Board of Directors
Brian Gibbard (Chair)
Lori Charvat (Vice-Chair)
Jane Morley, QC (Secretary)
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 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.
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 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.
Jane Morley, QC
Jane Brewin Morley is a lawyer, a facilitator, a mediator, an arbitrator and a public policy advisor.
Jane’s professional experiences and interests have been varied in terms of the roles she has played, and the processes and substantive areas with which she has been involved. As a barrister, she has appeared at all levels of the British Columbia court system and before administrative tribunals. In the mid-1990s, she shifted her legal practice to resolving disputes outside of court, and became increasingly involved in the field of public policy.
Jane has served in many professional and public positions. From 1991 to 1999 she was a Governor of the Law Foundation - its chair in 1998 and 1999. From 1994 to 2001 she was a public representative on the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia. From 1996 to 2001 she was the Chair of the Jericho Individual Compensation Panel created to adjudicate claims related to sexual abuse at the Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. In 2002 and 2003 she was the Official Trustee of the Legal Services Society. From 2002 to 2006 she was President of the BC Mediator Roster Society and in 2007 and 2008, a board member of the BC Dispute Resolution Practicum Society (now the DRI).
From May 2003 to December 31, 2006 Jane was the Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia. In that role, she learned first-hand the intergenerational effects of the Indian Residential School experience. In November 2007, she was appointed as an adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Program under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Most recently from June 1 2008 to June 1 2009, she was a Commissioner of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the cornerstone of the court-approved, Indian Residential School class action settlement.
Richard 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.