Marisa Cruickshank, Partner, Lidstone & Company, Vancouver, BC. Marisa Cruickshank assists local government clients with a wide range of workplace matters: preparation and review of employment contracts and policies, sick leave and disability issues, human rights, and labour relations matters, including discipline, grievances and interpretation of collective agreements. Marisa also assists clients with privacy and FOI matters, governance issues, and bylaw enforcement matters. Marisa has represented clients before all levels of court in British Columbia as well as boards and tribunals, including arbitration boards, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Information and Privacy Commissioner, and the Labour Relations Board.


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.



Anthony Capuccinello Iraci, City Solicitor, Richmond, BC. Tony is the City Solicitor and General Manager 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 Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Business.


Kathleen 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.


Philip Huynh, City Solicitor, Surrey, BC. Philip is the City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services for the City of Surrey. Philip Huynh is the City Solicitor for the City of Surrey, where he practises all aspects of municipal law including constitutional, planning and development, human rights, municipal liability, council and administrative procedure, and conflicts of interest matters. He is a past Chair of the National Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and teaches Municipal Law at the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University.


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.