Canadian Business College Wins Moot

Left to right: Royce Calverley (mooter, winning team), Olivia Ho (mooter, winning team), Kristina Gavrilenko (mooter, 3rd place advocate award), John Nelson (CEO of Canadian Business College), Jeffrey Nicholson (Coach, In-house counsel for the college, and the paralegal program director). Photo: Olivia Ho

Left to right: Royce Calverley (mooter, winning team), Olivia Ho (mooter, winning team), Kristina Gavrilenko (mooter, 3rd place advocate award), John Nelson (CEO of Canadian Business College), Jeffrey Nicholson (Coach, In-house counsel for the college, and the paralegal program director). Photo: Olivia Ho

Canadian Business College students took the top prize in the team competition, earned three distinguished advocate awards, and won the professionalism award, at a mooting event.

The private career college earned the honours in the First Annual Student Moot Competition. Four students from Canadian Business College’s paralegal program competed against their peers from Sheridan, Seneca, Humber Lakeshore, Humber North, and Centennial.

The competition took place Nov. 23 and 24, at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus. Sponsors included PREP Network (Paralegal Resource Education Programs)

“Winning the First Annual Paralegal Society of Ontario Student Moot Competition is a tremendous success for Canadian Business College,” said Jeffrey Nicholson, in-house counsel and Paralegal Program Director at Canadian Business College. Nicholson was the CBC moot team coach.

“Our success at the event was largely the result of some outstanding students, and I could not be more pleased with their performance or the results, Nicholson said. “The win demonstrates the strength of our paralegal program and the commitment of our students, faculty and staff.”

Royce Calverley and Olivia Ho won in the team competition. Canadian Business College students took four of the competition’s individual awards:

  • Royce Calverley – Distinguished Advocate Award, 1st place
  • Olivia Ho – Distinguished Advocate Award, 2nd place
  • Kristina Gavrilenko – Distinguished Advocate Award, 3rd place
  • Royce Calverley – Professionalism Award

The moot case was Bedford v. Canada, which is under appeal to the Supreme Court. The competition focused on a constitutionality analysis of s. 210 of the Criminal Code — sections related to prostitution. In 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that some of the prohibited activities under the current prostitution laws violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Moots present students with an opportunity to practice their advocacy skills. They make students think critically about issues of law, including the ability to identify and understand legal issues, and interpret legislation. Students in the PSO Moot drafted a written submission and prepared an oral argument for both sides of the case.

Royce Calverley outlined the CBC team’s winning strategy: “We didn’t read deep into the case law right away. Instead, we concentrated on the intentions of the law. We started with what the individual sides wanted to achieve and then thought about the arguments that arose out of those goals. Those arguments created a very bare-bones outline that we would then fill out with the meat of the legal arguments.”

Ho said the mooting team chose to use its limited preparation time by focusing on essentials. “Rather than pinpointing the exact points that we wished to argue, with the guidance of our coach, we highlighted the angles we would master,” she said. “We placed a far higher emphasis on understanding the issues and the law, rather than memorizing our oral arguments.

Canadian Business College’s 52-week Paralegal Program is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The college offers day and evening classes to students at its Toronto, Mississauga, and Scarborough locations.

Left to right:   Royce Calverley (mooter, winning team), Olivia Ho (mooter, winning team), Kristina Gavrilenko (mooter, 3rd place advocate award), Jeffrey Nicholson (Coach, In-house counsel for the college, and the paralegal program director). Photo: Olivia Ho

Left to right: Royce Calverley (mooter, winning team), Olivia Ho (mooter, winning team), Kristina Gavrilenko (mooter, 3rd place advocate award), Jeffrey Nicholson (Coach, In-house counsel for the college, and the paralegal program director). Photo: Olivia Ho

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