16 Sep, 2022
Anti-Corruption Law Program Seminar: Implementing the Cullen Commission Recommendations to Improve Private Sector Self-regulation to Combat Money Laundering
Date: Monday, September 19, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am PT
The Anti-Corruption Law Program is pleased to announce a four-part webinar series to explore the key recommendations arising from the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia (Cullen Commission Report). The 1,800-page Cullen Commission Report was released in June 2022, and represents a watershed moment for anti-corruption law reform efforts in Canada.
The Cullen Commission heard from 199 witnesses, received thousands of exhibits plus written submissions, sponsored research, and archived live recordings of oral evidence. This four-part Webinar Series is designed to help participants to distill the key issues raised at the Commission and to evaluate its recommendations so that organizations and individuals can effectively address and combat anti-corruption within their own operations and activities in Canada and abroad. Each webinar panel will feature nationally and internationally-recognized anti-corruption and anti-money laundering experts.
Session 1: Implementing the Cullen Commission Recommendations to Improve Private Sector Self-regulation to Combat Money Laundering
This session will examine the principal findings of the Commission, specifically with respect to the sectors in which money laundering is most significant and problematic in British Columbia, including real estate, casinos, luxury cars, boats, jewellery, and art. In addition to discussing why these sectors are so susceptible to money laundering, our panelists will look at what practical steps can be taken to regulate the enablers of money laundering activity in these sectors.
The goal of this session will be to provide participants with a deeper and broader understanding of:
- the scope and scale of money laundering in British Columbia;
- the approach taken by the Cullen Commission to receive input from stakeholders; and
- proposed regulatory reform measures recommended by the Commission for private sector organizations and individuals to combat money laundering.
This event qualifies for 2 CPD credits from the Law Society of British Columbia.
Norman Baldwin, Senior Partner, GRC Vista Risk Consulting
Don Avison, QC, CEO, Law Society of British Columbia
David Avren, Vice President Legal, BC Financial Services Authority
Christine Duhaime, Consultant, Fusion Intelligence
Dr. Peter German, QC, President, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform; Chair, Advisory Committee, Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute
Brock Martland, QC, Senior Commission Counsel, Cullen Commission
David is VP, Legal with BC Financial Services Authority, and previously held the same post with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. He was also General Counsel at Coast Capital Savings, one of Canada’s largest credit unions, and Director of Legal Services at BC Hydro.
Don Avison, K.C. has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of British Columbia since 2017. He was formerly with the Attorney General of Canada, where his work focused on criminal law litigation in the Supreme Court and extradition. He was also a Deputy Minister in Justice, Education, Crown Corporations and Health for B.C., and Chief Negotiator for the Province in concluding the B.C. First Nations Education Jurisdiction Agreements.
Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, CAMS, is a financial crime expert with Fusion Intelligence, and a recognized authority in asset recovery and anti-money laundering compliance. She has advised on all aspects of the casino and horse-racing gaming sector, appeared as an expert before Parliamentary and Senate Committees in Canada, and trained federal agencies on the crime and terrorism risks of digital currencies to the financial system.
Peter German QC, PhD, is President of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI). He was previously Director General of Financial Crime for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and is the author of “Dirty Money” and “Dirty Money – Part 2”, reports commissioned by the Attorney General of B.C., relating to allegations of money laundering in the casino, real estate, luxury vehicle, and horse racing sectors.
Brock is primarily a criminal lawyer in Vancouver, but has worked on a number of public inquiries, most recently the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in BC, where he was one of two senior commission counsel.
This webinar series is being presented by the Anti-Corruption Law Program, which is a joint continuing professional educational initiative of the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Transparency International – Canada Chapter, and the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute at the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, also at UBC.
Photo by Aditya Chinchure on Unsplash.