CBA-Nova Scotia’s Annual Conference

CBA-Nova Scotia’s Annual Conference

December 2 & 3, 2021

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, NS

We are pleased to advise that registration is now OPEN for our 2021 Annual Conference! Our initial itinerary is below, with more sessions to be added in the coming days.  As we return to in-person events, your health and safety remains our priority. During this conference, all attendees, staff and presenters will adhere fully to provincial public health guidelines and protocols.


If you live outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality, please contact the CBA-NS Branch before you register. You may be eligible for a discount!

If you received an email in the past year regarding a credit on file, please contact the CBA-NS Branch to take advantage of the credit.


Session Topic Speaker(s)
Plenary Mental Illness and Professional Regulation Professor Andrew Flavelle Martin (Schulich School of Law)
1A Developments in Administrative Law Professor Diana Ginn (Schulich School of Law)
1B Making Families Equal: Parentage Law Reform In Nova Scotia Sarah Burton (Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute);
Susanne Litke, QC (Barrister and Solicitor)
2A 2SLGBTQI+ People and Access to Justice Jaime Burnet (Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia)
2B Tax Considerations for Non-Tax Lawyers Melanie Petrunia (Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia); James Rhodes (Principal Lawyer, Taxation Lawyers)
2C Emerging Technologies in Law Practice Paul Saunders (Stewart McKelvey)
3A Expropriation Law and Business Loss Mark Rieksts (Nova Scotia Department of Justice); Ian Wintrip (Partner and Forensic Accountant, DeBresser Wintrip)
3B Parenting in the time of COVID Adam Norton (MDW Law);
3C Tales from the Crypt: Lessons from QuadrigaCX Doug Harris (Nova Scotia Securities Commission);
Stephanie Atkinson (Nova Scotia Securities Commission)
4A Freedom of Expression: Recent Case Studies Jack Townsend (Nova Scotia Department of Justice)
4B Family Law Cases in the Supreme Court and Beyond Surinder Multani (Counsel for Ms. Calucci);
Peter Mennie (Counsel for Ms. Michel);
Jennifer Klink (WestCoast LEAF, Intervenor in Colucci);
Ceilidh Henderson (Canada Without Poverty, Intervenor in Colucci)
4C Statutory Appeals Theresa Graham (Registrar General and Director of Land Programs, Province of Nova Scotia); Kathleen McManus (Senior Counsel, Department of Justice Canada)
Plenary Managing Client Mental Health Issues Dr. Stacy Bradley (Nova Scotia Health Authority)
5A New Succession Planning Guidelines for Nova Scotia Lawyers Bob Carter, QC (Carter Simpson);
Rob McCleave (Legal Support Services, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society)
5B Meet the Counsel: SCC Decisions on Limitations, Discoverability and Releases Steven Barnett, QC (Foster & Company);
Matthew Pern (Foster & Company), Counsel for Grant Thornton International Ltd;
Erin Best (Stewart McKelvey), Counsel for Corner Brook(City)
5C Quieting of Titles Theresa Graham (Registrar General and Director of Land Programs, Province of Nova Scotia); Mark Rieksts (Nova Scotia Department of Justice)
6A The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act: How will it breath new life into Section 35? Professor Naiomi Metallic (Schulich School of Law); Paul Joffee (Senior Fellow, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
6B Application Rules and other Civil Procedure Rule Changes The Honourable James L. Chipman (Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court);
Scott Campbell (Stewart McKelvey)
6C Piercing the Veil of COVID-19: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes Dr. Robert Strang (Chief Medical Officer of Health, Province of Nova Scotia); Tina Hall (A/Director, Department of Justice and Senior Solicitor, Department of Health and Wellness)