Volunteer Spotlights

We appreciate our volunteer contributors!

Here we share a glimpse of what they are doing and how they have selflessly devoted their valuable time and expertise to meet and plan, write, speak, and commit to the successful development of continuing legal education in our province. They give, we learn, and the benefits are immeasurable.


Anjili Bahadoorsingh—In the Spotlight...

Anjili Bahadoorsingh

November 2017

This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Anjili Bahadoorsingh of Terra Law. Anjili practices in the areas of real estate finance, commercial lending, and secured transactions, and is one of the authors of our BC Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual. Read more...

Sandra Guarascio and Lindsay Lyster—In the Spotlight...

Sandra Guarascio Lindsay Lyster

October 2017

This month’s spotlight is on longtime, active CLEBC volunteers Sandra Guarascio of Roper Greyell and Lindsay Lyster of Moore Edgar Lyster, the co-chairs of our upcoming Human Rights Law Conference 2017 from November 30 to December 1. Read more...

John Shields and Andrew Morrison—In the Spotlight...

John Shields Andrew Morrison

September 2017

This month’s spotlight is on longtime, active CLEBC volunteers John Shields and Andrew Morrison of Shields Harney, the co-chairs of our upcoming Affidavit Secrets 2017 course on October 16. Read more...


Ming Song—In the Spotlight...

Ming Song

August 2017

This month's spotlight is on CLEBC volunteer Ming Song of Arbutus Law Group LLP. Ming is a book author of CLEBC's BC Creditors' Remedies - An Annotated Guide and has worked exclusively in the area of Aboriginal law representing First Nations since 1992. Read more...


Mary B. Hamilton—In the Spotlight...

Mary B. Hamilton

July 2017

This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Mary B. Hamilton of Alexander Holburn, editorial board member and author of numerous CLEBC wills and estates practice publications. Read more...


Derek A. Brindle, QC—In the Spotlight...

Derek A. Brindle, QC

June 2017

This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Derek A. Brindle, QC of Singleton Urquhart LLP, book author and editorial board member of BC Builders Lien Practice Manual. Read more...



Priscilla Cicek—In the Spotlight...

Priscilla Cicek

May 2017

This month’s spotlight is on Priscilla Cicek, the co-chair of our upcoming Personal Injury for Jr. Lawyers and Paralegals course on June 8, 2017. Read more...


Lisa Fong—In the Spotlight...

Lisa Fong

April 2017

This month the spotlight shines on Lisa Fong. Lisa C. Fong is a partner at Ng, Ariss, Fong, Lawyers, and her practice focuses on administrative law. Lisa is co-chairing CLEBC's Self-Governing Professions course on June 2. Read more...



Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem—In the Spotlight...

Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem

March 2017

This month the spotlight shines on Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem. Ardith co-chaired our groundbreaking Indigenous Legal Orders and the Common Law Conference in 2012, and continues to volunteer as a writer and presenter for conferences on Access to Justice for Children, and Aboriginal Law. She is the Chair of the CLEBC Truth and Reconciliation Task Force, and facilitates our staff training on Indigenous laws issues. Read more...



Michele Ross—In the Spotlight...

Michele Ross

February 2017

This month’s spotlight is on Michele Ross, a designated paralegal at West Coast ADR Law Group Ltd. and Quay Law Centre, and host of Ethics, coming Spring 2017, part of CLEBC’s Paralegal Core Competency series. Read more...



Hassib Hasanzadeh—In the Spotlight...

Hassib Hasanzadeh

January 2017

This month’s spotlight is on HASSIB HASANZADEH, one of the volunteer contributors to our popular practice manual Advising BC Businesses, which will be updated in February 2017. Read more...



Sandra Weafer and Darryl Larson—In the Spotlight...

December 2016

Sandra Weafer

SANDRA WEAFER is the Regional Director and General Counsel, Public Safety Defence and Immigration Section, Department of Justice.



Darryl Larson

DARRYL LARSON ais a senior lawyer at Embarkation Law Corporation.

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Frank Falzon, QC—In the Spotlight...

November 2016

FRANK FALZON, QC is one of the co-chairs of our upcoming Administrative Law Conference on November 18, 2016. Read more...


Martha Rans and Michael Blatchford—In the Spotlight...

October 2016

MARTHA RANS and MICHAEL BLATCHFORD are co-chairing our upcoming Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference on October 27, 2016. Read more...



