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Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

Explore essential aspects of the due diligence process with Sam Khajeei of Nerland Lindsey LLP in our upcoming Due Diligence in M&A Transactions webinar. Topics will include an introduction to due diligence, using a requisition as a starting point, understanding the impacts of due diligence findings on a transaction, and preparing a reporting letter for your clients.

DueDiligenceinM&ATransactionsWe are pleased to have Sam join us for what will surely be an informative lunchtime webinar. Sam has a mixed corporate practice with a focus on public and private transactions, franchising, and commercial contracts. He works with a variety of clients, including companies involved in oil and gas exploration, franchise and retail and mining and technology.

Sam was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2011, and then the Alberta bar in 20214. His transactional experience includes advising clients on M&A transactions involving asset and share transactions, joint venture arrangements, and compliance with securities legislation and exchange policies. He also has experience advising clients on both private and public equity and debt offerings and financing transactions. Read more…


Due Diligence in M&A Transactions takes place on January 21, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Register today! We look forward to (virtually) having you there.

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Reduced Pricing for Students and Newly Called Lawyers

New Reduced Pricing

Find out how you, or someone you know, can save on most LESA programs and resources. LESA is dedicated to providing top-notch continuing legal education. We hope these discounts further support you as you begin your career within the legal profession, and assist in the growth and development of your practice. Scroll below for details, and visit our website to browse our offerings today.



LESA is pleased to offer 25% off* most programs and resources for law students or students-at-law.

LESA is pleased to offer 10% off** most programs and resources for newly called lawyers (called within 5 years).

How to access these discounts?

Reduced Pricing on Programs

For any of our upcoming programs (webinar or in-person format), please visit the registration page for the program you would like to attend.  First, select the ticket with the corresponding discounted price that applies to you. Then, add the ticket to your cart and proceed with your registration.

Reduced Pricing on Resources

For law students or students-at-law, please add the resource(s) to you cart and apply the coupon code STUDENT25 to receive 25% off* your purchase.

For newly called lawyers (within 5 years), please add the resource(s) to you cart and apply the coupon code 1to5YEAR10 to receive 10% off** your purchase.

*Not including firm subscriptions to the LESA Library, select programs, and products with student pricing.
**Not including firm subscriptions to the LESA Library and select programs.

If you have any questions, please send us a note at [email protected]

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Save $255 | Civil Litigation Series (Register before January 20)

Register for all 10 sessions and save $255 on our Civil Litigation Series if you register before January 20, 2021.

You won’t want to miss this highly informative and engaging webinar series. With an outstanding panel of faculty, hear seasoned practitioners share their expertise on topics including the business of law, questioning, how to prove facts, admitting evidence at trial, effective advocacy, and mediation in an online world.

The first session takes place on January 20. Chaired by Françoise H. Belzil of Biamonte LLP and presented by Malkit Atwal of Field LLP, this session will discuss the business of law including retainer agreements. With sharing his own knowledge and experience, attendees will walk away with practical tips and advice from Malkit on how to build a successful practice.

Malkit strives to earn the trust and confidence of his clients by achieving their goals in a timely, cost-effective and conscientious manner. He has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars, appeared at a variety of levels of court throughout Alberta, and has participated in hearings before the Court of Appeal of the Northwest Territories and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more…

Scroll down for details on future sessions in this series.

Civil Litigation Series


Dates: January 2021–April 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (each day)

Price:  $95 + GST (per session)

Bundle Price:$950 + GST $695 + GST (Save $255 when you register for all 10 sessions!)




The Business of Law – Retainer Agreements and Tips for Building a Practice | January 20, 2021
Presenter: Malkit Atwal, Field LLP

E-Mediation | January 28, 2021
Presenter: Brad Mustard, Moe Hannah LLP

Standing, Conflicts and Litigation Representatives in Estate Litigation |  February 4, 2021
Presenter: Victoria Jones, de Villars Jones LLP

Views from the Bench | February 18, 2021
Presenter: Justice Anna Loparco, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

33 Ways to Prove a Fact | March 3, 2021
Presenters: Melissa Burkett, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and Cynthia Hykaway, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Virtual Questioning | March 11, 2021
Presenter: Celeste Small, Scott Venturo Rudakoff LLP

Derivative Actions | March 17, 2021
Presenter: Matthew Riskin, Bennett Jones LLP

Written Advocacy | April 13, 2021
Presenter: Darren Bieganek QC, Duncan Craig LLP

10 Things for the Litigator’s Tool Belt & 10 Things for Making Practice Better  | April 20, 2021
Presenter: Gavin Price, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP

Summary Trials | April 27, 2021
Presenter: Justice Michele H. Hollins, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta


Register for the entire series and save $255!


