Mr. Emmerton was the Executive Director of the British Columbia Law Institute from 2007 to 2015. He received his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1975. From 1976-1995 he served in various capacities with John Labatt Limited, including Corporate Counsel, Secretary, Treasurer and VP General Counsel. From 1995-1997 he was engaged in commercial mediation. From 1997-2005 he worked with Methanex Corporation VP General Counsel and Secretary and SVP Corporate Development. Mr. Emmerton chaired the BCLI/CCEL Project Committee which developed the BCLI/CCEL Report on Assisted Living, BC, published October 2013. He serves on the boards of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, the Family Councils of Ontario and Sources BC Foundation. He is a member of the National Seniors Council and on funding allocation committees for the National Energy Board.
Laura Tamblyn Watts is a lawyer who focuses on elder law issues. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Queens University in 1995 and an LLB from the University of Victoria in 1998. She was called to the BC Bar in 1999. She is a Senior Fellow and former Staff Lawyer at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and its past long-time National Director. She is also the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Elder Law section. She is a Board and founding member of the NICE network, a co-facilitator of the World Study Group on Elder Law, a member of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Board of Directors and former board member of FAIR Canada. Laura is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Seniors Expert Advisory Committee, and a member of the Vulnerable Investors Taskforce of the Investment Funds Industry of Canada (IFIC). Laura is also the Chair of the Board of Family Councils Ontario and a Board Member of PACE, a non-profit agency providing services to persons with disabilities in Ontario. She teaches law and aging at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Institute for LifeCourse and Aging at the University of Toronto, and an Advisory Board Member of the Gilbrea Centre on Aging at McMaster University.
- Hon. Marion Allan
- Allan Bogutz
- Saara Chetner
- Prof. Kim Dayton
- Dr. Peter Donohue
- Dr. Israel (Issi) Doron
- Sue Field
- Dr. Elaine Gallagher
- Jan Goddard
- Dr. Robert Gordon
- Dr. Sandi Hirst
- Prof. Richard L. Kaplan
- Nina A. Kohn
- Dr. Lynn McDonald
- Jane E. Meadus
- Rebecca Morgan
- Kimberly A. Whaley
- Graham Webb
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.
Allan is of counsel to the Tucson, Arizona, firm of Bogutz & Gordon, PC, and has concentrated his practice in conservatorship, guardianship, estate planning and fiduciary management. He has been certified as an Elder Law Specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Arizona Supreme Court has certified him as a Professional Fiduciary. Formerly Public Fiduciary for Pima County, he is the past President of the Pima Council on Aging, Inc., founder and Past President and past board member of the Council on Aging Foundation and served for several years as a volunteer Superior Court Judge Prof Pro Tempore. He is a past member of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, is a founder, Fellow, board member and past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served on the Arizona State Bar Committee on Professionalism and various national committees.
Allan has practiced law in Arizona since 1971, has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona Law School and speaks internationally on Elder Law and estate planning topics. He is the co-author of Fifty and Beyond: The Law, You and Your Parent Need to Know, and Elder Law: Advocacy for the Elderly. He divides his time between Arizona and British Columbia. Allan and his wife, Yvonne, have four adult children.
Saara is a lawyer who has worked since 1994 implementing the Substitute Decisions Act and the Health Care Consent Act at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. She has extensive experience with issues affecting elderly people. After leaving private practice in Alberta, she litigated estates and mental incompetency matters at the Public Trustee’s office and then practised for a number of years in the legal aid clinic system, including a year at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.
While completing her LL.M. in health law at the University of Toronto, she also worked with the multidisciplinary Baycrest Competency Clinic. Saara is counsel to the Public Guardian and Trustee providing policy advice and legal representation to the P.G.T. under the Substitute Decisions Act, as well as advising the P.G.T. in respect of its last resort role under the Health Care Consent Act.
Saara has delivered a variety of presentations and papers on topics relating to substitute decision-making and elder abuse to lawyers and key stakeholders of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Saara is a member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Ontario Bar Association.
