2017 – 2018 BCCAT Board of Directors
The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia
John has been involved in administrative decision making in various professional regulatory bodies for over 20 years. He has also been on the BCCAT education committee for that same length of time.
Initially with Administrative Justice for Decision Makers within Professional Regulatory Tribunals, he has also participated in the revision and development of many of the courses, train the trainer sessions, and the marketing and promotion of BCCAT courses. He currently delivers the Administrative Justice for Staff and Auxiliaries course.
John holds a MBA from Royal Roads University and a LL.M from Osgoode Hall from the Administrative Law Specialization.
Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal
Debe Simpson was appointed as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, she had extensive experience as an adjudicator with various tribunals including the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, the Property Assessment Review Panel, the disciplinary panel of the College of Veterinarians of BC as well as serving as an arbitrator/mediator with the Office of Housing & Construction Standards (Residential Tenancy Branch). Her previous workers’ compensation experience includes work as a Workers’ Adviser and as a manager of the Review & Penalty Section in the Prevention Division at WorkSafeBC where she also acted as divisional Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Officer. In addition to her adjudication/arbitration experience, Ms. Simpson has extensive experience as a mediator. She was admitted to Mediate BC’s Civil Mediator Roster in 2004 and has acted as mediation mentor/coach at the University of British Columbia Law School and Simon Fraser University Alternate Legal Studies. Ms. Simpson has been a member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals since 1997.
Property Assessment Appeal Board
Erin Frew is a Vice Chair with the Property Assessment Appeal Board. She holds her Juris Doctorate and her Bachelor of Science (Ecology) from the University of BC. Previously she was an Arbitrator for the Residential Tenancy Branch, an associate lawyer in a national tax law firm, a clerk to judges and legal officers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and a Review Officer for WorkSafeBC. Ms. Frew has been active in her community volunteering with organizations such as the Documentary Media Society (DOXA), St. Paul’s Hospital, the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, and VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
PMH Chartered Professional Accountant
Pam Hansen is currently engaged in the practice of public accounting with an office in North Vancouver and serves as a contract investigator with CPABC. She served on the Board of Governors of CGA-BC for eleven years during which time she chaired various committees including the Ethics (Discipline), Bylaws and Public Practice Committees. She also served as a Trustee of CGA-BC’s Educational Foundation and Treasurer for the Strata in which her office is located. Member of BCCAT since 2009.
Emily C. Drown
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal & Safety Standards Appeal Board
Emily C. Drown obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Malaspina University-College in 2000 and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2004. Emily was appointed Chair of the Safety Standards Appeal Board on January 1, 2014 after serving as Vice-Chair of the Safety Standards Appeal Board from May 2008 until her appointment as Chair. In addition to her duties with the Safety Standards Appeal Board, Emily has maintained a professional law practice in Victoria, BC since being called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2005. Emily has served numerous times as a guest judge for the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course and has taught Contract Law and Dispute Resolution for Construction Specifications Canada.
Environmental Appeal Board
Shannon Beckett is a lawyer and the Director of a cluster of four administrative tribunals based out of Victoria BC. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria in 2004, and graduated from the University of Calgary faculty of Law in 2011. After serving as a judicial law clerk for the BC Supreme Court, she was called to the Bar in 2014. Shannon practised administrative law with a boutique labour and employment law firm in Vancouver before travelling to Victoria to work as an investigator with the Office for the Representative for Children and Youth.
Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal
Meera Bennett is counsel to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT), where she has a busy administrative law practice. Prior to working at WCAT, Meera was an adviser at the Workers’ Advisers Office, and before that she practiced criminal defence. She graduated UBC Law School in 2009, and was called to the bar in 2010. Meera has a keen interest in administrative law, and is a contributing author to the administrative law chapter in the Continuing Legal Education Society’s Annual Review of Law & Practice.
