New Benchers

Meet the new appointed Benchers

The Law Society is pleased to welcome three non-lawyer Benchers recently appointed by the provincial government. Satwinder Bains, Benjimen Meisner and Claude H. Richmond have been selected to represent the public on the Law Society’s board of governors.

Newly Appointed Benchers with President Ridgway  
President Glen Ridgway, QC (right) welcomed the new appointed Benchers to their first Benchers meeting on July 9. Pictured left to right, Benjimen Meisner, Claude Richmond and Satwinder Bains.  

Together with Haydn Acheson, Stacy Kuiack and Peter B. Lloyd, these six appointed Benchers work with the elected lawyer Benchers to ensure the public is well served by a competent and honourable legal profession.

Satwinder Bains is the Director of the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and an instructor in the India-Canada Studies program. Bains has spent over 25 years working in community development, locally in the Fraser Valley, as well as provincially, nationally and internationally.

She has a Masters degree in Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Education. Her research interest and expertise is in the field of cross-cultural education and community development.

Benjimen Meisner has over 50 years of experience in the media working as a news reporter, writer and, for much of his career, a talk show host. Every Canadian Prime Minister from Louis St. Laurent to Stephen Harper has been interviewed by Meisner.

His outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism was acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio and TV News Directors’ Association of Canada. He was also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer efforts to help people who live along the Nechako River.

Claude H. Richmond is the former Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Kamloops riding and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Richmond was also BC’s Minister of Employment and Income Assistance, chaired the Cabinet Committee on Social Programs, served as a councillor with the Kamloops City Council and a director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. He was formerly the managing director of the Kamloops Airport and co-created Total Entertainment.

Richmond received an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Thompson Rivers University in recognition of his commitment to public service in the Kamloops region.

The Law Society extends its appreciation to the three outgoing appointed Benchers — Patrick Kelly, Barbara Levesque and Dr. Maelor Vallance — for their dedicated and valued contribution.

Petrisor elected in Cariboo

Gregory PetrisorGregory Petrisor is the new Bencher for Cariboo county for the remainder of the 2010-2011 term. Petrisor received a majority of votes cast by Cariboo county lawyers in the fifth round of a preferential ballot by-election. The by-election was required to replace Ronald Tindale, who was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court.

Petrisor was called to the bar in 1992 and is a sole practitioner in Prince George, practising primarily family law, including family law mediation, and civil litigation. He has served as president of the Prince George Bar Association and as a director of Prince George Crimestoppers.

In his election statement, he noted his pride in being a member of the Cariboo bar and the value he places on integrity and collegiality.

The Law Society congratulates Gregory Petrisor, and thanks all the candidates for their participation in this by-election.