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July 3. 2014
Field Law Announces Award Winners of 2014 Community Fund Program
Regional law firm donates $30,000 to local Southern Alberta community initiatives for second year

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce three winners of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program, which was created to support local community initiatives, had 84 applicants in its second year, with 38 stemming from the Southern Alberta market. Field Law granted three grand prize awards in the Southern Alberta market, providing funds to help launch or grow each local project. Each of the winners received all of the funds they requested. Winners were selected through a combination of online votes and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law people, interested clients and community members, allowing the public to weigh in on the projects closest to their hearts and communities. This allowed the panelists to know which projects resonated most with the local community so that they could factor this into their decision-making along with other criteria. Field Law’s preferred causes (but not exclusive) are those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

Corporate social responsibility and community engagement is front of mind for the team at Field Law, both at a professional and personal level.

“We’re proud to be able to assist communities through our program in Southern Alberta,” said Doreen Saunderson, Executive Committee Member in the Calgary office at Field Law. “There were many worthy groups who requested awards in 2014, and we’re thrilled with the community award Program’s success for the second year. We believe that our contribution can positively impact people’s lives, and look forward to future opportunities to make a difference.”

Field Law congratulates the following grand prize winners of the 2014 Community Fund Program:

Defy Depression ($15,000 recipient)

Depression is insidious and impacts every aspect of one’s life no matter what gender, culture, or status one may be. One in five people are depressed and approximately one in twelve employees believe they are depressed although they have not been assessed. An individual who is depressed and untreated impacts at least three people in their network. Three million Canadians will experience depression at some point in their life, and annually the economic cost of depression is $7.9 billion. Yet depression is highly treatable: 80% of people can and do recover. The earlier it’s identified and treated; the more effective the outcome. Defy Depression is an initiative from the Calgary Counselling Centre based on a four pillar approach focusing on: Activation, Access, Training & Education, and Research. This initiative will build a stronger community, and a stronger economy.

The Saturday Children’s Learning Program ($10,000 recipient)

The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre (DDRC) is seeking this grant to launch the Saturday Children’s Learning Program with the objective of helping youth with autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities improve their day-to-day lives. Many children who have developmental disabilities require assistance, and their families lack the resources or networks to provide the best opportunities for these children. A second, but equally important benefit of the program is the opportunity for the parents and families of these young people to develop an organic support network of people facing the same challenges. This program will benefit youth ages 2 to 14 who have a developmental disability. As children with developmental disabilities are an at-risk youth population, the DDRC feels that this grant will allow our organization to begin bridging the gap between transitioning from youth to adult. Providing a resource for these basic skills to be further developed allows for these vulnerable youth to have more independent futures. The overall goal of this program is to begin building these basic skills at an early age.

Stampede for All ($5,000 recipient)

The Stampede for All idea received the most online votes in this Market with over 2,000 or 15% of the votes.

The Calgary Stampede is an exciting time of year that brings the best of our city to citizens, visitors and the communities we live in. Unfortunately, enjoying these festivities may be prohibitive to some of our city’s most vulnerable because of cost or physical ability. A special Stampede BBQ lunch will bring the food, entertainment and Stampede Spirit to nearly 700 vulnerable Calgarians from Horizon Housing Society’s tenants and community partners who may not normally have the means or physical ability to experience the Calgary Stampede. Because the majority of tenants do not own vehicles, and many are also in wheelchairs or otherwise physically challenged, Horizon Housing will deploy shuttle buses to pick up residents. Events like this Stampede BBQ are the first step to creating community, where individuals and families can make friends, establish connections and ultimately develop a support network that helps them better manage life’s challenges.

In addition to the $30,000 distributed in 2014 in the Southern Alberta market, Field Law distributed an additional $45,000 in the Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories markets to deserving projects, for a total of $75,000. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. To learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

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June 23, 2014
Field Law Continues to Expand Business Law Group
Business Lawyer, Katherine Rubin, Makes Move to a Western and Northern Regional Law Firm
Lawyer: Katherine Rubin
Practice Area: Business

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine Rubin as an associate in the Business Law Group, effective June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Field Law, Katherine practiced as an associate in the Real Estate, Finance and Banking group of one of Canada’s national law firms.

Her substantial experience in conducting commercial real estate transactions, as well as banking and financing transactions on behalf of both borrowers and lenders, will complement the existing strengths of the Business Law Group at Field Law.

Katherine graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 2011, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioural Science from McGill University. Since being called to the Bar in 2012, Katherine has become a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Alberta.

“The addition of Katherine Rubin to the Business Law Group will allow Field Law to further expand our real estate practice, providing our clients a comprehensive resource for all their business needs,” said Peter Collins, Partner at Field Law. “Her passion for the law and dedication to client’s business and areas of specialization make her a wonderful fit with both the Business Law Group and with the entire Field Law team."