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Meet the Faculty: Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Meet the faculty for our upcoming webinar series!

LESA is pleased to introduce our outstanding faculty for Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations. This upcoming webinar series consists of 4 lunchtime sessions which take place once a week for 4 weeks over the months of January and February. Hear from our panel of experienced presenters and explore directors’ responsibilities and potential liabilities. Examine how to effectively serve on a board of directors and advise clients.

Scroll below to meet the faculty, and click here to register today!


Vivian R. Stevenson QC, Duncan Craig LLP

Vivian has practiced in the area of civil litigation since her admission to the Bar of Alberta in 1990. The main focus of her practice has been in the area of insurance and tort litigation, defending claims relating to professional negligence, property damage and personal injury and in providing coverage advice. She also has experience with product liability, partnership and shareholder disputes and other general commercial litigation matters, as well as regulatory and administrative law proceedings. Read more…


Sam Amelio QC, MLT Aikins LLP

With a focus on real estate and commercial transactions and financings, Sam also regularly practices in corporate financing and organization, partnership agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning. He advises corporations, financial institutions, borrowers, medical and dental practitioners, and entrepreneurs. He is fluent in Italian. Read more…

Bud Melnyk QC, Warren Sinclair LLP

Born and raised in Edmonton, this is where Bud obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1985. After completing his law degree in 1990 at the University of Alberta, Bud began practicing law in Red Deer and has been a practicing lawyer since 1991. Bud is currently a partner with the law firm of Warren Sinclair LLP. Read more…

Chantel Cabaj, BoardWell

As an advocate and educator, Chantel is driven by empowering others through knowledge, facilitating discussion, and creating community. As the founder of a governance-focused not-for-profit, Chantel understands the pressure points boards face – especially as they transition beyond start up. Read more…

Shauna N. Finlay, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP

Frequently acting for regulatory bodies, Shauna also acts for private entities, non-profit entities, and public bodies. Her clients benefit from her 20 years of diverse experience. This depth of experience is complemented by a thorough and practical approach. She also works to understand the nuances of her clients’ businesses and the issues they face. This allows her to assist her clients in achieving successful results whether in the course of their normal business or in the context of dispute resolution. Read more…

Sheila Witwicky, National Growth Partners

As an executive and governance advisor with more than 15 years’ experience, Sheila has a strong passion for helping boards and executives optimize the governance system. Over her career, she has worked with many organizations at the board and senior executive level to help them successfully manage governance, relationships, strategy and operational issues. Read more…


Thank you to our faculty to their investment of time, talent, and expertise. Registration is now open. Click here for details and to register today. We look forward to (virtually) seeing you there!



Day 1 –  January 26, 2021
Day 2 – February 2, 2021
Day 3 – February 9, 2021
Day 4 – February 19, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM–1:30 PM (each day)

Price: $345 + GST





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How an Accounting Perspective Prevents Fraud and Disputes in Contracts and Agreements – Webinar in Collaboration with MNP LLP

Webinar Overview

Contracts and agreements are frequently reviewed from a legal perspective alone. However, agreements often include accounting terminology, financial statements, financial reporting requirements, and financial projections; details that are well understood by accountants. As a result, this can leave agreements open to misinterpretation or to be targeted for fraud.

Lisa Majeau Gordon, FCPA, FCA, CA·IFA, CFE, CFF of MNP LLP will join us this coming February to present a webinar entitled, “Preventing Fraud and Disputes in Contracts and Agreements“. Explore 4 key stages during the lifecycle of an agreement. Consider where an accounting perspective can complement a legal review. Errors and omissions can easily contribute to disputes and litigation. Therefore, attendees will review real-life examples to understand what went wrong and how issues could have been avoided. Click here for additional details and to register.

Presenter Profile

Lisa Majeau Gordon | Presenter for LESA's Preventing Fraud and Disputes in Contracts and AgreementsLisa is the National Lead Partner responsible for MNP’s Forensics and Litigation Support Services practice, having specialized exclusively in Investigative and Forensic Accounting since 1996. She currently works in all industry sectors and for both criminal and civil courts. For 10 years, Lisa provided forensic accounting services to the RCMP. During which time, she consulted on organized crime, terrorist financing, and other serious financial crime cases across Canada.

