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July 21, 2017
Field Law Announces Northern Alberta Award Winners of the 2017 Field Law Community Fund Program
Fifth year of program breaks public voting records to support community initiatives in Northern Alberta

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the Northern Alberta winners of the Field Law Community Fund Program (“the Program”). This year, the Program celebrated its fifth year of supporting local community initiatives in Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Field Law awarded six prizes and one grand prize to community projects in the Northern Alberta market. This year’s winners are the Mount Oliver Lutheran Church, Pilgrims Hospice Society, the Edmonton Mental Health Awareness Committee (EMHAC), Sing for Life Society of Alberta, Bissell Centre, and Gordon Russell’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre. This year’s grand prize winner is the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

The Community Fund Program supports community initiatives in the markets in which Field Law operates. In 2017, the Program will distribute a total of $75,000 to community initiatives, with $30,000 going to each of the Northern and Southern Alberta markets, and $15,000 going to the Northwest Territories market.

The 2017 Program received nearly 100 applications and a record turnout for online voting. Winners of the Program are decided by a community judging panel and public voting. This year, the Program earned a record-breaking total of 50,018 votes across all three markets, including over 14,000 votes in the Northern Alberta market.

“We’re pleased to support a number of community initiatives in Northern Alberta for the fifth year of the Program” said Jeremiah Kowalchuk, Executive Committee member and Partner at Field Law. “Each initiative makes a unique and positive impact, and we’re proud to celebrate the fifth year of the Community Fund Program by supporting initiatives that strengthen Edmonton and surrounding communities.”

Field Law is pleased to announce the following Northern Alberta market winners of the 2017 Community Fund Program:

“Heart of the Art in Silk”: GRAND PRIZE WINNER - $6,000

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts provides opportunities for people who have social or economic barriers to participate in the arts. The Centre runs silk-screening, fiber crafts and ceramic workshops for over 170 artists with developmental disabilities. Funding from the Program will be used to purchase supplies and coordinate workshops for The Heart in the Art in Silk annual silk-screening workshop series.

“#YEGSEMICOLON Mental Health Festival”: WINNER - $5,000

The #YEGSEMICOLON Mental Health Festival is a one-day event bringing together caregivers and resources that provide support to individuals living with mental illness. Funding from the Program will go towards the third annual Festival which will have activities and entertainment open to all ages and aims to reduce social isolation and strengthen the Mental Health Community within Edmonton.

“Music Classes for Families with Mom’s in Conflict with the Law”: WINNER - $5,000

The Sing for Life Society of Alberta brings the performing arts to marginalized communities in Edmonton, with a focus on women in conflict with the law and men facing economic challenges who have young children. The funds received from the Program will contribute to workshops and classes that use music education to develop personal and social skills to build community.

“Ready to Rent”: WINNER - $5,000

Bissell Centre offers programs that work with people experiencing homelessness or individuals and families who are unstably housed. The Program will support four six-week educational programs on healthy, secure housing for landlords and tenants, and preparing many of the Centre’s clients for tenancy.

“Transitioning at Crystal Kids”: WINNER - $5,000

Gordon Russell’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre is a community-based provider of intervention and prevention services through youth mentorship. The Transitioning program aims to support healthy development, education and peer engagement with disadvantaged youth in Edmonton. Funding from the Program will support the Centre’s programs and services for youth in their key developmental demographic.

“Grief First Aid for Professionals”: WINNER - $3,000

Pilgrims Hospice Society (PHS) provides support to individuals diagnosed with progressive, life-threatening illnesses along with support for those who are bereaved. The Grief First Aid for Professionals program educates healthcare and social work professionals so they can lead programs at PHS, and will use funding from the Program to support research, curriculum development and the delivery of future workshops.

“Inner City Lunches”: WINNER - $1,000

Coordinated by the Mount Oliver Lutheran Church, the Inner City Lunches project provides men, women, children and families struggling with low incomes and homelessness with balanced meals and access to resources and support programs. Funding from the Program will go towards the purchase and preparation of lunches, and support the staff and volunteers that make the lunches possible.

ABOUT FIELD LAW

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Maddie Alvarez
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: 403-531-0331
Email: malvarez@national.ca

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program - 2017 Northern Alberta Winners

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July 17, 2017
Field Law Announces Northwest Territories Award Winners of the 2017 Field Law Community Fund Program
Fifth year of program breaks public voting records to support community initiatives in the NWT

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the Northwest Territories winners of the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). This year, the Program celebrated its fifth year of supporting local community initiatives in Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Field Law awarded three prizes to community projects in the Northwest Territories market. This year’s winners are the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group, the Mackenzie Recreation Association, and the Food First Foundation.

