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  • Ontario ITLs can complete their articles nationally or internationally
    By Farukh A. Bhatti | August 9, 2020 | Two years after returning from the UK, I learned that I was eligible to complete the LSO's articling requirements with a U.S. immigration practice.
  • The Importance of Mentorship
    By Tahira Mawji | July 21, 2020 The summer before leaving for law school I volunteered at a non-profit legal organization to get a brief introduction into the legal world. Because the organization was short staffed, my role was multifaceted. It comprised of various administrative duties such as setting up appointments for lawyers to provide pro-bono services to individuals, cold calling lawyers etc. However, the most interesting part of my role was getting the chance to prepare a case in front … Read more
  • MY NCA JOURNEY – FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO CANADA
    The past 18 months has been quite challenging, an eye-opener but most of all it has shaped the person I am and the person I am becoming. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would end up in Canada living 8304 miles (13,330km) away from my family and friends. Having the privilege to move to another country is not always an easy task and it comes with many obstacles, but one thing is for sure, I am resilient, love … Read more
  • Canadian Legal Market Webinar
    We are collaborating with GlobalLawyersConnect for the webinar on the Canadian Legal Market, on 29th June 2020 at 2pm (BST) / 9pm (HK/SG) / 9am (EST). Our panel of three speakers, GLC Founder Daniel Lo (a tri-qualified lawyer in Canada, England & Wales and the British Virgin Islands), GLCBC President Siobhan Lennox (a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Canada) and Sahil Shoor (a senior associate lawyer at a multinational law firm in Canada) will cover everything you need to know about breaking into the Canadian legal market. … Read more
  • Building a Resilient Practice
    Global Lawyers of Canada (Ontario Chapter) and LAWPRO will be hosting an interactive chat on building a resilient professional practice. Join us for a virtual interactive chat to learn tips for your practice niche, running a small law firm and pivoting your practice in response to personal and professional demands. Date: June 22, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT Please click here to register for the event and access the event details.
  • GLC Members’ Connect and Information Session
    Join us for a members' connect event featuring conversations on: -Changes to the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP). -Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. -Networking and Legal Practice Post COVID-19 – Q&A Sessions with Guest Speakers Guest Speakers: Dr. Kara Mitchelmore – CEO, Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) Dr. Tito Daodu – Surgeon – Alberta Health Services Date: June 4th, 2020 Time: 12:00pm MST To access the event details, please register via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/glc-members-connect-information-session-tickets-107150921290
  • Beginning Again: My Licensing Journey Chronicles.
    Beginning Again: My Licensing Journey Chronicles. It all seemed like yesterday when I was finishing up my NCA exams and looking forward to the start of my Human Resources Certificate course at the Chiu School of Business, Bow Valley College, Calgary AB. I get asked a lot, why HR? For me, it was the fastest way to learn about the legislative framework of employment and labour relationships as well as gaining relevant knowledge on HR functional areas. Having wielded the position … Read more
  • SKILLED IN THE ART OF LEGAL RESEARCH? BECOME A CERTIFIED RESEARCHER WITH LEXIS NEXIS CANADA
    By: Cathrine Felix | May 8, 2020The legal sphere has emphasized the importance of legal research skills regardless of being a law student or legal professional. Legal Research is indispensable and crucial to the success of lawyers. Legal professionals are often given the task of extracting the relevant legislation and appropriate cases to support the legal decisions. In the ordinary scenario, research may seem like a simple task. However, given the voluminous load of cases and statutes the entire process may … Read more
  • Direction for Immigrants – NCA Study Group
    Are you an internationally trained lawyer in Calgary, Alberta? Do you feel a little lost and overwhelmed by the extent of the study material you must master? Perhaps you have a friend who is planning to become licensed to practice in Canada and could use some guidance? We are incredibly excited to announce that our NO COST study groups for internationally trained lawyers start May 23, 2020. After a very successful pilot program launched in February this year and the increased demand we’re experiencing, … Read more
  • ON PASSING THE ONTARIO BARRISTER’S EXAMINATION – AN ITL’S ACCOUNT.