Richard Lindsay—In the Spotlight...

September 2016

Helen LowRICHARD B. LINDSAY, P.Eng., QC is a founding partner of Lindsay LLP in Vancouver. His practice focuses on general insurance litigation, with particular emphasis on products liability, engineering, energy, and fire-related matters. Read more...



Sharon Sutherland—In the Spotlight...

September 2016

Sharon SutherlandSHARON SUTHERLAND, principal at True North Dispute Management, is a mediator and mediation consultant with expertise in conflict resolution training and program design. Read more...



Helen Low, QC—In the Spotlight...

August 2016

Helen LowHELEN LOW, QC practices at the Vancouver office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in the wills, trusts, and estates area, where she focuses on contentious matters that may lead to litigation. Read more...



Lyle Harris, QC—In the Spotlight...

July 2016

Lyle HarrisLYLE HARRIS, QC is a Partner at Harris & Brun. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976, Lyle is an experienced trial and appeal counsel who has prosecuted and defended all types of civil cases, both jury trials and judge-alone trials. Read more...



James Vilvang, QC—In the Spotlight...

June 2016

James VilvangJIM VILVANG is a senior partner with the Litigation group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1974 and in the Yukon in 1994. Jim is also a Qualified Commercial Mediator. He was awarded Queen's Counsel status in 1996.
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James Baird—In the Spotlight...

May 2016

James BairdJAMES BAIRD leads Boughton Law’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Group, and also practices in the areas of corporate/commercial law and real estate. His wills and estates practice includes advising clients on estate planning and business succession matters.
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Lisa Martz—In the Spotlight...

April 2016

James BairdLISA MARTZ is a Vancouver lawyer with Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP. Lisa’s diverse commercial/civil litigation and administrative law practice includes disputes involving real estate, commercial contracts of all kinds, intellectual property, technology, aboriginal rights, defamation and regulatory matters.
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Erin Tait—In the Spotlight...

March 2016

Erin TateERIN TAIT is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Group at Koffman Kalef LLP. Erin’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions and development matters. Erin has been listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Real Estate Law since 2011.
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Charles Harrison & Sandra Banister—In the Spotlight...

January/February 2016

Charles Harrison

CHARLES HARRISON is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights practice group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver. He represents clients in a variety of provincially regulated business sectors including utilities, municipal government, shipyards, construction, and the forest industry.



Sandra Banister

SANDRA BANISTER, QC has practiced trade union law and civil litigation (primarily personal injury and wrongful dismissal) since 1982 when she was called to the BC bar. She acted as Special Counsel to the BC Transit Board on issues of successorship and contracting out, and represented the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture as Special Advisor on the Status of the Artist.



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Genevieve Taylor—In the Spotlight...

December 2015

Genevieve TaylorGENEVIEVE TAYLOR is a principal in the firm Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers who practices in the areas of wills, estates, trusts, and adult guardianship. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and her law degree from Dalhousie University in 1998, Genevieve was called to the BC bar in 1999.
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Paulina Kam & Tim Lack—In the Spotlight...

November 2015

Paulina Kam

PAULINA KAM was called to the Bar in 2005. Before joining Lando and Company LLP in 2007, she had gained experience in a broad range of legal areas, including real estate, corporate/commercial, financing, wills and estates, family, intellectual property, civil litigation, criminal, and ICBC defence.



Tim Lack

TIM LACK is a Vancouver lawyer and partner with Lunny Atmore LLP, Vancouver, and practices mainly in the areas of real estate and business law. In addition to his active real estate practice, he acts for many business people and companies, who utilize his services for all their commercial matters.

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Hugh McLellan—In the Spotlight...

October 2015

Hugh McLellanHUGH MCLELLAN, a partner in the Vancouver law firm of McLellan Herbert, practices in the areas of estate litigation, estate planning, and elder law.
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Karen Martin—In the Spotlight...

September 2015

Karen MartinKAREN MARTIN leads the Construction Group in the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. Her practice focuses on giving strategic advice to solve project issues, and where disputes arise, helping clients to resolve those disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
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Craig Natsuhara—In the Spotlight...

August 2015

Craig NatsuharaCRAIG NATSUHARA is an associate partner at Egan LLP in Vancouver, where he manages the Canadian and cross-border NAFTA Immigration practice.
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Ann Halkett—In the Spotlight...

