Donald Lidstone, Q.C., Managing Partner, Lidstone & Company, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Lidstone’s municipal law focus is in the areas of constitutional, administrative, and environmental law, particularly in respect of governance, land use/sustainable development, bylaws and Aboriginal law. Invited to speak regularly at conferences, symposia and universities, he has chaired the Sustainable Region Initiative (Governance and Finance), Liquid Waste Expert Review Panel, Fire Services Review Panel, Whistler Waste Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Municipal Law Section of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Lidstone has published numerous papers and manuals and consulted on the development of the British Columbia Community Charter and municipal statutes in other provinces and territories. He was designated Queen’s Counsel in 2008.



Rob Botterell, Lidstone & Company, Vancouver, BC. Rob focuses on major project negotiations, law drafting, Aboriginal law, resource law and advocating on behalf of clients. Rob led a team that put together the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and advised on the Personal Property Security Act and others. He negotiated the key provisions of the Maa-nulth Treaty for Huu-ay-aht, has drafted over 500 pages of laws, and has negotiated with all levels of government and industry on major projects. He was a Trustee of the Islands Trust and in 2012 chaired a panel at the UBCM annual convention on “Voting on the Internet”. Rob has an LL.B. from UVic and MBA from UBC, and is a Fellow of Institute of Canadian Bankers after having been the TD Bank Regional Comptroller in the 1980’s. Rob has practised law in British Columbia for 20 years.


John Jack, Chair, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District; Member of Council, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Vancouver Island, BC.  John is a Member of Council for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a modern treaty nation located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. John has held nearly every major file in his portfolio, and he is currently responsible for HFN’s involvement in the Kwispaa LNG Project. In addition, he is the HFN’s representative to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District since 2012 and he has been its Chair since 2016. John is a strong believer in good governance practices, constructive and meaningful relationships with government and business, and focused collaboration in a global context as the foundation for success for his community, for the region, for the province and the country. He lives in a place called Oceanside on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with his loving, patient wife and two lively, beautiful daughters. 


Pam Jefcoat, Managing Partner, Civic Legal LLP, Vancouver, BC. Pam Jefcoat has over 17 years of experience in local government and commercial real estate law. Pam also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and provides advice on a wide variety of local government matters, with a focus on land use planning and development. Pam also regularly advises her local government clients on issues related to constitutional jurisdiction, regulatory authority, municipal liability and access to information. Pam is also on the CLEBC’s Editorial Board for the British Columbia Real Estate Development Practice Manual.


Peter Johnson, Partner, Stewart McDannold Stuart Barristers & Solicitors, Victoria, BC. Peter graduated with his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988. He was a Law Clerk with the County Court of Vancouver, and then completed his articles in Vancouver. He was called to the Bar in 1990. Peter practised civil litigation for a number of years with a major Vancouver firm, appearing before all levels of court in British Columbia. In 1997 he became the Assistant City Solicitor with a large and growing municipality in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. In 2001 Peter joined his current firm and continues to practise as a partner with its solicitors group. Peter provides legal advice and assistance to local governments throughout the province on a wide variety of matters, including interpretation of local government legislation, planning and development law, real estate and other commercial transactions, contract tendering issues, bylaw drafting, expropriation, environmental law issues, freedom of information and privacy issues, and conflicts of interest.


Daniel Reid, Associate, Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver, BC. Daniel maintains a broad defamation, privacy, health law and insurance practice, with particular experience in online defamation, breach of privacy, and professional negligence cases. In his defamation and privacy practice, Daniel has successfully obtained orders compelling websites to turn over the identity of anonymous commentators, injunctions restraining publication and an order to produce computers for forensic analysis. He is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in conjunction with Mr. Baynham, QC) in the leading case concerning liability attached to “hyperlinks”. Daniel is a sought after speaker on legal/technological issues, including Facebook and Twitter, and has appeared on the Bill Good Show and on local and national news programs, including CTV National News, CBC National News, and CKNW radio.


James G. Yardley, Senior Counsel, Lidstone & Company, Vancouver, BC. James has spent his career practising law involving local governments. James has a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC. While James provides general advice on a broad variety of local government matters, James’ practice is largely devoted to litigation and conflict resolution. He has appeared in numerous trials, appeals, petitions, mediations and arbitrations on matters that include construction disputes, administrative law matters, expropriation and injurious affection claims, bylaw challenges, bylaw enforcement proceedings, claims alleging misfeasance in public office and bad faith, environmental law disputes and prosecutions, contract claims, election challenges, property taxation disputes, and claims involving police forces. James has appeared before tribunals that include the B.C. Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board, the Expropriation Compensation Board, the Environmental Appeal Board of British Columbia, and the Comptroller of Water Rights.