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Avoid Negative Tax Consequences for Your Clients

There is still time left to register for next week’s webinar with Ben Hudson of Hudson Law in Calgary. Explore key considerations and potential pitfalls in this fast-moving lunchtime webinar.

Tax Issues when Buying or Selling a Business


Date:
October 21, 2020

Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST

Presenter: Ben Hudson, Hudson Law

 

When acting for clients who are buying or selling a business, lawyers need to be aware of situations that can result in negative tax consequences for their clients.

Topics will include:

  • Assets vs. Shares
  • Holding corporations and pre-sale reorganizations
  • Structuring the deal
  • Tax clauses in acquisition agreements
  • GST

REGISTER TODAY!

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New Webinar on Demand Titles

Check out our latest Webinar on Demand titles! For a complete list of all of our available Webinars on Demand, please visit LESA.org/wod

 

Re-thinking Advance Medical Care Planning: The Evolving Collaboration Between Doctors and Lawyers

Original Date: September 24, 2020

Price: $95 + GST

Presenter: Dr. Daren K. Heyland, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University and critical care doctor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Discuss the role lawyers play regarding medical decisions that patients and their agents must make when facing serious illness, such as COVID-19. Assess the challenges of ill-prepared patients and their agents, and the opportunity for doctors and lawyers to work together to the betterment of their patients/clients. Explore the deficiencies in current medical decision-making related to serious illness, and how a free, online, decision support tool called Plan Well Guide can facilitate collaboration between the medical and legal professions.

 

IP Issues for Non-IP Lawyers: Understanding Your Client’s Intellectual Property and What to Do About It

Original Date: September 16, 2020

Price: $95 + GST

Presenter: Christine E. Hicks, Hicks Intellectual Property Law

 

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property. Businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights. It is also important that businesses conduct the necessary inquiries and searches to evaluate the risk of infringing third party IP rights.

This Webinar on Demand will provide practical information so that you can understand the types of IP owned by your clients and the steps that can be taken to develop and implement an IP strategy. This Webinar on Demand will also touch on the nature of the IP profession and some of the tools used by IP practitioners to assist their clients.

 

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Build your Competency in Business Fundamentals

As lawyers build their own competency in business fundamentals, they can better support and advise their clients. We are please to collaborate once again with MNP LLP on a 4-part webinar series with a focus on Business Fundamentals for Lawyers. With topics in financial statements, business valuations, business continuity planning, and more – walk away from this series with increased financial literacy and an ability to more confidently support and advise your clients.

Sessions will be presented by professionals from MNP LLP including accountants, business valuators, and business advisors. Register for one, some, or all (save $155 when you register for all 4 sessions!). Scroll below for details and links to register.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers Part 1: Introduction to Financial Statements

Learn to read and understand company financial statements. Gain basic financial literacy, learn the components of financial statements and how apply that knowledge to real life examples. We will also review the various accounting frameworks and the types of assurance that accountants can provide.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers Part 2: Financial Statement Analysis

Consider how to evaluate the health of a business, perform ratio analysis, uncover expenses subject to management discretion, and learn what further questions you must ask.  This course assumes a basic working knowledge of financial statements and will focus on the analysis to uncover insights and understand the story behind the numbers.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers Part 3: Introduction to Business Valuations

Explore how a business valuator arrives at an opinion regarding the value of an ownership interest in a company. Examine the reporting standards followed in Canada, discuss common valuation approaches, and learn how the valuation report is organized and delivered to the reader. Explore qualitative considerations and identify common mistakes.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers Part 4: Business Continuity Planning and Digital Transformation

More details coming soon.

Business Fundamentals for Lawyers is a 4-part webinar series. Save $155 when you register for all 4 webinars. Click here for details. Webinars can be purchased as single sessions or in a bundled price of $345 + GST. Discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart.

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What’s new at LESA

As we continue to navigate the current times, the LESA team is dedicated to delivering timely and topical continuing legal education in a variety of ways to fit your needs. A lot of changes have happened in the LESA office since the start of COVID-19. We’d love to share a sneak peek of what we’ve been up to and how we have adapted to the times to ensure we can continue to serve you in your practice. 

