Bencher election results

The 2012-2013 Bencher election results are in: six Benchers were elected for the first time and 16 were re-elected (two by acclamation).

Members had previously elected the following Benchers as President, First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, respectively, for 2012:

  • Bruce A. LeRose, QC (President and Bencher for Kootenay)
  • Art Vertlieb, QC (First Vice-President and Bencher for Vancouver)
  • Jan Lindsay, QC (Second Vice-President and Bencher for Westminster)

LeRose, Vertlieb and Lindsay continue as Benchers for their respective districts by virtue of their executive office.

President Gavin Hume, QC congratulates the elected and re-elected Benchers, and thanks all those who stood for election. Hume also acknowledges the dedication of the Benchers who will be stepping down at the end of this year, in particular Joost Blom, QC, Robert C. Brun, QC, Carol W. Hickman and Alan M. Ross for their many years of dedicated and effective Bencher service.

Blom and Hickman join outgoing president Gavin Hume, QC as Life Benchers on January 1, 2012. 


Here are the Benchers who were elected on November 15, 2011
for the 2012-2013 term:

County of Vancouver
Rita C. Andreone
Patricia Bond
E. David Crossin, QC
Leon Getz, QC
Bill Maclagan
Maria Morellato, QC
David Mossop, QC
Thelma O’Grady
Vincent Orchard, QC
Catherine A. Sas, QC
Herman Van Ommen
Tony Wilson

County of Victoria
Kathryn A. Berge, QC
Richard N. Stewart, QC

County of Nanaimo
Nancy G. Merrill

County of Westminster
David M. Renwick, QC
Phil Riddell

Tom Fellhauer 

County of Cariboo
Lee Ongman
Gregory Petrisor

County of Prince Rupert
Barry Zacharias

Kenneth M. Walker

New Benchers in 2012

Bill Maclagan

Maria Morellato, QC

Vincent Orchard, QC

Phil Riddell

Tony Wilson

Barry Zacharias

Joost Blom, QC


Long history of UBC representation ends on January 1

January 1, 2012 ends a long history of representation by UBC law professors at the Bencher table, dating back to 1973. Professor Joost Blom, QC, shown here at the 2011 Bench & Bar dinner, becomes a Life Bencher in 2012.









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