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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 E Boyd acts as Quickscribe's expert annotator for family law. John-Paul practiced family law for fourteen years in Vancouver before becoming the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family at the University of Calgary in 2013. John-Paul returned to private practice in 2018 and provides services throughout Alberta and British Columbia as a family law arbitrator, mediator and parenting coordinator.

John-Paul is counsel for Wise Scheible Barkauskas. He is the founding author of the public legal education wikibook JP Boyd on Family Law and its syndicated companion blog, the first blog to be cited in a Canadian judgment. He is a frequent speaker on family law subjects for the National Judicial Institute, the National Family Law Program and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. John-Paul's work has been published by the federal Department of Justice, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, the UBC Law Review and the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. He is a juror of the Walter Owen Book Prize for legal research and a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Family Law.

John-Paul is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the International Society of Family Law, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the ADR Institute of Canada.

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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, associate counsel at Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors, is 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: A British Columbia Legal Handbook, 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 also served 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 2017 he was awarded the Local Government Management Association's President’s Award for his many years of outstanding support and advice to the LGMA and its members.

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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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Gregory Gehlen

Gregory Gehlen

Greg Gehlen was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1984. His practice at Gehlen Dabbs focuses on insolvency matters including corporate restructuring, security realization, and bankruptcy. He is currently Chair of the Insolvency Discussion Group, a forum of accountants and lawyers practising in the area of insolvency. Greg has lectured on insolvency issues at CLEBC conferences as well as conferences for other professional groups such as accountants and doctors, and each year contributes the chapter on bankruptcy and insolvency for CLEBC’s Annual Review of Law & Practice.
He will publish annotations on Quickscribe in the area of Bankruptcy and Insolvency.

Greg lives on the North Shore of Vancouver, where he still occasionally does the Grouse Grind even though his wife Monika is faster.

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Katherine Hardie

Katherine Hardie

Katherine Hardie has been in-house counsel to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal since 1998. Before that, Katherine was counsel with the British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Legal Services Society, and an associate in the employment and labour law department of a national law firm. She has appeared before administrative tribunals and before all levels of court, federal and provincial, on judicial review of administrative action. Katherine has law degrees from UBC and the University of Toronto. She is a frequent presenter on issues related to human rights and judicial review. Katherine will annotate the Human Rights Code and related legislation.

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Melanie Harmer

Melanie Harmer

Melanie Harmer is a partner at McMillan LLP, where she practises in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, and employment law. Melanie frequently appears before administrative tribunals and before courts on judicial review of administrative decisions. She is also regularly called upon to research and prepare complex legal opinions and draft submissions to the court in all areas of law. Prior to joining McMillan LLP, Melanie clerked for the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Melanie is Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of administrative law.

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Nancy Harwood

Nancy Harwood

Nancy has practiced in the area of occupational health and safety law for over 20 years, including as a director in the Prevention Division of WorkSafeBC, and for the past six years, as principal of the Harwood Safety Group. She provides legal advice on regulatory compliance matters and conducts respectful workplace investigations for a wide range of industry clients. The Group also provides consulting expertise in safety training, OH&S program development, accident investigations and occupational exposure control, including relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nancy has served on various boards and commissions dedicated to the promotion of workplace health and safety in BC and Canada. She is past chair of the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation, and Actsafe Safety Association, and is a former member of the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission, the Canadian Standards Association, and federal government representative to the ILO on an international workplace health and safety Protocol.

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Christopher Hirst

Christopher Hirst

Christopher Hirst is Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang's Managing Partner and the leader of the firm's Construction + Engineering Practice. Chris is also a member of the firm's Environmental, Insurance and Maritime Practices.
His practice is focused on assisting construction industry clients in the management of procurement issues, the negotiation and drafting of contracts, and the resolution of builders' liens and other construction based litigation.
Chris is a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues of interest to the construction and business communities. He is a contributing author to the "BC Builders Lien Practice Manual", published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Chris contributes annotations in the area of builders lien and construction law on Quickscribe.

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Kim Jakeman

Kim Jakeman

Kim Jakeman, a senior partner with Harper Grey LLP, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of health law. Kim’s practice includes both civil litigation and administrative proceedings. She has been involved in cases addressing standard of medical care, consent to treatment, limitation defenses, liability for medical products, professional regulation and discipline. Kim has been counsel on a number of significant decisions in British Columbia including cases deciding the issue of causation in medical negligence. She has also developed niche expertise in the emerging legal field of MAID (medical assistance in dying) and is Chair of the National CBA End-of-Life Working Group convened to study the legal and ethical issues surrounding end of life decisions.

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Pam Jefcoat

Pam Jefcoat

Pam Jefcoat is a founding partner and the former Managing Partner of Civic Legal LLP. Pam has over 19 years of combined experience in local government and commercial real estate law and advises on a wide variety of local government, real estate development, and related regulatory, privacy and FOIPPA issues. Pam regularly advises local governments in relation to complex development transactions, bylaw preparation and review, service agreement preparation and review, procedural advice and the powers and duties of local governments under their enabling and other applicable legislation. Pam also regularly presents to local government organizations (including the LGMA, NCLGMA, PWABC), as well as Capilano University, CLEBC and PBLI on a wide-variety of local government issues, including contract drafting, subdivision and land development, public hearings, access to information, liability, regulatory authority, constitutional jurisdiction, bylaw procedures, council meetings, elector approval, development finance, taxation, conflict of interest and confidentiality matters. Pam will contribute annotations to local government legislation on Quickscribe Online.

