Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

As part of the Prisme conference, participants will have the chance to attend lectures, panels and workshops given by speakers including:

  • Mayor Jyoti Gondek;
  • Paul Brooks-Arcand;
  • Brendan MacArthur-Stevens;
  • Bennett Jensen;
  • Neela Ghoshal;
  • Alexia Korberg;
  • And more.

Friday, July 12

Time

Item

Potential Speakers

12:00 pm (45 min.)

Registration & Refreshments

12:45 pm (15 min.)

Remarks from Knowledge Keeper

Walter MacDonald White Bear

Knowledge Keeper will welcome attendees to the conference

1:00 pm (15 min.)

Opening Remarks

Mayor Jyoti Gondek

Mayor Gondek will provide opening remarks, welcoming delegates to Calgary<'em>

1:15 pm (45 min.)

Keynote

Brooks Arcand-Paul, MLA

Keynote speaker will provide remarks on his journey in life and politics, along with the current state of queer rights in Alberta and Canada

2:00 pm (15 min.)

Break

2:15 pm (60 min.)

Panel sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Panel: Domestic Legal Issues Affecting the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

Brendan MacArthur-Stevens (Moderator)

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Panelists will explore recent cases, current legislation and the need to fight back using the law

Panelists
  • Julien Boudreault, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais
  • John McIntyre, Founder and Leader of McIntyre Szabo PC
  • Celeste Trianon, Founder/Director of Juritrans & Member, Lawyers Against
3:15 pm (15 min.)

Break

3:30 pm (60 min.)

Breakout Sessions (see below for details)

1. The Weaponization of the Notwithstanding Clause Against our Community (Room: Main event space)

Breakout sponsored by Bennett Jones LLP

Tai Jacob (Moderator)

Osgoode law student and former Executive Director of Justice Trans

Adam Goldenberg

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Speaker will explore the use of the notwithstanding clause to curb queer and trans rights, and potential constitutional law responses.

2. Student & New Call Breakout (Room: DTC 234)

Sponsored by Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Katerina Maragos (Moderator)

Associate, MLT Aikins LLP

Panelists
  • Amy Lee, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Aaron Marchadour, Associate, MLT Aikins LLP
  • Piper Riley Thompson, Assistant Director, Career & Professional Development Office, UCalgary Law and Founder, Ontario Bar Exam Coach

Students and new calls will get a chance to network with prospective employers and meet their peers

4:30 pm (60 min.)

Break

5:30 pm (120 min.)

Networking Event hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (at Sweet Loretta Bar)

Saturday, July 13

Time

Item

Potential Speakers

9:00 am (60 min.)

Registration & Breakfast

10:00 am (60 min.)

Panel sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Panel: The Global Landscape of 2SLGBTQ+ Rights

Steeves Bujold (Moderator)

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP & Past President, Canadian Bar Association

Panelists
  • Neela Ghoshal, Senior Director, Law, Policy & Research at Outright International
  • Michael Arnaud, Executive Director at Égides
  • Filip Rak, Member of the International Bar Association LGBTQI+ Law Committee

Panelists will explore recent trends around the world that have both curbed and furthered queer rights

11:00 am (15 min.)

Break

11:15 am (60 min.)

Breakout Sessions (see below for details)

1. Courageous Conversations. (Room: Main event room)

Breakout sponsored by MLT Aikins

Mackenzie Kolton

Director of Learning, Egale Canada

Speaker will lead a participatory discussion on navigating difficult conversations regarding 2SGLBTQI identities in professional and personal settings.

2. Building Your Career and Your Brand (Room: DTC 234)

Breakout sponsored by Stikeman Elliott LLP

John McIntyre

Founder and Leader of McIntyre Szabo PC

Speaker will talk to attendees about building their brand in the legal community, building their own firm and achieving success in a crowded market.

12:15 pm (60 min.)

Lunch

1:15 pm (15 min.)

