2016 – 2017 BCCAT Board of Directors
Emily C. Drown
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.
Civil Resolution Tribunal
Shannon Salter is the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal. Ms. Salter earned her BA (2001) and LLB (2005) from the University of British Columbia, and her LLM from the University of Toronto (2011). She clerked with the British Columbia Supreme Court, practiced at Farris LLP for several years and has served as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal since 2011. Ms. Salter is also a commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission, vice president of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, and a past board member of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. She teaches administrative law at the UBC Faculty of Law as an adjunct professor and has been actively involved in providing pro bono legal advice through Access Pro Bono BC.
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.
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.
Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board
Alison Narod is a lawyer who practises in the areas of labour and employment law, human rights, workers compensation, family and administrative law. Ms. Narod is the President of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and a Director of the B.C. Safety Authority. She is a Hearing Panel Chair for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. She is Vice Chair of the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board. She has adjudicated collective agreement arbitration disputes, employment standards complaints, workers compensation appeals, and professional disciplinary complaints. Additionally, she has acted as a mediator and a complaint investigator.
Kate Campbell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 1994, her Master of Arts from Carleton University in 1996, and her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2004. She was a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2004-2005 and was called to the bar in 2006. Ms. Campbell articled with a labour law firm in Vancouver and went on to practise private and public sector labour law with a focus in the areas of grievance arbitration, human rights, and collective bargaining. She was appointed as a Vice Chair at the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal in 2011.
John has been involved in administrative decision making in various professional regulatory bodies for close to 20 years. He has also been on the BCCAT education committee for that same length of time. Initially with Administrative Justice for Decision Makers with Professional Regulatory Tribunals. Since that time he has participated in the revision and development of many of the courses, train the trainer sessions, and the marketing and promotion of BCCAT courses. Currently, he sits on various sub groups of the education committee including the technology and membership workgroups and the project to offer the Administrative Justice course for Staff as an online course offering. John holds a MBA from Royal Roads University and a LL.M from Osgoode Hall from the Administrative Law specialization.
Property Assessment Appeal Board
Simmi Sandhu has a Bachelor of Arts in political science (U.B.C.) and a Bachelor of Laws (U.B.C.). She was called to the bar of B.C. in 1990. As a lawyer, she has worked for I.C.B.C., the Public Guardian & Trustee, and in private practice. Her areas of practice include administrative law, civil litigation, corporate/commercial law and real estate transactions. In 1995, she was appointed as a chair of the Board of Referees, hearing employment insurance appeals. Since her appointment in 2001, she has been a full-time vice-chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
Labour Relations Board
Jacquie de Aguayo has a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 1998 and practiced labour relations, employment and constitutional law on behalf of unions and employees. In 2002, Jacquie became in-house counsel for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, a national trade union. In 2010, Jacquie moved to Vancouver, was called to the bar in British Columbia, and began working at the Hospital Employees’ Union as Legal Director. She was later appointed as its Assistant Secretary Business Manager and Legal Director. Jacquie has appeared before arbitrators, labour relations boards and courts. She was appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Board on March 14, 2014 and she was appointed as Registrar on September 1, 2015.
Civil Resolution Tribunal
Julie K. Gibson practices law at Harper Grey LLP (Vancouver). She has a varied administrative law practice that includes appearances as counsel before many professional regulatory bodies. Julie has served as volunteer lawyer coordinator for the Britannia Clinic of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (UBC). She is a past member of the UBC Student Legal Fund Society’s Litigation Committee and past Treasurer of the BC Courthouse Dispute Resolution Practicum Society Board. Julie is a contributor to the 2016 textbook Administrative Justice: A Practitioner’s Guide (author Michael Thomas) and coauthor of a chapter in the CLE Administrative Law Practice Manual. Julie holds an LL.M 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. Julie is a Tribunal Member on the Civil Resolution Tribunal.
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.
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.
Health Professions Review Board
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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