    I was up by 3:00 am on the 3rd of March 2020 , restless and counting down. I could no longer read, I just wanted to be done with the exam. I was so nervous that I could not drive, I asked my brother, Ade to drive me to the Examination Center and take a cab back. I would drive myself back home in the evening, by then my nerves will be better controlled. Whilst he drove me to the center, … Read more
  • GLC Virtual Mentor Office Hours
    Join Global Lawyers of Canada for our Virtual Mentor Office Hours series: Thursday 5pm (PT)/ 6pm (MT)/ 8pm (EST) Each week you will have the opportunity to put your questions to GLC's mentors, all internationally trained lawyers or advocates and receive guidance, no matter what stage you at in your legal career. Each week you will have the opportunity to put your questions to GLC's mentors, all internationally trained lawyers or advocates and receive guidance, no matter what stage you at … Read more
  • FAILURE REPORT DRAMA
    By: Moyo Sadiq I was so angry, sad, heartbroken and disappointed in myself for failing the Foundations of Canadian Law Exam that I wrote during the May 2019 diet of the NCA Exams. I was literally broken and it told on everyone around me. I cocooned myself in self-pity and isolated myself, I cried, oh yes, many times. I remember receiving the NCA Failure Report and crying some more. Instead of opening my mind to learn from my mistakes, I was … Read more
  • Tales of Flawed Disclosure: The Importance of the FDD Certificate
    By: Sam Khajeei & Kenny Okunola | February 26, 2020 The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the Court) in the case of 2483038 Ontario Inc. v. 2082100 Ontario Inc. (2020 ONSC 475) (the Fit for Life Decision) highlights the importance of ensuring the delivery of a compliant franchise disclosure document (a FDD) upon the grant of a franchise and serves as a reminder to franchisors and their principals of the significant consequences of failing to do so. … Read more
  • Internationally Trained Lawyers Conference – Calgary & Edmonton
    The Law Society of Alberta is hosting an educational conference in Calgary and Edmonton for internationally trained lawyers looking to learn more about the process to become a lawyer in Alberta. The conference will feature information on the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), the articling process and the Bar admission course, PREP, as well as advice on how to succeed in the Canadian legal profession. Edmonton:Registration Link: Click HereDate: March 19, 2020 Location: Chateau Lacombe Hotel, Edmonton Address: 10111 Bellamy Hill Road Northwest Calgary:Registration … Read more
  • Annual General Meeting (Calgary Chapter)
    To: All members of Global Lawyers of Canada – (Calgary Chapter). This is to notify all members that the Annual General Meeting of the chapter will hold as follows: Date: Friday 7th of February 2020 Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm Venue: Elbow River Marketing Suite 1600 Royal Bank Building (beside Bankers Hall – West Tower) 335 – 8th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2P 1C9 The AGM is opened to all registered members of Global Lawyers of Canada (Calgary Chapter)
  • Social Media Event – “Demystifying the Licensing Process in Canada”
    Global Lawyers of Canada is inviting you to our upcoming Social Media Event – “Demystifying the Licensing Process in Canada”.Our panelists will be sharing their licensing journey stories from their different perspectives and provide valuable insights on the Canadian licensing process, possible challenges, lessons learnt and how to navigate the process. Host – Viviana Berkman (Associate – Cassels) Panelists: Ana Pagkatipunan (Associate – Gowling WLG) Yulia Kishchik (Associate -Nerland Lindsey LLP) Elias Munshya (Munshya Law) Arianna Carlotti (Articling Student – Goodfellow … Read more
  • DEFAULT DEFERENCE TO ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS – THE NEW ERA OF REVIEW STANDARDS
    By: Sam Khajeei & Kenny Okunola | January 7, 2020 Background Judicial review involves a process by which a court is asked to review a ruling made by an administrative tribunal in Canada (a Tribunal). Tribunals include the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada. Clients may, from time to time, be subject to rulings of a Tribunal and may therefore seek to weigh … Read more
  • Mix, Mingle & Be Merry with GLC Ontario
    Shake off the January blues with GLC Ontario! Join fellow internationally and Canadian trained lawyers for an evening of networking and socializing. Date and time: January 15, 2020, from 5:30 – 7:30 PMLocation: Bier Markt, 58 The Esplanade, Toronto More info at rsvp.ontario@glcanada.org
  • GLC BC – Virtual golf event!
