Board of Directors
Current Members of the Institute
Dr. Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey
Dean of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law appointee
Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey is Professor at UVic Law where she has been teaching since 1998. She served as Associate Dean, Administration and Research, 2010 – 2016. She also served as Chair of the Employment Equity Advisory Group of the University Human Rights Committee, 2013 – 2015, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee to Investigate Gendered Salary Anomalies, 2013-14; member of the Bargaining team for the first UVic faculty Collective Agreement; member of the Joint Committee on Administration of the Collective Agreement, 2015-2016; and member of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Program Committee, 2012-2016.
Elizabeth’s teaching and research interests are in Torts; Remedies; and Insurance. She is particularly interested in issues of marginalization in insurance law and tort remedies, especially personal and fatal injury damages, and has published several articles and book chapters on these topics. She is co-author (with Cooper-Stephenson) of Personal Injury Damages in Canada, 3rd ed. (Thomson Reuters, 2018); (with Jamie Cassels) Remedies: The Law of Damages (Irwin Law); and Berryman et al, Remedies: Cases and Materials, 7th ed. (Emond Montgomery, 2016). She revised the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Insurance (Carswell, 2016).
Marion Allan graduated from UBC with a BA in 1967; from the University of Alberta with an MA in International Relations in 1970; and from UBC with an LLB in 1977. She articled and then practiced civil litigation for 10 years at Russell and DuMoulin prior to her appointment to the County Court of Vancouver in 1988 and her elevation to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1990. Madam Justice Allan became a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory in 1990.
She was an adjunct professor of civil procedure at UBC Law School between 1984 and 1988. She frequently participated in educational seminars on topics including evidence, family law, civil procedure, fiduciary obligations, and personal injuries.
During her time on the bench, she participated in many educational programs for judges and lawyers for the National Judicial Institute, Canadian Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Association, on topics such as evidence, family law, civil procedure, fiduciary obligations, personal injuries and elder law. Marion chaired the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee from 1994-1999. She has devoted considerable attention to elder law issues and has been engaged in research with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies (CCEL).
She elected supernumerary status in 2007 and retired from the bench in April 2012. Marion was awarded the Trial Lawyers Association of BC Judge of the Year Award in 2012.
She returned to practice in September 2013 as associate counsel with Clark Wilson LLP, where she practiced as a mediator and arbitrator until September 2018.
Marion is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and has spoken at numerous elder law and mediation conferences and published articles in those fields.
Attorney General of British Columbia appointee
Emily is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP. Emily has focused her legal career on all aspects of estates, trusts and incapacity matters. She advocates for clients in contested litigation matters. She assists clients in preparing estate, trust and incapacity planning documents. She works with clients regarding the administration of estates through probate. Emily is known to be a dedicated and passionate advocate, particularly regarding the complex issues that arise regarding mental capacity.
Dr. Tesh W. Dagne
Dean of the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law appointee
Dr. Tesh W. Dagne is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University. Prior to joining Thompson Rivers University, Dr. Dagne was a Schulich Research Fellow and part-time Faculty member at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where he completed his Doctoral studies. He also worked at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and the Law and Technology Institute. Dr. Dagne was also Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in Vienna.
Dr. Dagne’s primary research interest are in intellectual property law, biodiversity conservation and environmental law. He has widely published in highly regarded national and international journals in these areas and has been frequently invited to speak at different conferences and proceedings in Canada, South Africa, Kenya, India, England and the United States. At the Faculty of Law, Dr. Dagne teaches Property Law in the first year curriculum and Intellectual Property Law and International Intellectual Property Law in the upper year curriculum.
Jennifer A. Davenport
Law Society of British Columbia appointee
Jennifer A. Davenport joined the Public Guardian and Trustee in July of 1998. She was appointed Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee on January 3, 2012 after serving as Acting Director of Legal Services. Prior to this, Jennifer spent 12 years as legal counsel to the Public Guardian and Trustee both in the Child and Youth Services and Services to Adults divisions. As Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee, Jennifer was a member of the Executive Committee, the Director of Legal Services and Chief Legal Counsel to the Public Guardian and Trustee.
Prior to joining the Public Guardian and Trustee Jennifer practiced law in Vancouver and Surrey, in the areas of small business and wills and estates law.
Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria. She is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts subsection (Vancouver) and is currently the Chair of the Youth Futures Education Fund Advisory Committee (the Fund provides financial assistance to former youth in care attending post secondary education on a BC Tuition Waiver) and Secretary of the Burrard Yacht Club.
Member at large
James earned his Honours B.A. from Glendon College in Toronto in 1979 and obtained his LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1982. He articled in Toronto in 1983, was called to the Ontario Bar in April 1984, and practiced in Toronto until 1998, primarily as a sole practitioner. In 1998, he took a management position with the Legal Services Society in B.C., transferring to the B.C. Bar one year later. Also in 1999, James received his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He took the position of Director of Criminal Justice Transformation Projects for the Criminal Justice Reform Secretariat in 2007 and in 2010, was appointed Executive Director of Criminal Justice and Legal Access Policy for the Justice Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice in Victoria. He was appointed to the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in 2011 and was appointed Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of the Justice Services Branch in 2015. In 2016, James returned to his former Executive Director position, retiring from that role in March 2018.
