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

  • Julie Daum (she/her) Co-Chair open indicator arrow
  • Mark Meredith (he/him) Treasurer open indicator arrow
  • Robin Phillips (she/her) Co-Chair open indicator arrow
  • Ashley Syer (she/her) Director open indicator arrow
  • The Honourable Judge Valli Chettiar (she/her) open indicator arrow
  • Katrina Pacey (she/her) Secretary open indicator arrow
  • Adam Howden-Duke (he/him) Director open indicator arrow
  • Kyla Painter (she/her) Director open indicator arrow
  • Aleks Besan (they/them) Director open indicator arrow
  • Maya Lebrun (she/her) Director open indicator arrow
  • Alita Tocher (she/her) Director open indicator arrow
  • David Wotherspoon Director open indicator arrow
  • Virginia Young (she/her) Director open indicator arrow

Julie Daum (she/her)


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.

Mark Meredith (he/him)


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 (she/her)


Ashley Syer (she/her)


The Honourable Judge Valli Chettiar (she/her)

Judge Chettiar was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia on July 31, 2015.  She is assigned to Surrey in the Fraser Region.  She deals with criminal, family, child protection, youth, and civil cases.

Judge Chettiar graduated with her law degree from The University of British Columbia in 1992 and was called to the bar in 1993.  She clerked for the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in various areas of the law, including administrative law; corporate/commercial; securities; taxation; wills, estates and trusts; and real estate.  She has practiced as a sole practitioner, partner of a national law firm, general counsel, and in-house counsel for public and private corporations. 

Judge Chettiar has served on various provincial administrative tribunals.  Immediately prior to her appointment to the Provincial Court, she served as Vice-Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, and as Mediator and Arbitrator for the Surface Rights Board.  She has also served on various public and private corporate boards.

Judge Chettiar was appointed by the Chief Judge of the BC Provincial Court to Mediate BC's Board of Directors. 

Katrina Pacey (she/her)


Katrina is a lawyer and mediator who lives and works on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, otherwise known as East Vancouver.

She has been involved in a broad range of social justice and human rights movements in this city and across Canada. As a university student, Katrina worked with organizations committed to ending gender-based violence. That experience led her to law school and a career as a human rights activist and litigator. While in law school, Katrina was fortunate to be part of the launch of Pivot Legal Society, a social justice organization in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. After 17 incredible years at Pivot, Katrina became increasingly drawn to dialogue and conflict resolution as a way to support people, organizations, and social movements to achieve positive change.

Katrina now works as a mediator and restorative justice practitioner. A significant aspect of her mediation practice is within the non-profit and housing sector. Her approach is equity-informed and encourages self-reflection, connection with values, relationship-building, and collaborative problem-solving.

Katrina is also a parent, enthusiastic dancer, trail runner, and nature lover.

Adam Howden-Duke (he/him)


Adam is a lawyer and partner in the law firm of Guild Yule LLP, practicing Insurance coverage & defence with specialties in errors & omissions, product liability & cyber. He also acts as a mediator, where his practice includes personal injury, product liability, coverage & construction defects disputes.

He immigrated to Canada in late 2004, following 5 years practicing in London England, and 3 years in New Zealand, where he was first called to the bar.

Kyla Painter (she/her)


For over 9 years, Kyla Painter has been a noteworthy leader at FRAFCA and in the Non-Profit Industry. Kyla is FRAFCA’s Assistant Executive Director as of August 2021, although you may know her from her work as FRAFCA’s Youth Services Program Manager. During her tenure Kyla has helped FRAFCA plan annual fundraisers, build a stellar team of leaders and front-line staff, and provided ongoing commitment to Surrey’s Urban Indigenous Populations. Driven by her commitment to advocate and make change for a better community she takes pride in her abilities to communicate, strategize and lead her teams in a healthy and meaningful way. Kyla is committed to following the Friendship Centre movement in the work she does at FRAFCA. Kyla is thankful to be provided the opportunity to live, work and play on the shared, unceded traditional territory of the Fraser Salish People including the Kwantlen, Katzie, QayQayt, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen First Nations. When Kyla is not busy with work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exploring our beautiful Province of BC. 

Aleks Besan (they/them)


Provincial Manager, PACT Operations & Strategy

Aleks (they/them/their and she/her/hers) is currently on the CMHA BC team that is rolling out Peer Assisted Care Teams (PACT), an alternative to police response to mental health and substance use crises, in ten communities across BC. Aleks has designed and delivered programs on EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion), civic engagement, mental wellness, and leadership with West Coast LEAF, Battered Women’s Support Services, Check Your Head, Open Media, and Vantage Point. Their previous Board experience includes tenures with ProChoices Community Therapy Clinic and the Crisis Centre of BC. Aleks is also a trained mediator and restorative justice facilitator. They have been living in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, since childhood, when their family immigrated to Canada.  

Maya Lebrun (she/her)


Alita Tocher (she/her)


David Wotherspoon


After 30 years of practice in very large law firms, David went in the other direction and started his own law firm where his practice focuses on corporate and commercial disputes, but encompasses all areas of litigation and dispute resolution. He has acted as counsel in many mediation proceedings and has acted as mediator.

David has experience with board disputes and board governance, having been a director on a number of not-for-profit boards, as well as counsel to provide governance advice. 

Virginia Young (she/her)


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


Mediate BC leads, promotes and facilitates effective conflict resolution.