    GLC BC is proud to host our next networking event at One Under Golf Vancouver for virtual golf! come meet other internationally trained lawyers and get into the swing of things. Please RSVP below: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/global-lawyers-of-canada-fall-social-tickets-79787980999
  • Christmas dinner party in Edmonton, join us!
    GLC Alberta – Edmonton team is hosting a Christmas dinner party at Select Restaurant in Edmonton on 20 December 2019, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. It's a chance for fellow ITLs in the area to get together, have a few drinks and laughs, and continue building the ITL community. Please RSVP by texting/calling our directors Irvin (780-716-3194), Angelique (306-530-7644) or email at info@glcanada.org See you there!
  • Engage and Learn – Oil and Gas: From Canada to Latin America
    Global Lawyers of Canada is excited to invite you to our upcoming engage and learn event in Calgary, focused on the oil and gas industry, from Canada to Latin America. Three industry experts will provide their valuable perspective on how the current oil and gas industry in Canada and Latin America, the barriers most operators face when trying to enter each given market, the long-term outlook, and overall demand for resources. Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pmLocation: Suite 3810, … Read more
  • New NCA Policy Manual!
    As of Sep 1st this week, the National Committee on Accreditation ("NCA"), a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada ("FLSC") introduced its new Policy Manual, which replaces its revised January 1, 2018 Policies and Guidelines, with amended policies primarily affecting Canadian civil law graduates and applicants from non-common law jurisdictions. Aside from processing times, major changes in our view include: Making a procedural distinction between licensed and unlicensed Canadian Civil Law applicants per subsections 5.2.3.1 and 5.2.3.2Clarifying … Read more
  • The road less taken: perspectives on law school in the UK
    Daniel Lo graduated from the LLB for Graduates programme in 2009 and now works for international law firm Walkers. We asked him about his time at Birmingham and his career to date.  "I have often let the pursuit of the road less taken dictate my career choices, possibly because of my natural inclination to try new things, but also perhaps the challenge of it all excites me. I am currently in Singapore and am an associate in the investment funds and … Read more
  • Update to GLC WhatsApp groups!
    As an update to last year's post on GLC WhatsApp groups official launch, given the great response we have received from our ITL community currently going through the NCA process, we have decided to make these groups a permanent section within our Practicing in Canada subpage (click here from any device), and recategorize them as follows: NCA – Common Law Forum (click here from your mobile device), our main discussion group for common law ITLs (previously known as "General Forum"), which provides … Read more
  • How I failed one of my NCA exams
    By: Moyo Sadiq (@NaijaLawyerInCanada) I remember how prepared I felt on the 14th of May, 2019. I was just excited to get the exams out of the way, after all, I started preparing around the end of March for the three courses: administrative law, foundations of Canadian law and constitutional Law. My biggest fear was administrative Law and the least concern for me was foundations of Canadian law. Alas, I entered the exam hall and found myself repeatedly turning the question … Read more
  • GLC is launching in Ontario, we look forward to meeting you there!
  • Why Study Law Abroad
    By Tiffany Sillanpää (@TiffAtLaw ) The phrase, “I went to Law School abroad”, is often met with two assumptions in the Canadian legal market: 1) the student didn’t do well on the LSAT and 2) as a result, wasn’t admitted into a Canadian law school. While these may be perfectly legitimate assumptions that hold true in some cases, they are also incredibly reductive and unrepresentative of the truly myriad reasons for why Canadians may choose to pursue an international legal education. … Read more
  • GLC Ontario Chapter featured on Law Times
    GLC Ontario Chapter – Co-President Lauren Heuser BY Anita Balakrishnan Original Law Times article here An organization for foreign-trained lawyers is launching in Ontario. It’s the latest in a series of initiatives to help improve the job outlook for lawyers who are new or returning to Canada. Global Lawyers of Canada Society, which has chapters in Alberta, British Columbia, will host its first Ontario-based event at Gowling WLG’s Toronto office on Sept. 25, says Lauren Heuser, who leads the Ontario chapter alongside Sam … Read more
  • My first NCA examinations
    By: Moyo Sadiq (@NaijaLawyerInCanada) Once I decided that I was ready to face the hurdles of the licensing process. I faced it head-on. I went for exam preparation tutoring almost an hour away every weekend, I read for about four hours every day, I listened to podcasts and watched videos online every single day. If I was out of the house, I read electronic notes or listened to podcasts, when I was indoors, I was tabbing, highlighting and jotting down notes … Read more
  • Inaugural event of GLC Alberta Chapter in Edmonton, this Saturday June 15th!