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Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston is the Legal Director at Health Justice, a non-profit organization that engages in education, research, and advocacy to promote human rights in mental health and substance use care in BC. Before Health Justice, Laura represented clients with many different forms of mental disabilities, as well as disability rights organizations, in constitutional and administrative cases before multiple tribunals and levels of court in Canada. She has also conducted research and law reform initiatives to improve access to justice, fairness, and Charter rights for marginalized populations. Laura teaches Mental Health Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law at UBC and frequently provides education to legal and medical professionals on topics like the Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, and Health Care (Consent) and Care (Facility) Admission Act.

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Don Lidstone

Don Lidstone

Don Lidstone, Q.C. partner at Lidstone & Company in Vancouver, will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of local government law. Don has been practicing in the area of local government law since 1980 and has published numerous papers and consulted on the development of the Community Charter as well as other municipal statutes in a number of provinces. He has also worked with Quickscribe to help us maintain our popular BC Local Government Index, which is still being used by nearly every local government in BC. Don will be contributing annotations to key local government laws within the Quickscribe Online 2.0 legislation service.

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Robin Longe

Robin Longe

Robin Longe, a partner with the law firm Dentons 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 on Quickscribe.

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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 Mason, Q.C., a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator for the Societies Act. Margaret has over 32 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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Anita Mathur

Anita Mathur

Anita Mathur is the Legislation Specialist at the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC). Anita worked for several years as an engineer in the oil and gas industry in Calgary in Reservoir Engineering, Production Engineering, and Joint Ventures. She later received her MA(Law) from the University of Cambridge and LLM from Osgoode Hall in Energy and Infrastructure Law. Anita uses her hybrid engineering-law knowledge to focus on continuous adjustments to the operational regulations at the OGC to meet a dynamic and ever-changing industry and the regulations that govern it. She will be Quickscribe’s annotator in respect of the Oil and Gas Activities Act and its regulations.

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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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Mark Oulton

Mark Oulton

Mark Oulton, is litigation counsel at Hunter Litigation Chambers practicing general civil and administrative litigation with a focus on forestry and commercial disputes. Mark was recently recognized as a leading practitioner in forestry law in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He has appeared as counsel before the B.C. Utilities Commission, the Forest Appeals Commission, all levels of the British Columbia and Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mark regularly acts on behalf of large and small licensees in forestry related matters, including stumpage appeals, contractor disputes, including proceedings under Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation, compensation claims and arbitrations. Mark is a regular contributor to the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, writing and speaking on forestry and practice related matters. He has also spoken at conferences for Insight. Mark act as Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of forestry law.

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 Public Guardian and Trustee

Public Guardian and Trustee

The Public Guardian and Trustee is a corporation sole established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act, with a unique statutory role to protect the interests of British Columbians who lack the legal capacity to protect their own interests. The mandate of the PGT is to protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years, protect the legal, financial, personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision-making, and administer the estates of deceased and missing persons. The PGT is both an independent organization and an Officer of the Supreme Court, with a fiduciary role exercised solely in the interests of the persons served. The PGT's authority to provide services is found in numerous statutes, including the Child, Family and Community Service Act, the Infants Act, the Adult Guardianship Act, the Adoption Act, the Patients Property Act, the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, and many others.

Dan Orsetti has been in-house counsel at the PGT since 2008, and has worked in Child and Youth Services, Services to Adults, and the Executive Office. Dan provides research and advice to the PGT on a wide variety of legal matters.

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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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Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy is a partner at Allevato Quail & Roy and will act as Quickscribe’s expert annotator in the area of campaign law. Rachel provides advice related to electoral finance and campaign regulation to candidates and political parties as well as third party organizations at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. In addition to her experience as in-house legal counsel to a national political party, Rachel has significant expertise in assisting clients with judicial recounts, investigations by regulatory bodies including Elections BC and Elections Canada, and compliance with applicable privacy, CRTC, CASL, and campaign finance rules.

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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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Kathryn Stuart

Kathryn Stuart

Kathryn Stuart Kathryn Stuart is a partner of Stewart McDannold Stuart and a member of the solicitors' group. She has practiced exclusively for more than 28 years in the field of Local Government Law and Administrative Law and advises clients on a wide variety of matters, including corporate and regulatory powers, planning and real estate matters, FIPPA, conflicts, procedure and issues of statutory interpretation. She regularly drafts all manner of bylaws, leases, licences, tenders, RFP's, servicing and development agreements and has seen to the incorporation of local government owned corporations. She lectures at C.L.E. courses on Local Government Law, teaches a local government law course at the University of Victoria for the School of Public Administration and has been a regular presenter at LGMA, the Justice Institute, Capilano University and other functions of local government organizations. She is the past chair of the Municipal Law Section of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Kathryn will contribute annotations to local government legislation on Quickscribe Online.

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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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Teresa Tomchak

Teresa Tomchak

Teresa Tomchak is a partner with the law firm Farris LLP in Vancouver. Teresa has extensive experience in securities litigation and regulation and has been involved in numerous shareholder disputes, hostile take-over bids and proxy fights. She has also been involved in contested plans of arrangement and securities class actions.

Teresa's practice also includes securities regulatory matters. Teresa has represented clients during investigations and enforcement hearings before various provincial securities commissions. Such matters have included allegations of insider trading, illegal distributions, market manipulation, discretionary trading, suitability matters and fraud. Teresa regularly deals with registration requirements under securities legislation with respect to trading in securities. Teresa will provide ongoing annotations to securities legislation on Quickscribe.

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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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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.

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