Hearing panel pools

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 public will be among those to discipline lawyers: October 11, 2011 news release
Invitation to lawyers to apply for appointment to hearing panel: Spring 2011 Benchers' Bulletin 
Public invited to apply to sit on discipline and credentials hearing panels: Summer 2011 Benchers' Bulletin

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.

Dr. Gail Bellward. Vancouver. A Professor Emerita at the University of British Columbia and a former Associate Dean in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, Dr. Gail Bellward has appeared as an expert witness in numerous court cases and has also been a member of inquiry boards and tribunals at UBC. Bellward also chaired the UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board.

Glenys Blackadder. Victoria. A dual citizen of Australia and Canada, Glenys Blackadder is a former Chief Investigator of the Child Protection Investigation Unit in Sydney, Australia. She has also worked in human rights and is a former senior federal government negotiator in the Department of Indian Affairs.

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.

Dennis Day. Langley. Dennis Day built his career in the forest industry, working in various executive roles for Fletcher Challenge Canada. He has his own consulting firm in human resources and business development and has served as the Chair of the Passenger Transportation Board of British Columbia.

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.

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.

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.

June Preston, MSW, Victoria. June Preston retired as the Director of Family Education Services for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in 2007. She served as an Appointed Bencher of the Law Society from 2001 to 2008, becoming a Life Bencher in 2009. She is currently a member of the Mental Health Review Board.

Graeme Roberts. Brentwood Bay. A retired automobile dealer, Graeme Roberts is also a former Chair of the Public Service Commission of BC. He presided at approximately 180 hearings during his seven-year tenure. He is currently a member of the board of the Victoria Airport Authority, Chair of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of BC and was previously the Mayor of Nanaimo.

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

Jasmin Ahmad, Vancouver. Jasmin Ahmad is a commercial litigation lawyer at Koffman Kalef LLP. She is a former executive member of the Vancouver Bar Association.

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.

Joost Blom, QC, Vancouver. Joost Blom has been a professor at the UBC Faculty of Law since 1981. He has taught private international law, contract law, tort law and intellectual property. Blom served as a Law Society Bencher from 2004 and 2011, becoming a Life Bencher in 2012. 

James Dorsey QC, North Vancouver. James Dorsey is in private practice with experience in arbitration and mediation. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and a Past President of the Arbitrators’ Association of British Columbia. 

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.

William Everett, QC, Vancouver. William Everett is a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP and practises primarily in the area of complex litigation. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and served as President of the Law Society (2004). 

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. 

John Hogg, QC, Kamloops. John Hogg is a partner at Morelli Chertkow LLP and practises personal injury, general civil litigation and criminal law. He served as a Law Society Bencher from 1983 to1993 and is currently Director of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. 

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, 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.

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.

Richard Lindsay, QC, Vancouver. Richard Lindsay is a partner at Lindsay LLP, practising primarily insurance civil litigation. He is actively involved in education of insurance defense counsel, and writes and lectures police, fire and insurance personnel on litigation issues. Lindsay is also a registered professional engineer.  

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.

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.

Donald Silversides, QC, Prince Rupert. Donald Silversides is managing partner of Silversides, Merrick & McLean practising principally in corporate and commercial law. He is a Law Society Life Bencher and has chaired or been a director of several business and legal organizations.

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.

Peter Warner, QC, Peachland. Peter Warner has a broad solicitor’s practice at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP and currently chairs panel hearings under the Mental Health Act on the Mental Health Review Board. He has held leadership roles in many professional legal organizations.

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.