Since retirement, James has performed volunteer board activity, done consulting work and was appointed Alternate Chair of the B.C. Review Board in June 2019.
Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia) appointee
Mr. Fleck is a member of the Bars of British Columbia, Ontario and Washington State. He serves as Administrative Crown Counsel with management responsibility for the Fort St. John Crown Counsel office. Currently employed by the Criminal Justice Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Justice, he worked with the Government of Canada in Ottawa, ON and Geneva Switzerland from 1999 to 2012. Earlier he was a Consultant with Trident Consulting Services (2006-2008), a Surface & Subsurface Operations Officer with the Canadian Naval Reserve (1998-2002), Staff Counsel with Pierce County Public Defender’s Office (1997-1998) and a Business Manager in the family business, Fleck Enterprises Ltd.
Mr. Fleck has done volunteer work with several organizations. He is a member of the BC and Ontario branches of CBA, a member of the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law Section and Canadian Maritime Law Association.
Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia) appointee
Mat Good practices class actions and complex commercial litigation with Good Barrister in Vancouver. He has particular experience with plaintiff-side actions in the areas of consumer protection, tort law, antitrust and competition law. He remains active academically, publishing in these areas and on the law of civil procedure and judicial administration. Between 2012 and 2017, he taught Statutory Interpretation at the law schools at the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria.
Dean of University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law appointee
Professor Michelle LeBaron is a conflict transformation scholar/practitioner at the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law whose work is animated by creativity, culture and interdisciplinarity. A tenured professor of law, she has done seminal work in many types of conflict engagement including intercultural, international, family, organizational and commercial. Michelle’s current research focuses on dialogic approaches to political and religious conflict, and on how arts help shift intractable conflicts. She is also collaborating with scholars from the global south on issues of transitional justice, symbolic reparations and commemorations of collective traumas. Michelle has been a fellow at the Trinity College Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in Dublin, holds a Wallenberg Fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa and taught for ten years at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her books include Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice; The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience; Conflict Across Cultures: A New Approach for a Changing World; Bridging Cultural Conflicts; and Bridging Troubled Waters.
Attorney General appointee
Tejas Bahaar Virdi Madhur is Legal Counsel at Tsawwassen First Nation. Her practice involves advice as related to the implementation of the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement, a comprehensive land claim, and self-government agreement. She has a strong interest in legislative development, currently working in this area as part of the exercise of Tsawwassen First Nation’s self-government authority. She previously worked as Legislative Counsel for the Government of Nunavut.
Margaret H. Mason, Q.C.
Law Society of British Columbia appointee
Margaret Mason leads the Charities and Tax-Exempt Organizations practice at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Her practice spans a broad range of issues which affect charities and not-for-profits including tax exempt status, governance, political activities and social enterprise. Margaret represents organizations across the sector including religious, environmental, sport, healthcare, social services, education, and research organizations as well as family and corporate foundations.
Margaret also advises donors with respect to their philanthropic planning and has extensive experience with trust and estate related matters including all aspects of estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts, both within Canada and elsewhere.
Margaret currently serves on the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific and is the Past-Chair of the National Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations section of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the CRA Charities Directorate’s Technical Issues Working Group.
Member at large
Dylan is a graduate of the first cohort of the Bachelor of Software Engineering program at the University of Waterloo in 2006. Since then he has worked primarily in the enterprise software industry, developing web applications for large scale business use cases. In 2010, he relocated for a year to Paris, France where he worked in the Arbitrage division of BNP Paribas, developing derivative pricing and trading applications. He also dabbled in the health care sector as a contract developer and as co-founder of a patient-focused application startup, before ending up back in the enterprise software world working for Salesforce in Vancouver. Dylan has a particular interest in the areas of tech security, data privacy, anonymity and the ethical use of artificial intelligence
Member at large
Timothy Outerbridge has served as the Registrar of the BC Court of Appeal since 2014. In that capacity, he performs both judicial and quasi-judicial functions, including conducting registrar’s hearings, assessments and other matters set out by statute or the Rules of Court or referred by a judge of the Court of Appeal. He manages the Office of the Registrar providing legal, technical and procedural direction to the Registry and its staff and also assists the Court in matters related to the management of its workload, including overseeing its case management system and the development of new technologies.
Lisa A. Peters, Q.C.
Member at large
Lisa Peters is a partner with the Vancouver law firm Lawson Lundell LLP, and is the head of that firm’s legal research and opinions department. She is the author of numerous publications on legal research and private law generally and has served as chair of the Legislation and Law Reform Committee of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch). Ms. Peters has been a member at large on the BCLI board since October 2010 and was elected chair in September 2016.
She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 2016.
Society of Notaries Public of BC Appointee
A Notary Public for thirty years, currently Staff Notary, Practice Advisor and Deputy Secretary of Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Previously Sole Practitioner, Practice Inspector and Custodian.
