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FACL Conference 2022:

Join Us Virtually!

Join FACL Ontario at our 15th Annual Conference and Gala, celebrating Asian-Canadian resolve!


May 27 and 28, 2022


Conference will be virtual

Gala will be in-person at:


Festival Tower

350 King St W, Toronto


FACL Ontario’s 15th annual conference will occur virtually on the Remo platform. To attend the conference and mixer, you will need:

  1. A free Remo account; and
  2. A desktop or laptop that has the latest operating system and browser version (Chrome is
    preferred). Remo does not work on tablets.

Test your system here: (If you are using a VPN to access Remo, please read this even if the test indicates there is no issue:; other troubleshooting resources are available here:

To get the most out of the conference and mixer:

  1. Before the mixer, set up your Remo virtual business card (including adding your website and
    LinkedIn URL).
  2. During the conference and mixer, turn on your camera and microphone. Then speak with
    attendees at your table, and move freely to other tables to meet other attendees.


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Event Schedule



12:10 – 12:15

Opening Remarks

12:15 – 1:15
Social Justice Advocacy
While anti-Asian racism has become front and centre in recent years in light of rising incidents of hate and discrimination, its origins can be traced to deep historical roots. Our panelists will reflect upon historical efforts to combat anti-Asian racism such as the Chinese Head Tax Redress. They will also discuss how current challenges faced by Asian Canadian communities such as police reporting and COVID related racism, are being tackled and the ways in which we can mobilize in the future.
  • Moderator: Melissa Chan, FACL Director, Community Outreach Committee Chair
  • Moderator: Ryan Chan, FACL Student Director – Events
  • Ada Chan, Executive Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
  • Gary Yee, Vice-President, Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, Former Tribunal Chair
  • Steven Ngo, Counsel, Rivian
This panel has been accredited for 60 minutes of professionalism CPD
1:15 – 1:20
1:20 – 2:25
PANEL A: Challenges of the Big Tent for Big Law
Join FACL for a discussion of EDI priorities and challenges in Big Law.
  • Moderator: Kyle Elliott, Blakes
  • Amy Sujae Lee, Osler
  • Sandeep Tatla, Fasken
  • Samanthea Samuels, BLG
  • Shereen Samuels, Gowling WLG
This panel has been accredited for 50 minutes of EDI professionalism CPD and 10 minutes substantive CPD.

PANEL B: Trauma Informed Lawyering
As lawyers, we often encounter individuals who have been impacted by the debilitating effects of trauma and those who are vulnerable to becoming retraumatized through the legal process. Our panelists will discuss the importance of trauma-informed lawyering and how we can effectively become attuned to and address the needs of our clients with compassion and empathy. PANELISTS:
  • Moderator: Carissa Wong, FACL Director, Women’s Committee Chair
  • Helgi Maki, The Trauma Informed Lawyer
  • Rupa Karyampudi, MK Disability Lawyers
  • Talia Joundi, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Accredited for 60mins of Professionalism CPD
PANEL C: Succeeding as Racialized Lawyers in Corporate Law
Come join a distinguished group of speakers on succeeding in corporate law as racialized lawyers!
  • Moderator: Linda Tu, Partner, Blake Cassels, & Graydon LLP
  • Raymond Chan, Director, Investment Funds and Structured Products, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Alice Lee, Vice President, Legal, Bimbo Canada
  • Caroline Mingfok, Vice President, Legal, Invesco Canada
  • Andrew Wang, Associate Legal Counsel, Investments, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Accredited for 60 mins of EDI Professionalism CPD
2:25 – 2:35
2:35 – 3:40
PANEL A: R v Morris – Anti-Black Racism in Criminal Sentencing
In October 2021, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its highly anticipated decision in R. v. Morris. The case considers the manner in which trial judges should assess anti-black racism in the sentencing context including the use of “enhanced pre-sentence reports” for black offenders. This panel will discuss the Court’s recent decision in R. v. Morris and its potential applications to other POC defendants.
  • Moderator:Kenneth Yau-Wing Jim, Senior Criminal Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Roger Shallow, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Sujung Lee, Daniel Brown Law
  • Rubaina Singh, Kim Schofield & Associates
15 minutes professionalism CPD, 45 minutes substantive CPD (to be confirmed)

PANEL B: Current Issues Facing In-House Lawyers
In-house counsel discuss practice issues they are currently facing, as well as other substantive and practice issues they face on a day to day basis.
  • Moderator: Su Young Chun, Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Customer Support at Payfare
  • Adrian Liu, Senior Corporate Counsel at CRH Canada
  • Peter Cho, VP & Lead Counsel, General Motors Canada
  • Tracy Li, Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Enercare Inc.
Accredited for 60min of substantive CPD
3:40 – 3:55
Presentation: GRETTA WONG GRANT and The History of Chinese Canadian Migration
3:55 – 4:00
Closing Remarks
4:00 – 5:00
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2022


9:45 – 10:50
PANEL A: The Estates and Guardianship Primer – What Lawyers and Caregivers Need to Know
Interested in practicing in estates and guardianship law, or merely curious about wills and powers of attorney? Come hear our accomplished panel discuss current issues in this growing area of law, including issues specific to the Asian-Canadian community, as well as providing practical tips to effectively deal with issues in this often sensitive area.
  • Moderator: Mary Phan, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Michelle Wen Xiao Kang, NIKA LAW
  • Ziad Yehia, BLG
  • Crystal Liu, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Accredited for 15 minutes of EDI professionalism CPD and 40 minutes substantive CPD.
PANEL B: Diversity within Diversity: Challenging the Monolithic Conception of the “Asian” Identity
By acknowledging that the Asian community is composed of a wide variety of groups, we plan to explore what it means to carry the Asian identity, including how it intersects with other aspects of our identity and how that relates to a sense of belonging in the workplace and beyond.
  • Moderator: Annie Hu, Law Student, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Kate Shao, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Mabel Lai, Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office – Criminal
  • Karen Lau-Po Hung, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross & Angelini LLP
  • Vivian Hua, Lenczner Slaught
Accredited for 60mins of EDI Professionalism CPD
10:50 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:05
PANEL A: Mobility in the Legal Profession
Given the pandemic and the reality of people re-focusing priorities, some people may question if their law degree is flexible for other areas of work. This session will highlight practitioners’ experiences migrating into different areas of law and the factors leading to their decisions, as well as the decision not to migrate and build a practice within the same firm.
  • Moderator: Jennifer Ho, Kimberley A. Pegg, Barristers Professional Corporation
  • Jennifer Chow, Shopify
  • Vivian Li, Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Mitch Kitigawa, Kelly Santini LLP
Accredited for 60mins substantive CPD

PANEL B: Recruitment While Racialized: A Discussion About Best Practices and Diversity Initiatives
As we continue to see greater diversity in the legal profession, it is important to ensure that continuous steps are made to foster even greater inclusivity. Join us for a conversation with racialized lawyers and recruiters who have navigated the legal recruitment process. The panel will discuss tips for success, confidence in discussing one’s background with respect to diversity, and best interview practice tips.
  • Moderator: TBA
  • Jen Quito, Director of Talent, Recruitment & Student Development at Dentons
  • Ashley Jung, Tax Associate at Cassels
12:05 – 12:15
12:15 – 1:15
Please join FACL and Professor Constance Backhouse for a discussion on her research n racism in Canadian law.
1:15 – 1:20
Closing Remarks


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