    GLC Alberta Edmonton is excited to hold its inaugural event this Saturday June 15th starting 1:00 PM at the Heritage Room, City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta.  The event includes a panel discussion with a group of distinguished speakers, as well as a unique networking opportunity for both legal professionals and students. For more information and how to register with no cost, please click HERE.
  • Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day
    Save the date for Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Toronto. This year’s OITLD will focus on bridging the gap between Canadian legal employers and internationally trained lawyers. OITLD is a unique opportunity for legal employers, lawyers and law graduates from different countries, and those who may otherwise be going through the process of accreditation or licensing alone, to gather and celebrate internationally-trained talent in Toronto. Cost for full day admission is $40 plus HST … Read more
  • CBA Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP) – Apr 30 deadline
    Want to develop your legal skills? Curious about different cultures? Want to expand your practice internationally? Check out the Young Lawyers International Program! The YLIP program will create 32 eight-month internships each year, for four years. Placement areas include: / Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar)/ East Africa (Kenya)/ The Caribbean (Guyana)/ Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)/ Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Myanmar)/ Eastern Europe and the Balkans (Ukraine, Serbia) Applications close 30 April 2019, check here to apply: https://www.cba.org/CBA-International-Initiatives/Young-Lawyers-International-Program/How-to-apply
  • International lawyers in Vancouver, hosting 2nd happy-hour event!
    Our friends in Vancouver are hosting another relaxed happy-hour event on Thursday March 25th at 18:00 PST. Please help our extended community grow by registering for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happy-hour-with-nca-lawyers-tickets-58767328662?aff=erelexpmlt
  • GLC Coffee & Greet event in Edmonton!
    For our followers in the Edmonton area, please join us this Saturday 15th at Credo Coffee for a Coffee Meet & Greet organized by our local expansion committee team!
  • International Lawyers in Vancouver, hosting a happy-hour event!
    Our friends, a group of UK and US trained lawyers living and working in Vancouver, are hosting a relaxed happy-hour event at Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar CH on November 14th at 17:00 PST. Please help our extended community grow by registering for this event! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happy-hour-with-nca-lawyers-…
  • NCA Network in Toronto hosting online Q&A instagram live event!
    Our friends at NCA Network in Toronto, are having an online Q&A instagram live event on Nov 14th at 6:30 PM EST. Please help our extended community grow by registering for the event, there will be a special GLC guest! https://www.facebook.com/1833684023393406/posts/1898880356873772/  
  • GLC Whatsapp groups!
    With the advancement of the internet (and nowadays social media), it is not uncommon to see increased interactions between family, friends, and even professionals take place online via different platforms. In our experience, interacting within the legal industry in Canada is no different and we at GLC are trying to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to connecting with our followers! It is no secret that not all Internationally Trained Lawyers are practicing in Canada, nor NCA candidates have same … Read more
  • CBA Alberta 2018-19 Internationally Trained Lawyers south section!
    As part of GLC's vision and mission to promotion of a diverse, competitive and inclusive legal market in Canada by supporting internationally educated lawyers that wish to practice law in Canada, we would like to highlight the hard work of our partners at the Internationally Trained Lawyers CBA Alberta's south section in Calgary. This outstanding initiative attained representation for ITLs within CBA Alberta's specialty group community or sections. Since its launch in 2016, it has provided sound insight into the qualification process, the requirements, the challenges … Read more
  • JWN Energy complementary webminar next month!
    Our friends at JWN Energy are inviting our GLC members to partipate in their upcoming complementary webinar: Webinar Series: Going Global – Export Opportunities for Alberta's Service & Supply Sector September 12th, 2018 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (MST) Event speakers: Matthew Machielse, Assistant Deputy Minster, Trade and Investment, Alberta Economic Development and Trade Tom Whalen, President & CEO Petroleum Services Association of Canada Robert Hodges, Senior Advisor, Extraction & Resources Industries, Export Development Canada All interested participants are asked to register directly through this … Read more
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta Annual Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Event!
