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.

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.

Paula Cayley, Lions Bay. Paula Cayley was President and CEO of Interlock Corporation – an employee assistance agency. She has spent her career, including time as the chief social worker at a psychiatry institute in Ontario, assisting organizations and individuals in building healthy and productive workplaces.

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.

Dan Goodleaf, Vancouver. Dan Goodleaf, a member of the Mohawk First Nation, recently retired from the Government of Canada, where he held many senior posts such as Deputy Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Chief Federal Negotiator and Executive Director of the Federal Treaty Negotiations Office. He also served as a Canadian Ambassador in Central America.

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.

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.

Linda Michaluk, North Sannich. Linda Michaluk is the Executive Director of the College of Applied Biology where she is responsible for implementing policies that reflect legislative direction. Michaluk also served as the Chair of the Environmental Appeal Board of BC where she introduced innovative procedures on the management of appeals and delivery of decisions.

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.

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.

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.

Carol W. Hickman, QC, New Westminster. Carol Hickman is a partner with the Quay Law Centre, assisting clients in resolving complex custody/access, support and property division cases. She served as a Law Society Bencher from 2004 and 2011, becoming a Life Bencher in 2012. 

Dennis K. Hori, QC, Kamloops. A partner with Fulton & Company LLP, Dennis Hori practises civil litigation, including personal injury, local government, employment and commercial litigation. He has argued cases in BC Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts as well as before administrative tribunals.

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.

Shona Moore, QC, Vancouver. Shona Moore is a founding partner with Moore Edgar Olson. She practises primarily administrative law with an emphasis on representing trade unions, labour, employment and human rights. Moore was a Law Society Bencher for several years in the 1990s.

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.

Carol Roberts, Vancouver. Carol Roberts is a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator in private practice. She is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, a member of the BC Employment Standards Tribunal, a grievance arbitrator, unjust dismissal adjudicator and wage recovery referee under the Canada Labour Code and a Judicial Justice.

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 Sundhu, Kamloops. A former Provincial Court judge, William Sundhu is a practising lawyer with broad experience as well as a former panel member and adjudicator for the Medical and Health Care Services Appeal Board of BC.

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.

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.