substitute decision-making, health care decision-making and end of life care, mental capacity and dementia, elder abuse and neglect, and other challenging subjects that arise in representing older adults and their families.

Read more about the 2015 Conference

Stakeholder Invitation

Keynote Address with Minister Wong

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:00- 1:45 P.M.
UBC Faculty of Law, Allard Hall
1822 East Mall, Terrace Lounge 4th floor
Vancouver, B.C.

Join the Canadian Centre for Elder Law for a keynote speech from the Minister of State (Seniors) Alice Wong on social isolation of seniors.

Social isolation touches many aspects of seniors’ lives, including access to information and services, active participation in the community, healthy aging, income security and caregiving. The Government of Canada has a number of programs and activities aimed at creating awareness and addressing the impact of this growing issue. Aligning the priorities of these programs and activities will have the best impact on social isolation of seniors.

To register for this free event please email rdickinson@bcli.org.

International Women’s Day 2014 Event

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is once again hosting an international Women’s Day event focused on the experiences on March 6, 2014

Read more about details of the event

World Elder Law Study Group 2013

The World Elder Law Study Group allows elder law professors, practitioners and other professionals from around the world interested in law and aging issues, research and education, a chance to meet up with colleagues and exchange ideas on elder law research, issues and teaching.

The 2013 World Elder Law Study Group is being held on November 11 in Waikiki, Hawaii, United States. The event is being held in the Hale Koa Hotel on the beautiful and internationally renowned Waikiki beach, located on the island of Oahu.

Learn more about the World Study Group 2013.

International Elder Law Conference with a Veterans Focus

The International Elder Law Conference with a Veterans Focus, presented by the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law, is scheduled to take place November 12th and 13th, 2013. Two full days of presentations will feature judges, lawyers, veterans, medical doctors, psychiatrists and caregivers on insightful and timely issues facing elders, especially elder veterans.

The event will take place at The Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on November 5, 2013. On-site registration will be available on November 12, 2013. For registration inquiries, please contact Amy Nye, University of Hawaii Conference Center, at anye@hawaii.edu or 808-956-8204.

Read more about the event at the University of Hawai’i Elder Law Program’s website

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