Like many others, the LESA office pivoted to working remotely this past March. As of July, we began to slowly migrate back into the office… which just so happened to be to an entirely new office space! We are now located in TD Tower (Suite 1401, 10088-102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 2Z1). Our new space is a bit smaller than our previous one, but with a little reno work, we were able to optimize the space to better suit our needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Above left: The LESA staff kitchen. Above centre: The “couch room” is where we hold informal meetings. This is a great space with enough room to physically distance, giving us the ability to still meet together in small groups. Above right: This is a sample office space. We have fewer closed-door offices in this space, as we opted instead for several open workspaces throughout the office–which just so happened to work out well for the current times and making it easy for distanced collaboration!)

The most important detail of our new office is… (drumroll please) a space entirely devoted to hosting in-house programs with a livestream option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Pictured here (from left) are Carolyn Bernardin, Matt Sommerfeldt, and Kathy Fortier)

We have greatly missed seeing you in person, and look forward to seeing you again and welcoming you into our new programs space some day soon.


This past spring we launched our first-ever webinar series. Since May 4, 2020 (and as of September 24) we have broadcasted 21 webinars in a variety of practice areas. To see a list of our upcoming webinars, please visit LESA.org/webinars. All of our live webinars are recorded and offered as Webinars on Demand for you to watch and learn at your convenience. If you missed a live webinar, be sure to check out LESA.org/wod to see our complete list of Webinars on Demand. New titles are continually added, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.


Are you a member of the LESA E-List?

As you may know, we have historically relied upon printed brochures to spread the word about our upcoming programs and resources. With many working remotely, and with our desire to pivot with the times, we have come to rely more heavily on email and other electronic avenues of communication.

We want to ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest news, opportunities, programs, and resources that we have to offer so we can continue to support you in your practice. We invite you to become a member of the LESA E-List; a periodic email that informs you of our latest programs, resources, and other offerings. As a member of the list, you will have priority access to program registrations and will be the first to know when new LESA webinars, Webinars on Demand, programs, and resources become available. As a gift upon sign-up, we want to welcome you with 10% off any one electronic resource.

Click here to become a member and to access your 10% off coupon code.

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Plan your CPD with LESA’s Fall Programs

It’s that time of year again! LESA is dedicated to supporting you in your continuing professional development and we are pleased to announce our line-up of fall 2020 programs. New titles are continually added with programs in a variety of practice areas. Click the image above for our online programs calendar, or scroll below for a list of upcoming programs.

Click on the links for more details and to register.

Re-thinking Advance Medical Care Planning: The Evolving Collaboration Between Doctors and Lawyers

Date: September 24, 2020 | Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Price: $89 + GST | Presenter: Dr. Daren K. Heyland, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University and critical care doctor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Date: September 30, 2020 | Time: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Price: $195 + GST | Presenter: Karmen Masson, LL.B., CEC

Estate Planning Fundamentals

Date: October 16, 2020 | Time: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Price: $195 + GST | Presenters: Gordon P. VanderLeek, VanderLeek Law and Carolyn MillsVanderLeek Law

Commercial Real Estate: Leasing

Date: October 23, 2020 | Time:  9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price:  $445 + GST | Save $90 when combined with Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability
Location:  Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair: Bianca Kratt, Parlee McLaws LLP  | Presenters: Brittany Earl, Duncan Craig LLP; Sharon Ohayon, Witten LLP; Salima Shivji, Dentons Canada LLP; and Stephanie A. Wanke, Thomson Reuters 

To ensure physical distancing space is limited. Register early to secure your spot!

Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability

Date: October 24, 2020 | Time:  9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price:  $445 + GST | Save $90 when combined with Commercial Real Estate: Leasing. Discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart.
Location:  Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair: Jeffrey V. Kahane, Kahane Law Office | Presenters: Elizabeth Aspinall, Law Society of Alberta; Mae L. Chow, Duncan Craig LLP; Al Golemme, MFA, FPBA, Concept Professional Group Inc.; and Kyle MacLeod, Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association

To ensure physical distancing space is limited. Register early to secure your spot!

