CPD Events

Continuing Professional Development Opportunities

The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPD Committee) provides legal professional development opportunities to members of the Law Society of Yukon.

The Committee focuses on topics that will assist members to increase their legal knowledge and practical skills, remain aware of their professional obligations, and provide better client service.

The CPD Committee encourages members to bring forward ideas or topics for future CPD activities at any time.

The Committee would also like to share with members the Notice to the Members of May 2020. The Notice includes a list of links to providers who offer CPD activities remotely. Membership is not a requirement for access. Click here for the Notice.


Up-Coming Continuing Professional Development Events


Topic: From Birth to Burial: The Lifecycle of a Litigated File

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar
Registration: Click here to register

In this CPD, you will be guided through the steps in managing a file, from client intake and management, pleadings, pre-trial strategies and discovery; settlement opportunities and procedures, trial advocacy, and post-trial / post-settlement steps.

Presenter: Sandy Kovacs is a leading personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also a member of the Law Society of Yukon. Her practice includes litigating complex claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and historical sexual assault. She is an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching Law 435C “Personal Injury Law”. Ms. Kovacs’s recent trial results include Anderson v. Molon, 2020 BCSC 1247, a historical sexual abuse claim in direct negligence against the Roman Catholic Church in which record punitive damages were awarded; and Uy v. Dhillon, 2020 BCSC 1302, where she achieved a record damages award for the severely brain-injured plaintiff, in excess of $9 million.

This CPD has been approved for 1.5 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in both BC and Yukon.

Topic: Safe & Effective Practices

Date: Postponed
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Registration Information: <
CPD Credit: 4.0 hours
Speakers: Justice S. Duncan; Judge K. Ruddy; K. Parkkari; L. Morris
Description: This seminar will begin with practice management tips from two senior members of the bar, Keith Parkkari and Lenore Morris. Topics will include managing client expectations, time management, and common pitfalls and strategies for avoiding them. Next, Madam Justice Suzanne M. Duncan and Judge Karen Ruddy will discuss expectations of ethical behaviours by the courts. Additional time will be devoted for a moderated discussion and audience questions. This panel will provide you with engaging and insightful tips on practice management and ethics.

Recorded Webinars

Topic: Judicial Review with Justice Wenckebach

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours

Grab your lunch and join us for a learning opportunity. Justice Wenckebach will be discussing the importance of reasons in the age of Vavilov. This session will also provide practical tips and information about judicial reviews along with a Question & Answer opportunity.

Presenter: Justice Karen Wenckebach.
Bio for Justice Karen Wenckebach.

Click here for the Powerpoint Presentation.

Topic: Law Firm Trust and General Books, Records and Accounts – Best Practices and the Use of Electronic Banking/Transaction Methods

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Yukon time
Cost: No charge Zoom webinar
CPD Credit: 2.5 hours
Description: This session will go through the best practices for both trust and general law firm bookkeeping with illustrative examples.  The session will cover recommendations from the Law Society’s auditors on maintaining books and records in compliance with the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Rules and go through the risks of using electronic banking in a law practice.  This session is ideal for both law society members, their administrative staff and/or bookkeepers (anyone working with the law firm’s trust and general books and records).
Presenters: Sara Jiménez, CPA, CA, CFF, CFE and Gustavo Jiménez, CPA, CGA, CFE – Sara and Gustavo have worked extensively with lawyers and law firms in both Alberta and the Yukon, performing trust audits and investigations, and assisting members with the proper maintenance of law firm books and records.  Sara and Gustavo run a CPA practice in Calgary, AB, performing forensic accounting and litigation support services and working with small business clients providing accounting and taxation compliance services and business advisory services.

Click here for the Powerpoint Presentation.

Topic: Children & Criminal Law

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Yukon time
Location: Live webinar on Zoom
Cost:  Free
CPD Credit: 3.0 hours
Speakers: Cpl. Kelly Manweiller, Simon Renouf, Noel Sinclair
Description: This Zoom CPD will touch on many topics regarding children and criminal law, including best practices for police officers when interviewing children, practical tips when preparing for trials involving children, developing rapport with child witnesses, legal principles regarding the treatment of children’s evidence in criminal trials and how to cross-examine child witnesses effectively without alienating the judge or jury or causing psychological harm to the child. This CPD will be of interest to criminal lawyers (both defence and Crown) as well as lawyers who work with children involved with the criminal justice system. There will be time allotted for the speakers to take questions from participants via the Zoom chat function. This CPD has been approved for 3.0 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in both BC and Yukon.


