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Liquor Liability: Commercial, Individual & Employer Hosts

December 7, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Who Should Attend

This program will benefit all lawyers but especially personal injury litigators, corporate counsel, and lawyers who advise businesses, not-for-profit and other organizations.

About the Program

Alcohol opens the door to a wide range of legal liability issues. From bars whose primary business is serving alcohol to private clubs and event venues that obtain special occasion alcohol permits, high exposure for liquor liability is the cost of commercial enterprise. But what about the neighbour hosting a holiday get-together or an employer’s work party? Does the law hold social hosts to the same standard of responsibility as it does with commercial hosts? What circumstances increase or reduce liability? This program is designed to educate lawyers about the fundamentals of liquor liability law in Canada. Experienced personal injury lawyers Kate Kozowyk and Jennifer Therrien will use relevant cases to discuss the broad range of circumstances under which liquor liability can arise, and steps all hosts can take to protect themselves, their guests and third parties. You will learn:

  • The difference between commercial & social hosts
  • Forms of liquor liability
  • How courts define “duty of care”
  • How social hosts can increase risk
  • Tips for managing liquor liability risk

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn essential information you can use to help your clients recognize and avoid liquor liability risk, while continuing to host successful events.

Meet Your Presenters

Kate Kozowyk is a Partner with SVR Lawyers in Calgary. Kate’s practice focuses on professional negligence, condominium law and personal injury matters, including social and commercial host liability. She has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta. Kate acts for individuals, boards of directors, property managers and developers with respect to various condominium matters including insurance claims, bylaw creation and interpretation, bylaw enforcement and condominium disputes. Kate regularly addresses legal and other audiences on insurance and litigation-related topics.

Jennifer Therrien is a member of Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Her practice focuses on insurance defence, commercial litigation and personal injury. Jennifer represents a range of casualty and property carriers in diverse coverage, defence, and subrogated matters with a focus on claims arising out of bodily injury, property damage, product liability, errors and omissions, and professional liability. An experienced advocate, Jennifer represents clients in both English and French before numerous tribunals and courts. She speaks to lawyers and insurance professionals on insurance-related topics.