Rules of Court 2020 Part 1

Date: November 4, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Price:  $195 + GST (Save $45 when combined with Rules of Court Part 2 – Webinar 

Chair: Darren J. Reed, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP | Presenters: Gunnar Benediktsson, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP; Kelly Osaka, Dentons Canada LLP; and Cassandra Sutter, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP

Rules of Court 2020 Part 2

Date: November 5, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Price:  $195 + GST (Save $45 when combined with Rules of Court Part 1 – Webinar)

Chair: Darren J. Reed, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP | Presenters: Justice Robert A. Graesser, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; Justice Michele H. Hollins, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; and Ryan P. Krushelnitzky, Field LLP

Estate Planning Considerations Part 1: Before Death

Date: November 17, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Price:  $125 + GST | Save $55 when combined with Estate Planning Considerations Part 2: After Death. Discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart.

This program is being offered in collaboration with MNP LLP. More details coming soon.

Effective Oral Advocacy from Remote

Date: November 18, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Price:  $95 + GST | Presenter: Justice Robert A. Graesser, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

To See or Not to See: The Impact of Without Prejudice Offers to Settle on Future Costs Awards

Date: November 19, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Price:  $95 + GST | Presenter: Alexander Yiu, Ackroyd LLP

Family Law Update Part 1: Parenting and Children

Date: November 20, 2020 | Time: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Price: $195 + GST | Save $45 when combined with Family Law Update Part 2: Financial Affairs

Chair: Wendy A. Young, Emery Jamieson LLP | Presenters: Ryan D. Anderson QC, Huckvale LLP; Melani Carefoot, MSW, RSW, Positive Choices Counselling; and Jocelyn E. Innes, Innes Law

Estate Planning Considerations Part 2: After Death

Date: November 24, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Price:  $125 + GST | Save $55 when combined with Estate Planning Considerations Part 1: Before Death. Discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart.)

This program is being offered in collaboration with MNP LLP. More details coming soon.

Family Law Update Part 2: Financial Affairs

Date: November 27, 2020 | Time: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Price: $195 + GST | Save $45 when combined with Family Law Update Part 1: Parenting and Children

Chair: Wendy A. Young, Emery Jamieson LLP | Presenters: Chandra L. Flett, Chandra L. Flett Professional Corporation; Bryan P. Maruyama, Parlee McLaws LLP; and Rachel Woynorowski, Daunais McKay + Harms

Preventing Fraud and Disputes in Contracts and Agreements

Date: December 1, 2020 | Time:  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Price:  $125 + GST

This program is being offered in collaboration with MNP LLP. More details coming soon.

Independent Legal Advice – Adjusting the Duty of Care to Different Transactions

Date: December 7, 2020 | Time:12:00 PM–1:30 PM
Price: $125 + GST | Presenter: John E.S. Poyser, The Wealth & Estate Law Group

Criminal Law Fundamentals

Date: December 8, 2020 | Time: 1:00 PM–4:30 PM
Price: $195 + GST

Chair: Justice R. Paul Belzil, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta | Presenters: Justice Susan E. Richardson, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; Judge A.J. Brown, Provincial Court of Alberta; and Edmond J. O’Neill, Aloneissi O’Neill Hurley O’Keeffe Millsap

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Empower yourself to turn tough conversations into productive ones

Have you ever walked away from a conversation feeling as though you could have handled it more effectively? We’ve all been there at one time or another… where an emotionally charged situation shifted a conversation away from productivity towards an ineffective result.

Tough conversations, often experienced in the legal profession, can be handled in such a way where even if there is a disagreement, the end result can still be productive. We are excited to have Karmen Masson, LL.B., CEC  join us on September 30 for a half-day webinar entitled, “Dealing with Difficult Conversations“, where Karmen will share her experiences and best practices for how to turn tough conversations into productive ones.

Karmen is a Certified Executive Coach and leadership consultant who helps people and organizations have more effective interactions and build stronger relationships at work. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1997 and worked as a lawyer in private and government practice where she also took on senior management and executive roles. Working closely with members of the judiciary, the legal profession and its stakeholders for over twenty years, she has first-hand experience in dealing with a variety of behavioural styles and overcoming barriers to effective communication.

Read on for details for how you can equip yourself with tools, and employ a process, that will leave you feeling more confidant and comfortable to manage your difficult conversations.

PROGRAM TAKEAWAYS

  • Learn strategies for diffusing heated situations;
  • Discover what not to do when emotions get involved;
  • Understand how to prevent misunderstandings;
  • Address problems rather than postpone them;
  • Respond more effectively when you feel attacked;
  • Learn practical techniques for getting derailed conversations back on track;
  • Address conflict more confidently;
  • Employ a process to guide you from start to finish; and
  • Leave with skills and tools to help plan your difficult conversations.

