Welcome to the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) British Columbia podcast! We are a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals. We promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the community. The purpose of this podcast highlights the diverse and unique members of our community.

Co-hosts: Fiona Wong, Sandy Lun, Joannie Fu, Jenny Huang Producer: Michelle Fung Speaker outreach: Jimmy Zhang

Welcome to FACL BC's New Podcast!
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This episode we sit down with Parveen Sehra, the Director of Professional Resources at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds LLP. She leads the student program for summer and articling students, including recruitment, engagement, and professional development. She is skilled in helping young professionals develop and further their skills and has a broad range of experience within the legal industry. Parveen was most recently one of our speakers on September 14, 2021, for the panel titled “Navigating the Recruitment Process as an Asian-Canadian Law Student: Putting Your Best Foot Forward”. This episode is a recap of that event with OCI guidance, and provides further background on Parveen’s path to legal recruitment.

Oct 26

38 min 2 sec

October's episode is brought to you by DLD Financial Group, a full-service financial planning firm based in downtown Vancouver. This month we are pleased to have Kelly Ho from DLD discuss money matters with legal professionals. You may have seen Kelly at one of our Fridays with FACL BC events earlier this year. In this episode, Kelly will discuss common financial issues faced by lawyers at all stages of their career and strategies one can employ to maximize their financial success. The goal is to provide you with a foundational understanding of financial planning advice specifically for lawyers and to equip you to make the most out of each hard earned dollar.

Oct 13

30 min 6 sec

This episode is a discussion on law-adjacent careers with Barbara Wang, the Manager of Student Experience at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the law school, Barbara was an associate at McCarthy Tétrault.  Knowing that there would never be the “perfect” time for a career change, after a few years, Barbara made the leap. On the transition from private practice to her current law-adjacent role at Allard, Barbara discusses the factors she considered in her decision, the people she reached out to, the resources she relied on, the subsequent changes with the Law Society, and more.

Sep 3

16 min 50 sec

Welcome back to season 2 of our podcast, where we feature Aaron Bains for this month's episode. Hailing from Surrey, BC, Aaron currently works at Aird & Berlis LLP and is a member of the firm's diversity and inclusion committee. He dedicates his time to various boards, most recently as president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto as well as the St. George's Society. Like our former guest Nerissa Yan, Aaron was named as Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine in the Young Influencer category. He was also recognized as a 2020 Precedent Setter by Precedent Magazine, which recognizes six outstanding young Toronto lawyers who have shown excellence and leadership in their practice and their community. In this episode, we sit down to discuss Aaron's journey as an award-winning Bay Street partner and his commitment to diversity and inclusion outside of work. We also talk about the importance of fostering strong relationships, surrounding ourselves with pleasant colleagues, and genuinely enjoying one's practice.

Aug 15

26 min 15 sec

This episode is a discussion with Jaskaran Sandhu, lawyer and senior consultant at Crestview Strategy and the founder of Baaz media, on the way in which ethnic communities are portrayed in the media, the historical issues that continue today with minority media representation and the importance of having independent community based media outlets. Jaskaran also sheds light on the ongoing Indian farmer's protest and the role of the media in one of the largest movements in the world. Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Jaskaran was the Executive Director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada and also previously served as the Senior Advisor to Brampton’s Office of the Mayor. He also serves on the board of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, is a current CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, and was recognized by Brampton’s Board of Trade as one of Brampton’s top 40 under 40 in 2017. FACL Guest hosts: Rasmeet Mohar and Hasan Alam

Jul 1

42 min 45 sec

This episode discusses pay equity, corporate governance, and the pressing need for increasing gender and racialized representation in boards, the legal profession, and legal academia. In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Carol Liao, Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law and the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She recently received the 2021 Influential Women in Business Award, an award that recognizes leaders in their respective field for contributing their time and expertise to the broader BC business community as board members, advisors, donors and mentors. Prior to joining Allard, Dr. Liao taught at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, practiced law in New York at Shearman & Sterling LLP, served as a legal researcher for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda, and clerked at the BC Court of Appeal. This episode discusses several statistics, all of which can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cIURsp

Jun 15

46 min 1 sec

In this episode, we welcome Isaac Won, a lawyer in the Community Law Program with the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS). Isaac discusses access to justice reform initiatives, public interest work, and his current advocacy work at CLAS. During law school, Isaac volunteered extensively with the Law Students Legal Advice Program, providing legal representation and advice to low income and vulnerable individuals. Isaac completed his articles with CLAS in May 2018 and worked with the Mental Health Law Program and the Human Rights Clinic before joining the Community Law Program in 2020. We discuss a number of initiatives, legal terms, and external resources in this episode, all of which can be found in this document: https://bit.ly/3344CvY