With an involvement in forensic professional education in Canada and the United States, Lisa has also represented Canada on the American Fraud Task Force. Lisa is the principal Forensic Accountant to the Toronto Police Service. Having worked with many police agencies and organizations across North America, Lisa has also testified multiple times as an expert in courts across Canada. Read more…




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Upcoming Webinar Series: Coercive Control and Family Violence

Join us this February for a 2-day series to dive into the upcoming amendments to the Divorce Act requiring that family violence, including coercive controlling behaviours, be considered when making best-interests determinations regarding children. This interdisciplinary program presents the valuable insights of an experienced psychologist on coercive control and how it may manifest in the day-to-day practices of family law professionals. Walk away with valuable information from senior family law lawyers on the pending amendments to the Divorce Act, the obligation to screen for family violence, and the tools available for that purpose.

Coercive Control and Family Violence

Day 1 – February 17, 2021
Day 2 – February 24, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (each day)

Price: $345 + GST


We are pleased to have John-Paul E. Boyd QC of John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers and Glenda Lux, MA, R.Psych. of Lux Short Consulting Psychologists co-chair this program with Wayne Barkauskas QC of Wise Scheible Barkauskas joining as a presenter.

Scroll below for details on each day of this series.

Day 1: Understanding Coercive Control in the Context of Family Violence

This session will provide family law professionals with information they need to get a basic understanding of how this concealed, patterned, and harmful behaviour presents in family law disputes and discuss the impact of coercive control on the development of parenting plans. Attendees will explore the perils of subjective impressions, as well as areas where the legal system and the interventions it provides are vulnerable to misuse. Family Law lawyers will walk away with a framework to help identify the specific behaviours they can expect to see in cases of coercive control.

Day 2: Understanding the Legal Framework

This session provides an important refresher on the Protection Against Family Violence Act and a review of the amendments to the Divorce Act addressing family violence. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the tools available to deal with family violence in the context of family law disputes, the duty of litigators, mediators, arbitrators, and parenting coordinators to screen for family violence, the new federal screening questionnaire, and other means of assessing for the presence of family violence.

Registration includes both days. Click here to register today!

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LESA’s Holiday Office Closure Notice

Above: A recent LESA zoom staff meeting!

As we near the end of 2020, we want to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support. As your lifelong partner in continuing legal excellence, we are dedicated to providing continuing legal education and resources that fit your needs and benefit you in your practice. We could not do what we do without the generous contributions of time, talent, energy, and expertise from our many volunteers and loyal supporters. From all of us at LESA, we wish you all the best for a happy and healthy 2021.

Please note: Our office will be closed from December 24th (at noon) until January 4th, 2021. Orders for physical goods will be processed upon our return in January. See you in the new year!





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NEW On-Demand Programs

We are wrapping up 2020 with a list of newly available Webinars on Demand. Our on-demand programs include titles in a range of practice areas.

At the start of 2020, our organization had a goal to one day launch live webinar broadcasts. With the global pandemic limiting our ability to provide in-person learning experiences, LESA quickly pivoted to ensure we could continue to provide continuing legal education to support you in your practice. We are please to say that since the start of the pandemic, LESA has broadcasted more than 35 live webinars! We couldn’t have done it without the incredible investment of time, energy, and expertise of our volunteers, or without your loyal support. We are so grateful, and are excited to see where 2021 will take us.

Check out our complete list of Webinars on Demand here or scroll below for our most recent additions.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers Part 4: Business Continuity Planning and Digital Transformation
Original Date: December 9, 2020

Criminal Law Fundamentals
Original Date: December 8, 2020

Independent Legal Advice – Adjusting the Duty of Care to Different Transactions
Original Date: December 7, 2020

Estate Planning Fundamentals
Original Date: December 4, 2020

Family Law Update Part 2: Financial Affairs
Original Date: November 27, 2020

Estate Planning Considerations Part 2: After Death
Original Date: November 24, 2020

Family Law Update Part 1: Parenting and Children
Original Date: November 20, 2020

To See or Not to See: The Impact of Without Prejudice Offers to Settle on Future Costs Awards
Original Date: November 19, 2020

Effective Oral Advocacy from Remote
Original Date: November 18, 2020

and more…

We thank you for your ongoing support. We are continually exploring new ways to deliver relevant and timely continuing legal education. If there are topics that are of particular interest to you, or if you have feedback on our webinars, we’d love to hear from you at [email protected]

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Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Join us for our 4-day Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations webinar series coming up in early 2021. Examine how to effectively serve on a board of directors and advise clients. Understand different board governance models and explore directors’ responsibilities and potential liabilities. This program consists of 4 lunchtime sessions which take place once a week for 4 weeks over the months of January and February.