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June 23, 2014
Field Law Celebrates Prestigious Award To Sandra Corbett QC
Sandra Corbett QC Receives 2014 Lee Samis Award of Excellence
Lawyer: Sandra Corbett

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce that Sandra Corbett QC, a Partner at Field Law in Edmonton, Alberta, is the thirteenth recipient of the prestigious Lee Samis Award of Excellence awarded by Canadian Defense Lawyers (CDL). The Lee Samis Award of Excellence was named for the founding President of CDL to recognize exceptional contributions or achievements by members of CDL: a) to the legal profession in general; b) to jurisprudence in Canada on the law of insurance; c) to law or development of the law of insurance in Canada; or d) a significant law-related benefit to CDL and/or the insurance industry.

Sandra has been directly involved in building and serving the organizations representing Canada’s defence bar at all levels. She served as a Board Member of CDL from 2003 to 2013 and President from 2008 to 2009. During her service she chaired several key Board committees whose tasks concerned the fundamental building blocks of CDL. During her presidency, CDL was awarded the “Outstanding Defense Bar Association” by DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar. After leading CDL, Sandra became the Canadian Regional Director on the DRI Board for a further three years. From this experience, she gained valuable knowledge and skills vital to the continued growth and success of Canada’s national defence association. Sandra has built relationships with other international defence associations such as the IADC and the FDCC, all of which have raised both CDL’s profile and those of its members.

“On behalf of Field, we extend the warmest congratulations to Sandra,” says Dan Carroll, Edmonton Managing Partner. “We are very proud to have her as part of our team, and pleased that she is recognized for her many achievements in the field.”

Sandra is a member of two vetted American organizations, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She is Vice Chair of the FDCC International Practice & Law Section (2012 and 2013). She was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2012. She also enjoys membership in the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). She has taught Insurance Law at the Faulty of Law at the University of Alberta, volunteered for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and is a frequent presenter at industry seminars including CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference, RIMS Canada and NARIMS. She is an active volunteer with the Law Society of Alberta and is the Immediate Past President of the Edmonton Bar Association.

Sandra was called to the Bar in 1990 and is a Partner with Field Law in Edmonton. Her practice focuses on resolution of complex tort and liability matters in the civil and commercial litigation areas, and in particular, in insurance defence litigation. She has appeared at all levels of the Alberta Courts, and has extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution proceedings, including both judicial and private mediation.

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June 6, 2014
Field Law Announces Award Winners of 2014 Community Fund Program for Northern Alberta
Regional law firm donates $30,000 to local community initiatives for second year.

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce four winners of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program, which was created to support local community initiatives, had 84 applicants in its second year, with 33 stemming from the Northern Alberta market. Field Law granted one grand prize award and three additional awards in the Northern Alberta market, providing funds to help launch or grow each local project. Winners were selected through a combination of online votes and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law people, interested clients and community members, allowing the public to weigh in on the projects closest to their hearts and communities. This allowed the panelists to know which projects resonated most with the local community so that they could factor this into their decision-making along with other criteria. Field Law's preferred causes (but not exclusive) are those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women's organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

Corporate social responsibility and community engagement is front of mind for the team at Field Law, both at a professional and personal level.

"We're thrilled with the continued success of our program and response from the community," says Dan Carroll, Edmonton Managing Partner. "There are many groups that are dedicated to the welfare of those residing in Northern Alberta, and we're proud to be part of their success in meeting communities' needs and helping them grow. Together, we can make a difference in people's lives."

Field Law congratulates the following grand prize winner of the 2014 Community Fund Program:

GLOW Girls Leading Others Wisely ($15,000 recipient)

GLOW is a program that enriches girls ages 8-14 with the self-confidence to step out and be their authentic self, by providing powerful programs that engage girls in discussions about pre-teen/teen topics such as Body Image, Friendships, Healthy Eating, Physical Activities, Bullying, Leadership and more. By providing girls a safe environment to share their ideas and opinions, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices.

Field Law congratulates the following additional winners of the 2014 Community Fund Program:

Music Without Boundaries ($8,000 recipient)

Music Without Boundaries will allow adults with developmental disabilities to explore aspects of music that exceed and enhance the scope of regular activities. The objective of this project is collaboration between disabled adults and professional musicians from the Edmonton region in the creation and presentation of original music. Compositions will be rehearsed, professionally recorded and distributed in CD and digital formats. Upon conclusion, all parties will be encouraged to participate in a celebratory album release event.

