2020 – 2021 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.
Ministry of Attorney General
As counsel at the Ministry of Attorney General, Meera Bennett primarily represents and advises tribunals. Meera is a contributing author to CanLii’s BC Manual to Civil Litigation, and the Continuing Legal Education Society’s Annual Review of Law & Practice and Administrative Law Manual, the chair of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT) education committee and co-chair of BCCAT’s annual administrative law conference.
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Michael Doris is the Director of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal. Prior to joining the Tribunal, Michael practised law in the research department of a prominent national law firm and as legal counsel to a provincial regional transportation agency. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria.
Financial Services Tribunal
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.
Emily C. Drown
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Emily C. Drown obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) in 2000 and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2004. Emily was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2005. Emily was appointed Chair of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal on June 30, 2018. Emily has also held previous appointments as Chair and Vice-Chair with the province’s Safety Standards Appeal Board. Emily is a director of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors.
Environmental Appeal Board
David Bird joined the Environmental Appeal Board, Forest Appeal Commission and the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal as a Vice Chair—Service Delivery in June 2020. His career began with the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board in 1994, working the last several years as a case manager. In 2003, David moved to British Columbia to join the Workers’ Advisers Branch (Ministry of Labour) as a Workers’ Adviser representing injured workers with their workers compensation claims. In 2006, he became an Arbitrator / Dispute Resolution Officer with the Residential Tenancy Branch, resolving disputes between landlords and tenants. In 2011, David joined the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation as an Implementation Manager where he developed and negotiated solutions to implement tripartite treaties with First Nations communities. In 2014, David was appointed as a Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT). In 2016, he took over the role as Vice Chair and Deputy Registrar of WCAT.
BC Utilities Commission
Anna received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the BC Bar in 1985. Prior to joining the British Columbia Utilities Commission as a Commissioner, she spent more than 20 years practising law as corporate counsel, including 15 years as Senior Counsel at Terasen Inc. (now Fortis Inc.). She was an elected Bencher of the BC Law Society for 10 years and served as President in 2007. She is the recipient of several awards including the R.V.A Jones Corporate Counsel Award, the BC Community Achievement Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and the UBC Law Alumni Achievement Award. She also served as President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals, the People’s Law School and the BC Autism Association. She authored several legal publications on corporate counsel practice and Indigenous law.
She has served as Director of the Vancouver Airport Authority, the Vancouver Foundation, the Law Foundation, the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Arts Club Theatre Society. She is also the current Chair of the BC Unclaimed Property Society and a director of the UBC Alumni Association.
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.
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.
Environmental Appeal Board
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.
Financial Services Tribunal
Catherine McCreary attended law school and practiced law in Calgary until she moved to Vancouver in 1997. She worked as in-house counsel for a union and then served as a Vice-Chair at the BC Labour Relations Board. She worked independently for several years and then was appointed as a Member of the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Ms. McCreary has been active in the credit union industry, serving on the board of VanCity and Central 1 credit unions. 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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