Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

December 22, 2006 09:15 ET

Executive and Board Elected through a New Voting Process

Brass of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC in Place for 2007 Term

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER/BRITISH COLUMBIA/NEWS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - A fresh slate of representatives is in place for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC heading into 2007 after the organization instituted a new province-wide voting process this year.

"We improved our process of selecting representatives by changing our bylaws to enable members throughout BC to cast ballots in the annual election of officers and governors," said Carla Terzariol, TLABC's Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. "The changes brought in this year were highly welcomed by our voting members who, in previous years, had to be in attendance at our annual general meeting in order to exercise their right to select representatives."

The association's updated bylaws demand that voting is carried out by way of
mail-in balloting. As well, county representatives on the board of governors are now selected exclusively by members who practice law in the corresponding counties, which mirror those set out by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Vancouver-area lawyer Rose Keith is TLABC's new president. "It will be another busy and exciting year for TLABC's Executive Committee and Board of Governors," said Ms. Keith, who served as the association's 1st vice-president during the prior term and has held several positions on TLABC's Executive Committee. "The recent changes to our bylaws were another positive step in our ongoing growth process. This improved structure will serve us well. It fits nicely with our constant drive to enhance the practice of law by way of legal-education seminars, as well as our ongoing aim of protecting the rights of clients and other citizens."

TLABC was founded in 1980. The current membership base is approximately 1,000 people strong and is made up of a diverse range of lawyers from throughout the profession and province (as well as some from beyond BC). Membership in the association is voluntary and a great number of professionals have been involved for many years, including most of the founders.

Entrenched as a not-for-profit society, TLABC aims to support, promote and preserve the strengths of the current legal system and also strive to protect the rights of individuals, part of which involves an ongoing effort to ensure that access to justice (access to courts and legal assistance) is maintained.

The full roster of TLABC's Executive Committee and Board of Governors is listed after the following notes.

NOTES - For News Directors, Editors and Newsroom Staff:

* Contact Bentley Doyle (by phone or e-mail, as listed) with regard to specific contact information for any TLABC representative, law-firm address, pronunciation of names or other details which may be of use.

* On December 6, Maris McMillan QC was appointed as a judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court in Vancouver. Her position as a member of the judiciary in BC takes effect today, December 22. As a result, she is no longer a representative of Vancouver County on the TLABC Board of Governors.

* The office locations of each TLABC representative are indicated.

* The asterisk at the end of a name* indicates those who are 1st-time representatives of TLABC.

(Term concludes on December 7, 2007)


President Rose A. Keith Vancouver
1st Vice-President Stephen P. Frame Campbell River
2nd Vice-President Robert D. Holmes Vancouver
Secretary Azool Jaffer-Jeraj Vancouver
Treasurer Russell C. MacKay Vancouver
Parliamentarian Marc Kazimirski Vancouver
Past President Gary P. Weatherill Vernon
At-Large Erin F. Berger Vancouver
At-Large Patricia Bond* North Vancouver
At-Large Daryl J. Brown New Westminster
At-Large Kent G. Burnham* Vernon
At-Large Jacqueline X. Cane Surrey
At-Large Grace Chen* Vancouver
At-Large Robert C. Claus Victoria
At-Large Daniel Corrin Richmond
At-Large Adam de Turberville* Nanaimo
At-Large Aseem P. S. Dosanjh Vancouver
At-Large Max Durando* Victoria
At-Large Richard S. Fowler* Vancouver
At-Large Dennis K. Hori Kamloops
At-Large Larry E. Kancs Vancouver
At-Large Paul G. Kent-Snowsell Vancouver
At-Large Anu K. Khanna Vancouver
At-Large Ron Lamperson Qualicum Beach
At-Large Jeffrey K. Logan Vancouver
At-Large Kirsten J. Madsen* Vancouver
At-Large A.C. Richard Parsons Vancouver
At-Large Michael L. Pohorecky* Victoria
At-Large Anne Sheane* Victoria
At-Large Paris Simons Vancouver


Cariboo Richard C. Gibbs QC Prince George
Cariboo Andrew Kemp* Prince George

Kootenay Stew L. Daroux* Cranbrook

Nanaimo Heidi Giesbrecht Campbell River
Nanaimo Richard F. Johnston Nanaimo

Prince Rupert Robert D. Punnett Prince Rupert

Vancouver Noreen Collins Vancouver
Vancouver Terence E. La Liberté QC Vancouver
Vancouver Robin N. McFee QC Vancouver
Vancouver Maris R. McMillan QC Vancouver (vacant as of Dec. 22)
Vancouver Edward L. Montague Richmond
Vancouver David N. Osborne Vancouver
Vancouver R. Trevor Todd Vancouver
Vancouver Anthony A. Vecchio Vancouver
Vancouver James D. Vilvang QC Vancouver

Victoria Robert A. Cameron Victoria
Victoria Barbara J. Flewelling Victoria
Victoria Michael J. Velletta Victoria

Westminster Edmund P. Caissie Surrey
Westminster Shelley Henshaw* Langley
Westminster Michael Maryn Port Moody
Westminster Wayne D. Murdoch Port Coquitlam
Westminster Donald J. Renaud Burnaby

Yale David J. Marr QC Kamloops
Yale Paul L. Mitchell Kelowna
Yale Frank R. Scordo Kelowna
Yale Wesley C. Shields Kelowna
Yale Joseph A. Zak Kamloops

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Contact Information

  • Bentley Doyle, Director of Communications, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    Primary Phone: 604-682-5343 ext. 302
    Toll-Free: 888-558-5222