Prof. Kim Dayton
Professor Kim Dayton is a nationally-known expert in the field of elder law. She is a co-author of Advising the Elderly Client (Thomson-West), a four-volume, 39-chapter treatise on elder law and related topics (with Guare, Mezullo, and Wood), and Elder Law: Readings, Cases, and Materials (Lexis-Nexis 2d ed. 2003) and its companion statutory supplement (with Gallanis and Wood).
In 1994, Professor Dayton helped to establish the elder law clinic at the University of Kansas, one of the nation’s first law school clinics dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of elderly clients. She founded the Kansas Elder Law Network, a web-based compendium of resources on elder law, in 1995. In 2003, KELN was renamed the National Elder Law Network, www.neln.org. In 2005, Professor Dayton started the Elder Law Prof Blog, a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network. Professor Dayton’s current research interests include end-of-life issues, financing long term care for the elderly and disabled, and the allocation of health care resources across generations.
Professor Dayton is a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan. She clerked for the Honorable James M. Sprouse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, then worked as a litigation associate at Shea & Gardener in Washington, D.C. from 1984-86. Professor Dayton was Professor of Law at the University of Kansas from 1986 through 2004, when she relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, Professor Dayton is Visiting Professor of Law at the William Mitchel College of Law. In addition to her work on elder law, she has written and lectured in the areas of civil and criminal procedure, intellectual property, and feminist theory.
Dr. Peter Donohue
Peter Donahue is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. He joined the Faculty of Social Work in 2000. He played an integral role in the establishment of the Faculty of Social Work’s concentration in gerontological social work introduced in 2002.Dr. Donahue has been very active in gerontological research and has presented and had his materials published both nationally and internationally. His particular focus in research is on retirement, caregiving and diversity in aging.
Dr. Donahue has been involved in a variety of professional organizations focused on aging ranging from the Ontario and Alberta Associations on Gerontology to the Canadian Association on Gerontology. In his role as Research Chair for the Alberta Association on Gerontology, he organized a provincial summit on the future of gerontological education and research in Alberta. He is currently the Chair of the Educational Division of the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
Dr. Israel (Issi) Doron
Dr. Israel Doron is a lecturer at the department of gerontology, school of social work and faculty of law, in the University of Haifa, Israel. Dr. Doron received his Ph.D. in 2000 at Toronto from Osgoode Hall Law School, for his thesis” From Elder Guardianship to Long Term Legal Care”.Dr. Doron is the leading scholar in Israel in the field of law and ageing and has written and edited several books in this field in Hebrew. This books include: The Fifth Commandment (Tel Aviv: 1998); The Right to Die at Home (Jerusalem, 2005); and Ageing and Justice (Jerusalem, (2006). In 2002 Dr. Doron established the first Israeli NGO in the field of elder rights, which is know as the association of “Law in the Service of the Elderly” (www.elderlaw.org.il).
On the international level, Dr. Doron has published numerous academic articles in various fields of law and ageing, and participated ii many international conferences. His writings focus on the importance of international and comparative perspectives of elder law and the need to develop international legal instruments in order to promote the rights of older persons all over the world.
Sue Field is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, an Adjunct Fellow in Elder Law at Western Sydney University, a Lead Investigator with the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and Director of the Australian Centre for Elder Law Pty Ltd. Sue is co-editor of the Elder Law Review and is well known, both nationally and internationally, for her research, publications, presentations, teaching and training in the area of Elder Law.
Dr. Elaine Gallagher has established an international track record in research on falls and fall-related injury prevention among older people during her tenure at the University of Victoria. A professor in the School of Nursing, she is also the Director of the Centre on Aging and holds an adjunct appointment in the Gerontology Program at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Gallagher’s research and practice interests include gerontological nursing, epidemiology, falls among the elderly and more recently, exploring the relationships between housing and health.
