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BC’s New Franchise Legislation

Co-hosted with Business in Vancouver, our panel discussion on “BC’s New Franchise Legislation” was a great success! The well-attended event featured John Rogers as well as William King (BDO Canada), Bill Stegall (FDF Brandz) and Kirk Lapointe (BiV) discussing the new BC Franchises Act and Regulations, which come into force on February 1, 2017. Learn more about the new act.

Making charitable gifts of real estate holdings and private company shares

Business owners are a driving force of our economy and community, creating wealth and giving back. However, making charitable gifts of real estate holdings and private company shares comes with certain challenges.

Geoff White’s 2015 article, which was recently republished in the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ Leave a Legacy magazine, discusses new rules that were proposed for 2017 to alleviate some of those challenges. While those rules were not implemented, effective planning is still available for business owners to meet and overcome these challenges and to make a difference for their community. Read more (page 5).

Welcome Jeff Holowaychuk

Clark Wilson welcomes Jeff Holowaychuk as an associate with our Intellectual Property and Technology Groups. Jeff regularly advises private and public sector clients on complex commercial and technology transactions, including outsourcing, software licensing as well as cloud service and storage agreements. We are pleased to have him join our team.

Shock wave from Taco Del Mar explosion felt in new Canadian insurance law

Congratulations to Samantha Ip and her team who successfully represented a prominent insurance client in a case that developed new law in Canada. The case related to corporate attribution (when a company is responsible for its director’s actions) and tort immunity from insurance covenants (typically found in commercial leases). The court found that the corporate identification theory was not met and that insurance covenants also apply to intentional acts. This is new law in Canada. Learn more.

Welcome new Associates

Clark Wilson welcomes three new associates to our firm: Sean Tessarolo, Kelsey Marshall and Tanner Doerges. Sean and Tanner work with our litigators, while Kelsey has joined our solicitors. Each of them articled with Clark Wilson, and we are pleased to welcome them to our team.

YVR wins Airport of the Year!

Congratulations to our client, the Vancouver Airport Authority, which manages the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). YVR was named Airport of the Year by the CAPA Centre for Aviation. This prestigious title is awarded based on YVR’s strategic leadership and commitment to advancing the aviation industry globally. Check out YVR’s news release to learn more.

Don Sihota Seminar - How to Buy or Sell a Business

On Wednesday, November 2, Don Sihota will be hosting a seminar entitled "How to Buy or Sell a Business". People attending this seminar will learn how to determine the value of their business, structure the best deal to protect their wealth, and negotiate to their advantage when buying or selling a business. Fore more information, click here.

New BC Societies Act

The new BC Societies Act is coming into force on November 28, 2016, introducing major changes to the incorporation, membership and governance of all societies in BC. All societies must transition to the new act by November 28, 2018 or risk being dissolved by the registrar.

We have created an info piece and a breakfast roundtable event to help societies easily understand the upcoming changes and how to comply without disruption to operations. Check out this link to learn more and register for the event.

Lauren Liang presented to CHOA for their Fall 2016 Seminars

On Saturday at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus, Lauren Liang presented to the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC (CHOA) for their Fall 2016 strata education program. Lauren spoke on a variety of statutes and regulations that affect strata affairs, including PIPA, Guide Dog and Service Dog Act, Builders Lien Act, Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Lauren will present again for CHOA this Saturday at Douglas College in Coquitlam.

Darren Donnelly in Avison Young’s Fall 2016 Multi-Family Investment Report

Darren Donnelly is featured in Avison Young’s Fall 2016 Multi-Family Investment Report. Darren discusses recent changes to BC laws related to the dissolution of stratas. “Strata corporations are volatile creatures and great care must be taken to implement a process that is fair and transparent,” explains Darren. Read the full report to learn more.