In 2017, celebrate BCLI’s 20th anniversary with us

In 2017, BCLI will celebrate its 20th year of existence. We are very proud of the work we have accomplished and we look forward to many more years of reforming the law to improve the lives of British Columbians. This work could not have been possible without the tireless support and efforts of many stakeholders, volunteers, champions and funders. In 2017, we will celebrate our past achievements and set the stage for new projects. We are currently planning a series of events and activities throughout the year, visit this page for regular news and updates or sign up for our mailing list.


We are dusting off our photo albums and looking for pictures from the landmark years, committee members, events and celebrations. We invite you to contact if you wish to share some of your own BCLI mementos with us.

Past Events

Victoria – January 26th, 2017
Invited guests included

  • MLAs and senior government officials from ministries who have supported the BCLI and CCEL over the years
  • Members of the legal and academic community
  • Board members, committee volunteers, and funders, from the Victoria area (past and present).
  • Friends and supporters of the BCLI and CCEL

Confirmed guest speakers include The Honourable Suzanne Anton Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of British Columbia, Jay Chalke Q.C., BC Ombudsperson and Lisa A. Peters, Q.C. Chair of the BCLI Board.

Vancouver – May 11th, 2017
Invited guests included

  • Members of the judiciary
  • Members of the legal and academic community
  • Funders and representatives of their governing bodies
  • Representatives of the Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch and the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia, and members of their governing bodies
  • Friends and supporters of the BCLI and the CCEL
  • Members of the BCLI board of directors (past and present)
  • Project committee members (past and present)

Guest speakers: The Honourable Mr. Justice Ronald A. Skolrood; Jay Chalke Q.C., BC Ombudsperson; Lisa A. Peters Q.C., Chair of the BCLI Board; and Eileen Vanderburgh, Chair, Law Foundation of BC.

Some of the May 11 celebration highlights:

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The British Columbia Law Institute was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act, as a direct successor to the of the British Columbia Law Reform Commission. The mission of BCLI is to:

  • promote and carry out scholarly legal research
  • promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs,
  • promote the improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law

“Tending to Our Laws” – a Video about BCLI’s Creation, Mission and Achievements


We Wish to Thank our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor: Lawson Lundell LLP


Silver Sponsor: The British Columbia Ministry of Justice

The British Columbia Ministry of Justice

Silver Sponsor: Spraggs & Co.




Silver Sponsor: Solvere

Bronze Sponsors:
Ramsay Lampman Rhodes

Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia

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