M Jerry McHale, QC
Visiting professor and Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy at University of Victoria
Commencing July 1, 2011, I was jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Administration as the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy. For 10 years prior to this appointment, I was Assistant Deputy Minister with the Justice Services Branch of the BC Ministry of Justice responsible for civil, family and criminal law policy and legislation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, legal aid, and family law programs. In addition to holding other government positions, including Director of the Dispute Resolution Office, I have worked in the private sector as a litigator and mediator.
I received the Canadian Bar Association (National) John Tait Award for Excellence in Public Sector Law in 2000, a Queen’s Council designation in 2001, the Canadian Bar Association (B.C.) Georges A. Goyer QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in 2009, the Victoria Bar Association’s Contribution to the Law Award in 2009 and the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation in 2014.
I have spoken at more than 200 conferences, professional gatherings and educational programs since 1986 on topics related to my areas of interest: mediation and dispute resolution, access to justice and justice reform, child welfare and family law, procedural law, policy development and the legislative process.
I am on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and I am actively engaged as a member of the Steering Committees of both the national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters and Access to Justice BC. In 2016 I worked with colleagues on the Faculty of Law to launch the University of Victoria, Access to Justice Centre for Excellence. The Centre pursues applied research and practical scholarship on access to justice issues.
John Singleton, QC
Mr. Singleton has practiced law since 1969. He has concentrated on the areas of insurance, construction, professional liability and environmental matters, on behalf of property owners, architects, engineers, contractors, regulatory agencies and insurers. He has acted as counsel in several precedent-setting cases involving insurers, architects, engineers and other participants in the construction industry and has been counsel on a wide variety of problems related to environmental issues. Mr. Singleton is also a chartered arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial disputes, and is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of his own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others. He also acts as a fairness advisor/monitor of procurement activities in a variety of settings.
Allison Wolf, CEC
Allison Wolf is one of the most senior coaches to the legal profession in Canada. She has over twenty years’ experience as a marketing and business development professional and twelve years of experience as a coach with a focus on lawyers, mediators, and collaborative law practitioners.
Clients appreciate Allison’s fast moving creative mind. She is known for coming up with innovative marketing and business development strategies for helping her clients advance their business goals.
Allison is frequently asked to write for US and Canadian journals and to present to professional associations and law firms. Allison is a partner in the marketing agency Hogarth & Wolf, and is a Certified Executive Coach and the founder of Shift Works Strategic Inc.
She is the publisher of a resource website for lawyers attorneywithalife.com, maintains her own blog at thelawyercoach.com and has a bi-monthly column with the law blog Slaw.ca. She is a Past President of the Legal Marketing Association Vancouver Chapter and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Allison can be reached by phone at 778-773-2556 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Executive Officer
Doctor of BC
Allan Seckel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Doctors of BC, a voluntary association of British Columbia’s physicians, medical residents, and medical students that aims to advance the practice of medicine a by seeking the highest standard of health care for the public and fair remuneration for physicians. Mr. Seckel joined the Doctors of BC in October of 2011 after 8 years in the BC Public Service. From 2003 to 2009, he was the Deputy Attorney General for British Columbia. During this time he was personally committed to law reform, including being a member of the Justice Review Task Force. In 2009, he became the Deputy Minister to the Premier of British Columbia, the Hon. Gordon Campbell, a position that also made him the Head of the B.C. Public Service and the Cabinet Secretary.
Prior to his public service, Mr. Seckel practiced law with a major Vancouver law firm, where he restricted his practice to litigation, primarily in complex commercial and class action cases. While with the firm, Mr. Seckel had many senior roles in firm management, including deputy managing partner. From 1983-84 he was Law Clerk to the Hon. N. T. Nemetz, Chief Justice of British Columbia. Mr. Seckel is also the co-author of two legal texts, including one on the Rules of Court (with James MacInnis). He became Queen’s Counsel in 2003.
Mr. Seckel’s post-secondary education earned him a B.A. (Hons.) degree with joint honours in economics and commerce from Simon Fraser University in 1980, and a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1983. He was awarded the Law Society Gold Medal on graduation from law school. From 1985-86 he attended Gonville & Caius College at Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar, graduating with a Masters of Law degree. In 2012 he earned the designation ICD.D after completing the Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors’ Education Program. He currently serves on the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, is the Vice Chair of the board of Covenant House Vancouver and serves on the board of LIFT Philanthropy Partners.
