January 20, 2017

The Law Society congratulates former President and Life Bencher Jan Lindsay, QC on her recent appointment to the Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia. Read the announcement here.

Lindsay was elected a Bencher in 2006, becoming President in 2014. During her time as President and Bencher, she sat on numerous committees and task forces, including the Retention of Women in Law Task Force.

Lindsay is a founding partner of Lindsay LLP and has practised civil litigation since 1981, specializing in personal injury law. She has also advocated for the rights of minorities and underrepresented groups in her capacity as Governor of the Law Foundation of BC. In recognition of her work, Lindsay was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and received the Lee Samis Award of Excellence in 2011 and the BC Women Lawyers Forum Award of Excellence in 2013.

Judicial Advisory Committees are independent bodies mandated to provide recommendations to the Minister of Justice on federal judicial appointments. The new Judicial Advisory Committees were the first to be reconstituted in accordance with the process announced by Minister Wilson-Raybould in October 2016. One of the changes was to appoint committees that fully reflect the diversity of Canada. Women now make up a majority of the new committees and minority groups have increased representation.