FOLRAC considers diversity in decision-making at 2018 symposium


16 October 2018

By Kevin Zakreski

On 11–12 October 2018 the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada held its biennial symposium in Edmonton, on the campus of the University of Alberta. Each of FOLRAC’s member-agencies—the Alberta Law Reform Institute, the British Columbia Law Institute, the Law Commission of Ontario, the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan, and the Manitoba Law Reform Commission—had representatives at the symposium.

The symposium’s theme was diversity in decision-making. This theme was pursued in the following sessions:

  • innovative project updates;
  • board building (including skills matrices, appointments, and decision materials);
  • expanding consultation;
  • media strategies and profile raising;
  • networks within the profession and beyond;
  • the role of law-reform agencies in responding to the TRC calls to action (including a presentation by Dr. Hadley Friedland of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law);
  • short snapper series (value of law-reform reports for interpreting legislation, including draft legislation in law-reform reports, and interaction between law-reform agencies and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada);
  • selecting projects (generating topics, selection criteria, and criteria for joint projects).

The annual meeting of members was also held during the symposium.

Plans are underway for the next symposium, to be held in Ontario in 2020.


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