Abbottsfield Music Program ($4,000 recipient)

The Abbottsfield Music Program (AMP) is working with neighbourhood schools and service organizations to offer positive life choices for neighborhood children. AMP will establish and operate a music school that will offer free music lessons (in guitar, piano, and voice) to 50 children ages 6 to 12 years old in the Abbottsfield, Beacon Heights, Bergman, Beverly Heights and Rundle Heights neighborhoods of Edmonton.

Aboriginal Fathers Love Their Children Too ($3,000 recipient)

The intent of "Aboriginal Fathers Love Their Children Too!" is to develop a Rights for Fathers and Resource booklet and documentary for Aboriginal fathers and grandfathers who are involved in the child welfare, criminal justice and corrections systems to identify gaps in knowledge and barriers to access in fully exercising their parental rights.

In addition to the $30,000 distributed in 2014 in the Northern Alberta, Field Law will distribute $30,000 in the Southern Alberta market and $15,000 in the Northwest Territories market to deserving projects, for a total of $75,000. The Program launched through all three of Field's offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative. To learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com.

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program

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May 30, 2014
Field Law Announces Award Winners of 2014 Community Fund Program for Northwest Territories
Regional law firm donates $15,000 to local Northwest Territories community initiatives for second year.

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce four winners of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program, which was created to support local community initiatives, had 84 applicants in its second year, with 13 stemming from the Northwest Territories. Field Law granted two grand prize awards and two additional awards in the Northwest Territories market, providing funds to help launch or grow each local project.

Winners were selected through a combination of online votes and deliberation by a local judging panel composed of Field Law people, interested clients and community members, allowing the public to weigh in on the projects closest to their hearts and communities. This allowed the panelists to know which projects resonated most with the local community so that they could factor this into their decision-making along with other criteria. Field Law's preferred causes (but not exclusive) are those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women's organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

Corporate social responsibility and community engagement is front of mind for the team at Field Law, both at a professional and personal level.

"Building strong relationships with the communities we serve is important to us," says Jack Williams, Partner at the Yellowknife office. "As an active member of Canada's northern communities, we have direct knowledge of the affairs in the Northwest Territories. We're happy to be able to contribute to our communities' needs and make a difference in the lives and future of those we live, work and interact with on a daily basis."

Field Law congratulates the following winners of the 2014 Community Fund Program:

FOXY Peer Leader Retreat ($5,000 recipient)

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a youth-driven arts-based sexual health and peer leadership program for young women from across the Northwest Territories. During a 10-day retreat, the participants will experience arts-based sexual health education workshops and leadership training led by Northern female artistic facilitators and be able to digitally record and edit projects in order to extend their reach and really 'pay-it-forward. In its current form, FOXY is directed at young women in the Northwest Territories between the ages of 13 and 17 and has reached over 250 young women across the North through its school programs and pilot retreat last year. These funds will allow the project to expand its reach and help many more people.

Lutsel K'e Community Garden ($5,000 recipient)

The Lutsel K'e Community Garden is a community volunteer based garden project. It is a collective and collaborative project benefitting volunteers, volunteer families and the community as a whole. The funds will allow the expansion and diversification of the project to more sites in the community.

Aurora Arts Society's Visual Arts Gallery ($3,000 recipient)

The Aurora Arts Society (AAS) recently took over the management of The Gallery on 47th Street in downtown Yellowknife and intends to build on the Gallery's previous successes by hosting commercial and non-commercial exhibitions of local visual art and artists. These funds will offer a few non-commercial artists the chance to create and exhibit their work.

Weledeh Catholic School Community Playground Project ($2,000 recipient)

The Weledeh Catholic School Program is seeking to improve upon their current playground environment to provide its students and surrounding neighborhood the ability to have an adequate playtime resource.
In addition to the $15,000 distributed in 2014 in the Northwest Territories market, Field Law will distribute $30,000 in both the Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta markets to deserving projects, for a total of $75,000. The Program launched through all three of Field's offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories in 2013 and is now an annual initiative.

Related Link: Learn more about the Field Law Community Fund Program

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May 2014
Field Law Celebrates Award Winning Counsel
Distinguished Edmonton lawyer recognized for TEC Edmonton & VenturePrize efforts

Field Law is pleased to congratulate former Firm Managing Partner and now Counsel, Robert Teskey, QC, on his recently achieved award recognizing his support of both TEC Edmonton, and the TEC VenturePrize program. As a thought leader in the Edmonton business community, Bob has piloted a number of strategic partnership opportunities for TEC, resulting in a stronger city innovation system.

TEC Edmonton was established by the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the University of Alberta as an unincorporated joint venture in 2006. A business accelerator, TEC Edmonton offers expertise, resources, and connections that help early-stage businesses navigate the commercialization process in the technology industry. Bob has played a key role in envisioning and designing TEC Edmonton's business structure and in creating strong commitment among joint venture partners. Bob's work with TEC Edmonton has enabled the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta to work together in unique ways and has built strong links between university and community.