May 3

34 min 40 sec

Five years ago, Albert Klein was contemplating leaving law.  He is now a partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, running a successful disability law practice across Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.  He joins guest host (and younger brother) James Hsu, co-chair of FACL BC's membership committee, to discuss what changed, the importance of identifying your "non-negotiables'' and what it takes to run a multi-jurisdictional practice. Albert Klein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/albert-klein-73232772/  Albert Klein Bio:  https://stlawyers.ca/team/albert-klein/ James Hsu https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-hsu-he-him-7b635a25/ Be sure to learn more about us at faclbc.ca

Apr 1

35 min 50 sec

This month we are pleased to have Chilwin Cheng return as guest host, where he interviews Lisa Fong, QC. In this episode, Chilwin and Lisa discuss her upbringing with immigrant parents, Asian representation in the legal profession, the lack of judicial diversity on the Bench, her appointment as Queen’s Counsel, and the contested topic of whether potstickers or steamed soup dumplings are better. Queen’s Counsel is an honorary title to recognize a lawyer’s exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Some statistics on judicial appointments: In the Federal judicial appointment process for 2019 to 2020, out of 397 applications received, only 34 identified as a visible minority. Ultimately, 60 were appointed and 10 were a visible minority. BC Provincial Court’s most recent report released in 2017 indicated only 10 out of 63 applicants identified, on an optional basis, as an ethnic or visible minority. As of January 2021, no BC Court of Appeal judges are Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour. No Black, Indigenous, or person of colour has ever been appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Statement: https://carl-acaadr.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/EN-Letter-to-the-Min-of-Justice-1.pdf Sources: https://www.cbabc.org/News-Media/News/2020/Legal-bodies-call-for-greater-diversity-on-federal https://www.fja.gc.ca/appointments-nominations/StatisticsCandidate-StatistiquesCandidat-2020-eng.html https://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/enews/enews-25-06-2018 https://www.cbabc.org/News-Media/Announcements/2020/Appointing-BIPOC-Candidates-to-the-Federal-Judicia

Mar 8

34 min 49 sec

Chilwin Cheng, Principal at Ascendion Law, is the host of FACL BC's February special 3-part interview series. This week's guest is Miranda Lam. Miranda resolves complex disputes and is a highly regarded trusted business advisor to private and public enterprises. A partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s Litigation Group, she is also the Retail Sector Lead in the firm’s national Retail and Consumer Markets Group, and a core member of the Mining and Technology Groups. A skilled litigator, she is recognized for her strategic thinking and business-oriented problem-solving approach to all disputes. Miranda is also the chair of McCarthy’s National Gender Equality Action Group, as part of their Inclusion Now priority.

Feb 22

33 min 35 sec

Chilwin Cheng, Principal at Ascendion Law, is the host of FACL BC's February special 3-part interview series. This week's guest is Brian Cheng, who is a shareholder at Owen Bird with a focus on commercial litigation and insurance defence. Brian has appeared in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal. He is also licensed to practice in Washington where he has appeared before the District Court, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals. In addition to his practice, Brian volunteers as a supervising lawyer through UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a clinician lawyer with Access Pro Bono. He is a member of the boards of the Lawyers Inn Society (the Law Courts Inn) and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers of BC.

Feb 7

44 min 20 sec

Chilwin Cheng, Principal of Ascendion Law, takes over FACL BC's podcast for a special February 3-part series of interviews. His first guest is Kevin Loo. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and is a partner of Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP. Kevin regularly appears as counsel in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Federal Court, and various administrative tribunals. Kevin clerked at the Court of Appeal. He is a Litigation Star, Benchmark Canada, and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Feb 1

42 min 6 sec

We speak with Nerissa Yan, recently named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in the Young Influencer Category for 2020. Nerissa is a civil litigator at Hakemi Ridgedale LLP. We discuss challenges Nerissa has faced like coming to Canada and having to learn English as an adult, gender bias, and experiences in the courtroom.

Jan 1

30 min 23 sec

Raji Mangat joins us to discuss her experience with administrative and constitutional law, and being a racialized legal professional. Raji has a wide-ranging legal career with a commitment to using the law as a tool for positive transformation. Currently, she is the executive director at West Coast LEAF, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end gender discrimination through equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education.  Your hosts: Joannie Fu and Fiona Wong This episode was edited by Michelle Fung.  Be sure to learn more about us at faclbc.ca

Dec 2020

45 min 16 sec

In this episode, we welcome our first guest, Myrna McCallum. She is a Métis-Cree human rights lawyer, former prosecutor and adjudicator, and host of the Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast. We explore what it means to be trauma-informed and how to apply this skill to our practice and everyday lives, opening up on tough topics such as: cultural humility, the practice of self-care, and the fine balance between being trauma-informed while not taking on a client's trauma. Your hosts: Fiona Wong and Sandy Lun This episode was edited by Michelle Fung Be sure to learn more about us at faclbc.ca 

Nov 2020

51 min 17 sec

FACL BC aims to promote diverse and unique people in the legal profession. Learn more about the hosts and producers of FACL BC's new podcast and a sneak preview of what's to come!  Your hosts: Fiona Wong, Sandy Lun & Joannie Fu  Learn more about us at faclbc.ca 

Oct 2020

2 min 50 sec