Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lori Charvat (Chair)
Julie Daum (Vice-Chair)
Mark Meredith (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-(small).jpgLori 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. 

Mark Meredith Board Treasurer Mediate BCMark Meredith
Mark is a founding partner in KPMG Law LLP (formerly Moskowitz + Meredith LLP) and a partner in the Vancouver office of its affiliate KPMG Canada.  Before joining KPMG in Vancouver as a partner in 1997, he practised Canadian tax law with a major Toronto law firm for approximately 14 years.  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.  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 also serves as a member of KPMG’s national “general anti-avoidance rule” internal opinion review committee.

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 practising member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association and of the governing council of 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, 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.