Agenda - October 1st, 2021


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Monique Shebbeare (she/her)

Monique Shebbeare Law Corporation



Parents for all Purposes: A Primer on Parentage and Registration


Jeannette Aucoin (she/her)

Clark Wilson LLP


Monique Shebbeare (she/her)

Monique Shebbeare Law Corporation


  • Understanding parentage under Part 3 of the Family Law Act
  • Birth registration under the Vital Statistics Act
  • Indigenous band registration
  • Citizenship considerations



Questions and Discussion


Who gets the embryos? The Assisted Human Reproduction Act and Human Reproductive Material on Separation


Catherine J. Wong (she/her)

Saltwater Law


  • Introduction to the federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act
  • Ownership of sperm and embryos
  • Consent regulations under the Assisted Reproduction Act
  • How this applies to a person's own frozen sperm and eggs, frozen donor sperm and eggs, and frozen embryos



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


Trans Competency, Family Creation, and Decision-making for Children


Adrienne Smith (they/their)

Adrienne Smith Law


Claire Hunter, Q.C. (she/her)

Hunter Litigation Chambers


  • Trans inclusive language, pronouns and experience
  • Trans people creating families
  • Health care and consent for trans children and teens
  • Recent notable caselaw 



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


Contracts that Work: Primary Considerations in Fertility Agreements


Monique Shebbeare (she/her)

Monique Shebbeare Law Corporation


Zara Suleman (she/her)

Suleman Family Law


Holly Yager (she/her)

Reproductive Health & Fertility Counselling


  • When your clients need them and why they need them
  • Considerations from a counsellor's point of view
  • Primary considerations for drafting lawyers in donor agreements and surrogacy agreements
  • Expense regulations under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act
  • When a spouse doesn't want to be a parent



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


Three is Not a Crowd: Multi-Parent and Polyamorous Families


John-Paul E. Boyd, Q.C. (he/him)

John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers


barbara findlay, Q.C. (she/her)

Law Office of barbara findlay, Q.C.


  • Understanding polyamory (it is not polygamy)
  • Other forms of multi-parent families
  • Understanding the multi-parent provision of the Family Law Act
  • Drafting multi-parent agreements for future stability and certainty
  • What if multi-parent families break down?



Questions and Discussion


After Life: Human Reproductive Material and Parentage on Death

Lynda Cassels (she/her)

Cassels Murray Family & Estates Law


Jasmeet K. Wahid (she/her)

Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP


  • Posthumous extraction of sperm and eggs - written consent and L.T. v. D.T. (Estate)
  • Addressing human reproductive material in estate planning
  • Parents posthumously conceived children
  • Parentage, wills variation and intestacy


   4:15 Questions and Discussion
   4:25 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Forum Concludes