Canadian Elder Law Conference November 2-3, 2017 in Vancouver


11 September 2017

By Krista James

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is thrilled to once again be hosting the Canadian Elder Law Conference in collaboration with CLE BC. We received many abstract submissions this year, allowing us to curate an agenda including some unique and interesting subjects.

The Canadian Elder Law Conference is the only national conference devoted to legal and policy issues affecting older adults. This year, the conference will offer inter-jurisdictional perspectives on elder law and policy, practice tips, case updates, ethical guidance, and exploration of law reform topics. Key topic areas of focus are medically assisted death, mental capacity and issues that fall at the intersections of law and financial planning, including pensions, financial recovery options following negligence, and investing with supported decision making.

Keynote speakers confirmed for this year’s event include:

  • Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors Advocate;
  • Malcolm Schyvens, Deputy President, Division Head – Guardianship Division, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal;
  • Honourable C. Adèle Kent, Executive Director, National Judicial Institute; and
  • Jay Chalke, QC, BC Ombudsperson.

Some panels we are particularly excited about include:

  • Medical Assistance in Dying—is True Advance Consent Possible?
  • Capacity, Undue Influence and Independent Legal Advice: How to Interview and When to Insist on ILA?
  • Legal Routes for Intervention in Instances of Self-Neglect in BC: Mental Health Act versus Adult Guardianship Act
  • Making the Most of Your Pension and Financial Decisions Along the Way
  • Capacity to Marry in British Columbia and Beyond

We look forward to seeing you there!


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