Since 2015 he has been part of the Access to Justice BC Leadership Group and chairs a Working Group focusing on measurement of access to justice initiatives.
AACI, P.App., MAI, FRICS
Larry started his career in real estate appraisal, development and consulting in 1977, as a property tax assessor with the Department of Northern Saskatchewan. From 1979 to 1989 he worked at the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, a multifaceted real estate development, management and financing agency in a variety of positions, finally serving as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Communications. Since moving to British Columbia in 1989, he has worked as a fee appraiser, first with an international valuation-consulting firm and since 1993, at Grover Elliott & Co. Ltd., where he is President. His work is multifaceted, with an emphasis on appraisal, appraisal review and consulting in tribunal matters.
Larry holds professional designations from the Canadian and US Appraisal Institutes and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has been active in the governance of professional organizations having been on National Governing Council of the Canadian Institute (AIC) and several national committees, including professional liability insurance and Standards. He has been executive editor of the AIC’s professional journal, and since 2000 has been on the Review Panel of The Appraisal Journal, the US Institute’s professional journal and a leading English journal in the appraisal field; he has served on its Editorial Board. Larry is a member of the Tangible Assets Board, a standards setting board of the International Valuation Standards Commission (IVSC)
In addition to his appraisal practice, Larry enjoys professional research, writing and teaching. He has authored papers on contamination and on appraisal reporting for the Research and Development Fund of the AIC, along with numerous articles published in professional and trade journals. Since 1996, Larry has worked as a consultant with the University of British Columbia on the professional appraisal courses it delivers on behalf of the AIC.
Larry was a contributor to the 11th, 12th and 13th Editions of the Appraisal of Real Estate, the leading English language appraisal text. Since 1992, he has edited the Canadian edition of this text. Larry lectures extensively on appraisal knowledge, ethics and standards to various professional organizations and to national organizations such as Canada Revenue Agency and CMHC. Larry and his wife JoAnn have three grown daughters and split their time between homes in Vancouver and Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.
Melany Franklin mediates litigated claims and workplace disputes. She received her mediation training at the Public Conversations Project in Boston, Massachusetts, the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School and at Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto. Melany is currently adjunct faculty to Osgoode’s Certificate in Human Rights Theory and Practice and taught Labour and Employment Law at the University of Toronto for many years. Prior to becoming a mediator, Melany was a partner in a national law firm where she practiced labour, employment and human rights law.
Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1986 Kathryn practised with a variety of firms in the Vancouver area. In 1997 she become Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2001, she was appointed a District Registrar of the Court and in 2010 she became the Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, serving until 2014.
Kathryn has a long-standing interest in consensual dispute resolution, obtaining her mediation training at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation) in 2012 and through the American Arbitration Association University in 2013. She is a member of both the Mediate BC Civil and Family Rosters and is accredited as a “family dispute resolution professional” (mediator and arbitrator) by the Law Society of British Columbia. She is a member of the domestic and mediation panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Centre and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
Mark Meredith is a partner in the Canadian Corporate Tax practice of KPMG Canada, with over 30 years of practice in Canadian tax. He is also one of two senior partners who lead KPMG Law LLP, a tax and immigration law firm affiliated with KPMG in Canada. Mark’s tax practice is divided between tax planning and dispute resolution. His tax planning and advisory practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and the tax-efficient financing of foreign corporations acquiring and carrying on business in Canada. In addition, Mark is a partner in PignPotato Games and member of the design team for Zombie Fight or Flight.
Shain Jackson is Coast Salish from the community of Sechelt. He is a lawyer who has represented the interests of Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout British Columbia in relation to a broad array of issues. After years devoted to the legal profession Shain has taken a break to follow his passion as an artist.
Currently Shain is the President of Spirit Works Limited, an Indigenous owned, operated and staffed company focused on the design, production and distribution of Indigenous artwork ranging from small jewelry pieces to large scale public art.
Shain has always taken very seriously his responsibilities not only to his own community, but to the urban Aboriginal community at large. Further to this, through his company Spirit Works, Shain: has developed programs aimed at providing employment and training to Aboriginal youth; donates space, equipment and expertise to Aboriginal artists in need; consistently donates time and artwork to numerous charitable organizations; has designed and facilitated workshops aimed at providing cultural teachings for at-risk Aboriginal youth; and much more.
Shain’s most recent contribution to the Indigenous art world was leading a group of artists in the creation of Authentic Indigenous. Hosted by Aboriginal Tourism BC, this is a branding scheme that has provided for a major shift in resources relating to Indigenous artwork back to the artists. The Program has also offered artists unprecedented control of their artwork.