In 2002 she was named “Researcher of the Year” by the Canadian Association of Nurse Researchers. Her collaborative research efforts include publication of two documents commissioned by Health Canada’s Division of Aging and Seniors for the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health and Ministers Responsible for Seniors. Dr. Gallagher also engaged in three phases of a project entitled “STEPS” (Studies of Environments which Promote Safety funded by Health Canada). This was the first published research pertaining to the epidemiology of seniors’ slips, trips and falls in public places. Dr. Gallagher’s current work includes a study on falls in long-term care settings, a study of Home Support Workers as first level assessors of fall risk, and a World Health Organization project entitled Age-Friendly Cities Project.
Dr. Gallagher has held her tenure track position in the School of Nursing since 1980 and during that time has made many major contributions to the development of scholarship both in the School of Nursing as well as within the wider University community. Perhaps most notable here have been her years of service on the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), the University Planning Committee, and her work with other researchers to establish the Centre on Aging.
Jan Goddard is a leader in Ontario in the fields of guardianship, power of attorney and elder law. Jan’s experience as a lawyer includes her many years in private practice and ten years as a litigator, policy advisor and manager at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Her background, combined with her training in gerontology, is unique. Jan has written and spoken many times on the Substitute Decisions Act and related laws at programs and conferences hosted by the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the Canadian Institute. Jan Goddard is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, a certificate in gerontology from Ryerson University, and a mediation certificate from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and is a Member at Large of the CBA National Elder Law Section. Jan is a volunteer in the legal community as a member of the executive of the Trusts and Estates section of the Ontario Bar Association. She is a former Chair of the Board of WoodGreen Community Services and current vice-Chair of the WoodGreen Foundation.
Robert M. Gordon is a Professor of Criminology and the Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He is also the Director of the International Cyber Crime Research Centre and a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Forensic Research. He is an Associate Member of the Department of Gerontology and Chair of the Gerontology Research Centre Steering Committee at Simon Fraser University. He was one of the drafters of B.C.’s adult guardianship legislation and has been involved in the implementation of the legislation and subsequent revisions since 1993. Most recently, he was a member of the B.C. Attorney-General’s Legislation and Policy Group which prepared new personal planning and revised adult guardianship legislation for the Province. He has been a consultant to the Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C. and has provided similar consultation services to other jurisdictions including, more recently, the Yukon Territory. Dr. Gordon was a member of the Advisory Board of the East European Adult Guardianship Law Project: A Council of Europe sponsored review of the state of adult guardianship law in new European union countries such as the Czech Republic and Hungary. He continues to act as a consultant to groups associated with the Project. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles and reports on adult guardianship law, adult protection law, health law, and the abuse and neglect of the elderly.
Dr. Sandra P. Hirst
Sandra Hirst, PhD, of Calgary, Alberta, is the President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. A gerontological nurse by training, she is also an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Dr. Hirst has published numerous articles on a variety of topics related to seniors. She has served and currently sits on many boards and advisory councils, including the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta, the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly Project. Dr. Hirst is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mary Morrison Davis Award (Alberta Association on Gerontology, 2006) and an Honourary Life Membership (2001) with the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association. She has just been appointed for a three year term to the National Seniors Council.
Richard L. Kaplan is the Peter and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, specializing in the areas of federal income taxation and policy and elder law. He received his law degree from Yale University and practiced international tax law in Houston for three years before joining the faculty at Illinois in 1979. In addition to his numerous books and articles involving taxation and tax policy, he is the co-author of Elder Law in a Nutshell, published by West Publishing Co. (3rd ed. 2003), as well as articles on various elder law topics, including Social Security, Medicare, long-term care financing, and retirement funding. He has served as the faculty advisor to The Elder Law Journal, the oldest scholarly publication devoted to this subject, since that publication was created in 1992. He was a delegate to the National Summit on Retirement Savings and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Nina A. Kohn
Nina A. Kohn is an Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law where she teaches elder law, family law, torts, and an interdisciplinary gerontology course. Her research focuses on elder law and, in particular, the civil rights of senior citizens. Recent articles have addressed such issues as the unintended consequences of elder abuse legislation, the potential for an elder rights movement, financial exploitation of older adults, voting by citizens with cognitive impairment, surrogate and supported decision-making, and legal education.
