Upcoming Programmes

The Best Defence 2017
Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings St. Vancouver 2 March 2017  

Date: March 2, 2017, Start time 9:00 am
Members $414.75   Non Members $535.50
Contact our office for information on group rates
Accreditation: This conference will provide Substantive and Professional Responsibility credits with the LSBC

Chairs: Jennifer Bye, QA Law and Mary Nguyen, Guild Yule LLP


Register Now for The Best Defence, Canadian Defence Lawyer’s annual West Coast conference for defence counsel and insurers.  This signature CDL program is always the best way to get a complete picture of what’s happening in the defence bar from the top Insurance Practitioners in British Columbia. 

The Best Defence will once again feature engaging and knowledgeable speakers and timely and relevant topics, as well as the chance to meet up with other members of the insurance community.

  • Derek LaCroix QC, Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C. – Stress and Mental Health in the Legal Profession 
  • Richard Pearce, Webster Hudson Coombe LLP – A Litigator’s Guide to Conducting an Examination for Discovery in BC
  • Dan Reid, Harper Grey LLP – Privacy and Defamation
  • Ralph Cheesman, OT (C), CWCE/CFCE, Function Health Group – Hidden Mysteries of the Plaintiff’s Claim: Functional Capacity Assessments as Sleuth
  • Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal – Resolving Legal Issues in a Timely and Cost-Effective Manner
  • Richard Berrow, Fasken Martineau – A Policyholder Counsel’s Perspective
  • Gregory Tucker Q.C., Owen Bird LC –   Faulty Design and Workmanship Exclusion:  Recent Developments





Without Prejudice March 2017
Joey Eaton Centre 1 Dundas St. W. Toronto 9 March 2017  



Dinner Series

March 9, 2017

Joey Eaton Centre

1 Dundas Street West,  Toronto


Come on out to JOEY Eaton on March 9 for story time with Canadian Defence Lawyers


Join us for dinner and drinks on March 9, 2017 at Joey Eaton Centre for the 4th Annual War Stories Dinner hosted by the CDL Young Lawyers Division. This year, spend an evening with James Dunn, Blouin Dunn LLP and Philippa Samworth, Dutton Brock LLP, who will share their anecdotes, tips, and tricks of the trade. It is a unique opportunity to get the no-holds-barred goods on practice management, finding balance, winning with your clients, and developing a solid practice



Cost: One Price: $163.85 (Includes Dinner)
CPD: 1 Hour Professionalism


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cocktails & Networking

6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Introduction - “Without Prejudice” Series: Philippa Samworth & James Dunn




Law Clerks 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto 123 Queen St W 30 March 2017  

Cost: One Price $214.70
Time:  9:00 AM - Full Day
Where: Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen St W, Toronto
CPD: 5 Hours Substantive


Chairs:Rachel Thompson & Anne Smith, Sullivan Festeryga LLP - Hamilton

This Year's Annual Law CLerks Conference will delve into the AB/LAT changes, and the new procedures:

  • the  common errors
  • what is expected
  • what needs to be filed
  • timelines

Top 5 (or 10) AB and tort cases for the year

Expert Opinions

More Details soon



Accident Benefits Spring Symposium
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W Toronto 13 April 2017  

Accident Benefits Spring Symposium

Date: April 13, 2017    Length: Full Day 9am-4:30pm     Where: Hyatt Regency
Cost: CDL Members $446.35 Non-Members $576.30  
Accreditation: 5.5 hours CPD (to be confirmed post event)

Chaired by: Lisa Armstrong, Samis + Company & Joseph Campisi, Campisi LLP

Save the Date for the 8th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Defence/Plaintiff Program

The practice of accident benefits continues to raise complex issues and numerous challenges as we head into 2017. Join us on April 13, 2017, for an in depth analysis of current issues in accident benefits from both a Plaintiff and Defence perspective by leading practitioners in this area. Whether you are plaintiff counsel, defence counsel, or an insurance professional, this program will provide you with the insight and tools to navigate this ever changing area of practice. Come and hear about the latest on the constitutional challenge, considerations in the new definition of catastrophic impairment, LAT advocacy, practical updates in priority and loss transfer and much more.


CDL's Eighth Annual Joint Plaintiff and Defence Bar Accident Benefits program will be co-chaired by Lisa Armstrong (Samis + Company LLP) and Joseph Campisi (Campisi LLP).


Spots are limited in this historically sold out event! Reserve yours today and sign up here.

CLICK HERE to register!



Defensible Positions 2017
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront 1919 Upper Water St. Halifax 20 April 2017  

Half Day - Afternoon  | Halifax Marriott Harbourfront  | 1919 Upper Water St | Halifax

CDL Members $254.25        Non-Members $333.35      Insurance Professionals $169.50

Chaired by Tipper McEwan, Stewart McKelvey and  Jillian Kean, McInnes Cooper


Canadian Defence Lawyers is pleased to be presenting our Atlantic Canada Annual Program. Join us for an afternoon of high quality accredited programming from Canada’s only national provider of CLE specifically tailored to Canada’s defence bar. It’s also a great chance to get together with your colleagues in the defence bar and from the insurance community in general.


CDL’s programs are open to everyone: defence counsel at all levels, insurers, industry professionals – we provide training for the entire defence team. 


Lunch Sponsored by 


This year’s Program includes:


- Cause and Origin of Fire Loss and Arson

Wayne Chapdelaine (Contrast Engineering, Halifax) will discuss cause and origin reporting.

- Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors

Engineering experts from Kodsi Engineering, Mississauga explore methods of determining liability in motor vehicle collisions.

- Medical Experts:  Forensic Psychiatrist and Physiatrist

Dr. Zohar Waisman (Forensic Psychiatrist) and Dr. Ben Clark (Physiatrist) discuss their expertise and experience in the context of the Independent Medical Examination.