Board of Directors

The Peter A. Allard School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of visionary and committed alumni who have chosen to continue their commitment to the Faculty after graduating. These alumni leaders provide the Allard School of Law with invaluable insight and guidance on alumni initiatives and programs, helping to connect alumni to each other and to foster connections between the Allard School of Law and the wider community. 

Executive MembersAllard Law Alumni Association Board of Directors at the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards

Board of Directors

Board Bios

Kinji Bourchier (LLB '99) - President

Kinji graduated from the Allard School of Law in 1999 and has practised law since he was called to the bar in 2000. He was elected President of the Allard School of Law Alumni Association in January 2015. Kinji is a partner with Lawson Lundell LLP. He has a general commercial and business litigation practice with a diverse mixture of practice areas and a broad range of experience. Kinji's primary practice areas include complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, securities, shareholder and transactional claims, environmental remediation claims, insurance recovery, construction and engineering law. Kinji is a past elected executive member of the Vancouver Bar Association, and a former director and member of The Hoop-Law Society. (Here's a profile of Kinji published in the alumni newsletter.)

Phebe Chan (LLB '04) - Vice President

Phebe is a lawyer and business advisor at Phebe Chan Law Corporation. Prior to establishing her own firm, Phebe worked at national and international law firms for over 10 years. She provides corporate legal work and immigration services for various industries and specializes in connecting Asian investors with Canadian business opportunities. (Here's a profile of Phebe published in the alumni newsletter.)

Emily MacKinnon (JD '12) - Treasurer

Emily graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2012 as a gold medallist and Wesbrook Scholar and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin from 2012-2013. While at law school, she was the recipient of a number of awards inclduing the Richard R. Sugden Prize in Trial Advocacy, the UBC Research Abroad Award, and the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing. Emily is an associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the litigation group where she has a general practice that includes both commercial and public law matters. In 2014, she was selected by UBC to receive the Young Alumnus Award which recognizes "a young alumnus whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration and leadership to students and other young alumni." (Here's a profile of Emily published in the alumni newsletter.)

Nic Tsoi (LLB '08) - Secretary

Nic is a lawyer at Slater Vecchio.  He has represented clients in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.  He is an active member of the legal community, serving as an Executive Member (Member-At-Large) of the Vancouver Bar Association and a volunteer instructor for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, among others. Nic graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2008. (Here's a profile of Nic published in the alumni newsletter.)

JoAnne Barnum (JD '13)

JoAnne is an associate with the Health Law and Insurance Law Groups at Harper Grey. She graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2013, receiving the Raymond G. Herbert Award as the best all-round graduating law student as adjudged by a committee of fellow law students. JoAnne is active in the legal community as duty counsel with Access Pro Bono and as a supervising lawyer for the Law Students Legal Advice Program.

Alexander Bjornson (JD '14)

Alexander is an associate at Hunter Litigation Chambers. He practices commercial litigation with an emphasis in complex contract and construction disputes. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Alexander received his B.A. from the University of Victoria. He also sits on the board of directors for the Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia and is a co-chair of the B.C. Young Professionals Council for the Surety Association of Canada.

Garret Chan (LLB '93)

Garret runs the strategy division of "T", a luxury tea company based in Canada.  He consults in the fields of brand management and strategy and has taught Mergers Acquisitions as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law.  Garret holds a B.Sc. (Biochemistry) from UBC, an LL.B. from the Allard School of Law at UBC and a LL.M. from NYU.

Barbara Collins (LLB '98)

Barbara is a partner at McMillan LLP. She is a member of the Corporate Finance, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Law Groups. Her practice consists mainly of securities law in public and private financings as well as mergers and acquisitions.  She is a Past President of the Vancouver Bar Association and member of the Canadian Bar Association Business Law and Securities Law Sections.

Martin Ferreira Pinho (JD '13)

Martin is an associate at Fasken Martineau, practicing in the areas of global mining and energy. He graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2013 and was called to the bar the following year. Prior to attending law school, Martin obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Engineering and worked on the Athletes’ Village project for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Andrea Fraser (JD '15)

Andrea is currently an associate at Guild Yule LLP. She is the past President of the Allard Law Students' Society, having graduated in 2015 and articled at a large, global firm. As a law student she was the recipient of a number of awards, including the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Kenneth S Fawcus Memorial Prize, the Richard R. Sugden, QC Prize in Trial Advocacy, the Arthur Close, QC Prize in Advanced Legal Research and the Lawson Lundell Prize in Administrative Law.

Bessie Jackson (JD '11)

Bessie is legal counsel for Aritzia LP. Her legal experience includes work on public offerings, private placements, qualifying transactions, asset and share transactions and plans of arrangement. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. She graduated from the University of British Columbia JD/MBA program in 2011.

Richard Johnson (LLB '00)

Richard is counsel at Norton Rose Fullbright where he practices in their Intellectual Property Group. He practices in all areas of IP law, with a focus on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, providing patentability opinions, and advising on patent protection strategies and intellectual property management. After graduating from the Allard School of Law in 2000, Richard practiced at a leading IP boutique for over 10 years, and worked for a top tier national firm also in their IP group, before joining NRF. He is also a volunteer band member for the CBA’s annual “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser.