Cpl. Kelly Manweiller

Cpl. Kelly Manweiller has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Justice and Law Enforcement and Conflict Resolution Studies.  She has been a RCMP officer for the past 21 years. She started her career in Northern Manitoba for the first 9 years, serving in both Norway House and Swan River Detachments prior to moving to the Yukon in 2008. While in the Yukon, Cpl Manweiller oversaw C Watch for a year, then moved to the Major Crime Unit for 3 years, from there she assisted in establishing the Specialized Response Unit whose mandate was to oversee and assist with sexualized assaults, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse investigation, and after another 3-year term went back to the Major Crime Unit for a year, then returned to Whitehorse Detachment to the General Investigation Section for 2 years and then finally back to general duty policing and overseeing B Watch now for the past 2 years. 

Throughout her service Cpl. Manweiller has been passionate about working with survivors of sexualized assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Cpl. Manweiller was fortunate enough to take her first training in interviewing children in 2001 and has been mentoring other members in child interviewing throughout her service. Cpl. Manweiller is Step-Wise child interview trained and a Step-Wise Instructor. Cpl. Manweiller also has the honour of being on the Board of Directions for the Yukon Women’s Transition Home – Kaushee’s Place and Betty’s Haven. She is the proud mother of 2 boys (aged 19 & 15) and 3 dogs. She is an avid outdoors person and can often be found hiking the beautiful trails in and around Marsh Lake.

Noel Sinclair

Noel Sinclair is a retired N.W.T fishing guide who graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1993. For the first 9 years of his legal career Noel worked in private practice in Yellowknife and on Vancouver Island, focusing mainly on criminal law defence cases, family law litigation, child protection and other occasional solicitor’s work – stamping and signing-off on documents prepared by hard-working legal assistants.

Noel joined the Federal Prosecution Service (now the PPSC) as Crown Counsel in 2002 and has since then focused on criminal prosecutions across the Northern region from Pangnirtung to Beaver Creek. He currently serves as General Counsel for the PPSC Yukon Regional Office and is active as a trial and appellant lawyer at all levels of court in the Yukon. Noel is a past member of the Sexual Assault Response Committee and played an active role in the development of the Lynx Program for supporting child victims and witnesses.

He is regarded by many of his colleagues in the bar as an uncompromising, intransigent but otherwise good-natured prosecutor who is often incorrect and unsuccessful, but never uncertain.

Simon Renouf

Simon Renouf received his LL.B. degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 1989.  He had received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1971.

During his studies at the University of Alberta Simon received the George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal, the Peter Lougheed Scholarship, the Chief Justice S. Bruce Smith Prize, the Parlee Scholarship, the W. Bernie Kelly, Q.C. Memorial Prize, and other prizes in labour law, contract law, administrative law, trusts and criminal law.

In the 1970s Simon was a staff member with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) where he participated in collective bargaining, prepared and presented the union’s position in numerous interest arbitrations, conducted legislative liaison and lobbying and taught part-time labour courses at both Niagara and Humber Colleges. 

From 1979 to 1985 Simon was executive director of United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) where he was chief negotiator for many rounds of collective bargaining, including province wide hospital strikes in 1980 and 1982.From 1985 to 1989, Simon was director of his own consulting company which provided collective bargaining and related services to unions and faculty associations.

Since 1990 Simon has been a member of the Alberta bar.  He is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Simon acts as trial and appellate defence counsel in criminal cases.  He has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, the Yukon Territorial Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to his criminal law practice, Simon represents clients in professional conduct and administrative law matters before the courts and numerous federal and provincial administrative tribunals.

