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Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore: BC's New Franchises Act
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Vancouver April Event

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Where: Norton Rose Fulbright - Telus Garden
1800 - 510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6B 0M3
Contact: Gina Lupino

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Toto, We're Not In Kansas Anymore:  
BC's New Franchises Act

Expert Speaker and Lunch


Thursday, April 6

12:00-1:30 p.m. 


Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Bull, Housser and Tupper)
Telus Garden
1800 - 510 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC   V6B 0M3 


LES Member: 25.00 CAD (20.00 USD)
Non-Member: 35.00 CAD (28.00 USD)
LES Student Member: 15.00 CAD (13.00 USD)

Fees are processed in U.S. Dollars. The above is an estimate based on the exchange rage.


Tony Wilson Q.C.
C. Anthony Wilson Law Corporation
on behalf of 
Boughton Law Corporation

- Business Columnist, Globe and Mail
- Regular Columnist, BarTalk and Canadian Lawyer
- Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University/Thompson Rivers University - Law School
- Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia
- Ranked as a leading lawyer by Lexpert and Who's Who Legal


The Franchises Act and Regulations came into force on February 1, 2017. This will be a significant change to how franchisors conduct business in BC. If the business arrangement is a "franchise" as per the definition of  "franchise" under the Act, then a "Franchisor" will be required to produce and deliver to prospective franchisees a comprehensive disclosure document describing specific items of disclosure required by the Act and all material facts relating to the franchise opportunity, similar to what franchisors must do in most Canadian provinces, and what US-based franchisors must do in the United States. Understanding the statute is important because there are significant remedies that franchisees have if a franchisor has failed to make proper disclosure as required by law.


This session will discuss the definition of a franchisee, why you can't avoid the legislation simply by calling your contractual arrangement a "license", the specific statutory requirements of disclosure for franchisors, and the remedies available to franchisees.


Vancouver franchise lawyer Tony Wilson Q.C. will discuss:

  • To whom the new Act applies,
  • The timing and content of disclosure obligations of franchisors,
  • The right of rescission,
  • Traps for lawyers practicing franchise law, and
  • Governing law and forum for all franchise disputes.

Sometimes it’s just easier to call it a franchise and comply.


The Vancouver Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after April 3.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern).


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