Professor Kohn is a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Gerontology Center, Chair of the Elder Rights Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association, and the 2009 Chair of the Aging and the Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. In 2011, the Syracuse College of Law’s graduating class selected Professor Kohn for the Res Ipsa Loquitur award for teaching. In 2012, she was selected as Syracuse University’s Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellow.Professor Kohn earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Dr. Lynn McDonald
Dr. McDonald is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto.In 2002 she was awarded the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee medal for her contributions to Canadian gerontology. Her research interests include work and retirement, violence against women and older adults, poverty and the homelessness and ethnicity and aging. She has been a board director of the Alberta and Canadian Associations of Gerontology and served as Editor, Policy and Practice and Acting Editor, Social Sciences for the Canadian Journal on Aging. She also has been a board director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Currently she is a member of the Board of Accreditation of the Canadian Association of the Schools of Social Work, the Social Dimensions of Aging Committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is a member of the planning committee for the new Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Report Card on Seniors 2006, published by the National Advisory Council on Aging. She is also a member of the Working Group for the Panel Study of Life Course Dynamics housed in Quebec.
Dr. McDonald has held numerous grants from Health Canada, the former HRDC, from SSHRCC, MCRI CIHR, Population Health, and the National Directorate on the Homeless. She is a co-author of a major Canadian textbook, Aging in Contemporary Canada (2003) and has numerous articles and technical reports on aging.
Jane E. Meadus
Jane Meadus is a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, where she is the Institutional Advocate. Her practice is confined to representing clients in long-term care facilities, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and care homes (retirement homes) with respect to related legal issues. Ms. Meadus has a B.A. Anthropology from McMaster University, graduated from the University of Ottawa with an LL.B in 1991 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993. Ms. Meadus practiced in the private bar until joining the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in 1995.
Ms. Meadus has presented at a number of Law Society of Upper Canada continuing education conferences on Consent and Capacity law and Seniors, and in 1997 co-chaired the joint Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)/Law Society of Upper Canada seminar on Consent and Capacity law and presented on the issue of representing clients before the Consent and Capacity Board.She is the author of Chapter 9: Medical Issues, Housing Costs and Special Care Arrangements: Practical Considerations in the loose-leaf service Financial & Estate Planning for the Mature Client.
She is a contributing author to Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: The Advocate’s Manual published by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. Ms. Meadus is a regular speaker at educational seminars and before various groups, including long-term care facility staff, hospital staff, residents’ groups, families of residents groups and Community Care Access Centres on a wide variety of topics including residents’ rights in long-term care, Health Care Consent Act and Substitute Decisions Act, powers of attorney, elder abuse and care homes. She is on a number of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care committees and is also a member of the Mental Health Legal Committee.
Prof. Rebecca Morgan
Professor Morgan is the Director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law and the holder of the Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law, the only chair in elder law in the United States. Professor Morgan is a past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) . She is a NAELA fellow and an academic fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estates Council (ACTEC). She is currently directing Stetson’s Elder Consumer Protection Project.
Kimberly A. Whaley
Kimberly A. Whaley is the founder and principal of the law firm, Whaley Estate Litigation. Her practice is restricted to the litigation and mediation of estate, trust and capacity proceedings. She is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising).
Kimberly was designated as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. She has been peer rated and listed by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the speciality of Estates and Trusts (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Kimberly was chosen by Lawday Leading Lawyers as one of the top 60 leading lawyers in Canada in Estates and Trusts in the year 2009.
