Campbell Froh May & Rice LLP recently sponsored the Federation for Asian Canadian Lawyer’ Gala (FACL), which was held on November 30, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The sold out event was attended by approximately 340 people. Firm members in attendance were Karla Mukai, Victoria Wu, Esteban Kähs and Samson Chan. Karla Mukai and Samson Chan are members of FACL BC board of directors. This year’s Gala featured speeches by the BC Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Suzanne Anton and the keynote speaker, Audrey Ho. Audrey Ho was the Chief General Counsel and the first-ever female senior vice president at TELUS. She acted as lead in-house counsel in TELUS’ many transformational transactions that ranked among the largest in Canada. In recognition of her leadership, Audrey was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and was inducted into the WXN’s Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2011. This year, Audrey was appointed by the Superintendent of Real Estate (BC) to the Independent Advisory Group mandated to examine and make recommendations on the regulatory framework and conduct of real estate licensees.
The evening was emceed by FACL BC Past President and UBC Law Career Services’ Jennifer Lau, and Maria Kim, Vice-President of FACL BC and in-house counsel at Population Data BC, UBC. FACL BC was formed in 2007 to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the community. This year FACL has expanded its student mentorship program, hosted two professional development events for lawyers, and actively advocated for diversity in bencher elections. Campbell Froh May & Rice LLP was pleased to participate in and support FACL BC in their fifth annual gala.