The work of the Law Society is overseen by a volunteer board of governors called Benchers.

The president is the chief elected official of the Law Society, and serves a one-year term in that position. With the exception of the president and vice-presidents, all Benchers volunteer their time to the Law Society, which is a considerable commitment given the frequent meetings and committee responsibilities.

There are two types of Benchers:

  • Elected Benchers: 25 lawyers who are elected by other lawyers in nine regions across BC. Benchers serve minimum two-year terms and can be re-elected.
  • Appointed Benchers: up to six non-lawyers who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to represent the public interest.

The Attorney General of BC is also a Bencher although, in practice, the Deputy Attorney General attends Bencher meetings on the Attorney General's behalf.

Bencher meeting agendas and minutes

Bencher elections

Elected Benchers

Herman Van Ommen, QC
Herman Van Ommen, QC
President

Vancouver County
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Miriam Kresivo, QC
Miriam Kresivo, QC
First Vice-President

Vancouver County
Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Nancy G. Merrill, QC
Nancy G. Merrill, QC
Second Vice-President

Nanaimo County
Merrill Long & Company
Nanaimo, BC

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Jasmin Ahmad
Jasmin Ahmad

Vancouver County
Koffman Kalef LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Jeff Campbell, QC
Jeff Campbell, QC

Vancouver County
Peck and Company
Vancouver, BC

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Pinder K. Cheema, QC
Pinder K. Cheema, QC

Victoria County
Ministry of Justice
Victoria, BC V8W 3E6

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Barbara Cromarty
Barbara Cromarty

Kootenay County
Ghilarducci & Cromarty
Trail, BC

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Jeevyn Dhaliwal
Jeevyn Dhaliwal

Vancouver County
Larlee, Rosenberg, Barristers & Solicitors
Vancouver, BC

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Tom Fellhauer
Tom Fellhauer

Okanagan District
Pushor Mitchell LLP
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2B3

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Craig A.B. Ferris, QC
Craig A.B. Ferris, QC

Vancouver County
Lawson Lundell LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Martin Finch, QC
Martin Finch, QC

Westminster County
Baker Newby LLP
Chilliwack, BC

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Brook Greenberg
Brook Greenberg

Vancouver County
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Lisa Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton

Vancouver County
Hamilton Fabbro
Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3

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Dean P.J. Lawton, QC
Dean P.J. Lawton, QC

Victoria County
Carfra Lawton LLP
Victoria, BC

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Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren

Vancouver County
Access Pro Bono Society of BC
Vancouver BC

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Sharon Matthews, QC
Sharon Matthews, QC

Vancouver County
Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman
Vancouver, BC

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Steven McKoen
Steven McKoen

Vancouver County
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Vancouver, BC

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Christopher McPherson
Christopher McPherson

Westminster County
Office of the Crown Counsel
New Westminster, BC

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C.E. Lee Ongman
C.E. Lee Ongman

Cariboo County
Kaun Law Corporation
Prince George, BC

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Gregory A. Petrisor
Gregory A. Petrisor

Cariboo County
Prince George, BC

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Phil Riddell
Phil Riddell

Westminster County
Philip A. Riddell Law Corporation
Port Coquitlam, BC

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Elizabeth Rowbotham
Elizabeth Rowbotham

Vancouver County
Ministry of Justice - Legal Services
Vancouver, BC

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Michelle Stanford
Michelle Stanford

Kamloops County
stanford + company law office
Kamloops, BC

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Sarah Westwood
Sarah Westwood

Prince Rupert Count
Yuen Westwood Law Corporation
Smithers, BC

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Tony Wilson, QC
Tony Wilson, QC

Vancouver County
Boughton Law Corporation
Vancouver, BC

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Appointed Benchers

Satwinder Bains
Satwinder Bains

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J.S. (Woody) Hayes, FCPA, FCA
J.S. (Woody) Hayes, FCPA, FCA

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Claude H. Richmond
Claude H. Richmond

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Mark Rushton
Mark Rushton

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Carolynn Ryan
Carolynn Ryan

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Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith

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Life Benchers

Any Bencher who has served for four terms or who has served as President of the Law Society is recognized for life with the honorary title of “Life Bencher.” Listed below are the Life Benchers, including dates of service as Benchers.

