Hearing panels consist of a current lawyer Bencher as chair, another lawyer who is not a Bencher and an individual who is not a lawyer. The non-Bencher panel members are selected from two lists: a lawyer pool and a public (non-lawyer) pool. 

Members of the public hearing panel pool

Donald Amos, Sidney. A former Mayor of Sidney, Donald Amos has a diverse work history including time spent as an accountant and RCMP member. He also chaired public hearings at the BC Securities Commission, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, and the Capital Regional District.

E. Nanette (Nan) Bennett, West Vancouver. A principal with Family Business Transition (FBT) Consulting, Nan Bennett brings extensive experience and knowledge of administrative law, quasi-judicial adjudication and related activities gained as a public representative of the ICBC and through prior involvement in labour relations tribunal hearings.

Linda Berg, Burns Lake. Linda Berg is the executive director of the Lake Babine Nation. A member of the Stl’atl’imx Nation, she has served as executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and as a panel member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.

Clarence Bolt, Sidney. An instructor of History and World Religions at Camosun College from 1985-2016, Clarence Bolt has extensive experience with research, rigorous historical methods, sharp thinking and reasoning skills, and clear, precise writing. His BC History course emphasized land and law, especially the evolution, through court decisions, of the defining of Aboriginal rights and title. He headed a team that created an Indigenous studies certificate at the college.

David Dewhirst, Kamloops. David Dewhirst has served on multiple boards, including as director of BC Veterinary Captive Insurance Co. Ltd., and Kamloops Immigrant Services. He also served as vice-president of the College of Veterinarians of BC, and was a client service officer for Service Canada.

Michael Dungey, Ladysmith. Michael Dungey is a retired staff sergeant with the Calgary Police Service. Since his retirement he has served as an appeals commissioner for Alberta Workers Compensation and the public representative for the Professional Conduct Committee of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses.

Carol Gibson, Vancouver. Carol Gibson has extensive managerial and adjudicative experience, both from her career in human resources as well as her time serving on numerous boards in large organizations in the private and public sector, including the Labour Relations Board.

Darlene Hammell, Victoria. Darlene Hammell is a physician who recently retired from clinical practice. She continues to be engaged as a Clinical Professor with the UBC School of Medicine and teaches part-time at the Island Medical Program in Victoria. She served for 12 years on the board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, including as President and Chair.

Karen Kesteloo, Victoria. Karen Kesteloo is a Chartered Professional Accountant and chairs the Finance/Investment Committee of the College of Chiropractors of BC. She has served on the Victoria Police Board and the Royal Roads University Board of Governors, and chaired multiple board committees at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

Cyril Kesten, Sidney. Cyril Keston recently retired as a professor of education at the University of Regina. He has served on the City of Regina Board of Revision, the Certified Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, and on the Discipline Committee of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

John Lane, Cobble Hill. John Lane spent the majority of his career with the Victoria Police Department where he received the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal & Bars and the Provincial Government’s Award for Outstanding Police Service. Lane now consults on police practices and investigations.

Brendan Matthews, Kamloops. Brendan Matthews has developed management and leadership skills as the owner of a busy, full-service veterinary hospital for 22 years. He has been a strong supporter of the community, as a member of the Royal Inland Hospital Board, as Chair of the Kamloops Parks and Recreation Committee, or by providing pro bono service to local wildlife park. More recently, his work with the BC College of Veterinarians has provided experience in a regulatory environment.

Laura Nashman, Victoria. Originally from Ontario, Laura Nashman recently moved to BC for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the BC Pension Corporation. Her career is focused on work with the public sector and she was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and the Financial Post.

Lance Ollenberger, Fort St. John. A Deputy Commissioner with the BC Oil & Gas Commission, Lance Ollenberger oversees all operational field activities, including compliance and enforcement actions and implementation of relevant legislation. He has served on committees with the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

Paul Ruffell, Qualicum Beach. Paul Ruffell was born and obtained his engineering degree in the UK. In 1982, he moved to Canada to join EBA Engineering Consultants in Edmonton. He went on to manage progressively larger portions of the company, ending as President and CEO. The company was acquired by Tetra Tech and from 2014 to 2016 he led Tetra Tech's Canadian Infrastructure group. He currently works part time. He has gained regulatory experience from serving two three-year terms on the Discipline Committee for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Thelma Siglos, New Westminster. Thelma Siglos is a Chartered Accountant and the Manager, Financial Integrity at the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. She has served as Chair of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee and the Rulings Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.

Robert Smith, Surrey. Robert Smith is an adjunct professor at the Sauder School of Business and Director of Education at the Centre for Health Care Management. Smith has served on numerous committees and most recently as Chair to the Canadian Stroke Strategy Advisory Committee.

