Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brian Gibbard (Chair) 
Lori Charvat (Vice-Chair)
Julie Daum
Bill Keen (Treasurer)
Judge Andrea Brownstone
Richard N. Stewart, QC

Director Biographies (alphabetical order)

Judge Andrea Brownstone
Andrea Brownstone was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court in January, 2013. She sits in Surrey, BC. Prior to her appointment, Andrea was the manager of the Investigation, Monitoring and Enforcement Department at the Law Society of BC. When she was in private practice, she practiced primarily in the fields of civil litigation and family law. Her mediation experience included Collaborative Family Law, as well as working for the Court Mediation Program following completion of the Small Claims Court Practicum program. 

Lori Charvat
Lori Charvat is an experienced organizational consultant, with a focus on the people side of organizations. Her expertise lies in conflict resolution, employee engagement, leadership development, and change management. She also has extensive knowledge in human rights and employment law. 

Lori is the Principal of Sandbox Consulting, which specializes in team development, facilitation, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Previously, Lori was the Corporate Director of People Strategies and Recruitment at Providence Health Care, where she was responsible for engagement strategies, performance management, and Respect at work. From 2006-2009, Lori served as the Associate Dean, Equity, at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, where she was responsible for informal investigations of complaints related to harassment and unprofessional behaviour, dispute resolution, ensuring fair process reviews and decision-making, and developing and delivering education related to professionalism and conflict resolution. Before moving to Vancouver in 2000, Lori was the Executive Director of a community justice centre in Connecticut, which provided mediation services to the State of Connecticut. 
Since 2011, Lori has served as a government appointed board member to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, which licenses and regulates physicians and surgeons in the Province. Lori sits on the Executive, Human Resources and Governance, Ethics, Communications, and an Inquiry Panel that adjudicates complaints against physicians. 
Lori earned her J.D. (Juris Doctor) from American University in Washington, D.C., and an LL.M (Master of Laws), with a focus on corporate and employment law, administrative process and dispute resolution from the University of British Columbia.

Julie Daum
Julie Daum is a mediator, facilitator, conflict resolution coach and instructor. She is a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, belongs to the Frog Clan, and resides on the Stellaquo Reserve in the central interior of BC.

Julie is a BC Child Protection Roster Mediator and Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster Mediator. She has mentored new mediators with Mediate BC's Child Protection Mediation Practicum, and has coached for multiple conflict resolution programs (including Continuing Legal Education Society Family Mediation training, University of British Columbia Law, Justice Institute of BC, University of Northern BC, and most recently Thompson Rivers University Law School).

Julie has developed and delivered workshops for The College of New Caledonia on culturally appropriate practices for working with First Nation families and communities. 

Brian Gibbard
Since 1981, Brian has practiced law as a litigator. Initially working in both criminal and civil litigation, Brian has concentrated exclusively on civil litigation, since 1989. Much of his practice has focused on personal injury work, where Brian acted for plaintiffs with injuries, ranging from mild soft tissue injuries, to severe brain injuries, as well as several Family Compensation Act claims. He also practiced extensively in the area of commercial and construction litigation and has acted for owners, developers and contractors with respect to builders' lien claims, delay claims and "leaky condo" actions. Brian has also been counsel on several wills variation actions, and a number of wrongful dismissal suits.

In 2005, Brian was granted the "Chartered Mediator" designation. Since May 1, 2006 Brian ceased practicing Law, and now works exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator.

Bill Keen
Bill Keen is Vice President Finance & CFO at BlueShore Financial (formerly North Shore Credit Union). He is responsible for leading BlueShore Financial's finance, treasury and administration operations as well as group businesses (Commercial Lending, Credit, Broker Services, BlueShore Capital Corp. and Leasing). Prior to joining BlueShore Financial, Bill was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Northstar Trade Finance. He has also worked as a Corporate Finance Partner at Goepel Shields & Partners Inc (Investment Bank)., as CFO and Senior Vice President, Finance at Surrey Metro Savings Credit Union (Coast Capital Savings' predecessor), and in a number of senior management positions in a large multinational mining and industrial group in South Africa. Bill obtained his FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, his MBA from the University of The Witwatersrand in South Africa and his Canadian Securities Course (CSC) with Honours from the Canadian Securities Institute. He also holds the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Bill was named BC CFO of the Year in 2012 by Business in Vancouver (BIV). He serves on a number of corporate boards on two other not for profit boards. 

Richard N. Stewart, QCRichard N. Stewart, QC
Richard is a retired lawyer. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1974 and retired in 2015.

He was a partner in the law firms of Armstrong Stewart (1977-1980), Stewart and Stewart (1980-1982) and Cook Roberts LLP (1983-2015).

For the whole of his career he practised as a family law lawyer. Additionally, Richard was one of the founding members of the Victoria Collaborative Family Group. A substantial part of his practice was devoted to appearance as counsel in mediated family law disputes.

Richard served as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia from 2006-2013.