Bencher election results

November 17, 2007

The 2008-2009 Bencher election results are in: three Benchers were elected for the first time (one by acclamation) and 19 were re-elected (seven by acclamation).

Members had previously elected the following Benchers as President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, respectively, for 2008:

  • John J.L. Hunter, QC (President and Bencher for Vancouver)
  • Gordon Turriff, QC (First Vice-President and Bencher for Vancouver)
  • G. Glen Ridgway, QC (Second Vice-President and Bencher for Nanaimo)

Hunter, Turriff and Ridgway continue as Benchers for their respective districts by virtue of their executive office.

President Anna Fung, QC has offered her congratulations to the elected and re-elected Benchers, and her thanks to all those who stood for election. Fung has also acknowledged the dedication of three Benchers who will be stepping down at the end of this year. “I want to recognize the tremendous service of Dirk Sigalet, QC as Bencher for Okanagan district for the past four years, who has declined to stand for re-election,” Fung said. “As well, I want to pay tribute to Ian Donaldson, QC and Lay Bencher June Preston — who become Life Benchers in 2008 — for their many years of dedicated and effective Bencher service.”

Here are the Benchers who were elected on November 15, 2007 for the 2008-2009 term:

District No. 1 Vancouver
Rita C. Andreone
Joost Blom, QC
Robert C. Brun, QC
Leon Getz, QC
Gavin Hume, QC
Terence E. La Liberté, QC
David Mossop, QC
Thelma O'Grady
Art Vertlieb, QC
James D. Vilvang, QC
David A. Zacks, QC

District No. 2 Victoria
Kathryn Berge, QC
Richard N. Stewart

District No. 4 Westminster
Carol W. Hickman
Jan L. Lindsay
David M. Renwick, QC

District No. 5 Kootenay
Bruce A. LeRose, QC

District No. 6 Okanagan
Marguerite (Meg) Shaw, QC

District No. 7 Cariboo
William F.M. Jackson
Ronald S. Tindale

District No. 8 Prince Rupert
Robert D. Punnett

District No. 9 Kamloops
Kenneth M. Walker

For full election results for Vancouver and Westminster counties, see About the Law Society/Benchers/Elections on the Law Society website.

Government proposal to amend the Notaries Act

The provincial government is seeking input on proposed amendments to the Notaries Act that will remove quantitative and geographic restrictions on notaries. The amendments flow from the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement between BC and Alberta. A consultation paper(PDF) has been posted on the Ministry of Attorney General's website.

The Law Society is reviewing the proposed amendments to determine what impact, if any, they may have on the Society's obligation to protect the public interest in the administration of justice. If you have any comments you wish the Law Society to consider, please email them to Carmel Wiseman, Staff Lawyer – Policy and Legal Services (, no later than December 3.

Land Title and Survey Authority board of directors

The Law Society invites expressions of interest from members for nomination for appointment to the Land Title and Survey Authority board of directors.

Interested members may submit resumes to David Newell, Corporate Secretary ( no later than November 27.

For more information, see the LTSA website or contact David Newell at 604-443-5723.

More seats open for Lawyers Without Rights forum: November 22

Seats are still available for Lawyers Without Rights, a free evening public forum coming up Thursday, November 22 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre. Due to popular demand, the Law Society has opened an overflow room featuring a television feed of the forum to accommodate additional guests.

The Law Society is presenting the forum in partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. The internationally acclaimed exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights, will run next door to the public forum at Harbour Centre Tower Atrium from November 1 to 25, and at the University of Victoria from November 28 to December 9. A roundtable discussion will be held at the University of Victoria on November 29 from 7:30 to 9 pm.

To register for the Vancouver forum , email or call 604-669-2533.

To register for Victoria roundtable, email or call 1-800-903-5300.

Job posting: Staff Lawyer, Custodianships

The Law Society has an immediate opening for a staff lawyer to act as custodian to manage and wind up legal practices and to monitor and advise external custodians.

Using a team approach, you will work with our complement of paralegals, administrative assistants, and custodial clerks to protect the interests of the clients of the practices in a timely and responsive manner. You will be responsible for managing time-sensitive and volume-intensive litigation.

To be considered for this position, you must have a minimum of five years practice experience in a firm environment or as a sole practitioner and be a member of, or admissible to, the Law Society of BC. You must possess solid organizational skills, superior personal and communication skills, work well in a team environment and be available to travel throughout the province.

We are seeking a candidate who has a successful career with a broad base of practice experience. Advanced IT skills will be a definite asset. Some litigation experience is preferred.

We offer a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. All interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and references by Monday, November 26, 2007 to:

The Human Resources Department
The Law Society of British Columbia
8th Floor – 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4Z9
Fax: 604 443-5747