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Understanding value, assets, and strategy behind intellectual property

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property.

On September 16, join Christine E. Hicks of Hicks Intellectual Property Law for IP Issues for Non-IP Lawyers: Understanding Your Client’s Intellectual Property and What to Do About It to discuss how businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights.

Key takeaways from this webinar:

  • Learn how to identify when your technology clients have created IP assets that should be protected and what advice to provide them before an IP professional is engaged.
  • Understand the steps your clients can take to adopt trademarks that are inherently strong, available for use, and registrable.
  • Appreciate the importance of copyright issues for any client having an online presence.
  • Explore the unique IP considerations for your computer software clients.
  • Learn how the IP profession is structured in Canada, when to seek the assistance of an IP professional, and what type of IP professionals are suitable for your clients’ needs.
  • Understand the importance of your clients developing an IP strategy that adds value to their businesses.

 

Register today!

 

Christine has over 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994 and passed her patent agent qualification examinations the following year. She has been a registered trademark agent since 1996. She spent her formative years as an intellectual property practitioner with the Ottawa office of Osler before moving to Alberta in 2000. She was called to the Bar of Alberta in 2001. Read more

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Escape to the mountains for your Real Estate CPD

 

We are pleased to announce that Commercial Real Estate: Leasing (postponed from April of this year) will run on October 23, 2020 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The content for Commercial Real Estate: Leasing will be the same as previously planned, plus we are adding an optional second day titled Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability on October 24, 2020. Register for both programs and save $90 (discount will automatically apply when qualifying items are in your cart). Plus, registration includes access to the recordings.

Escape to the fresh mountain air while enjoying in-person learning, engaging in distanced networking, and growing in your continuing professional development.

The health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff is LESA’s top priority. In following provincial and local public health requirements and recommendations, LESA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all. As such, we are limiting the number of spots available for each program to 60 people. For information on LESA’s response to COVID-19 and the protective measures in place for in-person programming, please click here.

We have greatly missed seeing you in person and look forward to greeting you from a distance in October.

Scroll below for details on each program and click on the links to register today!

Commercial Real Estate: Leasing

Date: October 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price: $445 + GST (Register also for Residential Real Estate and save $90 off the combined price)
Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair:
Bianca Kratt, Parlee McLaws LLP

Faculty:
Brittany Earl, Duncan Craig LLP
Sharon Ohayon, Witten LLP
Salima Shivji, Dentons Canada LLP
Stephanie Wanke, Thomson Reuters

Analyze the lifecycle of commercial leases, including offers to lease, lease negotiations, tenant financing, default and enforcement, and current trends.

Topics

  • Discuss offers to lease versus letters of intent.
  • Explore landlord and tenant lease negotiations, including clauses to consider, restoration clauses, and standard form leases versus customized leases.
  • Consider tenant financing and the interplay with landlord financing.
  • Examine tenant defaults and landlord enforcement rights and remedies, including distress, termination, and the legal procedures to follow.
  • Hear from our esteemed faculty regarding current trends in commercial leasing, including requests for rent relief, surrender, and more.

Residential Real Estate: Avoiding Problems that Lead to Conflict & Liability

Date: October 24, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Price: $445 + GST (Register also for Commercial Real Estate and save $90 off the combined price)
Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

Chair:
Jeffrey V. Kahane, Kahane Law Office
Additional faculty information coming soon.

Unexpected issues can arise in seemingly straightforward real estate matters. Develop strategies to recognize common and less common pitfalls, identify points of potential conflict, and protect yourself from liability. Enhance your capacity to serve clients and move transactions along.

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Sneak peek into our fall lineup of webinars

September is just around the corner, and while we are not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, we are excited to give you a sneak peek into our fall lineup of webinars. More titles will continually be added, so be sure to bookmark and visit this page often.

 

 

Date: September 16, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Price: $89 + GST

Presenter: Christine E. Hicks, Hicks Intellectual Property

Whether your client is a large energy company actively involved in research and development, a start-up microbrewery, or a small business selling t-shirts online, your client owns intellectual property. Businesses can create value by adopting an IP strategy that includes identifying their IP assets, determining whether to register rights in their IP, creating a plan to commercialize their IP, and monitoring and enforcing their IP rights. It is also important that businesses conduct the necessary inquiries and searches to evaluate the risk of infringing third party IP rights.

