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. 

  • Judge Andrea Brownstone Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) Appointee open indicator arrow
  • Lori Charvat Chair open indicator arrow
  • Julie Daum Vice-Chair open indicator arrow
  • Arlene H. Henry, Q.C. Director open indicator arrow
  • Carol Hickman, Q.C. Director open indicator arrow
  • Mark Meredith Treasurer open indicator arrow
  • Richard N. Stewart, QC Director open indicator arrow
  • James Vilvang, Q.C. Director open indicator arrow
  • Daniel Williams Director open indicator arrow

Judge Andrea Brownstone

Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) Appointee

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

Chair

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

Vice-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.

Arlene H. Henry, Q.C.

Director

Arlene H. Henry, Q.C. is a lawyer, mediator, child interviewer, parenting coordinator, med-arbitrator, adjudicator, instructor and dispute resolution coach. She has been mediating since 1998 and is particularly interested in the mindful restructuring of families, in the areas of family, estate and business law.

She was called to the BC bar in 1986; completed her mediation training at both the Justice Institute of BC and CLEBC in 1998; and took her arbitration training Part I, II and III with ADRIC in 2002. She is a panel member with ADRIC and BCICAC, and is also a certified comprehensive family mediator with Family Mediation Canada.
 
She sat 8 years as a member of Mediate BC’s Roster Committee, is currently on each of the Civil, Family, Child Protection and Med-Arb Rosters and has a special interest in children & youth participation in dispute resolution processes. Arlene is on the Board of both the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society and the BC Hear the Child Society and is actively involved in the development of each discipline within BC and Canada.
 
Arlene has co-designed and taught the Med-Arb training course and the Family Law Mediation curriculum and courses and is a course designer and Instructor for family/civil arbitration training & family violence screening courses in BC for advanced education agencies primarily in BC. 
 
Arlene is a former member of the Employment Assistance Appeal Tribunal and the Police Complaint Commission Mediator Roster.  She is also experienced in working with aboriginal First Nations, assisting with the implementation of the treaties for each of the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Maa-nulth First Nations.

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.

Richard N. Stewart, QC

Director

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.

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

Director

Daniel Williams is based in Kamloops.  He is an accomplished negotiator, facilitator and EAP Accredited Mediator.  Daniel is a WorkSafeBC mediator dealing with discrimination issues. He is also a Senior Case Manager with the Civil Resolution Tribunal.

He specializes in work place, strata, partnership, construction and general civil dispute resolution.

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