Shelina Neallani is a mediator, lawyer and consultant. With over 25 years of combined training and professional experience, she brings a wide and varied mix of expertise to her work. Shelina graduated from UBC with degrees in Social Work and Law and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and BC. Shelina is a member of the Family, Civil and Child Protection Rosters with Mediate BC, is an accredited Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator with the Law Society of BC and a registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. In addition to her private practice, Shelina is a consultant specializing in projects related to dispute resolution and policy development. Recent consultancy examples include projects on justice transformation initiatives where Shelina collaborated in developing, implementing and managing DR projects as well as knowledge engineering of online dispute resolution processes. Shelina is a published writer and has taught at the post-secondary level. She is interested inter-cultural issues in conflict resolution and is on the Board of Directors for the North Shore Multicultural Society. Shelina enjoys hiking the trails of North Vancouver with her family and golden doodle, Harry!
As one of the founding members of Campbell Burton & McMullan LLP, John has been practicing law in Langley since 1977. John has many years of experience with civil litigation matters and his extensive knowledge of court procedures, arbitration and mediation enable him to approach and assess and solve problems from different angles. He provides clients with creative, practical options to resolve their legal disputes.
John was one of the first lawyers to become an accredited BC family law mediator. He has been certified in advanced commercial mediation since 1992 and has been qualified as an arbitrator since 1998. In 2013, John also qualified as a Family Arbitrator with the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (BCAMI) to conduct Family Arbitrations under British Columbia’s new Family Law Act.
John retired from Partnership in 2013 and, since March of 2014, restricts his practice to arbitration and mediation, but does assist other members of the firm with business, family, and other civil claims.
Having spent the last 30 years as a Professional Agrologist, helping agricultural producers find solutions to their management, environmental and production challenges, I’ve recently found a new passion: helping people find creative solutions to their conflicts by building understanding through constructive communication, mediation, relationship building, conflict & communication coaching, group facilitation and multi-stakeholder consultation.
My focus is on workplace and land/resource use conflict resolution throughout Western Canada.
At the same time I am still a licensed Agrologist with active interest in the following areas: getting science-based information about agriculture to the public; rural/urban relationship building by developing better understanding between the urban consumer and rural food producer; agricultural livestock welfare; role of livestock grazing in ecology of native grasslands and sustainable agriculture.
Although Diane E. Tucker is a relative newcomer to ADR in the Lower Mainland, she gained significant experience as an arbitrator in San Francisco for the State Bar of California and the Better Business Bureau, and as a mediator for the Superior Court of San Francisco. Diane is a member of BCAMI; she is an arbiter with Just Resolve, an online dispute resolution service based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In addition, Diane is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for both Canada and the US, and retains her license to practice law as a member of the State Bar of California. She is the sole proprietor of DET et al., a consulting business providing domestic and international privacy and dispute resolution services. Diane’s background includes positions as in-house counsel in the electronic entertainment, enterprise software and food industries as well as adjunct faculty teaching law, paralegal and business students.
Elton Simoes is an accomplished, Arbitrator, Mediator, Negotiator, Consultant and Business Executive with extensive and global experience in business, negotiation, arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution systems design.
Having lived and worked in Canada, United States, Europe, and Latin America, Mr. Simoes demonstrated outstanding record of leadership; creative problem-solving; sound business acumen; legal and dispute resolution skills and knowledge, in different organizations across multiple functions, geographies, languages, cultures, and technologies.
As an ADR professional, Elton Simoes possesses extensive experience in commercial arbitration, mediation and Med.-Arb., particularly in the areas of intellectual property, media, entertainment, sports, and international disputes. Mr. Simoes has worked as a consultant in the designing of dispute resolution systems, to either avoid or minimize litigation costs, saving time and effort in commercial disputes involving consumers, shareholders and other stakeholders.
Mr. Simoes led businesses that generated in excess of US$ 250 million in annual revenues, consistently and frequently delivering double digit growth, and successfully managing important global media brands (e.g. Disney and Playboy), as well as local brands.
Elton Simoes held several senior, high profile, corporate positions, such as Vice President at The Walt Disney Television International; Board Member Representative at HBO Latin America, Managing, Director Sports and Pay-per-view, at Globosat; and Managing Partner at Playboy do Brazil.
