Arthur L. Close, Q.C.
Arthur Close brings expertise in law reform, inter-jurisdictional issues and plain language.
Arthur Close, Q.C. is a retired lawyer and expert in law reform. He was the 1969 UBC Law Gold Medalist and is the recipient of the President’s Medal of the Canadian Bar Association. He served the former Law Reform Commission of BC between 1972 and 1997 as Counsel, Commissioner, Vice-Chair and finally Chair. During which time he authored a number of reports that were implemented through legislation. After the Law Reform Commission ceased operations, Arthur was the driving force in the creation of the British Columbia Law Institute where he subsequently became Executive Director. In 2003 Arthur spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Center for Elder Law, which is the only body in Canada devoted exclusively to legal research and law reform in the area of elder law.
His commitment to law reform is evident his participation in the work of other law-related organizations including leadership positions with the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada and the BC Plain Language Institute. He has also, for over 40 years, been a member of the British Columbia delegation to the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, the longest-ever serving member of the Conference, occupying a number of senior positions. Most recently he headed the Working Group that developed the Uniform Benevolent and Community Crowdfunding Act (2020) that was unanimously adopted by the Conference.