I am a lawyer who was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1992 and have practiced in a wide variety of areas, including decades of practice in Canadian citizenship and immigration law. I've had the pleasure of working with people from around the world and have learned about many different cultures. Other practice areas have included business law, land use, construction, debtor-creditor, insolvency, contracts and infrastructure projects.
In addition, for approximately nine years I served as a Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees in Victoria, BC. In this position I heard and issued written decisions on Employment Insurance appeals. I conducted the hearings and directed the deliberations of the Board, a three-person administrative tribunal. By a rough estimation I conducted and adjudicated approximately 1,000 appeals.
As a mediator I bring my decades of experience of being a lawyer and my experience as an adjudicator - of being a careful listener, an effective communicator, practical minded and persevering - to mediation. I look forward to helping parties resolve conflicts.
I've also taught the courses "Remedies" and "Business Associations" at the University of Victoria’s Law School, as well as classes at the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course (the “bar admission” course), and I have attended and presented at many continuing legal education programs over the years.
I'm a former member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch, Immigration Subsection and a former member of the Victoria Bar Association executive.
In my spare time I've played keyboards in rock ‘n roll bands and I love to golf. Before becoming a lawyer, I was a sports analyst and associate producer at TSN, then Canada’s only national television sports network. I also led a team that went on to successfully establish an FM radio station at Toronto’s York University.
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