I was born in Victoria and grew up in Esquimalt, the area where I attended school. Subsequent to graduating from High School, I attended Victoria College and graduated from UBC. I am a senior member of the Victoria Bar and early in my career, I was secretary to the first legal aid committee of the Victoria Bar Association where I organized the first legal aid forum at the McPherson Playhouse and set up the first legal aid clinics which ran weekly for many years at the Victoria Courthouse.
Throughout my career, I have been active in politics at all levels of government. Early in my career, I was elected Mayor of Esquimalt and at the time, was the youngest Mayor in Canada.
I have always had a commitment to public service and have always been involved in charitable and masonic organizations, both locally and nationally, including the Boards of Directors of the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the Arthritis Society, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada and a strong longtime supporter of the United Way of Greater Victoria.
In addition to the general practice of law as a solicitor, I was fortunate enough to become the first General Counsel to the Board of Directors of BC Transit and during the 1980’s was Senior Bond Counsel for the Government of BC, borrowing program.
In addition, I was General Counsel and Bond Counsel to the Municipal Finance Authority of BC for many years. I also assisted in creating by an Act of Parliament, the First Nations Finance Authority and was its first General Counsel.
Presently I enjoy continuing my legal practice in the areas of Wills, Estates and Incapacity Planning, Estate Administration and Residential Real Estate.
Member, Law Society of British Columbia and Victoria Bar Association
Areas of Practice
Called to the Bar