2015 Canadian Elder Law Conference

CLEBC and CCEL in collaboration present

The Journey of Aging – the Law and Beyond

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

Thank you to everyone for attending the conference! Our speakers did a remarkable job. Did you miss the conference? No problem. Our conference partner CLEBC will be replaying the event next year by webinar. Contact CLEBC to register.

Conference photos now up on our facebook page.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Check out the 2015 conference agenda.

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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.

Keynote speakers:

  • Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Senior’s Advocate
  • Dr. Andrew Wister, Chair, National Senior’s Council
  • Barb MacLean, Chair, BC Council to Reduce Elder Abuse

Presenters included:

  • Catherine Romanko, BC Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Andrew S. MacKay, Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin and Lang
  • Geoffrey W. White, Geoffrey W. White Law Corporation
  • Deidre J. Herbert, McLellan Herbert
  • John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
  • Anna Laing, Fasken Martineau
  • Kimberly A. Whaley, Whaley Estate Litigation
  • Honourable Marion J. Allan, Clark Wilson LLP
  • Barbara Buchanan, Law Society of BC

Panel topics included:

  • Advance health care planning—implications of the Bentley decision
  • Debate: Would a national power of attorney registry help reduce elder financial abuse?
  • Update on guardianship law in BC—what’s happening one year after legislative change
  • Who do you call when you suspect elder abuse? Introducing the new BC decision tree
  • Physician assisted suicide after Carter—where do we go from here?
  • Late life separation and divorce
  • Dementia and client competency: practice tips, communication strategies and ethical issues
  • The when and how of mental capacity assessments

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