Civil Resolution Tribunal
Julie K. Gibson is a full-time tribunal member with the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal. She practised professional regulatory, health and administrative law in Vancouver for 15 years, appearing before many administrative tribunals and professional regulatory bodies, as well as the provincial court, British Columbia Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal. Julie was a long-time volunteer lawyer coordinator for Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (UBC)’s Britannia Clinic, and a past member of the UBC Student Legal Fund Society’s Litigation Committee. Julie was a board member (treasurer) for the BC Courthouse Dispute Resolution Practicum Society. Julie is a contributor to the 2016 textbook Administrative Justice: A Practitioner’s Guide (author Michael G. Thomas) and a chapter co-author (with William S. Clark) in the Continuing Legal Education BC’s Administrative Law Practice Manual. Julie holds a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall in the Administrative Law specialization, a J.D. from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Science (Human Biology and English Literature) from the University of Toronto.
BC Labour Relations Board
Jennifer Glougie is the Associate Chair of Adjudication with the BC Labour Relations Board and has been since May 2018. She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Victoria and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2004. She practiced with Banister & Company, a boutique Union-side labour firm, for 12 years before joining the Board as a Vice-Chair in 2016. She holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (Linguistics) from the University of British Columbia.
Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal
Darrell LeHouillier completed an environmental engineering degree from Queen’s University before attending law school at UBC. He was called to the bar in 2006 and worked in private practice where he managed a diverse assortment of cases. Darrell has worked for the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Workers’ Advisers Office, and in 2010, he became a full-time Vice Chair at the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. Darrell lives in Vancouver with his family and in his spare time enjoys travel, camping and sports.
Environmental Appeal Board
Linda Michaluk retired in 2012 as the Executive Director of the College of Applied Biology of BC, a position she held since the inception of the College (2002). Linda also served as Executive Director of the College precursor organization, the Association of Professional Biologists of BC from 1997 – 2010. A Registered Professional Biologist since 1981, Linda held elected office as Mayor of North Saanich (1987-1990; 1997-2002) and was first appointed to the Environmental Appeal Board in 1990 serving as Chair until 1994. In 2014 she was appointed to the Forest Appeals Commission as well as the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal, and reappointed to the Environmental Appeal Board. She holds a BSc from the University of Alberta and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, and is a public member of the BC Law Society Hearing Panel Pool.
BC Human Rights Tribunal
Emily Ohler was appointed a Member of the BC Human Rights Tribunal in June, 2016. Ms. Ohler earned her BA (1997) from the University of British Columbia, JD (2000) from Osgoode Hall, and her LLM (2005) from the National University of Singapore. She practiced civil litigation in Vancouver before moving to Geneva, Switzerland in 2006 where she served as Legal Officer to the United Nations Compensation Commission, a subsidiary of the UN Security Council. From 2006-2014, Ms. Ohler advised the UNCC and stakeholder Governments on policy, legal, procedural and administrative matters related to a suite of post-conflict claims and programs. On returning to Vancouver, Ms. Ohler incorporated Broadleap Solutions Ltd., an international advisory firm focused on implementing the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, and on equity and diversity policy. She is a past Board member of the United Nations Association Vancouver, and past Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (BC) International Law section. She has developed and delivered a diverse portfolio of educational curricula in topics related to international and common law, ethics and equity through her company as well as through UBC where she has taught as Lecturer and Adjunct Professor.
BC Farm Industry Review Board
Kirsten has been with the BC public service since 1990, having over 25 years of experience in various areas including operations, policy and legislation, regulatory reform and program development. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Kirsten joined the BC Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) as the new Executive Director in June 2016 and has worked with a broad range of agencies both within and outside of government. Kirsten worked with the BC Ministry of Transportation for almost 20 years, in numerous roles ranging from Regional Director of both the South Coast and Northern BC to Executive Director of Policy and Planning. Kirsten brings a great deal of policy and regulatory experience to her role with BCFIRB and is looking forward to contributing as a Director with the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals.
Mike Skinner has been Executive Director of the Health Professions Review Board (HPRB) since July 2010, working with 22 self-regulating health colleges operating under the Health Professions Act, along with their executives and legal counsel. He coaches 28 OIC-appointed HPRB members in the art and science of decision writing and produces annual member training conferences; he is a key member of the editorial team responsible for quality assurance in the development of HPRB jurisprudence. He was previously a Manager with the Dispute Resolution Office at the Ministry of Attorney General (now Justice); prior to that he had a 20-year career as investigator, negotiator and adjudicator with two Offices of the Legislature: the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and Office of the Ombudsman (as it was then known).
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