Rideout elected Bencher for Westminster

In what proved to be a tightly contested by-election on May 4, Gregory M. Rideout was elected a Bencher for Westminster District in the 8th round of a preferential ballot in a field of nine candidates. He now joins Westminster Benchers Grant C. Taylor and Carol W. Hickman at the Benchers table for the balance of the 2004-2005 term, replacing Peter J. Keighley, QC who was appointed a master of the BC Supreme Court earlier this spring.

Called to the bar in 1979, Mr. Rideout practises criminal law with Rideout Riddell in Coquitlam.

Among his commitments to the profession, Mr. Rideout has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the New Westminster Bar Association, as Vice-Chair and Chair of the CBA (BC Branch) New Westminster Criminal Justice Section, as a member of the Tariff Review Committee of the Legal Services Society and as a guest lecturer for CLE and PLTC. As a Bencher, Mr. Rideout is now a member of the Ethics Committee.