    Pro Bono Law Alberta has forwarded us an open invitation to their annual celebration and volunteer appreciation events for volunteers, program partners and the pro bono community in the province.   Whether you are already a PBLA volunteer, or are interested in learning more about volunteering for one of their programs, they would be very happy to have you join either of their events happening this week in both Edmonton and Calgary: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Edmonton 5:00 to 7:00 pm *Program starts at … Read more
  • Webinar of Interest to Internationally Trained Lawyers
    The Law Society of Alberta has forwarded us an open invitation to a “Build Your Own Articles” webinar they will be holding on June 14th, 2018 at 12:00 pm MDT. For more information or to register now, please follow this link: https://lnkd.in/gcSYfMg
  • Seminar: Game Changers in the Electricity Industry
        Global Lawyers of Canada  is excited to present the seminar: Game Changers in the Electricity Industry, which takes a critical look at electrical technology, recent developments in the electricity market in Alberta, and potential opportunities within the industry. This event is proudly sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a key sponsor of Global Lawyers of Canada. Our speakers: Racim Gribaa, President at Global LNG Consulting Inc., who will be discussing ‘game changing’ electrical technology; how it has developed and how it … Read more
  • Candid Conversation and Q & As with ITLs this Spring!
      Through drinks and candid conversation, internationally trained lawyers will have the opportunity to listen to a diverse panel of successful lawyers, ask questions on their journey and current practice of Law in Calgary. The panel will also share some of their tips and lessons learned along the way.   Thursday May 31st, 2018 Tiro Clarke, Lawyer at Admiral Law (Owner/Managing Partner) Charles Osuji, Owner/Managing Partner, Osuji & Smith Lawyers   Thursday June 21st, 2018 Chidinma Thompson Ph.D., Partner at Borden … Read more
  • Statement on Jocelyn Frazer
    We recently learned that Jocelyn Frazer, Practice Advisor and Equity Ombudsman (on leave) of the Law Society of Alberta, has passed away. Our current Director and Co-founder Agnes BieIecki, has made the following statement: "I knew Jocelyn personally and I will always be grateful for her commitment to representing Internationally Trained Lawyers (ITLs) in the legal community in Alberta. For many years she worked tirelessly in the legal community to raise awareness of the challenges which ITLs face in getting re-qualified … Read more
  • Calgary Law Day!
    Law Day is a free event taking place across Alberta each spring, which gives the public the opportunity to learn more about Canada's legal system. For more information on this province wide event, please visit their official website. Please visit us at our GLC exhibitor booth, by the upper cafeteria area at the Calgary Courts Centre this Saturday April 21st!  
  • Informal Social Event in Calgary, Alberta!
    GLC is excited announce its first informal social event in Calgary, Alberta. On this occasion, there is no need to register, just join us at your convenience starting 5:30 pm that day.
  • Renewable Energy series- emerging opportunities and trends in Canadian sustainable energy development.
    Global Lawyers of Canada  is excited to launch the first of a series of Renewable Energy panel discussions in Calgary starting November 30th, 2017; which take a critical look at the future of renewables in Alberta, Canada and globally.
  • Osgoode’s 3rd Annual Internationally Trained Lawyers’ Day on June 15th!
    Our friends at Osgoode Hall Law School are holding a 3rd annual Internationally Trained Lawyers Day in Toronto, on June 15th. The registration fee is $25.00 plus HST but they would like to share the promo code GLC-17 for complimentary attendance to all our GLC members! This is a great networking opportunity with experienced members of the global legal community, for more information, check their official flyer. If interested, please follow this link to register: bit.ly/2qwRgq6
  • Great tips for ITLs looking to start their careers at the Big Law Firms!
      Here at Global Lawyers of Canada, we would like to highlight a career advice article originally posted at Legal Embassy, which is a niche job portal for legal professionals across Canada. Adegoke Arowosebe explains in detail 4+1 steps international trained lawyers (ITLs) can follow in order to increase their chances of landing great opportunities at the big law firms. For more information, please click here.