Kimberly is Past-Chair of the OBA Trusts & Estates Executive, and is currently a member of the CBA Elder Law Section Executive. She is a registered member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) (worldwide) and is on the STEP (Toronto) Executive as Program Chair. Kimberly is a committee member of The Professional Advisory Group of the Baycrest Foundation. Kimberly is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto and the Expert Advisory Group for the Law Commission of Ontario. Kimberly is on the Estate List Users Committee of Ontario (OSCJ at Toronto).
Graham Webb is a Staff Litigation Lawyer employed by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly since May 1995. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School with an LL.B. (1983) and an LL.M. (Tax) (2001). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985, and was engaged in private practice from 1985-1995. He has appeared in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings before all levels of courts including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court, and a wide range of administrative tribunals. He is a co-author of Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: The Advocate’s Manual, a co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and a published author of journal and newsletter articles. He is a part-time evening instructor in gerontology at Ryerson University. He is a frequent public speaker on elder law issues, and has presented on elder abuse at the Ontario Crown Attorneys’ Association Fall Training Conference, the Ontario Police College, and the C.O. Bick Police College.
Dr. Heather Lambert completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University in 2002. For her graduate work, Dr. Lambert focused on the feeding and swallowing difficulties of elderly persons living in long-term care. She authored the McGill Ingestive Skills Assessment (MISA), representing a novel approach to the evaluation of ingestive skills of elderly persons. The MISA has been presented internationally in both scientific and clinical forums. It has been translated into French, Dutch and Turkish, and will be published in English and French by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists in Spring 2006.
Dr. Lambert is presently a CHSRF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her current research focuses on advance care planning in long-term care, utilizing qualitative and policy evaluation methodologies. She has explored individual decision-making processes when making advance directives for care, as well as family and professional contributions to the process. She is currently conducting research on the evaluation, development and application of policies regarding advance care planning. This work is being carried out with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Long-Term Care Facilities Branch. Dr. Lambert is also collaborating on studies of advance care planning in Manitoba and British Columbia.
Dr. Kirsten Kramar
Kirsten Kramar received her B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Winnipeg in 1992, her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba in 1993 and her PhD in Criminology from the University of Toronto in 2000. Her recent book, Unwilling Mothers, Unwanted Babies: Infanticide in Canada traces twentieth century Canadian criminal justice responses to women who kill their newly born babies. The book links historical, Canadian criminal justice responses to women who kill their newly born babies. The book links historical, sociological and legal scholarship to present a detailed picture of the law’s developments, revealing that demands by the public for harsher penalties coincide with calls for the repeal of the infanticide law, despite the fact that the 19th century social condition that mitigate responsibility for murder persist for some young women.
Dr. Kramar has also published in other areas of law including, obscenity, wife assault and special medico-legal defences for women. She is currently working on a SSHRC funded research project entitled “Policy by Death” that examines forensic medical authority in the form of the public Inquest conducted by the Offices of the Coroner. Coroner’s inquests have resulted in a host of changes to law and policy that affect marginalized groups including the elderly. She currently teaches criminology courses in the Sociology Department at the University of Winnipeg.
Peter Levesque is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw. He is employed as the Knowledge Exchange Specialist for the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health located at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. His research focuses on knowledge exchange, particularly on the incentives and infrastructure needed to increase and support the use of evidence in decision-making. He is primarily interested in the health of vulnerable populations such as children and youth, the elderly, and those with spinal cord and acquired brain injuries.
From 1998 to the end of 2004, he was a federal civil servant at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is the former Deputy Director of Knowledge Products and Mobilization and piloted the successful Community-University Research Alliances Program. Prior to SSHRC, he was an entrepreneur and founder of three companies.He has published in peer-reviewed journals on science and technology policy and has contributed to a range of print and on-line magazines.
In addition to his professional interests in knowledge and exchange, science, technology, governance and community, he currently serves on several non-profit boards including the National University Institute in San Diego, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in Toronto, and the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Edmonton. He is a Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and founder of the Every Year Campaign that raises funds for a clinic and youth program in the Kibera camps outside Nairobi, Kenya.