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Fall CPD event to discuss judicial reform, Ukraine-Canada free trade

On Nov. 17, the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association (UCBA) will hold its fall CPD event in Toronto, featuring presentations from expert speakers on topics such as judicial reform and free trade, says Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish, member of the UCBA executive.

The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception, followed by a brief AGM.

At 6:45 p.m., the program, entitled: "Judicial Reform, Ukrainian Free Trade with Canada and Fighting Corruption” will begin with a session on Canada’s role in the reform of the Ukrainian judicial system, presented by Ontario Superior Court Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco.

Trade lawyer Cyndee Todgham Cherniak will also provide a primer on the topic of the Canada/Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and lawyers Jason Woycheshyn and Alesia Nahirny will discuss dealing with foreign corrupt practices and politically affected persons: protecting yourselves and your clients.

A Q&A period with panelists will follow the program, and an after-party will begin at 8:45 p.m.

The UCBA has also applied to the Law Society of Upper Canada for approval of this program for professionalism credits towards annual CPD requirements. 

“The UCBA fall CPD event is important for Ukrainian Canadian lawyers having commercial, cultural or trade interests in Ukraine. The AGM portion, which will be brief, will approve the UCBA constitution. The CPD component should be quite interesting and will appeal to all UCBA members as it will focus on judicial reform in Ukraine, free trade between Canada and Ukraine, and fighting corruption,” says Kulish, a senior associate with Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP.

“The executive of UCBA encourages all Ukrainian Canadian lawyers to take out a membership in UCBA to take advantage of free or low-cost CPD events and excellent networking opportunities,” he adds.

The event will be held at the offices of Bennett Jones LLP, located on the 34th floor of One First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. in Toronto.

For more information, visit the UCBA website.

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