2017 FALL PLENARY AGENDA (with links to key documents) 


Hilton Hotel

145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, 
416-869-3456

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017

6:30  p.m.  –   9:30 p.m.                OPENING DINNER  (Note:  Registration is required and cost is $125)

                                                    Albany Club – 91 King Street East, Toronto

 

9:30  p.m.  –  Midnight                  HOSPITALITY SUITE

                                                    Osgoode Room, 3rd Floor, Hilton Hotel

                                                     

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017
 

7:30  a.m.  -   8:30 a.m.                 BREAKFAST – TORONTO I Foyer/Ballroom, Convention Level

                                                     Note:  “First-timers Breakfast” and briefing will happen at the same time in Chasson Room

 
8:30  a.m.  -   8:40 a.m.                 Opening Remarks from FOLA ChairJaye Hooper

8:40  a.m.  -   8:55 a.m.                 Introduction of the FOLA Executive and Roll Call of the Presidents

8:55  a.m.  -   9:00 a.m.                 Welcoming Remarks from the Toronto Lawyers Association President - Melanie Manchee

9:00  a.m.  –  9:20 a.m.                  Report from FOLA Executive DirectorMichael Ras

                                                               -Update on advocacy activities and identification of issues

                                                               -Government relations and advocacy plans for 2018

                                                               -Communications plans for FOLA

 9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                  Committee Reports

                                                             (i)   Contingency Fees & Advertising – Mike Winward

                                                                    Link to FOLA Web-site Page on Advertising, Marketing and Fees Issues

                                                                    FOLA Submission to Advertising and Fees Issues Working Group - September 2017

                                                                    FOLA Submission to Advertising and Fees Issues Working Group - September 2016


                                                             (ii)  Real Estate – Merredith MacLennan

                                                                    Link to FOLA Web-site page on Real Estate Issues

                                                                    Link to FOLA Web-site on Standardized Real Estate Closing Documents

                                                                    Report of the Real Estate Committee to November 2017 Plenary

                                                             (iii)  Family/Bonkalo Report – Sonya Jain

                                                                    Link to FOLA Web-site page on Family Law & Bonkalo Submissions

                                                                    Presentation by Sonya Jain to the November 2017 Plenary

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.               BREAK

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                INNOVATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS TO BENEFIT LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

10 – 12 minutes each                    (i)           vLex - Colin LaChance

                                                   (ii)          CCLA Will Check - Jennifer Walker

                                                   (iii)        CPD Online - Paula Puddy


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                TREASURER’S REPORT & DISCUSSION ON FOLA FEES

                                                            Mike Winward, Treasurer
                                                            Jaye Hooper, Chair


                                                    Memo to Presidents

                                                    Financial Statements Up to October 31, 2017

                                                         Balance Sheet - October 31, 2017

                                                         Profit & Loss - October 31, 2017

                                                         Accounts Receivable List - October 31, 2017

                                                         2017 Association Payments


                                                         NOTE:  A Password is required to open the financial statements and the passwords were e-mailed to Plenary delegates. 

                                                                    If you need password, contact Mike Ras at mike.ras@fola.ca

 
 
12:00 p.m. -  12:15 p.m.               Walk to Convocation Hall, Law Society

12:15 p.m. -    1:30 p.m.               LUNCH

                                                    Convocation Hall, Law Society

1:30  p.m. –   1:45 p.m.                 Return to Hilton Hotel                     


1:45 p.m. –  2:30 p.m.                   BRIEFING FROM LawPRO Kathleen Waters, President & CEO, LAWPRO

                                                     Update on LawPRO Financial performance, premiums and issues impacting premiums and the practising bar


2:30 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.                    “LIRN” – Legal Information Resource Network

                                                     GENERAL BRIEFING ON STATUS OF NEGOTIATIONS (IN CAMERA)

                                                            Jaye Hooper, Chair
                                                            Eldon Horner, Past Chair
                                                            Michael Ras, Executive Director

                                                     Link to FOLA Web-site Page with all documents related to LIRN and negotiations


3:00 p.m. -  3:15 p.m.                    BREAK

3:15 p.m. -  4:45 p.m.                    BREAK OUT SESSIONS

                                                     Toronto III Ballroom/York Meeting Room (Lobby Level)

                                                     Each breakout discussion will be 45 minutes and switch at half-way mark         


                                                     Break out One:   Looking to the Future and Expectations for LIRN, utilizing Phase 5 Report Findings and LIRN Proposal

                                                    
                                                              Phase 5 Needs Assessment Summary of Findings

                                                              Phase 5 Needs Assessment Survey report

                                                              Phase 5 Secondary Review Summary Report

                                                              Summary Presentation (Prepared by Michael Ras for November 2016 Plenary)


                                                    Break out Two:    Improving FOLA’s Consultation, Communication and Engagement

                                                             Documents to be added
 

4:45 p.m.  -    6:30 p.m.                 Free Time


6:30 p.m.   -   9:30 p.m.                 TREASURER’S RECEPTION AND DINNER
                                                            Hosted by Treasurer Paul Schabas
                                                            Law Society, Convocation Hall


9:30  p.m.  –  Midnight                  HOSPITALITY SUITE

                                                            Osgoode Room, 3rd Floor, Hilton Hotel


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017

 

8:00 a.m. -  8:45 a.m.                    REGIONAL BREAKFASTS – Toronto I Ballroom

                                                
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     BRIEFING ON LAW SOCIETY ACTIVITIES Diana Miles, Acting CEO

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.                     Brief remarks from Dawn Marchand, Vice President Marketing & Direct Distribution, Lawyers Financial (formerly known as the CBIA)

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 am                      BREAK


10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.                  DIALOGUE ON LICENSING

                                                     Discussion and debate of proposals respecting the future of licensing in Ontario.  This session will focus specifically on CCLA’s                                                                 proposal 

                                                           Brigid Wilkinson – Northeast Regional Representative

                                                           Jill Alexander – President, CCLA

                                                           André Bacchus LPP Program, Ryerson University     


                                                     Link to FOLA web-site page on Licensing (including FOLA's submissions) 

                                                     Link to CCLA Submission on Licensing                                     
                                                     "Black on Bay Street" - Essay by Hadiya Roderique on the challenges faced by racialized licensees - Globe & Mail, November 4, 2017

                                                     LPP Brochure/Handout - provided by Andre Bacchus, Ryerson LPP

                                                     Presentation Slides to FOLA from Andre Bacchus, Ryerson LPP
                                                         

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.                FEDERAL TAX CODE CHANGES & IMPACT ON SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PROFESSIONALS

                                                           Debbie Pearl-Weinberg – Executive Director, General Tax Counsel - Tax & Estate Planning with CIBC 

 
                                                                 Link to Article by Jamie Golumbek (colleague of Ms. Pearl-Weinberg) outlining tax changes
 
                                                           Dan Kelly, President – Canadian Federation of Independent Business


                                                                 Link to Letter from Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness 

                                                           Jaye Hooper, Chair FOLA


12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.                Closing Remarks from FOLA Chair –Jaye Hooper

 
12:30 p.m. -   1:15 p.m.                 LUNCH

November 2017 Plenary documents