From 1992 to 2007 Simon was a Sessional Instructor with the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

From 1998 to 2002 Simon was an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta serving on the executive and virtually all committees, and as a member or chair of numerous disciplinary panels.  Simon chaired the Law Society’s Legal Aid negotiations committee.  He was also the Law Society representative on the law faculty council at the University of Alberta and on the board of directors of the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA).

Topic: Applying a Child’s Rights Lens: Lessons from the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate
Date: Monday, November 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon Yukon time
Location: Live webinar on Zoom
Cost: Free
CPD Credit: This CPD has been approved for 1.5 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in both BC and Yukon.
Speakers: Annette King and Shaunagh Stikeman
The presentation will provide lawyers with a better understanding and resources to implement a child rights-based approach to their work consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Yukon legislation and case law.
Annette King, Yukon Child and Youth Advocate will provide an overview of the Child and Youth Advocate Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how they may be implemented to support the best interests of Yukon children and youth. She will also share an example of a toolkit for applying a Child’s Rights Impact Assessment in decision-making and policy planning that touches on the lives of Yukon children and youth.
Shaunagh Stikeman, lawyer and Advocate’s counsel, will provide an update on relevant legislation and recent case law to further the implementation of a child’s rights-based approach to legal practice.
The presentation will finish with a Q&A session.
Annette King is the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate. She was sworn in by the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 2015 and was recently been reappointed for a second five-year term. Born and raised in Yukon, Ms. King has dedicated her 25+ years in social work clinical and leadership roles with Yukon Government. Ms. King has taught as a sessional instructor in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Yukon College. She is dedicated to upholding children’s rights with a focus on reconciliation. She was the 2020 Yukon recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Award for Distinguished Service. Ms. King has a social work diploma from Red Deer College, and bachelor of social work degree and a masters of social work degrees from University of Calgary.
Shaunagh Stikeman obtained her BA Honours from McGill University in 2002 and her LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 2006. After clerking for the Supreme Court of British Columbia, she was called to the Bar in BC in 2009 and in Yukon in 2011. She has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Supreme Court and Territorial Court of Yukon. Shaunagh manages her own practice specializing in family law, civil litigation, human rights law, Indigenous law and administrative law.
Reference Materials
PowerPoint presentation by the Panelists

Topic: Mental Health Act: Overview & Practical Tips
Original Recording Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon Yukon time
Location: Live Webinar by Zoom
Registration Information: Register online by clicking the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84047623824
Registration fee: Free
Registration deadline: August 20, 2020
CPD Credit: 1.5 hours
Jim Tucker, lawyer and Chair of the Capability & Consent Board, will provide you with an overview of the Mental Health Act; his role as Chair; the process and some practical tips.
Mike Reynolds, a lawyer and Doctor’s counsel will provide information on the forms, technical issues and tips connected to Mental Health Review Board hearings.
David Christie, a lawyer and Patient’s counsel will review capacity and client management issues and provide some practical tips.
The three presenters will also provide an overview of the legislation, updates on recent case law in this area, and information about how COVID-19 has impacted this area of practice.  The presentation will finish with a Q&A session, via chat messages using the Zoom platform.
Description: The Yukon Mental Health Act recognizes that:
– it is just to make special provision for persons suffering from mental disorder,
– persons suffering from mental disorder have a right to treatment, that cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Yukon must be taken into account when assessing and treating persons for mental disorder, and
-care and treatment of persons suffering from mental disorder should be provided in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner
Summary of Processes
Overview of how Involuntary Admission may be invoked
Involuntary Admission under the Mental Health Act

Topic: Anti-Money Laundering and Client Identification/Verification
Original Recording Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Registration Fee: Free and open to members and support staff
CPD Credit: 2 hours
Speakers: Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy CEO of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. See bio here.
Chioma Ufodike, Manager of Trust Safety, Law Society of Alberta. See bio here.
Description: This webinar will address the purpose and practice implications of proposed amendments to Division 16 and 17 of the Law Society of Yukon rules for anti-money laundering and client identification and verification.
Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy CEO at the Federation of Law Societies, and Chioma Ufodike, Manager of Trust Safety for the Law Society of Alberta, will provide an overview of the professional obligations of lawyers with respect to anti-money laundering and the rules on client identification and verification.
For more information on Anti-Money Laundering click here.