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Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8:30 AM PDT
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM PDT

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Vancouver Rowing Club 
450 Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

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Nancy Loadman 
Collaborative Divorce Vancouver 

Older and Wiser: The Phenomenon of Grey Divorce

A Multi-Disciplinary Conference

Hosted by Collaborative Divorce Vancouver

As professionals working with clients divorcing in their later years, understanding the unique needs and challenges of Grey Divorce is increasingly important. 

It is estimated that divorces with clients over 50 represent 1/4 of cases (source).  Divorces in middle age and older are increasing in Canada (source).

This engaging, multi-disciplinary conference is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Understand specific updates in case law, tax and mental health practice related to Grey Divorce
  • Build competence in working with older clients navigating divorce and separation
  • Share best practices for dealing with difficult Grey Divorce scenarios
  • Gain a multi-disciplinary perspective on how to achieve the best outcomes for older clients
  • Network with local practitioners and experts in Grey Divorce

Join us for this highly relevant and applicable event. Enjoy the sunny deck of the Vancouver Rowing Club overlooking picturesque Coal Harbour and Stanley Park.

Who Should Attend?

Family lawyers, estate lawyers, mediators, Collaborative practitioners, mental health professionals, financial specialists and any other professionals who are looking for practical, up-to-date knowledge to apply when helping mature families navigate the separation and divorce process.


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20 presenters and panelists will be participating, including:

  • J.P. Boyd
  • Joan Braun
  • Emily Clough
  • Colin Galinksi
  • Doug Runchey
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Conference Outline

Topics Include:

  • Demographics and unexpected consequences of Grey Divorce
  • Peaceful divorce: not wanting the fight
  • Dividing the family business
  • Ready for Retirement?: Mental health, spousal support and estate planning implications
  • CPP splitting and pension splitting
  • Client relations and the unique needs of older clients
  • Capacity and Power of Attorney: legal, financial and mental capacity concerns
  • Elder abuse
  • Re-partnering and marriage agreements
  • Current issues with trusts


  • Plenary presentations and group discussions
  • Multi-disciplinary panel discussions
  • Case study team presentation and round table discussion
  • Networking

Register Now!

NOTE: PayPal is currently not working.  Please use the Pay By Cheque option and we will contact you to arrange credit card or cheque payment.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Conference Ticket (May 23 and 24) :$825 CAD

To see other ticket options, click on Register Now (above). 

CDV members can save even more! Check your email for CDV Member discount information.

Limted seating available.  Register early.

Full refund less $50 admin fee if cancellation is before May 15, 2019.  No refunds after May 15, 2019.





 Tentative Conference Schedule



Registration and Continental Breakfast



Welcome and Older and Wiser: Peaceful Divorce is Possible - Deirdre Severide, collaborative lawyer and mediator with Severide Law LLP



Demographics and Unexpected Consequences of Grey Divorce - J.P. Boyd, arbitrator, researcher and mediator with John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers



Refreshment Break



Deciding to Retire Multidisciplinary Presentation

-        The Effect of Retirement on Spousal Support - J.P. Boyd, arbitrator, researcher and mediator with Arbitration Chambers

-        Estate Planning – Cathie Hurlburt, Senior Financial Planner with Assante Wealth Management

-        Am I Ready for Retirement? – Ellen Shapiro,Child, Family and Individual Counsellor, with Collaborative Centre



CPP Credit Splitting Do’s and Don’tsDoug Runchey of DR Pensions Consulting



Networking Lunch



Pension Division ChallengesColin Galinski of Galinski Pension and Benefits Law



Current Tax Issues Facing Aging Clients - Sandy Adachi, business advisor and valuator with MNP LLP



Refreshment Break



Dividing the Family Business Multidisciplinary Presentation

-        Legal Issues and Recent Caselaw, Anna Silver, family lawyer and collaborative practitioner with Hamilton Fabbro Lawyers                  

-        Valuation and Financial Issues, Kiu Ghanavizchian,Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), Chartered Business Valuator and Collaborative Financial Specialiist, with Blair Mackay Mynett Valuations Inc.

-        Conflict Resolution and Extended Family Dynamics, Yuval Berger, therapist and collaborative divorce coach with The Collaborative Centre






Continental Breakfast and Networking



Welcome and Client Relations Training: Unique Needs of Older Clients – Joan Braun, elder law lawyer, mediator and consultant with Vista Law Group and Joan Braun Mediation and Consulting



Capacity and the Role of Power of Attorneys Multidisciplinary Presentation

-        Legal Capacity and the role of POAs, Joan Braun

-        Financial Capacity and working with POAs, Rosemary Rudolph, Executive Trust Officer, with TD Private Trust.

-        Understanding Medical Capacity Concerns, Allison Curley of elder and estate lawyer with McLellan Herbert, Barristers and Solicitors



Refreshment Break



Elder Abuse in Today’s WorldEmily Clough, estate and trust litigator with Clark Wilson LLP



Networking Lunch and Optional Stanley Park Walk



Re-partnering and Marriage Agreements – Leisha Murphy, family lawyer and collaborative practitioner with Connect Family Law



Current Issues related to Trusts, Nicole Garton, family and estate lawyer, mediator and parenting coordinator with and Heritage Law and Heritage Trust



Refreshment Break



Difficult Cases Involving Aging Clients Multidisciplinary Presentation, including round table discussion and practice tips

-    Jon Lazar, mediator and collaborative lawyer with Watson Goepel LLP

-     Patti Daum, Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), Chartered Business Valuator and Collaborative Financial Specialist, with Daum Valuation and Financial Services.

-    Deborah Brakeley, counsellor and divorce coach

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring a portion of our event? 

Opportunities include:

Gold $500       Silver $250

Elite Sponsor, including options such as:

  • a networking breakfast,
  • a refreshment break or lunch,
  • a legal, financial or counselling student's conference registration,
  • sponsoring the live streaming version of the event. 
We can also tailor a sponsorship opportunity for your organization. 

Contact Nancy at to discuss the possiblities.


Hosted by Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society

We are a local practice community of qualified Collaborative professionals.  Committed to the Colalborative Process for resolving family law disputes out-of-court, we assemble teams of family lawyers, financial neutrals and Divorce Coaches for Vancouver families.

To learn more about Collaborative Practice and Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, visit