Agenda - June 3rd, 2021

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Monique Shebbeare (she/her)

Clark Wilson LLP

 

   9:10

Parents for all Purposes: A Primer on Parentage and Registration

 

Jeanette Aucoin (she/her)

Clark Wilson LLP

 

Monique Shebbeare (she/her)

Clark Wilson LLP

 

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

 

   9:45 

Questions and Discussion

   9:55

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

 

 10:45

Questions and Discussion

 10:55

Morning Break

 11:10

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 

 

  12:00

Questions and Discussion

  12:10

Lunch Break

   1:00

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)

Well Women 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

 

   2:00

Questions and Discussion

   2:10

Afternoon Break

   2:25

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?

 

   3:15

Questions and Discussion

   3:25

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 instestacy

 

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