FACL Western 5th Annual Diversity in the City Gala
The Federation of Canadian Lawyers - Western Chapter (FACL Western) is pleased to present our fifth annual Diversity in the City Gala.
"Diversity in the City" is FACL Western's signature event of the year. The gala is an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary achievements of Asian Canadian trailblazers, learn about their journey and be inspired. We will also be presenting our FACL Western “Leaders in Diversity” Awards to recognize individuals, corporations and organizations who have shown a demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Come join us for dinner, hear from our inspiring speakers and make some new connections in the city.
Yvonne Chapman is a second generation Canadian of Chinese descent, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her love for acting and storytelling began in her early teens when she performed in school plays. This later led to a successful commercial and modelling career, during which she completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary. In 2014, she packed her bags and headed west to Vancouver to pursue her dream. Chapman quickly made a name for herself and has been featured in numerous television series and feature films. Most recently, she starred in The Crossing for ABC and The 100 for The CW. She also starred in the feature film DARC by Julius R. Nasso, and the television movies The Mechanics of Love, and The Birthday Wish for Hallmark, and Rufus for Nickelodeon.
Chapman is a passionate advocate of the arts. For several years she served as an Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the Calgary Film Festival, making use of her financial background. She acted in and produced numerous short films in support of young artists, many of which have been featured in prominent film festivals such as Cannes, the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.
Sirisha Valupadas is a student director on the Federation of Asian Lawyers Board of Directors. This is her second year being involved with FACL and first year as a student director. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She is currently a 3L student at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. She is heavily involved in the Law School community, being a member of the Society of Law Students, a dedicated Student Legal Assistance Caseworker and a member of Pro Bono Student Canada’s Consent Project. She has taken part in research initiatives for the Faculty, as well as the Alberta Law Reform Institute. Upon the completion of law school, she will be joining Carscallen LLP as a student-at-law.
Raphael Jacob is a 3rd year Litigation Associate with Bennett Jones and has a general commercial litigation practice with a focus on construction disputes and medical malpractice claims. Raphael is a member of the Calgary Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates' Society and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. Raphael's previous emceeing experience includes Osgoode Hall's Mock Trial variety show and several wedding receptions of friends and family.
PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
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Student Ticket Sponsors:
Law Society of Alberta, University of Alberta - Faculty of Law, University of Calgary - Faculty of Law
For Sponsorship Inquiries: please email George (George@faclwestern.com)