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Quickscribe has hand-selected a number of respected legal professionals who will provide thoughtful commentary and legislative insight with links to relevant case law throughout the legislation on Quickscribe Online 2.0


Quickscribe Contributors

Michael Bain

Michael Bain

Michael Bain is a founding partner of HHBG Employment Lawyers where he practises employment law and administrative law. He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and is the editor of The Advocate (www.the-advocate.ca), an academic legal journal founded in 1943 which publishes articles "of interest to the lawyer and in the lawyer's interest". Michael was a member of the steering committee of the Public Commission on Legal Aid in British Columbia and is a regular participant in the annual fundraising efforts of the CBA (BC) Benevolent Society. He served for 10 years as an elected representative of the Vancouver Bar Association, 8 of those as secretary-treasurer. Michael will contribute annotations covering various categories of law and will often include references to articles and case summaries published in The Advocate.

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Richard Bereti

Richard Bereti

Richard Bereti, of Harper Grey LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of Environmental Law. Richard is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Group and provides advice on liability issues arising under the Environmental Management Act, the Contaminated Sites Regulation and other provincial and federal environmental statutes. He will be contributing annotations to key environmental legislation within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd, one of the most recognizable and well-respected advocates of family law in BC, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator for family law. John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for thirteen years before becoming executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family at the University of Alberta. John-Paul has particular interests in legislation and law reform, the conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues generally, heuristics and decision-making processes, children's rights and involvement in the justice system, and the psychology of separation and divorce. John-Paul is the founding author of the public legal education wikibook JP Boyd on Family Law and its syndicated companion blog. He is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on family law topics.

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Guy Brown

Guy Brown

Guy Brown QC, a senior partner with Harper Grey LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of health law. Guy’s practice includes both civil litigation and administrative proceedings. He has been involved in cases addressing standard of medical care, consent to treatment, limitation defenses, liability for medical products, professional regulation and discipline, hospital privileges and billing audits. Guy is the author of a number of publications and is on the editorial board of the BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Manual. Guy has also been invited to speak at the UBC Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, the Canadian Medical Protective Association and Yukon Medical Association.

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Mary A. M. Brunton

Mary A. M. Brunton

Mary A. M. Brunton, founder and partner of the Victoria law firm Reed Pope, will act as Quickscribe’s annotator in the area of Strata Property Law. Mary has 29 years of experience in the legal community, including 19 years in private practice. Her practice areas include real estate development, strata law and corporate/commercial dispute resolution and she is a multi-faceted practitioner in both the Business and Land Development departments. Mary has particular proficiency in BC’s statutory framework and regularly advises clients on the application of statutory requirements as well as statutory compliance.

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Bill Buholzer

Bill Buholzer

Bill Buholzer, a partner at Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors, will act as Quickscribe's Local Government law expert. Bill is a respected authority on land use and planning law, and is the author of British Columbia Planning Law and Practice as well as the Planning and Zoning title in Halsbury's Laws of Canada. Bill is also the author of Local Government in British Columbia, published by the BC Continuing Legal Education Society, and is frequently invited to speak at CLE courses on local government law. He is a past chair of the Municipal Law Section of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and is on the executive of the CBA's National Municipal Law Section. Bill teaches planning law at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning, and regularly instructs courses in Simon Fraser University's City Program. In 2010 Bill was elected to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and in 2011 he was awarded the Local Government Management Association's Distinguished Partnership Award for his ongoing contribution to the work of LGMA's Approving Officers Committee.

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Murray Campbell

Murray Campbell

Murray Campbell, a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, and the head of Lawson Lundell’s Pensions and Benefits Law Group, will act as Quickscribe’s expert in the area of Pensions law. Murray acts for boards of trustees and other sponsors of pension plans in the private and public sectors in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. While Murray is a solicitor, he is regularly involved in pension and benefit litigation. He is the past Chair of the Pensions and Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), and is recognized by Chambers Global as a top Pensions & Benefits lawyer in Canada (Band 1), and by Lexpert as a ‘most frequently recommended’ lawyer for Pensions & Benefits Management in British Columbia.

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Deborah M. Cumberford

Deborah M. Cumberford

Deborah M. Cumberford has over thirty years experience as a research lawyer. She has worked for several prominent litigation firms in Vancouver conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions for complex civil disputes at all court levels. Ms. Cumberford was an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia where she taught legal research and writing. She is the author of the Annotated B.C. Business Corporations Act (3rd ed.) and the Annotated B.C. Company Act (2nd ed.) and a contributor to the B.C. Continuing Legal Education's case digesting publication. Ms. Cumberford has also assisted in the preparation of several working papers for the B.C. Law Reform Commission and the B.C. Law Institute. She will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of business corporations Law.