University of British Columbia Diploma in Urban Land Economics.
Experienced Arbitrator and Mediator, member ADRBC. Formerly mediator in Court Mediation program and on Civil Roster.
Former member of Appraisal Institute of Canada (CRA designation); Real Estate Institute of B.C.(R.l.(B.C.) designation); Fellow of Real Estate Institute of Canada (FRI designation).
Thomas L. Spraggs
Member at large
Tom Spraggs is the owner and operator of Spraggs Law, a full-service law firm. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, and Masters of Business Administration. His law firm has experienced significant growth over the last several years, and his lifelong passions for technology and learning have helped him develop unique approaches to collaborative work processes and practice management. Recently, the firm was acknowledged by the Canadian Bar Association with the 2016 Innovative Workplace Award.
Tom Spraggs joined the BCLI board of directors in 2012 by appointment of the Attorney General. He has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (as Chair). He was appointed Vice Chair on August 31st, 2016.
Tom is active in the community. He serves as the Vice Chair of Douglas College where he has also served on a number of committees. Tom is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and co-chairs the Civil Litigation Tri-Cities/New Westminster section. As a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta, Tom’s work has been primarily in civil litigation, and he also has a strong interest in administrative law and governance. He has been a frequent participant in the CLEBC Solo and Small Firm Conference, this year sitting as Course Chair.
Tom is a qualified arbitrator with the BCAMI and has successfully launched Qase, a digital platform aimed at increasing access to justice.
- Thomas L. Spraggs, Chair
- Mathew P. Good, Vice Chair
- Margaret H. Mason, Q.C., Treasurer
- Oliver A. Fleck, Secretary
- Lisa A. Peters, Q.C.
- Emily L. Clough
- Kathleen Cunningham, Executive Director, Ex Officio Committee Member
Arthur L. Close, Q.C.
Arthur Close brings expertise in law reform, inter-jurisdictional issues and plain language.
Arthur Close, QC is a retired lawyer and expert in law reform. Mr. Close was the 1969 UBC Law Gold Medalist and is the recipient of the President’s Medal of the Canadian Bar Association Mr. Close served as Counsel, Commissioner, Vice-Chair and finally Chair of the Law Reform Commission of BC between 1972-1997, during which time he authored a number of reports that were implemented through legislation. After the Law Reform Commission ceased operations, Arthur, along with other members of the legal community, founded the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) 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 in his more than 50 published works. He has also held leadership positions with the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada and the BC Plain Language Institute.
Joost Blom, Q.C.
Joost Blom is Professor Emeritus of Law at UBC. He took his LLB at UBC, a BCL at Oxford, and an LLM at Harvard.
He joined the UBC Law Faculty in 1972, was Dean from 1997 to 2003, and retired in 2017. His teaching subjects are private international law, contracts, torts, and intellectual property, and he has published widely in those areas. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Victoria, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Melbourne Law School and the University of Trier (Germany).
Prof. Blom was awarded a Q.C. in 1985 (British Columbia), served as an elected bencher of the Law Society of BC from 2004 to 2011, and is now a Life Bencher. He is also a membre titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He served as Director of the BC Law Institute from 2007 to 2017, and was Chair from 2015 to 2017. He also chaired the Project Committee on BCLI’s study of Unfair Contracts Relief, the final report of which was published in 2011.
Prof. Robert G. Howell
Professor Howell brings expertise in the areas of intellectual property law, education, research, finance and inter-disciplinary teams.
Professor Howell joined the Faculty of Law as Assistant Professor in 1980 and was promoted to Professor in 1993. From 1977 to 1979, he was a part-time tutor at Victoria University of Wellington, and he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1980. Professor Howell was co-director of the International Intellectual Property Summer Program from 2002-2007 and he currently teaches Property, Intellectual Property, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) and Managing Intellectual Property. Some of these courses involve consideration of telecommunications and Internet-related law.
His research interests include intellectual property, technology,
telecommunications, private international law, and Asia-Pacific issues. He has
published extensively, including his book Canadian Telecommunications Law: Dimensions in a Digital Age, Irwin Law Inc. (2011), and has organized national and international conferences and seminars.
D. Peter Ramsay, Q.C.
Peter was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1970 and has practiced in Nanaimo since then, presently in the 19-lawyer firm Ramsay Lampman Rhodes. He has litigated with respect to estate and other civil matters in trial and appellant courts. In 1997, he received his masters of laws degree from the University of British Columbia with a thesis on the Wills Variation Act. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. From 2002 to 2010, he taught Succession and trust law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and until 2017 was an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University teaching a Personal Planning course in the Masters of Applied Legal Studies program.
Peter has served as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, and as both a board member and the chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. He has been a board member and chair of the British Columbia Law Institute. He chaired the Succession Law Reform Project and the Probate Rules Reform Project which resulted in the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act and the new Supreme Court Probate Rules. In recognition of this long service to the British Columbia Law Institute, he was made a Member Emeritus.