The Community Fund Program supports community initiatives in the markets in which Field Law operates. In 2017, the Program will distribute a total of $75,000 to community initiatives, with $15,000 going to the Northwest Territories market and $30,000 going to each of the Northern and Southern Alberta markets.

The 2017 Program received nearly 100 applications and a record turnout for online voting. Winners of the Program are decided by a community judging panel and public voting. This year, the Program earned a record-breaking total of 50,018 votes across all three markets.

“Our 2017 winners are a diverse group of initiatives making uniquely positive impacts on our community,” says Jack Williams, Partner at Field Law, “We’re proud to celebrate the fifth year of the Community Fund Program by giving back to the initiatives that enrich the community we live and work in, and we see it as a chance to look back at how the Program has grown.”

Field Law is pleased to announce the following Northwest Territories market winners of the 2017 Community Fund Program:

“Tastemakers”: GRAND PRIZE WINNER - $6,000

Food First Foundation is a registered charity that supports nutrition education programs in schools, with the goal of encouraging a healthy population of children and youth for future generations. The Tastemakers project tackles food insecurity in the North by providing students with healthy meals and snacks in addition to educational programs that instill healthy choices in children. Funding from the Program will continue to build the capacity of the Program, aiming to increase the 28 schools and over 800 children benefitting from Tastemakers in 2017.

“Physical Literacy Champion Summit”: WINNER - $5,000

The Mackenzie Recreation Association (MRA) supports the quality of life of Mackenzie residents by developing opportunities for recreation, volunteering and leadership. Each year, the annual Physical Literacy Summit trains members of the community as physical literacy champions for their community to promote healthy, active lifestyles and community involvement. The funds provided by the Program will allow the MRA to continue to train up to two champions for each of the 19 communities in the region to teach children, youth and adults healthy habits.

“Cancer Support for Women in Yellowknife”: WINNER - $4,000

The NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group aims to increase the support available for women living with any type of cancer in Yellowknife. The Group facilitates presentations, workshops and monthly peer support groups. These include “Look Good Feel Better” events that empower women who are living with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The Program will support the women experiencing cancer, peer support volunteers and healthcare providers that make the Action Group possible.

ABOUT FIELD LAW

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Maddie Alvarez
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: 403-531-0331
Email: malvarez@national.ca

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program - 2017 Northwest Territories Winners

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July 6, 2017
Field Law Announces Southern Alberta Award Winners of the 2017 Field Law Community Fund Program
Fifth year of program breaks public voting records to support community initiatives in Calgary area

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the Southern Alberta winners of the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). This year, the Program celebrated its fifth year of supporting local community initiatives in Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Field Law awarded one grand prize and two additional awards to community projects in the Southern Alberta market.

The Community Fund Program supports community initiatives in the markets in which Field Law operates. In 2017, the Program will distribute a total of $75,000 to community initiatives, with $30,000 going to each of the Northern and Southern Alberta markets and $15,000 going to the Northwest Territories market. This year’s grand prize winner is the Read Well, Think Well Initiative, with additional awards granted to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) and Soup Sisters.

The 2017 Program received nearly 100 applications and a record turnout for online voting. Winners of the Program are decided by a community judging panel and public voting. This year, the Program earned a record-breaking total of 50,018 votes across all three markets, with 34,953 votes in the Southern Alberta market.

“Field Law is proud of how much the Program has grown, and how active each of our markets is in the voting process,” says Doreen Saunderson, Firm Managing Partner of Field Law. “Breaking our previous public voting records demonstrates genuine investment from the Southern Alberta community, and we look forward to seeing how this year’s winners will make an impact.”

Field Law is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2017 Community Fund Program:

“Read Well, Think Well”: GRAND PRIZE WINNER - $15,000

The Read Well, Think Well Initiative has set out a bold vision- all children in Calgary are reading well by the end of grade 3. For many low-income children, learning barriers emerge early, due to limited access to book or language-rich homes or high-quality learning experiences. The Initiative provides family learning-based reading intervention in a small group setting (WordPlay Program) and individually (Learning Starts at Home Program). One hundred low-income families with struggling readers ages 5-8 (grades K-3) will benefit from the Read Well, Think Well Initiative with the funding from the Program.

