Our Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors is made up of conflict resolution leaders, practitioners and interested stakeholders. The individuals represent various parts of the province and we strive for diversity of backgrounds and experiences

  • Lori Charvat Director open indicator arrow
  • Julie Daum Chair open indicator arrow
  • Carol Hickman, Q.C. Director open indicator arrow
  • Mark Meredith Treasurer open indicator arrow
  • Robin Phillips Director open indicator arrow
  • Richard N. Stewart, QC Secretary open indicator arrow
  • Ashley Syer Director open indicator arrow
  • James Vilvang, Q.C. Director open indicator arrow
  • Daniel Williams Vice-Chair open indicator arrow
  • Judge Cathie Heinrichs Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) Appointee open indicator arrow

Lori Charvat

Director

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. 
 
In addition to serving on the Mediate BC Board since 2015, Lori has provided strategic leadership to other organizations as a board member, and has served as a committee member.  From 2011-2017, Lori served as a BC government appointee to the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and continues to serve on the Patient Relations Professional Standard and Ethics and Nominations Committees. In April 2018, the BC Government appointed Lori as a public member to the Council of the College of Veterinarians of BC.  Lori has also served on the Discipline Committee, and now sits on the Inquiry Committee of the BC College of Nursing Professionals, which reviews complaints of professional and ethical misconduct. 
 
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

Chair

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.

Carol Hickman, Q.C.

Director

Carol obtained her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and has practiced family law in the Greater Vancouver area for over 25 years. Carol has experience at all levels of court, including the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has extensive experience in complex family law matters, including property division, maintenance, and custody and access disputes. 

Carol was a Bencher of the Law Society of BC from 2004 – 2011, when she completed her final term and became a Life Bencher. Carol sat on several Committees and Task Forces at the Law Society, including Chair of the Family Law Task Force at the Law Society. This Task Force was responsible for developing the Regulations for Family Law Mediators, Arbitrators and Parenting Coordinators, which was approved by the Benchers. Carol continues to sit on Law Society Discipline Hearing panels. Carol was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010. 

For over 15 years, Carol has been helping couples resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom, as a family law Mediator and a Collaborative family lawyer. Carol is also an accredited family law Arbitrator. She is one of the pioneering members of the Collaborative Family Law Group serving the Lower Mainland and has been a member of the Vancouver Collaborative Divorce Group since January 2001. Carol has been an instructor and coach for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on several occasions, including the Family Law Conference in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In addition, Carol has assisted CLE develop the Family Law Arbitration course in BC and is an Instructor of the Family Violence Screening course. Carol also recently assisted in updating the Family Mediation Training course for CLE. 

Carol completed her Masters of Law in Alternate Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. Carol’s thesis for her LLM program included a training manual in the area of Med-Arb, which is one of the first of its kind in North America. Carol has taught this course in BC on several occasions and also in Ontario. 

Carol continues her litigation practice at Quay Law Centre. In addition, in 2012 Carol established West Coast ADR Law Group, which is focused on ADR options including: mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. 

Mark Meredith

Treasurer

Mark is a tax partner with Clark Wilson LLP, a respected Vancouver business law firm.  He has practiced tax law for over 30 years, first in Toronto and since 1997 in British Columbia.  Mark’s tax practice is divided between tax planning and dispute resolution.  His tax planning and advisory practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and the tax-efficient financing of foreign corporations acquiring and carrying on business in Canada, with particular expertise in the domestic and cross-border tax treatment of corporate finance transactions and associated derivative financial instruments and the application of the “general anti-avoidance rule”.  Mark also carries on an active practice in the resolution of tax disputes with Canadian taxing authorities, at the initial audit response level through appeals and the court process. 

Mark has taught, spoken and published extensively in the area of taxation for the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF), CPA Canada and a variety of other professional organizations.  He is a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association (Canadian Branch).  Mark attended the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) where he received an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) in 1979 and a Master of Arts (Philosophy) in 1980, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, receiving his LL.B. in 1983.  He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985 (withdrawn 2013) and the British Columbia Bar in 1998.

Robin Phillips

Director

Richard N. Stewart, QC

Secretary

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.

Ashley Syer

Director

James Vilvang, Q.C.

Director

Jim Vilvang is a senior partner with the Litigation group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1974 and in the Yukon in 1994.

Jim is also a Qualified Commercial Mediator. He was awarded Queen’s Counsel status in 1996. Jim has been a distinguished and recognized trial lawyer for over 40 years and is highly regarded by all sectors of the bar for his work ethic, insight, and love of the legal profession.

Jim was recognized by Best Lawyers® in the area of Personal Injury Litigation. Inclusion in this publication is based entirely on peer-review.

Daniel Williams

Vice-Chair

Judge Cathie Heinrichs

Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) Appointee

The Board of Directors have also created the following Society Committees:

  • Practice 

 - Admissions Subcommittee and Admissions Panels

 - Practice Advisory

 - Discipline

  • Calls to Action (Truth and Reconciliation)
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Funding

 

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