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Shelagh Day

Shelagh Day

Shelagh Day, an international authority on human rights, will act as Quickscribe’s expert in the area of human rights. Ms. Day has been a leading contributor to the development of United Nations treaty body jurisprudence and commentary on human rights in Canada. She is also the Senior Editor and President of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, which provides comprehensive access to human rights decisions issued by tribunals and courts in Canada. Shelagh will be contributing annotations to both provincial and federal human rights laws within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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John Doolan

John Doolan

John Doolan, a partner at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator for aboriginal law. Mr. Doolan has extensive experience in aboriginal law matters, including matters in the areas of developments on First Nations' lands and transactions and commercial agreements involving First Nations. He acts as lead counsel to the First Nations Tax Commission on the First Nations led First Nations Property Ownership project and for Tsawwassen First Nation on governance, infrastructure and economic development projects in the implementation of its 2009 treaty. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in aboriginal law in Canada for 2015 by Chambers & Partners and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

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Michael Hargraves

Michael Hargraves

Michael Hargraves, a partner with the law firm Stewart McDannold Stuart, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of local government law. Michael practices as a solicitor, and has focused on local government law since 2007. His practice includes the drafting and interpretation of bylaws and contracts, a broad range of real property related matters, and the interpretation and application of key legislation, as well as presenting workshops and seminars for local governments throughout British Columbia. Michael will be contributing annotations to key local government legislation within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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Robin Longe

Robin Longe

Robin Longe, a partner with the law firm Bull Housser & Tupper LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of Mining Law. In addition to his work related to corporate transactions in the mining industry, Robin routinely provides advice to the firm’s mining industry clients on other corporate and commercial matters, including regulatory matters associated with the Mineral Tenure Act, the Mines Act, and the Mining Right of Way Act. Robin will be contributing annotations to key mining legislation within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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Erik Magraken

Erik Magraken

Erik Magraken, a lawyer and partner at the Victoria law firm MacIsaac & Company, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of motor vehicle traffic law. In addition to his personal injury practice, Erik is an award-winning blogger. His BC Injury Law Blog follows developments in tort law with a particular focus on motor vehicle collision claims. Erik will be contributing annotations to key motor vehicle legislation within the new Quickscribe Online service.

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Margaret H. Mason

Margaret H. Mason

Margaret H. Mason, a partner at Bull Housser LLP, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator for the Society Act. Margaret has over 25 years of experience working with the voluntary sector and is a frequent writer and speaker both nationally and regionally. Her practice spans a broad range of issues which affect charities and not-for-profits including tax exempt status, governance, international programs and social enterprise. Margaret has been recognized for her expertise by numerous entities including the Vancouver Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year — Best Lawyers in Canada 2014.

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Emma A. McArthur

Emma A. McArthur

Emma A. McArthur, a lawyer at the law firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates. Emma is past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Wills & Trusts section — Vancouver, a contributing author to CLE’s Transition Guide to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act and winner of the 2011 Widdifield Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for co-authoring the paper “Pecore’s Troubles”, published in the Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal. Emma will be contribution annotations to key succession legislation within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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Joe McArthur

Joe McArthur

Joe McArthur, a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, will be contributing annotations in the area of domestic and international arbitration laws within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service. Joe practices civil litigation and arbitration representing public and private companies in a range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, technology, real estate development and aviation. He is National Co-chair of the Firm’s International Dispute Resolution group and regularly advises as counsel on domestic and international arbitrations. Joe is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an invited member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society. Joe is recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for commercial litigation and in Benchmark Canada as a national Litigation Star in the area of Arbitration.

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 Onpoint Legal Research Corporation

Onpoint Legal Research Corporation

Onpoint Legal Research Law Corporation, founded by research lawyer Sarah Picciotto, has come on board as the latest contributor to Quickscribe Online 2.0.

For over fifteen years, OnPoint has been providing top-quality research, analysis, and writing services to lawyers in British Columbia, Alberta, and across Canada.

All OnPoint research lawyers have completed a clerkship at the BCCA or SCC and obtained essential practice experience as lawyers with major downtown firms. OnPoint provides a range of services, from researching and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and factums, to engaging in legal strategy sessions. Their research lawyers are well versed with both traditional research sources and the latest in research technology.