June 2015

Ann HalkettANN HALKETT joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP in 2000 as a senior paralegal and has more than eighteen years experience. Ann became Litigation Support Manager in 2014.
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Geoffrey W. White—In the Spotlight...

May 2015

Geoffrey WhiteGEOFF WHITE found his Shangri-La in Kelowna after moving his estate law practice from “back east” in 1997. His heritage law office is focused in estate planning, administration and litigation.
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Don Sihota—In the Spotlight...

April 2015

Don SihotaDON SIHOTA is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, BC’s law firm for business. His practice focuses on private company transactions, wealth preservation, business succession and M&A across a broad range of industries.
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Todd Bell—In the Spotlight...

March 2015

TODD BELLTODD BELL exclusively practices in family law and generally in litigation assisting in family disputes which have not been able to be resolved through the preferable routes of mediation or collaborative law.
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Patrick Williams—In the Spotlight...

February 2015

PATRICK WILLIAMSPATRICK WILLIAMS was called to the bar in May, 1975. Pat is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, where he has practiced for more than 31 years.
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Morag MacLeod—In the Spotlight...

January 2015

Morag MacLeodMORAG MCLEOD is a senior family litigator, certified family law mediator and arbitrator, and parenting coordinator in private practice in Vancouver.
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Tim Schober—In the Spotlight...

December 2014

Tim SchoberTIM SCHOBER has practiced in Victoria for his entire career. He is currently enjoying the incredible harbour view (and personalities) at Pearlman Lindholm, after a lengthy stint with Cardinal Law, a shorter stint with the modest Schober & Company, and a few other gigs.
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Edna Ritchie—In the Spotlight...

November 2014

Edna RitchieEDNA RITCHIE articled and practiced in Prince George where her focus was on litigation involving family law, foreclosures, creditors’ remedies, and civil litigation. Marriage brought her to Vancouver where she practiced family law, civil litigation, and conveyancing.
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Mark Davies—In the Spotlight...

October 2014

Mark DaviesMARK DAVIES is a partner at BC’s oldest law firm, Richards Buell Sutton LLP. His areas of expertise are corporate, commercial and real estate law, with specialties in realization, secured transactions, and insolvency topics ranging from debtor re-organizations and workouts to bankruptcy and creditor remedies.
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Anna Laing—In the Spotlight...

September 2014

Anna LaingANNA LAING was born in Vancouver, and raised in Prince George and Surrey. She articled and practiced at Peterson Stark & Fowler (later Peterson Stark Scott) for 16 years in a general civil litigation/family practice before moving to Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in 2004.
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The Honourable Madam Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg and Sandra A. Cunningham, QC—In the Spotlight...

July 2014

Koenigsberg & CunninghamMARVYN KOENIGSBERG and SANDY CUNNINGHAM have been involved with the intensive annual award-winning Advocacy Skills Workshop since its inception over 15 years ago.
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Catherine Gibson—In the Spotlight...

June 2014

Catherine GibsonBorn and raised in Vancouver, CATHERINE GIBSON is a partner in the Vancouver office of Davis LLP. Her business law practice includes advising on a wide range of commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate, commercial lending, and general corporate matters.
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Tina Dion—In the Spotlight...

May 2014

Tion DionTINA DION is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. She started as an Article Student and practitioner with the criminal law boutique firm, Orris Burns, then practised civil litigation with the First Nations practice group at Blake, Cassels and Graydon.
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Randy Klarenbach—In the Spotlight...

April 2014

Randy KlarenbachRANDY KLARENBACH practices in the Real Estate group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP in Vancouver, giving general business advice with a focus on real estate development and commercial leasing, and a particular emphasis on condominium law.
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Scott Booth—In the Spotlight...

March 2014

Scott BoothSCOTT BOOTH is a partner with the Vancouver firm Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. His litigation/dispute resolution practice focuses on family law matters, and he regularly appears before all levels of BC courts in relation to a broad range of matrimonial and family law disputes.
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David Crerar—In the Spotlight...

February 2014

David Crerar

DAVID CRERAR is a partner with the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais. He practices civil and commercial litigation with a focus on media law and defamation, shareholder disputes, protection of trade secrets, Internet litigation, banking and pension litigation.
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Fiona Hunter—In the Spotlight...

January 2014

Fiona Hunter

FIONA HUNTER, a partner at Horne Coupar, in Victoria, BC, practices in the area of estate planning, encompassing trusts, estate mediation and litigation.
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