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29th Annual Institute of Family Law
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29th Annual Institute of Family Law

2020-04-03 to 2020-04-04
When: Friday, April 3, to Saturday, April 4, 2020
Where: Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392 Notre Dame
Montebello, Quebec  J0C 1L0
Contact: Taylor Pyefinch
613-233-7386 ex.227

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29th Annual Institute of Family Law

An event not to be missed, this conference is sure to educate, enlighten and engage!

Taking place at the stunning Fairmont Le Château Montebello, this high-end conference will provide comprehensive and insightful examination of current trends in family law, including an in-depth analysis of what you need to know about the amendments to the Divorce Act that come into effect June 2020! 

The Institute includes an unparalleled level of judicial participation and is led by some of the most influential practitioners and academics in Canada.  Once again, the conference features enhanced participatory workshops and mentoring opportunities of enormous value for all members of the bar, tailored to all levels of experience.

So much more than a CPD exercise, the Institute remains THE collegial opportunity for the Family Law Bar with plenty of opportunities to mingle with peers.  Dinner is being elevated in a whole new way with an interactive culinary experience.  Enjoy the flavours of the region with specialized food stations.  During dinner we recognize and celebrate this year's Hon. Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for Family Law recipient, Madam Justice Maria Linhares de Sousa.  

Be entertained in the Hospitality Suite with tunes from 10¢ wings and the Ottawa Family Law's Got Talent! competition.  Checking-in Thursday night?  Join us on April 2nd in the Bistro Bar at 8:00 PM for the McCay Duff Valuations & Consulting sponsored Thursday Evening Reception!  


2019 conference feedback:

"As a soon to be new call, this conference was an amazing experience to meet members of the bar and to network. I got the feeling throughout the conference that the Family Bar has a high level of collegiality. It also appeared to me that there is a good relation between the Bar and the judiciary."

"I look forward to attending this conference every year. It never disappoints."

"The single best thing that happens all year, every year."

"It was very nice to see former colleagues and meet new faces. As a newer call, I was pleasantly surprised by how many people I knew, and very much appreciated the opportunity to meet so many new people."


Conference Program:

Now Available

CPD Accreditation to follow.  


Registration & Rates:

Registration opening soon!  Keep an eye on the CCLA Newsletter to find out when!   

CCLA Member, Lawyer Under 3 years:     $370.00 
CCLA Member, Lawyer 3+ years:              $415.00  
CCLA Member, Paralegal:                         $270.00  
CCLA Member, Articling Student:              $105.00 
CCLA Member, Law School Student:        $65.00 
Non-Members:                                           $725.00

*All prices include HST.   Electronic conference materials are included in registration.

If you are not a CCLA member but you are a member in good standing of one of the 47 County Law Associations in Ontario, you can register at the CCLA member rate. Please contact Taylor Pyefinch for details - 613-233-7386 ext. 227 or

Click here for hotel, meal and registration price breakdown.  

Accommodation & Transportation: 

You are responsible for booking your accommodation directly with Château Montebello.  We recommend you book early.  

  • Phone: Call the Reservation Department at Château Montebello directly at 819-423-6341 ext. 7688, or any reservations agent (24 hours) at 1-800-257-7544. When calling, please identify yourself as an attendee of the CCLA Annual Institute of Family Law to ensure ease of booking and that you receive the conference room rates.  

Group Carpool:

For the third year we're connecting drivers and passengers with this self-managed ride share.  If you have space in your car or are looking for a drive to and from the conference, please click here to sign up.  Drivers and riders are provided contact information to directly communicate. 

Exhibitors & Sponsors:

Thank you to our generous sponsors and exhibitors!






If you wish to participate in the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Kate Bell, for more information.