  • The Honourable Peter J. Millward, QC (1965-1975)
  • The Honourable Mary F. Southin, QC (1971-1980)
  • Norman Severide, QC (1974-1981)
  • H. Allan Hope, QC (1974-1982)
  • The Honourable Thomas R. Braidwood, QC (1973-1975; 1979-1985)
  • The Honourable Bruce I. Cohen, QC (1978-1986)
  • Marvin R.V. Storrow, QC (1980-1987)
  • R. Paul Beckmann, QC (1980-1989)
  • Robert M. Dick, QC (1983-1991)
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Leask (1984-1992)
  • John M. Hogg, QC (1984-1993)
  • P. Michael Bolton, QC (1985-1993)
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert T.C. Johnston (1986-1994)
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Grant D. Burnyeat (1988-1995)
  • Donald A. Silversides, QC (1984-1995)
  • James M. MacIntyre, QC (1986-1995)
  • Alan E. Vanderburgh, QC (1989-1995)
  • Karen F. Nordlinger, QC (1988-1996)
  • Richard C.C. Peck, QC (1988-1997)
  • Leonard T. Doust, QC (1990-1997)
  • William M. Trotter, QC (1990-1997)
  • Trudi L. Brown, QC (1992-1998)
  • Warren T. Wilson, QC (1991-1999)
  • The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, QC (1995-2000)
  • Karl F. Warner, QC (1994-2000)
  • Richard S. Margetts, QC (1995-2001)
  • Gerald J. Lecovin, QC (1994-2001)
  • Emily M. Reid, QC (1994-2001)
  • Jane S. Shackell, QC (1994-2001)
  • Ann Howard (1992-2002)
  • Marjorie Martin, MSW (1992-2002)
  • Richard C. Gibbs, QC (1996-2002)
  • Howard R. Berge, QC (1992-2003)
  • Russell S. Tretiak, QC (1992-2003)
  • Robert D. Diebolt, QC (1996-2003)
  • G. Ronald Toews, QC (1996-2003)
  • Gerald J. Kambeitz, QC (1996-2003)
  • William J. Sullivan, QC (1997-2003)
  • Master Peter J. Keighley (1996-2004)
  • William M. Everett, QC (1998-2004)
  • Ralston S. Alexander, QC (1999-2005)
  • Patricia L. Schmit, QC (1998-2005)
  • Master Robert W. McDiarmid (1998-2006)
  • Anna K. Fung, QC (1998-2007)
  • Ian Donaldson, QC (2000-2007)
  • June Preston, MSW (2001-2008)
  • John J.L. Hunter, QC (2002-2008)
  • Gordon Turriff, QC (2002-2009)
  • Terence E. La Liberté, QC (2000-2001, 2004-2009)
  • James D. Vilvang, QC (2002-2009)
  • David A. Zacks, QC (2002-2009)
  • The Honourable Judge William F.M. Jackson (2003-2009)
  • Patrick Kelly (2002-2010)
  • Dr. Maelor Vallance (2002-2010)
  • G. Glen Ridgway, QC (2002-2010)
  • Gavin Hume, QC (2004-2011)
  • Joost Blom, QC (2004-2011)
  • Carol W. Hickman, QC (2004-2011)
  • Bruce A. LeRose, QC (2004-2012)
  • Art Vertlieb, QC (2004-2013)
  • Rita C. Andreone, QC (2006-2013)
  • Kathryn Berge, QC (2006-2013)
  • Leon Getz, QC (2006-2013)
  • Thelma O'Grady (2006-2013)
  • David Renwick, QC (2006-2013)
  • Richard Stewart, QC (2006-2013)
  • Jan Lindsay, QC (2006-2014)
  • Kenneth M. Walker, QC (2007-2015)
  • Peter B. Lloyd, FCPA, FCA (2008-2015)
  • David W. Mossop, QC (2008-2015)
  • Haydn Acheson (2008-2015)
  • E. David Crossin, QC (2010-2016)