AARCS “Hospital for Homeless Pets”: WINNER - $8,000

AARCS is a grass-roots animal welfare organization based in Calgary with a dedicated network of hard working staff, volunteers, foster homes, and supporters. Due to hard economic times and veterinary care prices on the rise, AARCS made a move to maintain stability and longevity of programing so it can continue to help rescued animals in dire need of care. Funding from the Program will go towards an on-site veterinary hospital with a surgical suite. By having an on-site veterinary hospital, AARCS can reduce medical costs by 50 per cent, with potential savings of five million dollars over ten years.

Soup Sisters’ “Keep The Soup Flowing”: WINNER - $7,000

Soup Sisters provide meaningful support to victims of domestic abuse and family violence. Each month, with the help of over 150 volunteers, Soup Sisters delivers over 900 servings of fresh, nutritious homemade soup to women’s’ emergency and second-stage shelters throughout Calgary and the surrounding area. With the financial support of the Field Law Community Fund Program, Soup Sisters will benefit upwards of 9,000 women, children and youth in crisis in Calgary and Southern Alberta over a one-year period.

ABOUT FIELD LAW

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Maddie Alvarez
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: (403) 531-0331
Email: malvarez@national.ca

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program - 2017 Southern Alberta Winners

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May 2017
Field Law Announces Voting Phase of Community Fund Program

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of the online voting phase of the fifth year of the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program, which supports local pay-it-forward initiatives in the communities Field Law operates in, is now accepting public input to help determine how many of the almost 100 applicants will be awarded funds from the $75,000 available.

Throughout the past four years, the Program has received over 94,000 votes from across Northern and Southern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In that time, the Program has awarded a total of $325,000 in funding to 55 deserving community causes and projects.

The Program finalists are chosen through a combination of public online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel. Funds are then allocated amongst the three community markets: Northern Alberta ($30,000), Southern Alberta ($30,000) and the Northwest Territories ($15,000). Finalists are eligible to receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their community market. The voting process gives the public an opportunity to have a say in what projects they think will have the greatest impact in their communities. The Program also provides a promotional opportunity for all qualified community causes.

Grand prize winners from the 2016 Program included organizations such as The Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Put a Kid to Bed, which serves the disadvantaged by offering short-term relief towards a better life; the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group for Living the Journey, which provides peer support for those living with cancer; and Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families for the Adapted Bike Program which provides customized bikes for children with cerebral palsy.

“Each year, we are inspired by the submissions the Program receives, and this year is no exception” says Doreen Saunderson, Firm Managing Partner, Field Law. “We’re excited for the public to get involved in selecting winning community initiatives, and learning more about each qualified Idea. It’s a process we have proudly been a part of for the past five years, and we look forward to playing an important role in supporting this year’s winning submissions.”
Field Law is committed to making a tangible, lasting investment to the communities it operates in and is deeply invested in the communities it serves. Its preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community athletics, and arts and culture.

The 2017 Field Law Community Fund Program is now open for public voting. To view the applicants and share your vote, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas. Voting is open until 5:00 PM MDT on June 15, 2017.

If members of the public are interested in participating in the Judging Panel in a Community Market, they can contact Rebecca at rwalkemeyer@fieldlaw.com by May 31, 2017.

About Field Law

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Maddie Alvarez
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: (403) 531-0331
Email: malvarez@national.ca

Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program - Vote

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April 2017
Field Law Supports Pay-it-Forward Ideas of Local Organizations and Community Causes with $75,000

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of its 5th annual Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program supports local initiatives and causes within communities in Northern and Southern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In 2017, the Program will donate $75,000 across all three regions.

The Program allows for local individuals, groups or organizations (registered and non-registered), to apply for funding over the course of five weeks. Program winners can receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their specific Community Market. Funds will be allocated in varying amounts to each market, with the maximum award set at $30,000 for each the Northern and Southern Alberta Markets, and $15,000 for the Northwest Territories Market.

Over the past four years, the Program has awarded support to 55 community causes. In 2016, the grand prize winners included organizations such as The Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Put a Kid to Bed, which serves the disadvantaged by offering short-term relief towards a better life; the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group for Living the Journey, which provides peer support for those living with cancer; and Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families for the Adapted Bike Program which provides customized bikes for children with cerebral palsy.

“We’re a small, grassroots organization. We don’t have a huge team, and it can be hard to find funding from different sources. We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to apply and benefit from the Field Law Community Fund Program. With the funding we received, we are able to provide over 200 bikes per year and drastically increase the number of clinics we offer” says Sheralee Stelter, Executive Director/Family Support Worker, Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families.