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Peter J. Roberts

Peter J. Roberts

Peter J. Roberts, a partner at the law firm Lawson Lundell LLP, will act as Quickscribe''s expert annotator in the area of property law. Peter has extensive experience in property law disputes, contracts, real estate litigation and other related areas of law. As a writer, his articles have been published in a variety of publications including the Canadian Bar Associations'' Bar Talk . Peter has also been invited to speak at a number of events including a number of speaking engagements with the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.

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Stan Rule

Stan Rule

Stan Rule, a partner at the law firm Sabey Rule LLP in Kelowna, will act as a Quickscribe Expert annotator in the area of Wills & Estates legislation. Stan is an experienced lawyer who is considered by many as an authoritative leader in this area of practice and is a frequent lecturer and writer on Wills, Estates and related disputes. He has published numerous papers for CLE and is the author of Rule of Law blog, which was listed as a top Canadian legal blog in the March 2008 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

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Daniel Sorensen

Daniel Sorensen

Daniel Sorensen, partner of the Chilliwack law firm Sorensen Smith LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s annotator in the area of Employment law. Daniel is an experienced litigator and a prolific blogger with a main focus on employment law. His work has included representing clients before the courts, WorksafeBC, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the Employment Standards Branch, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board and the Residential Tenancy Branch. Daniel will contribute annotations to the Employment Standards Act, Workers Compensation Act and related legislation.

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Genevieve Taylor

Genevieve Taylor

Genevieve Taylor, principal of Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates law. Called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1999, Genevieve works in all aspects of trust and estate planning and administration, including crafting estate plans, preparing applications for probate or administration and advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries in contentious and non-contentious matters. Genevieve is a frequent writer and speaker in the area of wills, estates, trusts and adult guardianship.

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John Vamplew

John Vamplew

John Vamplew is a Director at the law firm Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation in Vancouver, and Quickscribe's expert in the area of Insurance law. John is the chair of Whitelaw Twining's Subrogation and Business Loss practice groups and a member of the firm's Insurance group and Health & Disability group. John is a former chair of both the BC and National insurance section of the Canadian Bar association and is contributing editor of the Insurance Law Journal. He frequently presents seminars for clients, professional groups, and industry groups on insurance-related topics and has written articles on many aspects of insurance law and civil litigation.

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Eileen Vanderburgh

Eileen Vanderburgh

Eileen Vanderburgh, a partner at Alexander Holburn + Lang LLP, is the leader of the firm's Information + Privacy Practice and Appellate Advisory Practice and will act as Quickscribe’s privacy and access to information expert. Eileen advises both private and public sector organizations on compliance with privacy legislation and advises public bodies, including local governments, regulatory bodies and health authorities, on access to information matters. She has frequently appeared on behalf of clients in proceedings before the Information and Privacy Commissioner and in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Eileen has published a variety of articles on privacy and access to information and is a frequent speaker in these areas. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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Jeff Waatainen

Jeff Waatainen

Jeff Waatainen, a senior forestry lawyer with DLA Piper LLP in Vancouver, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of Forestry law. Jeff has worked with Quickscribe in the past and has provided valuable commentary on forestry legislative changes via the Quickscribe Forestry Law Reporter. Jeff has a wealth of experience regarding regulatory and commercial law in the B.C. forest industry. He has appeared before administrative tribunals that govern the industry, and worked on major commercial transactions within the industry. Jeff will be contributing annotations to key forestry laws within the new Quickscribe Online legislation service.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson, a partner with the firm Fasken Martineau, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of Energy law. Paul chairs the firm's Energy group and deals with a range of energy projects, project agreements, joint ventures and other arrangements for energy projects, as well as environmental assessment, permitting and approvals, including natural gas facilities and pipelines, and power generation and transmission projects. Paul is a published author and co-authored the publication Annotated Climate Change Statutes and Regulations in Canada. Paul is recognized for his expertise in various legal ranking guides including Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal and Lexpert.

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Any and all annotations posted by Quickscribe's Expert Annotators (QEAs) do not constitute legal advice and must not be so relied upon by the reader. Persons requiring further information or advice with respect to their specific circumstances should consult with a lawyer.

The content or links to content posted within the annotations do not necessarily represent those of QS and are only intended as general commentary on the potential implications of legislative changes to a particular area of law.

Annotations do not necessarily reflect the official rationale of government or the legislature for any legislative change. While every effort is made to ensure all annotations are relevant, neither QS nor the QEA make any representations as to the accuracy of any commentary, references or claims within the annotations.

The use of the term "Quickscribe Expert Annotator" is not intended to imply or suggest that QS Expert Annotators have any special status or accreditation.