The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.

Founded in 2011, FACL BC is the largest equity-seeking bar association in British Columbia with over 620 members ranging from judges, partners, associates, in-house counsel, academics and law students and is affiliated with other FACL chapters across Canada and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in the United States, which represents over 60,000 lawyers.

FACL BC was also the winner of the 2022 Clawbies award for Best Podcast and the 2021 Clawbies award for Best Innovative Project for our ground-breaking documentary, “But I Look Like a Lawyer”, which captures stories of the discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community. Allies are welcome, and can support our mission by joining as a Supporting Member. Supporting Members do not need to identify as pan-Asian or as a legal professional. Learn more here. 

    • 28 Sep 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Bennett Jones

    Every law student will have to network at some point, but we are never taught how to do it.

    This year, APLC is hosting an exciting event in collaboration with FACL BC to teach students how to network! We will begin the event with a presentation on networking skills in the modern world given by Steven Ngo, Advisory Director of FACL BC.

    Afterwards, we will have a “practice networking” session during which you can put what you’ve learned to practice with current lawyers. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn valuable networking skills and connect with practicing lawyers in an informal setting!

    Please register by Monday, September 25, 2023, 11:59PM PST to secure your spot as the event will also be first come, first served.

    Attendees: APLC and FACL BC members

    Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual

    About our Speaker: Steven Ngo is the Advisory Director and Past President of FACL BC and the co-founder of Beyond the A. He was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2022 and an Alumni Changemaker by the Allard School of Law in 2023. He currently works as Sr. Counsel at Rivian and previously worked as a corporate M&A associate at Osler and Allens Linklaters. Connect with Steven on LinkedIn. 


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 4 Oct 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Register Here

    From the Law Society of British Columbia ("LSBC") website: The Benchers are the Law Society’s volunteer board of governors. They govern and administer the affairs of the Law Society in accordance with the Legal Profession Act, set and enforce standards of professional responsibility for lawyers, and preside at discipline and credentials hearings.

    An election will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 for Benchers of the LSBC in all districts for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2025. FACL BC strongly encourages qualified candidates amongst its membership to stand for election. Nominations of candidates for election must be received by the Law Society of British Columbia before 5:00 pm on Monday, October 16, 2023.

    To that end, we are pleased to invite FACL BC supporters and all current Benchers of Asian descent, Cheryl D'Sa, Gaynor Yeung, Gurminder Sandhu, Jeevyn Dhaliwal, KC, and Jennifer Chow, KC, for an intimate discussion regarding life as a Bencher. For the first time, this event will focus exclusively on how prospective Bencher candidates can prepare for and succeed in the position, and provide attendees with an opportunity to ask the Benchers questions about their day-to-day duties.

    All individuals who are interested in standing for future Bencher elections should attend. Please visit the LSBC website for more information regarding the election here.

    Meet the Speakers

    Cheryl D'Sa is the managing partner of Narwal Litigation LLP. Cheryl has been an elected Bencher of the LSBC since 2020 and was the first visible minority female President of the VBA. In recent years, Cheryl has received several awards, including the CBABC Women Lawyers Forum Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award, an Excellence Award in the Category of Female Trailblazer of the Year by Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Canadian Law Awards and Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40.

    Gaynor Yeung is a mediator and litigator from Whitelaw Twining.  She was first elected as a Bencher in 2021 and currently serves on the EDI and Practice Standards committees.

    Gurminder Sandhu is a litigation partner at Hamilton Duncan. Gurminder has dedicated his time to various volunteer commitments, including the CBA Provincial Council, the Provincial Court Judicial Advisory Committee, and the Amici Curiae Friendship Society. Gurminder was elected as a Bencher in 2021 and served on the BC Federal Judicial Advisory Committee from 2021-2023.

    Jeevyn Dhaliwal, KC is the incoming President of the LSBC for 2024 and will have served the Law Society for more than a decade when she concludes her term as President. She credits her longstanding involvement with FACL and her roles as past Board member and President of SABABC for the support she received in becoming the first South Asian lawyer to have been elected in Vancouver County for the term beginning 2014. 

    Jennifer Chow, KC has been an elected bencher for Vancouver for the past 6 years. She is an outspoken leader on equality and diversity issues and continues to promote access to justice and the independence of the bar at the bencher table.


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 18 Oct 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Suite 1500 Royal Centre, 1055 W Georgia Street

    Register Here (Zoom option)

    Please join FACL BC's Advocacy Committee for the second panel in its Worker Speaker Series, focusing on workers in different industries. This panel's topic will be on migrant workers and promises to provide an engaging discussion on the regulatory gaps and ensuing challenges faced by migrant workers in BC. 

    Migrant workers often face unique legal challenges at the nexus of employment and immigration law. Existing in a legal liminal space, migrant workers also frequently experience added systemic and institutionalized barriers in the form of discrimination and lack of access to justice. Join us to hear from a panel of legal practitioners, academics, and activists on the front lines to hear what can be done to better protect and support migrant workers. 

    Moderator: Prabhpreet Kaur Sangha, Lehal Law Legal Services

    Location: McMillan LLP, Suite 1500 Royal Centre, 1055 W Georgia Street and via Zoom. 

    This event will qualify for 1 hour of CPD credit.


