Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western Chapter) (FACL Western) covers the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the territories.
Since November 2014, FACL Western has hosted over 40 events and has expanded from Calgary (2014) to Edmonton (2015), Winnipeg (2016) and Saskatoon (2017) with over 450 members, spanning all levels from students, associates, partners, in-house counsel, affiliates and judges.
- We are a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals
- We promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the community
- We foster advocacy, community involvement, legal scholarship and professional development
Lawyers in the Asian Canadian community met in 2007 to discuss forming a coalition of Asian Canadians in law. Support for this idea grew within the Chinese, Korean and Japanese Canadian Lawyers Associations and from these humble beginnings, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) was born.
Its founding officers are:
Avvy Go, a former bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Judge Maryka Omatsu of the Ontario Court of Justice
Professor Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel of Ryerson University
FACL is a pan-Asian law association. We seek to bridge the barriers between our various communities. Poverty is endemic among visible minority immigrant communities and we strive to work together for the betterment of our communities. Within the legal profession, there are barriers at every level from entry into law school to becoming a senior partner or a judge. We want to address these barriers by encouraging students from under-represented communities to enter law school and to build skills through our mentoring program.
FACL Western is a chapter within FACL and spans the prairie provinces of Canada. The chapter officially launched on November 18, 2014.
The founding directors of FACL Western are Steven Ngo, Beverly Ma, Daniel Lo, Amy Yeung, Ron Lo, Zao Han, Chris Yan, Vivian Tran, Emmanuel Fung, David Tam and Carmen Lee.