Presentation of Recognitions

Recognitions include:

  1. 2024 PRISME Recognition for Trans Activism and Advocacy
  2. 2024 PRISME Recognition for Local Leadership in 2SLGBTQ+ Rights Advocacy
  3. 2024 PRISME Recognition for Student Leadership in 2SLGBTQ+ Rights Advocacy
  4. 2024 Prisme Laleh Moshiri Ally Award
  5. 2024 Prisme Writing Contest
1:30 pm (60 min.)

Panel sponsored by Gowling WLG

#UsToo: Addressing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in the Legal Profession from a 2SLGBTQ+ Lens

Lucas Kilravey (Moderator)

President & Chair, CALL-ACAL and Associate, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Panelists
  • Kieran Pender, Senior Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre (Australia)
  • Shereen Samuels, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Gowling WLG
  • Jonathan Griffith, Practice Advisor & Equity Ombudsperson, Law Society of Alberta

Panelists will discuss how we can assess and address bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession, with a specific focus on bullying and sexual harassment within, and directed toward, the 2SLGBTQ+ legal community

2:30 pm (15 min.)

Break

2:45 pm (60 mins.)

Breakout Sessions (see below)

1. Pathway to the Judiciary (Room: Main event space)

Breakout sponsored by Dentons

Judge Amy Sakalauskas

of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia

Justice Michelle G Crighton

of the Court of Appeal of Alberta

Speakers will explain their path to the judiciary, the challenges faced by queer people in applying to be a judge, and how attendees can set themselves up for a successful application to the bench

2. Financial Literacy Workshop (Room: DTC 426)

Breakout sponsored by TD Bank

TD Bank

Speakers will provide a roadmap to financial success for lawyers and recent law graduates

3. Intersections (Room: DTC 234)

Breakout sponsored by Fasken

David Spence-Valenzuela

Vice President, External at the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.

Shana-Kay Wright

Lawyer at Sobeys & Corporate Secretary at Start Proud.

Chris Dias

Associate at McCague Borlack & Board Member, South Asian Bar Association.

Speakers will have an open conversation on the impact of race, migration, and gender within the queer legal community.

3:45 pm (15 min.)

Break

4:00 pm (60 min.)

Keynote sponsored by Cassels

Keynote #2

Amelia Newbert

Skipping Stone, Managing Director

Speaker will discuss community activism and the fight for trans rights in Alberta and Canada, both historically and today

5:00 pm (15 min.)

Closing Remarks

Lucas Kilravey
5:15 pm (15 min.)

Break

5:30 pm (30 min.)

Breakout Sessions (see below)

1. Screening of PRIDE VS. PREJUDICE: The Delwin Vriend Story (until 7:00 p.m.) with Doug Stollery, CM, KC. (Room: Main event space)
2. CALL/ACAL Annual General Meeting (Room: DTC 234)
6:00 pm (90 min.)

Break

7:30 pm (75 min.)

Cocktail Reception hosted in partnership with TD Bank (at Contemporary Calgary)

Breakouts

Breakout

Potential Speakers

(1) The Weaponization of the Notwithstanding Clause Against our Community
Adam Goldenberg

Speaker will explore the use of the notwithstanding clause to curb queer and trans rights, and potential constitutional law responses

(2) Financial literacy breakout
TD Bank

Speakers will provide a roadmap to financial success for lawyers and recent law graduates

(3) Student & New Call Breakout
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Students and new calls will get a chance to network with prospective employers and meet their peers

(4) Intersections
David Spence-Valenzuela
Shana-Kay Wright
Chris Dias

Speakers will have an open conversation on the impact of race, migration, and gender within the queer legal community

(5) Pathway to the Judiciary
Judge Amy Sakalauskas
Justice Michelle G Crighton

Speakers will explain their path to the judiciary, the challenges faced by queer people in applying to be a judge, and how attendees can set themselves up for a successful application to the bench

(6) Courageous Conversations
Mackenzie Kolton

Speaker will lead a participatory discussion on navigating difficult conversations regarding 2SGLBTQI identities in professional and personal settings.

(7) Building Your Career and Your Brand
John McIntyre

Speaker will talk to attendees about building their brand in the legal community, building their own firm and achieving success in a crowded market