Serving our Community

Southern & Associates is committed to serving our community. We are busy presenting, writing, volunteering and sponsoring.


2019 Women of distinction nominee

Lisa Southern is honoured to be nominated as a 2019 Woman of Distinction in the Business & the Professions category. The 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards will be presented on May 13, 2019.

Meet the Nominees



Southern Law is very excited to be part of the IWANTtoBE event on April 25, 2019. We are sponsoring so that we too can be “part of this fast-paced, inspiring event all in the name of eradicating poverty and gender inequality in Africa through education. One girl at a time, we can change the world!”

IWANTtoBE Event Details


Human Rights and accommodation conference - lancaster house

Will Clements, Heather Hettiarachchi and Lisa Southern are presenting on “Harassment Investigations: The Top Do’s and Don’ts” on April 17, 2019.

As the number of complaints continues to rise, employers and unions must ensure that they understand and are prepared to fulfill their responsibilities in responding to allegations of workplace harassment. In this session, leading counsel will share do's and don'ts for conducting fair and effective harassment investigations.

Harassment Investigations: The Top Do’s and Don’ts


Hr conference & tradeshow 2019 - cphr bc & yukon

Lisa Southern is teaming up with Terry Honcharuk and Christopher Munroe on April 3, 2019 to present on effective investigations - here is the ‘super session’ summary.

Investigations are always urgent, emotional and reactionary. Making good decisions in these moments of crisis can be difficult. Using a “live scenario”, this session will give you unique insight into how the experts navigate the crisis-laden complexities of workplace investigations. You will move through these important moments guided by, and participating with, leaders in the field.

In this moment by moment scenario, the panel will travel with you through the triggering incident, the complaint process, planning, and then into the actual investigation itself and, the final reporting out. You will learn what to do, what not to do, and today’s best practices in this important work. This session is not a lecture, or a discussion, it is an experience guided by the professionals who do this work and advise on it every day. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be quite the ride.

Anatomy of an Investigation: Step by Step Tips on Effective Investigations


International women’s day at the downtown eastside women’s centre

Southern Law is proud to sponsor the DEWC International Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2019.

Learn more about DEWC


When labour shortage intersects with #metoo - crisis or opportunity?

Lisa Southern discusses a plane ride, a discussion she was eavesdropping, and her thoughts on the opportunities being offered by the demographic gap’s impacts on potential labour shortages in the trades. “I say this because of the #metoo movement and a much-needed change in the journey that takes us through high school on to post-secondary and into the workplace that relates to gender and the trades.”

PeopleTalk, February 11, 2019