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 26 Oct 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Register Here

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) British Columbia is excited to host a virtual Fireside Chat with the Honourable Arif Virani, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Together, we will delve into the crucial topic of equality, diversity, and inclusion on the benches of the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

    During this discussion, Minister Virani will detail the superior court judicial appointment process and shed light on the barriers and issues potentially hindering greater representation among BC's judges. Together, we hope to explore potential solutions to address this pressing matter. The underrepresentation of Asian and other communities within the judiciary is an important concern that warrants attention, and this event aims to foster a meaningful dialogue surrounding the initiatives and ideas being discussed within the Ministry of Justice to promote diversity on the bench.

    By engaging in an open and constructive dialogue, we hope to uncover innovative ideas and practical solutions to help build a more diverse and inclusive judiciary that reflects the rich tapestry of British Columbia's population. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to gain valuable insights and join the conversation surrounding equality, diversity, and inclusion on the benches of the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

    This course is approved for 1.0 hour of CPD credits in British Columbia. ___________________________________________________

    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email

    • 17 Nov 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • TD Tower, 700 W Georgia St, Vancouver BC

    You are cordially invited to the FACL BC Complimentary Annual Conference. We are proud to announce that this year’s conference will be held in-person (with virtual streaming available).

    Join us in exploring the theme of “Champions”, whether it is championing causes within the community, breaking barriers, or empowering oneself in our personal and professional lives.  

    We are excited to welcome the Honourable Judge Gurmail Gill of the British Columbia Provincial Court for a moderated discussion on his journey to the Bench. Termed the “Renaissance Man”, Judge Gill was the first judge of South Asian descent appointed to the British Columbia Provincial Court. Judge Gill is also a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate-Do, a martial art instructor, a licensed pilot, and an avid astronomer and astro-photographer.  

    This discussion will be moderated by FACL BC President, Fiona Wong.  

    Following the chat with Judge Gill, tune in to our very own Advocacy and Mentorship Committees on their programming in discovering the spirit of championship, from learning advocacy skills and affecting social change, to gaining valuable insights on personal and professional victories. Attendees are welcome to select their program of choice (see description below).    

    Conference attendees are eligible to earn CPD and ethics* credits with the Law Society of British Columbia. More info coming soon.  


    By attending this event, you agree to abide by the FACL BC Event Code of Conduct.

    If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please email


Our Podcast



President's Message

Welcome home!

It is a great privilege to serve as FACL BC’s President for the 2023 to 2024 year. Like many of you, I am an immigrant (from Hong Kong), a first-generation Canadian, a first-generation university graduate, and a first-generation lawyer.

The diversity of our profession is slowly changing, but lots of work remains to be done. As we enter our 12th year, I hope to focus my presidential term on advocating more, enhancing accessibility, and building more alliances for the Asian-Canadian legal community. Asian-Canadians were not permitted to practice law in BC until the late 1940’s. Only 100 years ago, the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 was enacted with the objective of banning all immigration of Chinese peoples to Canada.

I joined FACL BC as a Student Member. The first time I ran for a board position at the annual general meeting (AGM), I was extremely nervous as I had never participated in a contested election. I was not elected and thought I would never show my face at FACL BC again out of humiliation and embarrassment.

But little did I know my journey at FACL BC actually began that day. The person who was elected for the role I ran for ended up becoming one of my closest friends in law. I went to my first FACL BC event following the AGM. Everyone – strangers – welcomed me with open arms because they all had the same intention of empowering other Asian-Canadian legal professionals, and “sending the elevator down” to junior lawyers. There was an incredible outpour of support from people I have never met, and this is still the case years later.

Not everyone’s experience at FACL BC is the same, but I think we all can safely say that the energy at FACL BC – both at the board and member level – is unparalleled. We are an incorporated non-profit society that is entirely volunteer driven other than two part-time student contractors. You or your firm’s support of our initiatives and mandate of promoting equity, justice, and opportunity can make a significant difference in our legal profession.

Because of FACL BC, I have been fortunate to meet and interact with very distinguished members of our bar, all of whom have carved the path for future generations of Asian-Canadians: from interviewing Justice Randall Wong, producing a documentary on discrimination and bias that screened at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, learning from some of the few King’s Counsel of Asian descent in this province (including Winston Sayson, KC on our Advisory Committee, and Louisa Winn, KC, who recently graced the cover of The Advocate), to sharing a meal with BC’s Attorney General, the Honourable Niki Sharma, KC. FACL BC has also supported me professionally by connecting me to job interviews and client referrals through our incredible network of 620+ members. Most importantly, this professional network has become a community of lifelong friends and mentors - some of which have been recognized individually for the work they do for FACL BC, including through the CBABC Equality & Diversity Award as well as the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.

These opportunities are, similarly, open to anyone who wishes to join FACL BC. I hope that you can benefit from the same through attending our exciting roster of events, or joining our future board, or one of our committees – advocacy, mentorship, membership, or gala.

I invite you and your friends to join us at Allies are welcome, and we offer a Supporting Membership for those who do not fall under the Full and Student Membership categories.

If you have any comments or feedback about FACL BC, please contact me anytime at Let’s get started!

Fiona Wong

President, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC


The FACL BC registered office is situated on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ə (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We acknowledge the significance of the land for the Indigenous peoples who have lived here and acted as stewards since time immemorial, as well as the historical and ongoing injustices they still face. We are committed to working towards decolonial solidarity and the full realization of Indigenous rights.   Read our full land acknowledgement here.

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