July 2nd, 2015

In what has become an annual rite of spring, CFMR proudly continued its support of the Jamie Booth Golf Classic in 2015. The firm has been a local sponsor of the tournament since its inception, as well as sending a foursome of avid golfers every year.

Created to honour the memory of Jamie Booth, a colleague and close friend to many, this event raises funds for his chosen charity, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.  This year alone, the tournament raised $13,000 for the hospice. Combined with previous years, a total of $113,947 has been donated on behalf of the Jamie Booth Golf Classic to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

CFMR values this opportunity to remember Jamie, and to contribute to such a worthy cause.

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July 2nd, 2015

There was more than laughter around the CFMR table at the recent Comic Vision 2015 event in Vancouver.   As a regional sponsor of this national stand-up comedy fundraising tour, members of the firm recognize the seriousness behind the comedy.

Comic Vision is one of the signature fundraising events supporting the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since starting in 1999, this event has contributed more than $7M to the foundation, funding research to find cures for vision loss and blindness currently affecting over one million Canadian children and adults.

Several CFMR members and their guests shared meaningful laughter at the event, while knowing the firm, and their presence, was supporting a very worthwhile cause.

Various members of CFMR and their guests shared laughter for a good cause at Comic Vision 2015.

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May 15th, 2015

Congratulations to Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives on the 10th anniversary of its highly successful Leadership Richmond – Youth Now program. At their recent celebration event, and graduation ceremony for the 2014-2015 class of youth leaders, program alumni and articled student, Brandon Hastings spoke about the impact of Youth Now on his life and career.

Youth Now harnesses the leadership potential found in Richmond by training young adults to serve as board members for local non-profit organizations while also guiding non-profit groups to strengthen their boards by involving youth as full participants and mentoring them through the program.  It is one of many programs offered by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives that support and promote community spirit in our city.

We gladly acknowledge the good work done by partner, Spencer May as a board member of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, and the ongoing commitment of Brandon to the community of Richmond.

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April 30th, 2015

Brandon Hastings, articled student, was a featured presenter at the recent Richmond PechaKucha Night. Citing his international study and work experiences in Ecuador, Jordan and Singapore, Brandon shared his observations that people have more similarities than differences, no matter where they live or what their culture. Brandon’s multi-cultural perspectives are informed by his work as a Board Member at the Immigrant Services Society (ISS), the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth.

Richmond PechaKucha provided a forum for Brandon to introduce the New Welcome House, the 58,000 square foot ISS facility that will address the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants in Metro Vancouver. The New Welcome House will be a regional service hub bringing together transitional housing and targeted services under one roof to streamline access to care. It is the first of its kind in the world.

We’re proud of Brandon’s passion for the volunteer work he does with ISS and the programs they deliver to those new to Canada. To view Brandon’s PechaKucha presentation, click here.

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April 1st, 2015

The firm is  pleased to welcome Robert Allan and Spencer May to the partnership.  Together they bring a wealth of experience and perspective to our business law group and to their particular areas of interest.

Rob successfully represents clients in the purchase and sale of businesses, commercial leasing and real estate transactions, wills and estate planning and general corporate and commercial matters.  Now in his tenth year with CFMR, Rob is currently working to expand his practice by helping family business owners with business restructuring and succession planning, and by joining our firm’s burgeoning maritime and fisheries law group.

Spencer’s practice covers both general litigation and solicitor’s work.  In litigation, Spencer has focused on construction law, expropriation, real estate and estate litigation.  His lengthy experience in general commercial and civil litigation has benefitted clients at all levels of trial court in British Columbia, in administrative tribunals and numerous arbitrations.  On the solicitor’s side, Spencer has focused on working with farmers throughout British Columbia, attending to a variety of issues including corporate matters, estate planning and land issues involving the Agricultural Land Commission.  Spencer joined CFMR in 2009.

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January 6th, 2015

Long-standing Trial Lawyers Association of BC member, Ed Montague, was recently named the 2014 Champion of Justice, as selected by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of TLABC. As such, Ed is the recipient of PAC’s Larry Kancs Legacy Award, which is named after none other than TLABC living legend and long-serving PAC chair, Larry Kancs.

This prestigious PAC award was created in 2012 and is presented every two years. Faith Hayman was the inaugural recipient. As with Faith Hayman, Ed Montague’s contributions to TLABC have been enormous! He has been a TLABC member since 1988 and a strong supporter of PAC for many years, dating back to the proposed ICBC limitations of no-fault insurance battle of the mid-1990s, an extended chapter of TLABC’s history in which Ed served as president of TLABC.  Ed is a current TLABC governor and also remains highly active with the American Association for Justice, a great partner organization to TLABC. Additionally, Ed has been instrumental in helping to develop the important TLABC membership effort that aims to end distracted driving in BC.

All the lawyers and staff at CFMR are extremely proud of Ed, as well as the important work he has quietly help accomplish over many years.  Please join us in congratulating Ed and acknowledging his achievements.

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