Chair

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.

   

Faculty

 

Anthony Capuccinello Iraci, City Solicitor and Senior Director of Legal and Legislative Services, Richmond, BC. Tony is the City Solicitor and Senior Director of Legal and Legislative Services for the City of Richmond. Prior to joining Richmond, he was the Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Surrey. He is also a part-time instructor in the School of Business for Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

   

Sara Dubinsky, Lidstone & Company, Vancouver, BC. Sara has practised local government law at Lidstone & Company since her call to the bar in 2009. She is a litigation lawyer and provides legal opinions on a wide variety of issues, with a particular emphasis on cannabis legalization, bylaw enforcement, conflicts of interest and freedom of information. Sara has provided legal advice and information on cannabis issues to 60 local governments and agencies in British Columbia and she is counsel of record in over a dozen cannabis cases. Sara represents clients at the BC Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court and in matters involving the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and Ombudsperson.

   

Kathleen T. Higgins, Partner, Young Anderson Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver BC. Kathleen Higgins is one of British Columbia’s leading municipal and planning lawyers. She began her local government law career as in-house legal counsel at a large lower mainland municipality, before moving to private practice. Kathleen advises local governments on all aspects of municipal law including development, engineering, subdivision, environmental, planning, expropriation law, conflicts of interest and council governance issues. She also regularly advises local governments on their authority and jurisdiction to pass bylaws in a variety of areas covered by both provincial and federal legislation. Kathleen’s practice has included extensive real estate transactions, including the creation of a number of regional parks in the Lower Mainland and the development of an alpine ski resort. She has also conducted bylaw prosecutions, injunctions and defences to bylaw challenges in British Columbia’s Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts.

   

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 practiced 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 the firm and continues to practice as a partner with our 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.

   

Brock Roe, Associate, JFK Law Corporation, Victoria, BC. Brock is a solicitor that practises corporate/commercial and Aboriginal law, focusing on land matters, economic development, and modern Treaties. As a solicitor, Brock helps First Nation clients with their governance and economic development needs. He has acted for First Nations in a variety of industries related to commercial leasing, natural resource development (oil sands, mining, oil and gas, renewables), utilities, hotels and tourism, and fishing. Brock also helps First Nations deal with complex transactions and related land matters under the Indian Act, First Nations Land Management Act, and modern Treaties. Brock was born and raised in Treaty No. 8 territory in Fort St. John, British Columbia, and is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation.

   

Tom Zworski, City Solicitor, City of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Mr. Zworski provides advice on all aspects of municipal law and legal issues involving the City, including administrative, constitutional, construction, general litigation, and zoning and development law matters. He has appeared before all levels of BC courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as various administrative boards and tribunals. Mr. Zworski has taught municipal law at the University of Victoria and has spoken at local and national legal conferences and continuing legal education programs in BC and Ontario.