  • Finding Career Path Opportunities in Economic Slowdown
    Exciting New Workshop for ITLs When: April 6th – from 5 to 7:30 pm Where: Kahanoff Centre (2nd floor @ 105 12th Avenue SE) Join Bruce Randall and CRIEC as they welcome a Special Guest: Akash Bir, Senior Legal Recruiter with Counsel Network who will speak about seeking career opportunities even in a slow economy. Supper will be included and space is limited, so please RSVP with Jaya Dharan at jaya@criec.ca.
  • FACL Western’s 2nd Annual Diversity in the City” Gala on March 23rd, 2017!
    On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Lawyers – Western Chapter (FACL Western), we would like to invite our members to attend their 2nd annual "Diversity in the City" Gala. "Diversity in the City" is FACL Western's signature event of the year. The gala is an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary achievements of Asian Canadian trailblazers, learn about their journey and be inspired. FACL Western will also be presenting their "Leaders in Diversity" Awards to recognize individuals, corporations and organizations who have shown … Read more
  • 2nd Annual AIPN Student Club Lecture Event in Calgary on February 10th!
    This event brings together multiple student bodies who have an interest in International Oil and Gas to listen to industry speakers, learn a bit more about current events and potential career paths, and meet other young industry professionals. Please review the event details here: https://lnkd.in/gT5GYVN
  • Social Value and Corporate Strategy conference materials.
    On behalf of Global Lawyers of Canada (GLC), we would like to thank Michael Styczen – Partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, once again for sponsoring our conference last week. The following were the topics covered by each of our panelists: Matilde Corbacho – Legal and Commercial Manager at Parex Resources Inc.: Social Impacts under the Exploration & Production (E&P) Contract: Video highlights. Presentation slides Jaana Woiceshyn – Director, PhD Program at Haskayne School of Business.: How Global Energy Corporations ‘Serve Society’ Video highlights. … Read more
  • Internationally Trained Lawyers and Graduates Webinar.
    The Law Society of ALberta will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MST. Topics to be covered include (1) becoming an Alberta lawyer, (2) the Law Society's  regulating authority over the legal profession, (3) the role of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), (4) as well as other aspects relating to student-at-law, articling, mentoring and networking. For more information follow this link. here are the system requirements to avoid any connection issues.   … Read more
  • Social Value and Corporate Strategy: Serving Society as a Global Energy Corporation
    On behalf of Global Lawyers of Canada (GLC), we would like to invite you to the conference that will take place in Calgary on Wednesday November 9th, 2016, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The topic of the conference is entitled: Social Value and Corporate Strategy: Serving Society as a Global Energy Corporation. This event is proudly sponsored by DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. We have invited a panel of great speakers exploring corporate social responsibility as it relates to a global energy corporation: … Read more
  • CBA Alberta South – ITL subsection launch event!
    The Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”) Internationally Trained Lawyers (“ITL”) subsection in Calgary, Alberta wish to invite everyone to their launch event that will take place on October 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the CBA’s office in Calgary (710, 777-8th Avenue S.W.). The goal of this new subsection as posted earlier this summer is to respond to the rapidly changing legal landscape in Alberta and to help promote just like us at Global Lawyers of Canada ("GLC"), the equity and diversity in … Read more
  • New CBA Section for Internationally Trained Lawyers!
    As part of our continuing drive towards community engagement and advocacy for internationally trained lawyers in Canada, we are proud to announce the launch of the Internationally Trained Lawyers CBA Alberta Section ("ITL Section"). The ITL Section is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be co-chaired by two of our own internationally trained lawyers: GLC Director, Andrew Lim (andrew.lim@nortonrosefulbright.com), and senior family law lawyer, Traci Bannister (traci.bannister@masuchalbertlaw.com). Enrollment fee is $90, and includes lunches for all meetings. Meeting Place is at the CBA Office. … Read more
  • Toronto Chapter Soft Launch
    From YYC to YYZ, today we celebrate the soft launch of the GLC Toronto Chapter! Thank you to Loblaws for participating and hosting this event, and thank you to all the stakeholders that came out to discuss how the we can work together to help internationally trained lawyers in Toronto (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Osgoode Professional Development – International Programs, Nissan Canada). If you wish to get involved, email us at info@glcanada.org. More to come on our official Toronto launch, … Read more
  • Changes to NCA Fees – Federation of Law Societies of Canada
    To our members looking to obtain a Certificate of Qualification valid in all provinces (except Quebec), from the National Committee on Accreditation  (NCA) to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC); there are new fees in place for both new assessments and individual examinations. For more information follow this link.
