News Release
December 19, 2019

The Law Society welcomes the appointment of Paul Barnett, Sasha Hobbs and Dr. Jan Lindsay to its board of governors, known as Benchers. They have been selected by the provincial government to serve as appointed Benchers, effective January 1, 2020.

Appointed Benchers are members of the public selected for their expertise and perspectives from outside the legal profession. Six appointed Benchers and 25 elected lawyer Benchers across BC work together to ensure the public is well served by a competent and honourable legal profession.

In addition to the newly appointed Benchers, a general election in November resulted in Thomas L. Spraggs, Lisa Feinberg, Julie K. Lamb, QC, and Chelsea D. Wilson being elected Benchers by members of the legal profession.

The newly appointed Benchers are:

Sasha Hobbs is the chief operating officer of the First Nations Technology Council, whose mandate is to pursue the advancement of Indigenous peoples in the digital economy. A member of the Métis Nation, Sasha was previously an executive director with the provincial government, and launched the Indigenous Youth Internship Program in partnership with the province and First Nations Leadership. She has served as a director at Simon Fraser University and other educational institutions.

Paul Barnett is president of the Provincial Association of Residential and Community Agencies, BC’s community justice federation. Paul served as executive director of The John Howard Society of North Island from 1980 until 2007, and since then has participated in youth, community justice and indigenous projects including a collaboration with the Ahousaht First Nation.

Dr. Jan Lindsay has had an extensive career in post-secondary education, including teaching and administrative positions at Langara College, Selkirk College, Douglas College and was formerly President and CEO at North Island College. She was previously a director with the Knowledge Network Corporation, and served as the BC director for the Canadian Association of Community Colleges. Jan holds a doctorate in organizational psychology and master’s degrees in education and kinesiology.


For further information contact:

David Jordan
Communications Officer