Sneak Preview: Upcoming LESA Programs

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Apr 072017

Have you heard? We’ve got 2 upcoming programs you won’t want to miss!

  • Commercial Leasing Challenges
  • Criminal Advocacy: Sentencing

Commercial Leasing Challenges

Commercial leasing is increasingly complex. Join program chair Kevin W. Keyes for Commercial Leasing Challenges in Edmonton (June 6) or in Calgary (June 8).


Discover practical, useful strategies for handling some of the most pressing issues currently arising in commercial leases with experienced panelists from across the province.

Honourable Justice J.S. Little | Court of Queen’s Bench
David J. Heibert | Witten LLP
Douglas J. Hughes | Bishop & McKenzie LLP
S. Wayne Johnson | Bishop & McKenzie LLP
Gregory A. Liakopoulos | Bennett Jones LLP
Barrie F. Pomerance | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Discussion Topics

Gain practical tips and strategies you can use to provide more competent and confident advice to your clients.

  • Discuss risk management, damage and destruction, and catastrophic loss in relation to commercial leases.
  • Review operating costs and the allocation of common area maintenance costs.
  • Analyze landlord waivers, postponements, and subordinations in lending transactions.
  • Explore how to blend, amend, and extend rent in restructuring commercial leases.
  • Examine and identify subleasing, assignments, lease takeovers, and wrap-leases.
Register Online

Register online to attend Commercial Leasing Challenges in Edmonton (June 6) or in Calgary (June 8). Keep an eye out for the program brochure – coming soon!

Criminal Advocacy: Sentencing

Join program chair Karen E. Hewitt QC for Criminal Advocacy: Sentencing in Edmonton (June 3) or in Calgary (June 10). Engage in a comprehensive review of substantive law, use of evidence, and procedural issues relating to the use of Gladue factors in sentencing, bail, and Charter-based decisions.


Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from and network with seasoned practitioners.

Hon. Justice B.A. Browne | Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta
Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson | Native Counseling Services Alberta | (Edmonton Session)
Notasha Lake | Provincial Gladue Report Coordinator
Jackson Mirasty | Gladue Report Writer
Nicole J. Stewart | Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey | (Calgary Session)
Lindsay Tate | Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey | (Edmonton Session)

Discussion Topics

Develop insight regarding the use of Gladue factors and evidence from the points of view of the Crown, the Defence, Gladue Report Writers, and the Bench.


  • when Gladue factors do and do not apply;
  • the differences between Urban and Reserve Gladue factors;
  • how to speak to Gladue factors under short timeframes – without a Gladue report;
  • different and creative approaches for addressing Gladue factors;
  • how to craft a fit sentence considering resources, context, and the right “fit”; and
  • the practical and procedural considerations to make when preparing your case in anticipation of Gladue-focused evidence.

NOTE: This seminar forms part of the Criminal Advocacy Series Certificate.

Register Online

Register online to attend Criminal Advocacy: Sentencing in Edmonton (June 3) or in Calgary (June 10). Keep an eye out for the program brochure – coming soon!

Calling All Experienced Commercial Real Estate Practitioners

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Mar 252015

Register Now for Commercial Real Estate!

UPDATE: This seminar occurred in the past, and the seminar materials are now available.
• LESA Library subscribers can already access course materials through the LESA Library.
• Alternatively you can purchase course materials a la carte (search commercial real estate).
• You can also view the list of upcoming seminars to discover live programs that are available now.

If you’re a practitioner with 10 or more years of experience practicing predominately or exclusively in the area of real estate, LESA’s upcoming Commercial Real Estate seminar has plenty to offer you!

As seminar chair Ron Sorokin explained in a recent interview with LESA, this program will allow attendees to explore “practical issues related to commercial real estate transactions” and gain “insights from very experienced practitioners.”

The experienced panel includes a diverse range of speakers, from a developer to commercial real estate and environmental lawyers:

With their various perspectives and experience, the panel will be addressing a number of commercial real estate topics.

We have one very experienced developer who has been involved in all aspects of the developer world: from a planning, engineering, and business perspective. The rest are lawyers who are going to provide comments and different perspectives on various aspects of the transaction, both on the development and subdivision side of things as well as environmental matters and co-ownership, which will deal with multi-party transactions.”

Although you’re certain to glean some valuable information from these speakers’ presentations, Sorokin also notes that the intention of the seminar is to have the audience involved as active participants, saying, “We would expect and hope and anticipate input from experienced participants as well.” So come prepared to share your own insights and ask the questions that continue to work themselves up into your practice.

After all, this seminar is intended to provide a forum for experienced practitioners to come together and have conversations about the important issues that lie at the heart of your practice.

We asked Sorokin what he was most looking forward to about this seminar:

I think it’s always very helpful to hear from and meet with our peers. The back and forth that you’re going to gain from meeting with your peers, and particularly advanced peers, is important to our practice, to our clients, and to our own offices – because a lot of us will go back and educate our own offices after attending these seminars.”

If you’re interested in joining the conversation with your experienced peers, you can head to our website to register for the seminar in Edmonton (May 12) or Calgary (May 20). We’re looking forward to seeing  you there!