As the time for membership renewals approaches, we of the AWL Board wanted to share with our current members and potential new members some important changes to the 2021 membership structure.
In recognition of the constraints on our ability to provide programming during the pandemic and the additional hardships this pandemic has created for many of our members, we as a Board have decided to waive membership fees for all renewing and new members for 2021.
We will continue to offer events online in 2021, including a three-part Allyship, Diversity and Inclusion Series launching on January 27, 2021, as well as virtual networking nights, mystery lunches, mothers in the law playdates, and speaker events. And we remain committed to developing and offering events that allow our members to connect and develop professionally within the constraints we, as so many organizations, continue to face.
Maintaining and strengthening our community of women lawyers in Calgary and supporting the individuals who create this community remain driving objectives of the AWL. Our decision to waive membership fees for 2021 is one concrete step we have decided to take to advance these objectives and acknowledge the disproportionate impact that this pandemic has had on women.
However, many of our operating expenses remain ongoing, and our ability to offer quality programming to our members relies importantly on our funds. To that end, we would greatly appreciate any members who are able and willing to continue with their paid membership do so. We have also included an option on our renewal page for renewing and new members to sponsor memberships for those who may have difficulty paying.
The annual general meeting of the members of the Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary) will be held virtually as follows:
December 1, 2020
All AWL members are encouraged to attend and can access the Minutes from the 2019 AGM, as well as zoom information for the meeting in the “Members Only” section of the website after logging into their account.
The Association of Women Lawyers is accepting applications from women lawyers who are interested in joining the Board of Directors. Applications may be submitted by email to The Association of Women Lawyers, c/o Rani Wong, at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than noon on November 20, 2019. All applications must include
a copy of your resume and a short statement outlining the reason for
your interest in joining the Board.
The AWL Nominating Committee will review all applications and include up to 8 applicants in the slate of Directors
it recommends for election at the AWL Annual General Meeting at 12:00
pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the offices of Gowling WLG (Suite
1600, 421 – 7 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB).
The Board Member Expectations are below for your reference.
Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) Board Member Expectations 1. Each director shall prepare for, attend, and participate in at least 8 out of the 10 regular Board of Director’s meetings scheduled throughout the year. 2. Each director shall sit on at least one (1) Board Committee and be an active participant of that committee. The Chair of each committee is responsible for arranging regular committee meetings and leading them. 3. Each director shall prepare for, attend, and participate in the Annual General Meeting of AWL. 4. Each director shall attend at least two (2) AWL events per year. 5. Each director shall review and be familiar with the mission statement and bylaws of AWL. 6. Each director shall review and assess their individual contribution and satisfaction as a board member each year. Each director will be contacted by a member of the Board of Director’s Executive prior to the AGM each year to canvass whether the director intends to stand again for election and to discuss that director’s self-assessment. 7. Each Director shall promote AWL and its mission in their circles of influence.
Check out this event invitation from Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion…
By way of introduction, I am on the Executive
Committee of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion (LLD). LLD is an
association of legal leaders across Canada who are committed
to promoting diversity in the workplace, as well as supporting
initiatives to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in our
organizations, the legal profession, and the greater Canadian business
Part of my role on the LLD Executive Committee is
to increase its presence in the western provinces. In that regard, we
have organized an interesting and thought-provoking LLD event
on Thursday, February 7, 2019. I would be pleased if you could
join LLD in Calgary for an evening of conversation and networking,
including a panel discussion on various career paths in law and
promoting diversity in the workplace.
Chima Nkemdirim – Vice President, Government Relations at Shaw Communications and former Chief of Staff for Calgary Mayor Nenshi
Bindu Cudjoe – Senior Vice-President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Canadian Western Bank
The Honourable Madam Justice April Grosse – Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta
Moderator – Munaf Mohamed, Bennett Jones LLP
The speakers will share their thoughts on both
challenges and opportunities for lawyers from diverse backgrounds and
the different paths they have taken to building careers based
on legal training.
The details for the evening are as follows:
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
4:30 p.m. | Check In and Pre-Mingle
5:00 p.m. | Speaker Panel
6:00 p.m. | Networking
4500 Bankers Hall East
855 – 2nd Street S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 4K7
45th Floor, Jones Boardroom
The event will be hosted by the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP.
Please RSVP by
Friday, February 1, 2019. You are more than welcome to extend
this invite to a few members of your legal department or firm who may be
interested in also attending, but please have them RSVP separately so
we can confirm numbers for catering. We hope
to see you there! You can contact me directly at
Jeff_Ellis@cpr.ca if you have any questions.
The Legal Archives Society of Alberta is pleased to invite you to an Evening with the Hon. Mary T. Moreau, Chief Justice, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta at the Annual Historical Dinner in Calgary on October 4, 2018 at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.
For ticket information please click the following link to be redirected to LASA’s website: www.legalarchives.ca
The newly founded UCalgary Moot Court Society is looking for volunteers interested in being a trainer for one or more of their workshops. The time commitment is low (2-3 hours once a month) but the impact to undergrad students, who are inexperienced in moot court, is considerable. If you are interested, please contact Gayathri Peringod at email@example.com
Looking to enjoy dinner, hear from inspiring speakers, and make some new connections in the city? If so, you may want to attend the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers 3rd annual Diversity in the City Gala. Click here for details.
On January 27, we are proud to host the Association of Women Lawyers’ first session of its Ally-ship, Diversity and Inclusion Series. Learn more and register here before January 22: http://ow.ly/nkMS50D9Ubz @AwlCalgary #diversityandinclusion