Chair

Beatrice McCutcheonLawyer, Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria, BC. Beatrice practises exclusively in the area of family law. Her practice focuses on the negotiation and drafting of agreements, both prior to cohabitation or marriage and after separation. Beatrice also advises both clients and other counsel on the division of pensions on marriage breakdown. She has a particular interest in the proper construction of agreements, as well as other forms of documenting a settlement. Beatrice is a frequent presenter and author in these areas, a member of the Editorial Board for Family Law Agreements Annotated Precedents, and a guest instructor for the Professional Legal Training Course. She is also a member of Victoria’s Collaborative Family Separation Professionals and an elected member of Provincial Council for the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch.

   

Faculty

Scott BoothPartner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Booth focuses on problem solving and helping his clients obtain solutions to challenging problems, including complex property disputes, spousal support claims, disputes involving children (including mobility), and both drafting and resolving disputes over domestic agreements. He is an active member of the Vancouver Family Bar and is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Vancouver Family Law Section. Mr. Booth is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia and has written for and presented at the Canadian Federation of Law Societies’ National Family Law Conference and the National Judicial Institutes’ Family Law Conference. He is a regular contributor to family law publications and a guest speaker at family law courses. Mr. Booth has appeared before all levels of BC courts and is a certified family law mediator.

   

David DundeeDavid is a family lawyer practising with Paul & Company in Kamloops. He is chair of the CBA Kamloops Family Law Section, a past chair of the CBA National Family Law Section, has served on various CBABC working groups for family law reform as well as on the Attorney General’s Family Law Practice Advisory Group, and serves on the TLABC Family Law Committee. He is also a Hear the Child roster member. David has contributed to various CLE and PBLI courses, to the Family Law Practice Manual, the Family Law Act Transition Guide, and the Clicklaw Wikibook, JP Boyd on Family Law.

   

Colin GalinskiLawyer, Galinski Pension and Benefits Law, New Westminster, BC. Colin Galinski provides pension and benefits legal services to plan sponsors, administrators, labour & employment counsel, bargaining agents, and individuals. In addition, Colin practises extensively in the area of pension division on marriage breakdown, where he is retained by family lawyers, mediators, and plan sponsors to draft and implement pension division arrangements. Colin has been working in pensions, benefits, and labour relations since 2003. Prior to establishing Galinski Pension and Benefits Law Corporation in September 2014, he practised pension, benefits, and executive compensation law in the Vancouver office of a large international law firm.

   
 

Alicia Hubbard, Counsel, Child and Youth Legal Centre, Vancouver, BC. Alicia graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in 2004, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Alicia studied law at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a Juris Doctor degree with a specialization in Law and Social Justice in 2011. While in law school, Alicia completed an internship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. After completing law school, Alicia worked for West Coast Prison Justice Society advocating for prisoners in B.C. with regard to health care, human rights, and liberty issues. In 2012, Alicia began articling at Verdurmen & Company in Salmon Arm, B.C. She was called to the bar in 2013 and continued practicing law in Salmon Arm and surrounding communities, primarily in the areas of child protection, criminal defence, and family law.  Alicia has represented clients in the Provincial Court of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  Alicia began representing children at the Child and Youth Legal Centre in June 2018.

 

   

J. Andre RachertLawyer, Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria, BC. Andre started his practice in Vancouver as legal counsel in the Tax Litigation section of the Federal Department of Justice. Since moving to Victoria in 1998, Andre has worked as a tax specialist in the private sector. Over the last fifteen years Andre has become a fixture in the Victoria tax community. Other advisors have come to rely on his extensive experience in resolving income tax and GST disputes. He also acts as defence counsel in tax evasion cases. A focal point of his dispute resolution practice is providing litigation support and advice to other lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors as well as correcting planning and transaction errors in a tax-efficient manner. Andre is a member of the Law Society of BC, Canadian Bar Association and Victoria Bar Association, as well as the Canadian Tax Foundation. He has published and spoken extensively on tax matters for legal, financial and lay audiences.

   

Meghan SelingerLawyer, Hamilton Fabbro, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Selinger was called to the Bar in August, 2005 after completing law school at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Selinger completed her articles and worked as an associate in the Fraser Valley practising in the areas of family law, civil litigation and insurance defence. Ms. Selinger also conducted prosecutions on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In September, 2007 Ms. Selinger’s returned to Vancouver and joined a boutique family law firm where she practiced until joining Hamilton Fabbro in May, 2010. Ms. Selinger is the author of the 2011 and 2012 Update for the CLEBC Family Law Sourcebook for BC. In 2014 she co-taught the Family Law course at the UBC Faculty of Law. She is the current Co-Chair of the CBA Family Law Subsection- Vancouver. She is an elected member of the Provincial Council for Vancouver County and is the Co-BC Rep for the CBA National Family Law Section. She regularly presents and writes on issues relating to Family Law.

   

Anna SilverLawyer, Hamilton Fabbro, Vancouver, BC. Anna Silver is a family lawyer, Collaborative Divorce practitioner, and mediator at Hamilton Fabbro in Vancouver, having practised exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. Anna’s practice favours out of court dispute resolution mechanisms including mediation, arbitration, and Collaborative process, and encompasses all aspects of family law including cohabitation, relationship breakdown, adoption, and assistive reproductive technology. Anna has been a regular presenter and author on family law topics and currently sits on the board of directors of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver.

   

Suzanne WilliamsLawyer, Accredited Family Law Mediator, Hear the Child Interviewer, Collaborative Family Professional; Suzanne is a child rights and family law lawyer at Brown Henderson Melbye in Victoria who has advocated for the rights of children for more than two decades. She worked for Canada’s Department of Justice, a large national law firm, and as the Deputy and Legal Director of a child rights institute based at a University before focusing her practice on family law. She has collaborated extensively with young people and professionals, as well as organizations such as UNICEF, Plan International, Microsoft, the European Union, national governments and law enforcement in Canada and internationally to advance child rights and well-being. Suzanne developed the BC Hear the Child non-evaluative interview tool with support from Dr. Joan Kelly and in collaboration with members of the BC bar and bench, founded the BC Hear the Child Society and launched the BC Child Interviewer Roster. Suzanne has been a global advisor to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl publication, developed international award winning continuing legal education programs on children, and as lead writer and consultant worked with the Canadian Bar Association’s National Children’s Law Committee and CRC Subcommittee to develop an online Child Rights Toolkit for lawyers. She has spoken at events worldwide including Canada’s National Judicial Institute’s Family Law Program, the Association of Family Conciliation Courts Conference, the World Congresses on Family Law and Child Rights, the World Congress Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Canada’s Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.