In fulfilling the GLC mission to promote a diverse, competitive and inclusive legal market in Canada by representing internationally trained lawyers through advocacy, community engagement and professional development, GLC has organized a series of Engage and Learn seminars as well as Professional Development seminars. Further, GLC has been active in the community by advocating on behalf of internationally trained lawyers in the legal community in Alberta and engaging in various social responsibility initiatives. The highlights of these events include:
1. Engage and Learn Conferences 2016
In 2016, GLC organized a series of conferences discussing the international energy market and current related issues. The conferences have attracted representatives of the energy industry in Alberta and Canada, members of the legal and business community, as well as internationally trained lawyers.
- The Future of LNG in Canada and Beyond
This event took place on April 27, 2016 and was hosted by Dentons Canada LLP. Our guest speakers were: Peter Dinnick, Assistant General Counsel at Imperial Oil; James Armstrong, Manager of Asset Management & Joint Venture at Nexen/CNOOC; and Racim Gribaa, President of Global LNG Consulting Inc. Senator Douglas Black provided final remarks. Ron Stuber, Partner and National Co-Lead of the Renewable Energy Team at Dentons Canada LLP moderated the discussion.
- Introduction to Association of International Petroleum Negotiators – Career Paths in the International Petroleum Industry
This event took place on February 17, 2016 and was hosted by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Our guest speakers were: Jay Todesco, Associate General Counsel at Nexen/CNOOC and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (“AIPN”) Executive Committee Member; and Antoni Cioni, Partner at Torys LLP and AIPN Regional Director. Josef Hocher, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP moderated the discussion.
- Social Value and Corporate Strategy: Serving Society as a Global Energy Corporation
This conference, dated November 9, 2016, concerned corporate social responsibility and DLA Piper hosted it. Our guest speakers were: Matilde Corbacho, Legal and Commercial Manager at Parex Resources Inc.; William Laurin, External Counsel and Advisory Services at LexTerrae Resource Partners; Jana Woiceshyn, Director of PHD Program at Haskayne School of Business; and Heidi Schubert, Senior Legal Counsel and Business Advisor at Heidi F. Schubert Strategic Legal and Advisory Services. Michael Styczen, Partner at DLA Piper moderated the discussion. Prasad Taksal, Associate at DLA Piper, helped organize the event.
2. Professional Development Seminars 2016
These seminars included a five-part series of professional development. The seminars were provided on a monthly basis from February to June 2016 to assist internationally trained lawyers with enhancing their soft and hard job search skills. In collaboration with CRIEC, The Counsel Network and Dale Carnegie Training provided the valuable training to GLC members on professional development skills. In particular, the seminars included:
- Focus on Core Competencies – this seminar took place on February 25, 2016, and it was provided by Bruce Randall, Founding Executive Director of CRIEC.
- Effective Resumes and Cover Letters – this seminar took place on March 3, 2016, and it was provided by Akash Bir, Recruitment Analyst of The Counsel Network.
- Interviewing Tips and Strategies – this seminar took place on April 7, 2016, and it was provided by Akash Bir, Recruitment Analyst of The Counsel Network.
- The Art of Networking – this seminar took place on May 5, 2016, and it was provided by Chelsea Nespor, Vice-President and Professional Trainer of Dale Carnegie Training.
- Networking in the 21st Century – this event took place on June 9, 2016, and it was provided by Akash Bir, Recruitment Analyst of The Counsel Network.
3. Canadian Bar Association Internationally Trained Lawyers Section
GLC continues to advocate for access to services and opportunities for internationally trained lawyers. In fulfilling this commitment, GLC has been lobbying the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch (“CBA Alberta”) to create a section designated for internationally trained lawyers. CBA Alberta has expressed its interest and support in assisting internationally trained lawyers. Our efforts have resulted in the launch of the CBA Alberta Internationally Trained Lawyers Section. The section launched in October 2016 and was hosted by CBA Alberta in Calgary. The event was webcasted to CBA Alberta Internationally Trained Lawyers Section members outside of Calgary. The Honourable Judge N.W. D’Souza was the keynote speaker. Andrew Lim, the GLC Director, became a Co-chair of the ITL section.
4. Toronto Chapter Soft Launch
Since the official launch in November 2015, GLC has experienced extraordinary growth and interest. GLC has been invited to open its chapters in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. On June 10, 2016, GLC organized a soft launch in Toronto. The event was hosted by Loblaws. A number of stakeholders attended the event. The participants included representatives of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Osgoode Professional Development – International Programs and Nissan Canada. The attendees discussed how they can work with GLC to help internationally trained lawyers in Toronto. In Vancouver, GLC is working with the Peter A. Allard School of Law to establish a foothold in the British Columbia legal community through alumni who are internationally trained lawyers.
5. Gold Diversity Leader Sponsor: Dentons Canada LLP
GLC has invited law firms in Calgary to become our sponsors. GLC has three tiers of sponsors, gold being the highest at $5,000 for an annual sponsorship. In March 2016, GLC secured Dentons Canada LLP as a Gold Diversity Leader. We are very excited about this sponsorship as it has provided us with additional funds to bring more services to our members.
6. Community Engagement
GLC is actively involved in supporting various initiatives in the community. As a result, GLC representatives participate in and attend numerous events in Calgary. The highlights of these events include:
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (“AIPN”)
GLC has been actively involved in AIPN activities in Calgary. GLC has been invited to the 1st and 2nd Annual AIPN Student Lecture Event. Every year, this event brings together multiple bodies who have an interest in international oil and gas and willing to listen to industry professionals. Every year the AIPN event has over 50 business and law students. In 2017, this event was webcasted to law students in Kenya.
In 2016, the topic of the AIPN event concerned LNG operations in Canada. The speakers were Anthony Cioni, Partner at Torys LLP; Jay Todesco, Associate General Counsel at Nexen Inc.; James Cummings, Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary at Progress Energy Canada; and James Armstrong, Senior Manager Commercial – Land & Joint Venture at Nexen/CNOOC.
In 2017, the topic of the event concerned cultural considerations in international joint ventures. The speakers were Anthony Cioni, Partner at Torys LLP; Bruce Jones, Assistant General Counsel, Aurora LNG, at Nexen Energy ULC; Tyler Yamashiro, Analyst – Joint Venture and Commercial at Nexen/CNOOC; and Chad Roth, Legal Counsel at Progress Energy Canada.
- Syrian Refugees Initiative
GLC is actively involved in the group initiated by CRIEC in spring 2016. This initiative aims to assist internationally trained lawyers who are refugees from Syria. GLC and CRIEC combine their resources to help Syrian refugees who practiced law in Syria to begin their journey to becoming practicing lawyers in Alberta.
7. Meetings 101 and Mentoring
GLC continues to provide internationally trained lawyers with valuable information and advice regarding the National Committee on Accreditation process, articles as well as alternative career path. In helping internationally trained lawyers, GLC provides informal mentoring sessions as well as informal meetings 101.