Kathleen Cunningham is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), BC’s only independent, on-partisan law reform agency and home of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce (1984) and LL.B. (1985) from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Law Society of BC. She holds a Masters in Policy Studies from the University of New South Wales (2009) and a graduate diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo (2013).
Kathleen has provided education, legal support and risk management guidance to management and staff at a major Canadian trust company and assisted the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC with the implementation of personal planning and guardianship legislation and projects addressing the financial abuse of vulnerable adults. She was a member of two BCLI Committees –Modernization of the Trustee Act and Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Undue Influence. Kathleen is a past worldwide council member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is a current member of the steering committees for the STEP Mental Capacity and Digital Asset special interest groups.