As the Managing Partner at Field Law for 25 years, Bob participated in and provided strategic advice with respect to various pieces of major business matters undertaken by the firm. He now acts as counsel to significant business and institutional clients, developing key business and negotiation strategies to deal with unique challenges. Bob regularly acts as an arbitrator in commercial matters and has served as a legal advisor to the University of Alberta.

"We would like to offer our most sincere congratulations to Bob on this notable accomplishment," said James T. Casey, QC, and current Firm Managing Partner at Field Law. "We are pleased to see such a distinguished member of our team recognized for his achievements."

"It is a privilege to have been recognized by TEC Edmonton in this way," said Bob Teskey. "It has been an honour to work so closely with TEC Edmonton over the years and I am thrilled to be continuing my partnership with an organization that is so well-regarded by the Edmonton community."

Bob received his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1970 and was appointed to the Queen's Counsel in 1990. He now has a general corporate commercial solicitor's practice and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for TEC Edmonton.

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May 5, 2014
Field Law Welcomes Summer and Articling Students

The Field Law Calgary and Edmonton offices are pleased to announce the following Summer Students: Elizabeth Margaret Nixon, Jessica Mary Babineau, Mark Benjamin Mielke, Paul William Kolida, Robert Joseph Watson, and Taylor Anna-Katryna Woolsey. We also welcome Articling Student, Leah Marie McDaniel. Our unique and exceptional program for articling students and summer students focuses on developing the skills you need to succeed not just as a student, but as an associate and a partner in the firm. To learn more about student recruitment, visit our website.

Related Link: Student Recruitment Web Site

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April 2014
Field Law Band "Dr. Fieldgood" to Participate in Battle of the Bands

When six bands from the Calgary legal community compete in the ZSA Battle of the Bar Bands on May 29th, one band will be representing Field Law. Dr. Fieldgood features lawyers Catriona Otto, Jane Freeman and Jim Doyle on vocals and Mike Doerksen, Steve Eichler, Wayne Logan and Doug Nishimura in the band. This is the first entry by the Field Law band in this semi-annual event, which will be hosted at Flames Central as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ticket information and a link to the Dr. Fieldgood fundraising page can be found below.

Related Links: Buy Tickets, Dr. FieldGood's Fundraising Page

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March 6, 2014
Field Law Kicks Off Second Annual Community Fund Program
Regional law firm accepting new applications for program designed to grant funds to local community causes

Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, has announced the commencement of the 2014 Field Law Community Fund Program. Now in its second year of activity, the Program supports local initiatives and causes within the communities Field Law serves The Field Law Community Fund Program received rave reviews from its inaugural program in 2013. This year the goal is to expand on last year’s success and develop the program further. The program provides $75,000 annually to local individuals, projects and/or organizations, offering an interactive method of engagement with the communities that Field serves.

The Field Law Community Fund Program involves the community by enabling local individuals, initiatives and causes to apply for funding. Through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel, finalists are chosen. Each winner will receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their community market, which could be $30,000.

“Field Law is strongly invested in the communities we serve,” says Jim Casey, Managing Partner. “We are humbled by the important work of the various groups and causes in these three markets and strive to play a small part in effecting positive change.”

Field Law has made corporate social responsibility a significant platform for their business. Their preferred causes (but not exclusive) are those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture.

“The Community Fund Program shows the compassionate side of our profession by engaging our clients and the community in our charitable giving,” says Doreen Saunderson, Calgary Managing Partner. “We were extremely proud of the efforts of everyone involved last year and are ready and eager to expand on opportunities to help.”

The 2014 Community Fund Program opens for applications on March 5th. To apply for the Field Law Community Fund Program and to learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com. Interested individuals and/or groups must have their online application submitted by April 17, 2014.

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program website

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March & April
Before You Hit "Send": Preparing Your Organization for CASL Compliance Before You Hit "Send": Preparing Your Organization for CASL Compliance
Are you compliant with Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL)?
Lawyers: Kelly Nicholson, Anne Côté, Melissa Timbres
Practice Areas: Privacy, Business

The Act, which comes into effect on July 1, 2014, will impact all businesses, organizations, and individuals that send commercial electronic messages. With significant fines, imminent class action suits, and active legal enforcement, education is key when it comes to protecting your business.

Join us for a discussion on:



  • What is CASL? To what sorts of messages and organizations does it apply?

  • Where does the legislation stand now?

  • Preparing your organization for CASL compliance – a checklist of points to keep in mind.

  • The three pillars of CASL compliance: consent, identification, and unsubscription requirements.

  • What are the exemptions, and what is the effect of the new regulations?

  • Breaking news in privacy case law

Related Link: For more information and to register click here

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