Derek Lacroix, QC (LLB '74)

Derek is the Executive Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C. Derek practiced law in B.C. from 1975 to 1993 and was also called to the bar in Oregon in 1995. Since 1987 Derek has made personal development, spiritual growth, and working with others his avocation and he obtained a Diploma in Counseling in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2003. He began work with the LAP in 1997. Derek was appointed a QC in 2004 for his work in the legal profession.

He has published articles on the health problems facing lawyers, helping others, stress and depression. He has spoken at conferences on the role of volunteers, reaching out to others, stress, and addictions. He also leads workshops on many topics concerned with Healthy Living. He is active on several non-profit boards and is a Commissioner of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs.

Jessica Lewis (JD '15)

Jessica L. Lewis is an associate in the Litigation Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. She has a broad corporate and commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on securities and regulatory matters, fraud and enforcement proceedings, corporate/commercial disputes and representation of financial institutions and investment advisors. Jessica has experience with international asset tracing, enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, letters rogatory and worldwide mareva injunctions. Jessica also represents clients in ligation proceedings involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. She has appeared in the British Columbia Supreme Court. Jessica is a member of the Canadian Client Consultation Committee that regulates and oversees the Canadian law school moot for client interviewing. She has also acted as a moot court judge for the first year moots at the Allard School of Law, and is the newest board member on the Allard Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. (Here's a profile of Jessica recently publised in the Alumni newsletter.)

The Honourable Madam Justice Miriam Maisonville (LLB '85)

The Honourable Miriam A. Maisonville completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science in 1982 and received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia in 1985. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1986 and to the Alberta Bar in 1991.  Prior to her appointment, Madam Justice Maisonville had been Crown Counsel with the Ministry of Attorney General since 1994. She started practice with Howard Rubin, Q.C. in 1985, and went on to become partner with the firm from 1986 to 1994. Madam Justice Maisonville is a past member of the Judicial Council for the Provincial Court of British Columbia, as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Association. She served as President of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. Branch (2008-2009), the Conférence des juristes d’expression française de common law (2006-2008) and the Association des juristes d’expression française in British Columbia (2008-2009). She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. At present she is on the Board of Directors of the Sopinka Cup Society and an ongoing lecturer and contributor to legal publications and a member of the B.C. Supreme Court’s Criminal committee.  She also sits in the Yukon having been appointed as a Deputy Judge to the Supreme Court of the Yukon in 2011. (Here's a profile on Madam Justice Maisonville published in the Alumni newsletter.)

Professor Dennis Pavlich 

Dennis Pavlich is a professor at the Allard School of Law. Professor Pavlich has been an academic for over 25 years and on three occasions has received awards for teaching excellence, including the University's Killam Teaching Prize and the Faculty of Law’s George Curtis Teaching Award. Professor Pavlich has served as UBC's University Counsel and as its Vice President External and Legal Affairs. He was also founding Chair and President of the Great Northern Way Trust that initiated the campus as a joint venture of UBC, Simon Fraser and Emily Carr universities and the BC Institute of Technology. As well, has served on the UBC Senate and as Vice Chair of the UBC Board of Governors.

Richard Pearce (LLB '00)

Richard is a partner at Webster Hudson & Coombe. His practice areas include commercial and insurance litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, personal injury and real estate. He graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2000 and clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Laura Ramsden (JD Candidate 2019)

Laura is the Allard Law Students’ Society President. As President, Laura coordinates activities within the academic and social councils and represents Allard School of Law JD students at UBC, advocating their interests to the faculty, University and the larger legal community in Vancouver. Laura is a member of the Allard Law class of 2019.

The Honourable Justice Jon Sigurdson (LLB '73)

The Honourable Justice Jon Sigurdson completed his undergraduate studies in Economics in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia in 1973. Prior to his appointment to the BC Supreme Court, Justice Sigurdson began his legal career articling at Bull Housser. He remained connected to UBC post-graduation by being instrumental in the establishment of the Allard School of Law Alumni Association where he has served as President. He remains connected to the school through the association.

Shauna Towriss (LLB '05)

Shauna Towriss is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP practicing in the commercial real estate, corporate and commercial, private company transactions, and energy and natural resources groups. She graduated from the Allard School of Law in 2005 and clerked for the BC Court of Appeal from 2005-2006. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in November 2006. (Here's a profile of Shauna published in the alumni newsletter.)

Rod Urquhart  (LLB '85)

Rod served as President of the Allard School of Law Alumni Association from 2009 to 2015. He graduated from the Allard School of Law in 1985 and has practised law since he was called to the bar in 1986. He also serves on the Allard School of Law Dean's Advisory Council. He is a partner at Edwards, Kenny, Bray LLP and his areas of practice include commercial, real estate, insurance, estates, employment, administrative, personal injury, torts and construction litigation. He has represented clients in all levels of court in BC as well as in the Federal Court. In addition to his courtroom experience, Rod has represented clients before various administrative tribunals, including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, the College of Dental Surgeons and the Workers' Compensation Board. He has also acted as an independent appeals officer, hearing appeals related to victim of crime compensation. Rod is a member of a number of subsections of the Canadian Bar Association as well as a longstanding member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, the American Association for Justice and the Vancouver Bar Association. Rod also serves as a volunteer for the Western Canada Society to Access Justice, providing pro bono legal services for individuals. (Profile on Rod for alumni newsletter.)

Susan Van der Flier (LLB '91)

Susan is a lawyer with Fiddes Van der Flier Law Corporation.