MLT Aikins Participates in Manitoba Bar Association 2021 Mid-Winter Conference

The Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) will host its 2021 Mid-Winter Meeting this month. Winnipeg lawyer Danielle Barchyn served on the 2021 Mid-Winter Organizing Committee and Ian Scarth, Celia Valel and Jennifer Sokal will present and moderate, respectively, at the two-day virtual event.

The annual Mid-Winter Meeting is a premier two-day legal conference designed especially for CBA Manitoba members. This event offers well-rounded professional development, networking, special events and much more. The full program guide is available here.


Celia Valel will moderate the “Corporate Insights and Taxation of Partnerships” panel discussion. The presenters will address the formation, maintenance, agreements, transactions and taxation opportunities and challenges faced by partnerships. Participants will learn about crucial partnership tax planning strategies, compliance know-how and how to work with clients to ensure they understand the nuances of these taxation issues.

Ian Scarth will co-present “A Few Shades of Grey … Attorney’s Compensation and the Court’s Dispensation Power”. This session will provide insight into certain grey areas of estates practice as the presenters discuss compensation for attorneys acting under power of attorney, and Section 23 of The Wills Act and the court’s ability to dispense with formalities in order to give effect to a deceased’s testamentary intentions. The discussion will also include an analysis of Section 23 of The Wills Act, addressing questions such as: In what circumstances should you consider making an application under this provision, what evidence would you need in support of that application, and what are the procedural requirements?

Jennifer Sokal will moderate “Spoiler Alert! What’s Happening in Administrative Law”. While courts across the country have been working out the implications of Valivov for standard of review, there have been other developments in administrative law. This discussion provides insightful survey of everything you need to know about the latest in administrative law.

2021 Pro Bono Award

Christian Monnin has been named the recipient of the 2021 Pro Bono Award. He is being recognized for his pro bono work on behalf of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) in the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia (Education) appeal which involved French-language rights in education. The awards ceremony takes place from 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on January 22, 2021.

Event Details

Thursday, January 21 to Friday January 22
Online via Zoom webinar