  • GLC Summer Volunteer Program
    Program Details GLC is launching a summer volunteer program geared towards internationally trained lawyers wanting to gain further insight into GLC’s work, and the opportunity engage with Canadian lawyers already in practice. Vocational projects completed by volunteers will assist them throughout their legal careers. These projects include, but are not limited to: Writing external legal reports/articles; Researching and writing about the legal accreditation process in Canada and abroad; and Contacting and gathering statistical data on Internationally Trained Lawyers in Alberta and … Read more
  • Engage and Learn 2016: The Future of LNG in Canada and Beyond
    As global economies continue to feel the effects of low oil prices, and as countries begin to pursue low-carbon futures, many are looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to lead the charge in the ever growing demand for energy supply. The competition is on for which global projects will fulfill this increasing demand. Some countries are already off to the races whereas others are still lagging behind. Global Lawyers of Canada is excited to present our second Engage and Learn conference, which takes a critical look at the … Read more
  • May 6: A Conversation with the Canadian Bar Association
    As we continue to advocate for more access to services and opportunities for internationally trained lawyers ("ITLs"), our friends at the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch ("CBA Alberta") have expressed their interest and support in helping us along. We have been working hard with CBA Alberta to form an "Internationally Trained Lawyers" Section that not only supports your legal career needs, but also provides ITLs with representation and influence within the Canadian Bar Association. CBA Alberta would like to invite all ITLs to a … Read more
  • Internationally Trained Lawyers (South) – Learning Session
    Don’t miss the learning opportunity being organized by the International Trained Lawyers (South) subsection at the Canadian Bar Association. Topic: “Practical advice for writing Canadian legal exams” Speaker: Aditya Badami – Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP  Date & Time: March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 Noon Venue: Canadian Bar Association 710, 777 – 8 Avenue SW Calgary AB Cost for attending the event in person or online:  Full Section Members – No charge  Materials only or Non-Section Members – $25.00 Cost for Canadian Bar Association membership: Law students (enrolled … Read more
  • Career Path Planning Workshop in Edmonton tomorrow
    Calling on all Internationally Trained Lawyers in the Edmonton area. The University of Alberta Faculty of Law is hosting a Career Path Planning workshop in Edmonton with Bruce Randall on Friday March 18th and you are invited to attend. Bruce is a lawyer with extensive experience in both private practice and in-house counsel. He is currently the Executive Director of the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council and provides career path planning advice to hundreds of internationally trained lawyers each year. Both … Read more
  • Meet our new Gold Diversity Leader!
    We are excited and proud to announce that the global law firm, Dentons, has become Global Lawyers of Canada's first official sponsor as a Gold Diversity Leader! Dentons has a deep tradition of giving back to the community, in Canada and around the world. They are involved in a number of pro bono projects, and now with the Global Lawyers of Canada being one of them. With Dentons' generous financial support, we hope to provide more networking events, much needed skills training and support, and learning opportunities for all … Read more
  • Engage and Learn 2016: LNG Conference Announcement Coming Soon
    LNG conference announcement coming soon… Stay tuned for more details
  • Engage and Learn 2016: Intro to AIPN and International Petroleum Careers
    Engage and Learn Seminar Series 2016 Global Lawyers of Canada is proud to announce the first instalment in a series of engagement and learning seminars from February to June 2016 to facilitate discussion on international legal issues and careers. Topics include international petroleum law and the global LNG market as well as social issues, such as diversity among leaders in oil and gas industry and corporate social responsibility. The guest speakers include practicing lawyers from the industry, including Nexen and Enbridge. Our first session … Read more
  • Professional Development Seminars 2016
                  The Global Lawyers of Canada is proud to present a series of engaging and relevant professional development seminars. These seminars are geared towards supporting those that are actively seeking career opportunities (legal and non-legal), and those that are looking to refine their existing professional development skills. As part of our mandate to provide valuable professional development opportunities to all our members, we hope that these seminars will contribute to the career success of every … Read more
  • AIPN topic sessions & networking opportunity this month!