This webinar will provide practical information so that you can understand the types of IP owned by your clients and the steps that can be taken to develop and implement an IP strategy. The webinar will also touch on the nature of the IP profession and some of the tools used by IP practitioners to assist their clients.

 

 

 

Date: September 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Price: $89 + GST

Presenter: Dr. Daren K. Heyland, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University and critical care doctor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Discuss the role lawyers play regarding medical decisions that patients and their agents must make when facing serious illness, such as COVID-19. Assess the challenges of ill-prepared patients and their agents, and the opportunity for doctors and lawyers to work together to the betterment of their patients/clients. Explore the deficiencies in current medical decision-making related to serious illness, and how a free, online, decision support tool called Plan Well Guide can facilitate collaboration between the medical and legal professions.

 

 

 

Date: September 30, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Price: $195 + GST

Presenter: Karmen Masson, LL.B., CEC, Karmen Masson Professional Coaching + Consulting

Develop strategies and key skills for turning tough conversations, often experienced in the legal profession, into more effective ones. Learn practical techniques for managing emotionally charged situations and moving in a productive direction, even when there is disagreement. Employ a process that will leave you feeling more comfortable and equipped to manage your difficult conversations.

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Field Law providing local support towards community organizations affected by the pandemic

Perhaps more than ever, this year it’s important to share opportunities for outreach, as there are many organizations struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrate those that are making a positive difference. On behalf of Field Law, with office locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, LESA is pleased to share the below press release announcing their annual community fund program. Applications from community groups and organizations are being accepted until August 11.

 

Field Law Community Fund Offering $60,000 in Community Grants

Local support towards community organizations struggling with COVID-19 pandemic

 

CALGARY – JULY 22, 2020 – Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, has opened applications for its Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program), which will distribute $60,000 in grant funding between Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Applicants from community associations and charity initiatives (registered and non-registered) in those markets are encouraged to share how they are making a difference in their communities, and where they need support.  Application entries close on August 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. MST.

This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on community services and resources, the need has never been greater. This Program is an opportunity for community organizations to have a measurable impact and increase collaboration in the community. Field Law puts an emphasis on causes that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, diversity, equality, community and sports, or arts and culture.

 

 

 

 

 

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers, Southern 2017 Winner | Photo credit: supplied by Field Law

“This is a year like no other, and with many events and activities being delayed or cancelled, we know that community groups are struggling like never before,” says Field Law’s Managing Partner, Jeremiah Kowalchuk. “The Community Fund Program is one way that Field can help organizations persevere in these challenging times.”

Giving back to the communities where Field Law operates is a core value of the Firm. To date, through the Community Fund, Field Law has donated a total of $550,000 to 96 organizations for their “pay-it-forward” ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Alberta Hospital Pet Healing Program, Northern 2018 Winner | Photo credit: supplied by Field Law

Of the $60,000 in funding available, with a total $24,000 available for Northern Alberta market applicants, $24,000 for Southern Alberta organizations and $12,000 for Northwest Territories. Fielders will vote on the projects submitted and winners will be announced online on September 8, 2020.

In 2019, Edmonton-based Lakeside Haven – Violence Recovery for Women and Children was awarded $18,000 to assist in offering its twice annual retreat for women and their children who have experienced family violence and are currently living in a second stage, long-term shelter through Wings of Providence. The retreat offers these families a safe, nurturing space to explore new activities, rebuild relationships, relax, and heal as a family.

Traditional Fiddling in our Communities, a Yellowknife-based nonprofit, was awarded $15,000 in 2019 to assist in their efforts of teaching fiddle and fiddle dance in remote communities. The organization’s volunteer board holds teaching tours three times a year in addition to weekend fiddle workshops.

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter was awarded $5,000 in 2019 through the Field Law Community Fund Program to kick start the Caring Dads Program. This program encourages fathers to make healthier choices and aims to have men become aware of why they choose abusive behaviour. The pilot for the Caring Dads program through the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter ran from September 2019 to January 2020.

For a complete list of Field Law Community Fund Program winners and application details, visit fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

 

ABOUT FIELD LAW

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services, tax and real estate transactions.