Ruth Wittenberg, Victoria. Ruth Wittenberg is president of the BC Association of Institutes and Universities. She has served as assistant deputy minister in the Ministries of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Education, and Human Resources.`

Members of the non-Bencher lawyer hearing panel pool

Ralston Alexander, QC, Victoria. A former President of the Law Society (2005), Ralston Alexander has participated as a panel member in a number of discipline and credentials hearings. He is currently a partner at Cook Roberts LLP.

Catherine Chow, Richmond. Catherine Chow is vice-president and general counsel for Keg Restaurants Ltd. and an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law. Her practice background is in commercial litigation.

Gillian Dougans, Kelowna. Gillian Dougans is a litigator with FH&P Lawyers LLP, focusing on personal injury, wrongful dismissal and employment issues, commercial disputes and conflict resolution. She is a qualified mediator, a skills coach with the Justice Institute of BC and a guest lecturer at UBC-O and CATO.

Eric Gottardi, Vancouver. A partner with Peck and Company, Eric Gottardi has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on several matters. He has served in various capacities with the Canadian Bar Association, particularly with the Criminal Justice Section, and is on the faculty of the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute and the Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program.

Kimberly Henders Miller, Victoria. Kimberly Henders Miller is a senior Crown counsel with the BC Prosecution Service. She has taught the Advocacy course at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and has served on multiple committees with the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.

Gavin Hume, QC, Vancouver. Gavin Hume practises with Harris & Company, with a focus on labour and employment law. He was elected a Law Society Bencher in 2004, served as president in 2011, and became a Life Bencher in 2012.

David Layton, QC, Vancouver. David Layton is a criminal appeals prosecutor with the BC Ministry of Justice. He has a particular interest in legal professional responsibility, and has written extensively on the topic and frequently appears as a lecturer and conference participant.

Lindsay R. LeBlanc, Victoria. A partner with Cox Taylor, Lindsay LeBlanc has developed a unique practice of 50% solicitors work and 50% litigation work in the areas of land development, municipal and administrative law, corporate finance/lending, wills/estates along with a foreclosure practice. She is a member of the Metis Nation and is actively involved in her community. She sits on the Board of the Law Foundation and has been appointed to the Attorney General Civil Supreme Court Rules Committee.

Bruce LeRose, QC, Trail. Bruce LeRose practises with Thompson, LeRose and Brown, a full-service general practice law firm with offices in Trail and Castlegar. He served as a Law Society Bencher from 2004 to 2012, was President in 2012, and became a Life Bencher in 2013.

Andrew Mayes, Cranbrook. Andrew Mayes is deputy regional Crown counsel in Cranbrook, where he supervises nine Crown and eight support staff. He has served as an international prosecutor and international judicial inspector with the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo.

Monique Pongracic-Speier, QC, Vancouver. Monique Pongracic-Speier is a partner at Ethos Law Group LLP, where she practises in the areas of civil law and Aboriginal law. She has served as chair of the CBA (National) International Law Section and has been a member of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada.

H. Nina Purewal, Smithers. As Provincial Crown Counsel, Nina Purewal is engaged solely in the practice of criminal prosecutions, routinely appearing in Provincial and Supreme Court. She is very active with the Canadian Bar Association, and is a board member of the Society for Children and Youth of BC, Legal Education Action Fund and the Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation. She earned a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

Shannon N. Salter, North Vancouver. Shannon Salter is currently Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, a Commissioner with the Financial Institutions Commission and an adjunct professor with the UBC Allard School of Law. She is on the board of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and is Vice-President of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals. She has written several publications on civil resolution, fairness and justice. 

William Veenstra, QC, Vancouver. William Veenstra is associate counsel with Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP in Vancouver. He is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, where he served on multiple committees and working groups, including the Truth and Reconciliation Working Group.

John Waddell, QC, Victoria. John Waddell, a partner at Waddell Raponi LLP, focuses his practice on civil litigation and has extensive experience in alternate forms of dispute resolution. He has served as Chair of the Appeal Panels struck under the Criminal Records Review Act of BC and has conducted investigations on behalf of the Law Society.

Ardith Walkem, QC, Chilliwack. Ardith Walkem is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and has practised in the area of Indigenous law since she was called to the Bar. She is currently a barrister and solicitor with Walkem and Associates Law Corporation.

Sandra Weafer, Vancouver. Sandra Weafer is Senior Counsel/Deputy Director at the Public Safety Defence and Immigration Law Section of the Department of Justice BC regional office. As the majority of her practice has been in the administrative law field, she is very familiar with the role of administrative tribunals.

William Younie, QC, Duncan. William Younie is a partner with Ridgway and Co. Barristers and Solicitors. He is a past president and former member of the board of directors of the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC and a former president of the Cowichan Bar Association.