Chair

 

Deidre J. Herbert, Partner, McLellan Herbert, Vancouver BC. Ms. Herbert was an ad hoc Bencher for the Law Society of British Columbia (Unauthorized Practice) from 1992 until 1994 and is a former chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills & Trusts (Vancouver) subsection. She is also a contributing author to CLE’s Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation, CLE’s Annotated Estates Practice and is a frequent lecturer for the Professional Legal Training Program, People’s Law School and Continuing Legal Education. Ms. Herbert was also a member of the Intestate Succession, Wills Variation Act, and Family Relations Act Subcommittee as part of the Succession Law Reform Project.

   

Faculty

Gregory G. Blue, Q.C., Senior Staff Lawyer, British Columbia Law Institute, Vancouver BC. Greg was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1981 and to the BC Bar in 1986. He was a Legal Research Officer to the Law Reform Commission of British Columbia from 1989-1997. With BCLI, Greg was the principal staff lawyer responsible for the Succession Law Reform Project, the Probate Rules Reform project, the Report on the Privacy Act and numerous other projects. He also served as reporter to the Trustee Act Modernization Committee. He was a Co-Chair of the CBABC Legislation and Law Reform Committee in 1997-98 and its Chair in 1998-99. He is the author of the Annotated British Columbia Mineral Tenure Act (Vancouver: Western Legal Publications, 1998 and Aurora: Canada Law Book, 2nd ed. 2010.). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009.

   

Andrea E. Frisby, Principal, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Andrea focuses her practice on assisting clients with estate and trust planning and administration. She prepares wills, trust documents, powers of attorney and representation agreements for clients, and also provides legal advice on estate and trust administration. Andrea has authored numerous papers in the areas of wills, estates, trusts and capacity issues and is a frequent speaker on these topics. Andrea has recently completed the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma achieving a Distinction across all four examinations and has her TEP designation.

   

Dr. Stefanie GreenSolaceBC, Victoria, BC. Dr. Stefanie Green spent 10 years in general practice and another 12 years working exclusively in maternity and newborn care. She changed her focus in 2016 and now spends the great majority of her clinical time working in assisted dying. Based in Victoria, BC, Dr. Green is the co-founder and current President of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP). She is medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health MAID oversight committee, moderator of CAMAP’s national online forum and has hosted 3 national conferences on the topic. Dr. Green enjoys speaking about MAID to the public, to health care communities and to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. She is clinical faculty at University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.SolaceBC, Victoria, BC. Dr. Green obtained her medical degree from McGill University, where she trained in Family Practice, completing her residency in 1995. She completed a fellowship in Palliative Care and a fellowship in Infant and Maternal Health also at McGill University in 1995 and 1996. After her residency, Dr. Green held an academic/teaching position with McGill University at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. In 1999, Dr. Green became the head of the Department of Family Medicine’s Obstetric Group at St. Michael’s Hospital, the largest family medicine training program in Canada. She moved to Victoria in 2002 where she currently practises maternity and end-of-life care.

   
 

Det. Anna Grigoletto, Financial Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, BC.

   
 

Det. Tammy Hammell, Domestic Violence Criminal Harassment, Elder Abuse Unit, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, BC.

   

Isobel Mackenzie, Office of the Seniors Advocate British Columbia, Victoria, BC. Isobel Mackenzie has over 20 years’ experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. Isobel led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, serving over 6,000 seniors annually. In this work, Isobel led the implementation of a new model of dementia care that has become a national best practice, and led the first safety accreditation for homecare workers, among many other accomplishments. Isobel has been widely recognized for her work and was named BC CEO of the Year for the not-for-profit sector and nominated as a Provincial Health Care Hero. Prior to her appointment as the Seniors Advocate, Isobel served on a number of national and provincial boards and commissions, including the BC Medical Services Commission, the Canadian Homecare Association, BC Care Providers, BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, and the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation.

   

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO, CanAge, Toronto, ON. Laura is the CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization. Her work focuses on aging, inclusion, consumer rights and social justice. She has previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (2018- 2019) and in a number of positions at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law including as their long-time National Director (2004-2018). She teaches Law and Aging at the University of Toronto. She is a past Chair of the CBA National Elder Law section, where she sits as a current Executive member. Laura is a Board member of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and is joining the Board of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in Fall 2020. Laura helped to co-found Canada’s second low income seniors’ legal services centre, (BC CEAS) SeniorsFirst BC, and served as its first Legal Director. She received her law degree from the University of Victoria and was called to the Bar in 1999. Laura is the author of numerous papers, articles and research projects on aging issues and is also frequent keynote speaker and media commentator.