Participate in comfort by telephone as you sip your morning coffee! The national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, now chaired by the Honourable Beverley McLachlin, is hosting six one hour sessions over the next three weeks. They’ll offer great speakers on topical issues and an opportunity to connect with other Canadians interested in A2J through round-table discussions.
Scheduled from February 20 to March 7, 2019 the sessions will include:
• 3 large group sessions featuring cutting edge keynote speakers
• 3 roundtable discussions breaking down some of the issues and exchanging ideas, challenges and tips.
They’ll take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays for one hour only at 9:00 a.m. PST. Here’s the program.
Week 1: Technology as a Disruptor in A2J
Usman Sheikh - Gowling WLG, Partner, National Head - Blockchain & Smart Contract Group
Week 2: Planning for the Long Term
Suzanne Stein - Associate Professor at OCAD, Strategic Foresight & Innovation / Digital Futures; Director, SuperOrdinary Lab
Week 3: Measuring our Impact
Sarah Chamness Long - World Justice Project, Director, Rule of Law Index
Register here to attend any or all of these sessions.
The national Action Committee on Access to Justice was formed by former Chief Justice McLachlin in 2007 to bring people together to examine solutions to Canada’s access to justice (A2J) problems in family and civil matters. It is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms and coordinating the efforts of all participants concerned with civil and family justice. The pop-up discussions are part of the Committee’s efforts to build a national “community of practice”, bringing together people who share concerns and interest in access to justice.
One of the Committee’s initiatives was to identify nine “Justice Development Goals” for Canada. Its Justice Development Goals website reports annually on our progress with each goal using infographics and user-friendly layout and text.
The Action Committee also publishes a monthly newsletter, focusing a spotlight on progress across Canada on a different Justice Development Goal (JDG) each month, in addition to other A2J news. February’s newsletter reports on Goal #5 – Working Together, and highlights A2J BC and the University of Victoria’s Access to Justice Centre for Excellence (ACE), groups that are collaborating and working together on access to justice in this province.
In a good reminder to all of us, the newsletter notes:
You can subscribe to the national Action Committee’s newsletter here.