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

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.

Jereme Brooks is a member of the Okanagan First Nation from Vernon. He is the owner of a mediation practice with a focus on helping families in high conflict situations, particularly those dealing with mental health, substance abuse and family violence. He is the Manager of the Child Protection Mediation Program and was Co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Board for their Practicum Program through the Ministry of the Attorney General. Brooks has given a number of presentations on diversity and inclusion and alternative dispute resolutions processes for Indigenous people.

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.

Warren Funt was Vice President Western Canada for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), until his retirement in March 2021. He was responsible for complaint reviews, investigations and disciplinary actions in the four western provinces. In addition, he was responsible for IIROC's two western offices with a staff of 90 professionals conducting registration, prudential and conduct compliance, discipline, complaints and inquiries and market surveillance. Funt has an ICD.D designation, and has served on various volunteer boards, including the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society and the Auditors Certification Board. 

Kris Gustavson is Corporate Director, Accreditation and Patient Experience with the Provincial Health Services Authority. She has significant experience in healthcare leadership, serving on boards and advisory committees, as well as familiarity with regulatory functions and requirements. She is a public member of the College of Pharmacists of BC Application Committee and served on the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Board. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and numerous certifications, including San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Strategic Leadership (UBC Sauder), International Association of Public Partnerships and PROSCI Change Management.

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.

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

Karen Ameyaw, Vancouver. Karen Ameyaw is a Centralized Disclosures Manager at the Workers’ Compensation Board of BC. She previously worked as a litigator with a focus on insurance and construction law. She is a member of the Real Estate Council of BC and has participated in qualification and disciplinary hearings. While a student, Ameyaw assisted in setting up the BC chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

Nicole Byres, QC, Vancouver. Nicole Byres recently joined Southern Butler Price LLP  as a mediator and arbitrator following a 38-year career practising law both as in-house counsel and in private practice. She has appeared as counsel in all levels of courts in BC, and administrative tribunals, such as the BC Labour Relations Board, Workers Compensation Board, Employment Standards Branch, Human Rights Tribunal and labour arbitrations.

Cindy Cheuk, Victoria. Cindy Cheuk is counsel with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the public service, she worked in private practice in the area of insolvency and commercial litigation. 

Douglas T.K. Chiu, Vancouver.  A partner at Hammerco Lawyers LLP, Douglas Chiu conducts a practice dedicated to plaintiffs’ civil litigation, primarily tort law. He has appeared as counsel in Provincial Court and federal and provincial superior courts, particularly the BC Supreme Court, as well as numerous mediations and arbitrations. He is a frequent volunteer writer and presenter on legal topics.

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.

Mark Gervin, Vancouver. Mark Gervin is a criminal defence lawyer and sole practitioner. In addition, Mark also acts on occasion as criminal duty counsel for Legal Aid BC and ad hoc Crown Counsel for the BC Prosecution Service. He is the Legal Services Director for the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic at Peter A. Allard School of Law and a supervising lawyer for the Innocence Project. He is the past chair of the Criminal Section of the BC Canadian Bar Association and is a founding member and Vice President of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society.

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.

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.

Kate Saunders, Victoria. As the supervising counsel for the Legal Services Branch’s Litigation Group, Kate Saunders is responsible for overseeing much of the Branch’s litigation portfolio and supervising over 150 legal professionals. She previously had a diverse private commercial litigation practice, including advising numerous professional regulatory boards and representing respondents before regulatory bodies. She is a former board member for the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC and CBA Wellness.

Krista Simon, Vancouver. Krista Simon is a partner at Hammerco Lawyers LLP practising in the areas of personal injury (including sexual assault/abuse claims) and estate litigation. She has a Masters of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, focusing on dispute resolution. She is a governor of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, a volunteer with Access Pro Bono, and a frequent speaker at professional conferences.

Maia Tsurumi, Vancouver. Maia Tsurumi is an independent contractor doing legal research and writing in the areas of civil and administrative law. She is a member of the Employment Standards Tribunal and vice-chair of the Community Legal Assistance Society. She clerked with the Supreme Court of Canada. Tsurumi previously worked as commission counsel for the BC Judicial Compensation Commission, was part of the legal advisory team for Pivot Legal Society, and was board secretary for the Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities.

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.