Scroll below for a list of topics for each day of the series.

Registration is now open; we look forward to (virtually) seeing you there!


Program Agenda

Date Topic Presenter(s)
January 26, 2021 Governance models and approaches (including aligning boards with their model) Chantel Cabaj & Sheila Witwicky
February 2, 2021 Advising boards and serving on boards (including lawyers’ ethical considerations about giving advice to a board they sit on) Shauna N. Finlay & Bud Melnyk QC
February 9, 2021 Dealing with conflict and dysfunction on boards (including ensuring the right documents are in place, such as appropriate bylaws) Sam Amelio QC & Vivian R. Stevenson QC
February 19, 2021 Panel roundtable discussion and Q&A All faculty




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New Faculty Added: Family Law Fundamentals

In the first few years of family law practice, lawyers can greatly benefit from both substantive law knowledge and practice management skills to assist them in effectively managing matters. Join experienced practitioners to explore family property, child support, spousal support, family violence, and more. Scroll below for details on our panel of presenters for our upcoming Family Law Fundamentals webinar.


Heather L. McKay QC, Daunais McKay + Harms

Heather McKay practises exclusively in the area of Family Law and is recognized as a leader in her field. Her practice focuses on negotiated resolutions of complicated property and support matters. She has extensive training in dispute resolution including training as a mediator and as a collaborative law lawyer. She also has years of experience as a litigator with a long list of reported decisions to her credit. She understands the emotional and financial toll that divorce takes on her clients and their families and works closely with each client to ensure a process that works for them. Read more…

Timothy S. Chan, Daunais McKay + Harms
Timothy S. Chan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary in 2020. He joined Daunais, McKay + Harms in 2019 as a summer student, and is completing his articles with an expected call date in Spring 2021. To date, he has appeared in the Alberta Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench, and co-written briefs and applications for the Alberta Court of Appeal. Timothy treats his clients with empathy and respect, drawing upon his previous non-profit work in youth programs, healthcare, and indigenous self-governance. Read more…

Christopher A. Jackson, Jackson Law
Chris is currently the sole practitioner of Jackson Law. He completed three years of a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta before being admitted to that university’s Faculty of Law. Graduating in 2003 with an L.L.B., Chris began practicing immediately thereafter. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2004, and worked for Bishop & McKenzie LLP for several years as a litigator prior to his decision to open Jackson Law. Read more…

Imogen Jenkins, Daunais McKay + Harms
Imogen joined DM+H in May 2018 after completing her Juris Doctor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Imogen discovered her passion for the law while working as a Legal Assistant at a large full-service firm in Edmonton, AB while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree. Imogen believes that family disputes are best solved by cooperative, collaborative, and non-adversarial means. Having said that, Imogen is comfortable in the courtroom having appeared at the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal. Read more…

Emily Koch, Daunais McKay + Harms
Emily joined Daunais, McKay + Harms in the summer of 2018 as a Student at Law after graduating from the Juris Doctor program at the University of Calgary. Throughout her time at UCalgary Law, she found many opportunities to enhance her knowledge of family law issues. Emily spent a summer working as a summer student with Student Legal Assistance (SLA), which allowed her to assist low income clients with a variety of family law issues including parenting, guardianship, and child support. Read more…

Katherine Palmer, Strathcona Law Group
Katherine Palmer was admitted to practice in Alberta in 2011.  She has a general practice including family law, general civil and commercial litigation, real estate, wills and estates and bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Katherine obtained a BA (Hons) with First Class Honours in history from the University of Alberta in 2004 and graduated with an LLB (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2009.  Katherine was the recipient of the Horace Harvey Medal as the top student in her law school graduating class. Read more…

Dustin Tkachuk, Lawrence & Tkachuk
Dustin was called to the bar in 2005. His primary focus is on family law, however also practices in real estate and wills and estates. Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter; hiking, playing soccer, and enjoying music. Read more…

Join us for Family Law Fundamentals January 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM.

Register today!