    The Canada Chapter of the Association of International Negotiators (AIPN) is hosting a series of lectures on Friday January 22, 2015 (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) for the University of Calgary/University of Alberta AIPN Student Outreach Clubs. Topics to be presented range from International Oil and Gas, International Arbitration, LNG in Canada, Career Paths to International, as well as a networking lunch opportunity with all attendees. Global Lawyers of Canada (GLC) has secured limited spots at this event taking place at the … Read more
  • YOU are a disruptor!
    We would like to share a great blog post by Omar Ha-Redeye about "The Case Against Disruptive Innovation in Large Practice". This blog post also talks about the disruptors in legal recruitment. The full blog post can be found by clicking here. While this term is used a lot in startup communities, did you know that YOU are a "disruptor" in the legal field? Whitney Johnson says that "disruptive innovation is one where a person takes the right risks, play to their … Read more
  • 2016 Student Recruitment in Alberta
    2016 recruitment period for articling students goes from June 6-17, and for summer student from February 16-19, 2016. For more information on these timelines, please contact the Law Society of Alberta. Follow this link to the official ebulletin here.
  • Chima Nkemdirim’s Keynote Speech
    For those who could not make it to our launch event, we have uploaded Chima Nkemdirim's keynote speech on "Why Diversity is Important to the Industry" onto our YouTube channel. Take a look at the video as linked. Enjoy!
  • Thank you!
    Nov 5, 2015 – Thank you all for the support, 160 of you came out to show that Calgary supports internationally trained lawyers! Thank you to our sponsors: Imperial Oil, McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Pekarsky & Co. Special thanks to Chima Nkemdirim, Q.C. and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Calgary for the amazing keynote speech on why diversity is important to the industry. Click here for photos of the event: PHOTOS Photos courtesy of Neil Pendse – http://www.neilpendse.com/
  • Private: Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins: On Educating Global Lawyers
    Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins speaking "On Educating Global Lawyers". This speech is 4 years old, but even back then, Prof Wilkins spoke about the increasing relevance and importance of diversity in the legal profession, and the breaking down of geographical and jurisdictional boundaries in the practice of law. Internationally trained lawyers are globally minded and are in demand around the world. This is especially true in a time of increasing competition and globalization. Let's help Canada see the value that … Read more
  • November 5, 2015 – GLC Inaugural Launch Event, Chima Nkemdirim, QC, to Keynote, join us!
    Good morning, We are excited to invite you to the launch of the Global Lawyers of Canada (GLC)! Our keynote speaker will be Chima Nkemdirim, QC, and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Calgary, who is also a lawyer by training. Chima was a partner with a prominent national firm before stepping into his current role. GLC is a non-profit organization that aims to promote a diverse and competitive legal market in Canada by building partnerships and alliances within the legal community … Read more
  • Internationally Trained Lawyers and Students Conference (Edmonton/Calgary)
    Internationally Trained Lawyers and Students Conference – October 22 in Edmonton, and October 23 in Calgary. Our friends at the Law Society of Alberta will be discussing a number of relevant topics for those going through the NCA and job hunting after. This is a great way to network with others internationally trained lawyers and also engage with the Law Society of Alberta about your questions and concerns. Members of the GLC team will be in attendance, see you there! More … Read more
  • Official Launch in Fall, 2015!
    Welcome to the Global Lawyers of Canada! We are excited to announce that we are currently planning our official launch event to take place in Calgary, AB in October this year. Details will be posted soon. In the meantime, please contact any our executives and committee chairs to see how you can get involved!
  • Speed Networking Event hosted by the World Petroleum Council
    A speed dating style event where attendees meet one-on-one for short conversations with attending professionals. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to quickly engage with a large number of new people in a structured non-intimidating way. Venue: The Libertine Public House Price: $5 a ticket For registration and more information, visit http://wpccanada.com/events/speed-networking-professionals/