Zara Suleman practices family law exclusively and is a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara has also been actively involved in presenting, training, writing and editing materials on family law issues. Zara was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2007 and articled with the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. She has worked as an independent legal researcher and consultant and was the Director of the Family Law Project for the West Coast Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF). While at West Coast LEAF she coordinated their research and intervention application in the Supreme Court of Canada case, Rick v. Brandsema. Before launching Suleman Family Law, Zara was an associate family law lawyer working on the North Shore.
Zara has done extensive professional development and academic research in the areas of family violence, specifically violence against women and children. In addition, she has received specialized training regarding couples and families in crisis, working with survivors of trauma, mediation and conflict resolution. Zara has successfully represented clients at the BC Provincial Court, BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.
Leslie E. Maerov, FCIArb.
Leslie E. Maerov was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1975, and as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was in private practice in Vancouver from 1975 until 1997, initially as a litigator and then as a corporate and commercial lawyer.
Between 2001-2014 Mr. Maerov was Chief Executive Officer and President as well as a founder of a public listed telecom company. Since 2014 he has been Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel of the company.
Mr. Maerov became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011, is a member of the rosters of several arbitral organizations, and has acted solely as an independent neutral on commercial cases since that time. He has been a presenter on various arbitration topics for the BCAMI and Canadian Institute.
James (Jim) Fraser
James (Jim) Fraser is a leading British Columbia practitioner in property tax and expropriation law. Since 1993, Jim has provided strategic advice and litigated appeals before tribunals and courts relating to: imposition and management of property taxes, property transfer taxes, mineral taxes and other commodity taxes on Crown, municipal, private and First Nations lands; imposition and management of payments of grants in lieu of property taxes; expropriation of property by municipalities, government agencies and utilities corporations; negotiation and arbitration of commercial lease renewals and reviews; and, resolution of municipal and other governmental land-use issues relating to zonings and development permits.
His clients have included mines, smelters, sawmills, pulp and paper mills, forestry companies, shopping mall landlords and tenants, large and small-scale golf courses, residential tower and other land developers, oil and gas companies, telecommunications companies, electrical power companies, pension trusts, industry associations, independent schools, charities and non-profits, an assessment appeal tribunal, a municipality and individual home, and small business owners and tax consultants.
Jim has many years of practical experience engaging and instructing professional appraisers, engineers and other expert witnesses in property valuation and litigation matters. He routinely appears before many levels of tribunal, agency and court including the B.C. Property Assessment Review Panel, B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board, Federal Payment in Lieu of Tax Dispute Advisory Panel, arbitration tribunals, Canadian Transportation Agency, Yellowknife Development Appeal Board, B.C. Supreme Court, B.C. Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
Jim is a Member of the Canadian Property Tax Association (British Columbia Branch) Tax Policy Committee and the Editor of the British Columbia Real Property Assessment Manual.
Certified as a Separation Mediator and Family Enterprise Advisor, Darrin has mediated, facilitated, coached or consulted on over 800 family and civil disputes. He was previously a Manager at Mediate BC and teaches and coaches ADR in a variety of settings. He is the Director and Co-Founder of Christian Mediation Canada, previously an Associate at Outreach Canada, and does intervention work and training in faith-based settings.
Previous to his full-time mediation practice, Darrin was an Ordained Minister and served in leadership positions at all levels in several church and para-church organizations in BC and Alberta.
Darrin holds a certificate in Family Mediation (Justice Institute of BC) and Family Enterprise (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) as well as a BA in Psychology/Sociology (Concordia College) and a Master of Divinity (Regent College). Darrin is married with two children and resides on the North Shore.
Ms. Beisel became a member of the Law Society of BC in July of this year, after 12 years of practice as a member of the Alberta Bar.
Ms. Beisel is an adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. Since her appointment in 2010, she had conducted over 300 hearings in many remote and urban locations throughout Western Canada. She has also acted as a Review Adjudicator on appealed decisions. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Beisel acted as counsel to residential school survivors seeking compensation for physical and sexual abuse. She also acted as legal counsel to several First Nations in Alberta on a number of issues including membership codes, elections, land and water rights, consultation, and environmental impacts.
Ms. Beisel is a trained arbitrator, mediator and negotiator. In her private practice, she resolved numerous high conflict litigations through mediation and negotiation. She facilitated multi-stakeholder meetings regarding water resources and the sharing of traditional ecological knowledge. She regularly employs the principles of mediation and alternative dispute resolution in her role as an Adjudicator. She is currently a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute, the ADR Institute of Canada, and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.