Finalists are chosen by a combination of public online voting and deliberation by a Community Market Judging Panel.

“The Program holds a great deal of significance for Field Law. For more than 100 years, our firm has committed itself to professional excellence, collaboration and building enduring relationships that extend beyond our clients to the communities they operate in. We have always been a strong partner in community initiatives as it is one of our core values,” says Doreen Saunderson, Firm Managing Partner, Field Law.

“As a law firm we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new ideas and approaches, and that includes ways to give back to the communities that we work in. That is why the Field Law Community Fund Program is so important to us. It highlights organizations and initiatives that are innovative and passionate in the way they approach common community issues including youth, homelessness, health, sports, arts and culture,” says Geoff Hope, Executive Committee Member and Partner, Field Law.

Field Law is proud of the positive pay-it-forward impact the Program has had over the past four years. The fact that the number of applicants continues to grow every year demonstrates the support many of these groups need to continue the compassionate and critically relevant work they do.

The 2017 Field Law Community Fund Program is now open for applications. To apply for the Program and to learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com. Interested individuals and/or groups must submit their online application by 5:00 PM MDT on May 8, 2017.

If members of the public are interested in participating in the Judging Panel in a Community Market, they can contact Rebecca at rwalkemeyer@fieldlaw.com by May 31, 2017.

About Field Law

Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 120 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Maddie Alvarez
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: (403) 531-0331
Email: malvarez@national.ca

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Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada
What You Need to Know to (Legally) Operate a Drone
Lawyers: Erika Carrasco, Antony (Tony) Edwards, Charlene Lipchen, Kelly Nicholson, Randal Carlson, Richard Stobbe
Practice Area: Emerging Technologies

Did you know that people operating drones are considered pilots of aircraft? Or that the Canadian drone market is estimated to be worth between $100-$260 million by 2024? How about the fact that more than 300 Canadian companies fall within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sector?

There has been a significant increase in the commercial and recreational use of drones. Yet, many are unclear on what is permitted under current laws and regulations. Contact our Emerging Technologies Group to learn more!

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February 2017
Sandra Corbett, QC Awarded DRI Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
Lawyer: Sandra Corbett
Practice Area: Products Liability

Field Law would like to congratulate Sandra Corbett on her selection as this year’s recipient of the DRI Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession. The Mary Massaron Award is given to a person who stands as an innovator and role model and one who has made significant efforts to advance women in the legal profession. The award is presented to a DRI member who has demonstrated a high regard for diversity and a commitment to advocating the inclusion and promotion of women as well as fostering women's initiatives and actively promoting positive mentoring relationships with other women in the legal profession.

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January 2017
Field Law Relocates Calgary and Edmonton Offices
Law firm accommodates growth of regional practice groups

Field Law has relocated offices in Calgary and Edmonton. Growth, diversification of services and expansion in strategic areas, including energy, are the key drivers of the office moves. “For over 100 years, Field Law has committed itself to professional excellence, collaboration and building enduring relationships. During this time, Field Law has become a strong, proud and independent multi-office regional firm with more than 120 lawyers and 160 staff. We all work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions ranging from corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues, amongst others,” said Doreen Saunderson, Firm Managing Partner, Field Law.

“The decision to move reflects the next stage of evolution for our Firm. Despite challenging economic times, our regional and right-sized approach has allowed us to experience organic growth and take advantage of market opportunities. This continues to position Field Law as a trusted advocate for our clients and enables us to continue to deliver smart, innovative, cost effective and timely legal outcomes that our clients depend on,” said Saunderson.

Field Law’s new offices are now located at the following addresses:

CALGARY OFFICE
400 - 444 7 AVE SW
Calgary AB T2P 0X8

EDMONTON OFFICE
2500 - 10175 101 ST NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0H3

Please note that our Yellowknife Office address remains the same:

YELLOWKNIFE OFFICE
601-4920 52 ST
Yellowknife NWT X1A 3T1

About Field Law
Field Law is a western and northern regional business law firm listed as one of the largest in Canada, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 125 lawyers and 160 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, energy, intellectual property, privacy, professional regulatory and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions. As a member of SCG Legal, Field Law’s clients also gain access to a seamless national and global network of firms allowing members to navigate a complex and ever-changing legal landscape with local support.


For media inquiries, please contact:
Alex Frison
NATIONAL Public Relations
Phone: (403) 531-0331
Email: afrison@national.ca

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