Mark your calendars! New remote Zoom CPD: May 12, 2021 – 7 PM to 9:00 PM

OPA CPD SERIES: BDO Financial Wellness in the COVID Era

May 12, 2021 ‒ 7 – 9 PM via Zoom

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presents a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:

Overview

Join our panel as they analyze the financial impacts of COVID and look forward to the post-COVID financial landscape in Canada.

Drawing on practical demonstrative case studies, the panel will delve into practice management techniques and learn to identify opportunities for improving productivity and operational efficiencies to grow your Professional corporation. Increase your value-add on every client interaction, and elevate your client service.

Best practices for Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Ethical Advocacy when faced with the proposal and bankruptcy process in litigation. Including negotiation techniques, opportunities for mutual benefit, judgment enforcement and, more.

Panellists:

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This program is not yet accredited. LSO Acceditation for this program is under consideration.

May 12 - 7 - 9 PM

 

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Mark your calendars! New remote Zoom CPD: April 29, 2021 – 7 PM to 9:00 PM

Enforcing your rights at the LTB …
It’s all different now!

April 9, 2021 ‒ 7 – 9 PM via Zoom

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presents a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:

Overview

Join our panellists Douglas H. Levitt, LL.B, Partner with Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP, and George Brown, Paralegal, OPA President, President at George Brown Professional Corporation as they break down recent changes in the Landlord Tenant Board. Don’t miss out!

Panellists:

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This program is not yet accredited. LSO Acceditation for this program is under consideration.

April 29 - 7 - 9 PM

 

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Member Spotlight: Highlighting Success

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

HIGHLIGHTING SUCCESS

The OPA Education Committee is proud to see fellow OPA member Darcy Purdy featured in uLaw’s Spot Light Q&A!

Spot Light features members of the Canadian legal profession and asks them why they decided to work in law and how they see their profession evolving in the future.

Darcy answers questions regarding what led her to pursue a career in the legal profession, how the field of law has changed since she became a paralegal, and the challenges she’s faced in her role thus far. Discover more about Darcy’s practice and insights as a licensed paralegal in this short video:

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Post CPD Resources – March 11, 2021 – OPA CPD Series – Introducing Lexis Advance Quicklaw for OPA

AS PART OF THE 2021 OPA CPD SERIES, THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE PRESENTED A REMOTE LIVE-STREAMED ZOOM CPD ON MARCH 11, 2021

Introducing Lexis Advance Quicklaw for OPA

March 11, 2021 ‒ 7 – 9 PM

Dear OPA Members,

The Education Committee wishes to thank all of our Members who attended the “Introducing Lexis Advance Quicklaw for OPA” CPD on March 11, 2021. The CPD was very informative. Using practical and a real-life scenarios, our goal was to demonstrate how Lexis Advance Quicklaw can add value to your legal research and your practice!

Our speakers led a thorough demonstration of Quicklaw’s extensive flexibility and customized options, showcasing how powerful and beneficial this software is to your legal research. The OPA and Lexis partnership offers members an exclusive customized platform and subscription rate to Lexis Advance Quicklaw. Take advantage of this limited-time offer for OPA Members today by following this link ❯❯ SIGN UP NOW! ➔

This CPD program contains 1 Professionalism Hour. LSO accreditation for the second half of this CPD program is under consideration. The Education Committee is also working hard to make the recording available online in our online CPD archive library. We are ironing out some final technical details to make that possible, and we appreciate your patience! The Education Committee will provide more information about complete LSO accreditation and the additional certificate from this CPD. Please regularly visit our Learning and Professional Development portal at OPAu.ca for all the latest news and announcements from the Education Committee.

Below you will find links to the LSO Accredited 1 Professionalism hour CPD certificate and to the list of resources, links, and background materials mentioned by our panellists during the CPD.

If you have any further questions about the resources for this CPD, please reach out to the Education Committee at  education.committee@opaonline.ca or to the Chair, Doug Taylor directly at  chair.education@opaonline.ca.

Thank you,
Your OPA Education Committee


This program is not yet accredited. LSO Acceditation for this program is under consideration.

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Post-CPD Resources – February 23, 2021

POST CPD RESOURCES

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presented a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:

Dear OPA members,
 
We hope everyone appreciated the OPA’s recent CPD Series “The Future is Now – Celebrating and Acknowledging the Transformative Work of Black Canadians and their Communities” held on February 23. This event marked our organization’s inaugural Black History Month celebrations with an unconventional CPD that featured Black leaders and trailblazers in the forefront of our current industry.

The conversation was genuine, instructive, and the dialogue was deeply thoughtful. This CPD was a journey that led us down a path of inspiration and resolve, to a place of and deep understanding while providing hope and purposiveness, serving as a vigilant roadmap forward for the legal industry and our society. The panel also explored issues of systemic racism in the legal profession, and the way unconscious bias impacts our daily behaviours and integrates itself into all aspects of the workplace. The Q&A discussion covered best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion, first-hand experiences in the industry and how we can improve our practices to put inclusive plans into action.  

There are many requests for the resources the panel  mentioned at the CPD, including the CPD itself. We are awaiting CPD accreditation from the LSO, and we are working very hard to make the recording available online in our CPD library. We are ironing out some final technical details to make that possible, and we appreciate your patience! The CPD will be available to view very shortly, please visit the Professional Development and Learning Portal at for all the latest news and updates.

Below you will find a list of resources and links to background materials, including the resources our speakers mentioned during the CPD.
 
If you have any further questions about the resources for this CPD, please reach out to the Education Committee at education.committee@opaonline.ca, or to the Chair, Doug Taylor directly at chair.education@opaonline.ca.
 
Thank you,
Your OPA Education Committee

 

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Post-CPD Resources – January 27, 2021

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presented a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:

Dear OPA members,
 
Firstly, the Education Committee wishes to extend its thanks to all of you who attended our first CPD of 2021 on January 27. Speakers Alysia Davies and Darryl Singer led an engaging conversation concerning how mental health affects members of the paralegal profession and discussed several beneficial community resources available to support paralegals and their families looking for professional guidance and counselling.
 
There are many requests for the resources Alysia and Darryl mentioned at the CPD, including the CPD itself. We are awaiting CPD accreditation from the LSO, and we are working very hard to make the recording available online in our CPD library. We are ironing out some final technical details to make that possible, and we appreciate your patience! The CPD will be available to view very shortly, please visit the Professional Development and Learning Portal at for all the latest news and updates.
 
Listed below is the link to the Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is made available through the LSO. As Alysia discussed, it is a valuable resource for paralegals and their families looking for professional assistance with their health and wellness goals. Members can access the LSO’s MAP directly at https://lso.ca/paralegals/practice-supports-and-resources/member-assistance-program-(1).
 
If you have any further questions about the resources for this CPD, please reach out to the Education Committee at education.committee@opaonline.ca, or to the Chair, Doug Taylor directly at chair.education@opaonline.ca.
 
Thank you,
Your OPA Education Committee

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