Bio and CV
I retired on January 1, 2015 after working more than 26 years as a lawyer at Young Anderson, a Vancouver-based municipal law firm. My years of work experience at the law firm involved representing and advising British Columbia local governments on a broad range of municipal matters, from land development and planning issues to municipal finances and elections.
Between February 2007 and February 2015, I was a guest speaker for a 6-hour portion of the Planning 506 course at SCARP.
During my years as a municipal lawyer, I presented legal seminars at many courses and conferences, including the following:
- annual conferences of GFOA Government Finance Officers Association of BC;
- Local Government Management Association of British Columbia annual conferences;
- Justice Institute of British Columbia courses;
- Capilano College, Local Government Administration Professional Certificate Program courses;
- Continuing Legal Education Society courses;
- International Municipal Lawyers Association conference (2011);
- UBC School of Community and Regional Planning seminars (1995, 2004).
I have participated in numerous City of Vancouver civic activities, including:
- Neighbourhood Advisory Committee on public art installation at Cartier Park, 37th Avenue and Prince Edward Street
- Presentation to City Council re development permit application at 41st Avenue and Main Street
- Citizen Advisory group on Mountainview Cemetery, 1998-2000, with presentation to Council on behalf of the group in 2000
As for my personal interests, I sing with the Joyful Voice community choir, and am on the Board of Directors of the choir society. I am a former board member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. I ice skate weekly at Hillcrest Community Centre, take yoga in my neighbourhood, work out with my personal trainers, walk my neighbour’s dog, and enjoy working in my vegetable garden. I’m also a long-time student of metaphysics.