Criminal Secondary Liability for Directors, Officers, and Senior Employees

In partnership with Ascendion Law, we are pleased to present the microlearning series, ‍"Criminal Secondary Liability for Directors, Officers, and Senior Employees."


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In this video, we discuss the difference between primary and secondary liability and the distinction between secondary liability and vicarious liability. We will review how the Crown proves secondary liability, emphasizing the problematic concept of “acquiescence”.

Resources: Criminal Secondary Liability for Directors, Officers, and Senior Employees


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Chilwin.pngChilwin Cheng is the Principal Lawyer of Ascendion Law, a boutique litigation firm in Vancouver, BC, focusing on complex commercial litigation and regulatory and white-collar defence.    

He is a former Chief Counsel of the regulator of Canada's public equities markets and trading systems, a former prosecutor with the BC securities commission, and a former Crown Counsel.  

He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court provincially and federally, in mediations, and before regulatory and administrative tribunals. His civil cases usually involve multiple jurisdictions, multiple parties, and complex areas of law.  

Chilwin is a thought-leader in the profession, especially in British Columbia’s regulatory defence and white-collar field. Most recently, he was the Chair of the 2022 Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Regulatory Proceedings and Criminal Offences conference, a convening of leading practitioners in the province.