ADR - Victoria Section Meeting 

Jun. 18, 2019
Victoria BC

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Ask the Experts: Panel Discussion on How to Be the Best Lawyer You Can Be in Mediation
This meeting is being hosted by the ADR - Victoria Section.

Speaker(s): Colleen Cattell, QC, Mediator & Arbitrator
Trudi Brown, QC, Partner at Brown Henderson Melbye
Jim Graham, Mediator
Kay Melbye, Partner at Brown Henderson Melbye
Time: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC
Meal Cost: $ 60.00 (GST Incl.)
CPD Hours: 1.50
Please note that this is an estimate of the total hours of CPD that are being offered. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, an assessment will be made as to exactly how many hours will be approved.
Come to hear the experts talk about how you can improve your advocacy skills in mediation and how you can use your skills to their highest and best use in the mediation environment.  We will have a panel representing practice areas in Estate mediation, Personal Injury and Insurance mediation, Employment mediation, and Family mediation.

A 3-course meal will be provided - please advise of any dietary restrictions on registration.

Registration cost includes meal, taxes, and gratuity.

Speaker Bio

  • Colleen Cattell, Q.C was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised in Vancouver with a focus on commercial and construction litigation and professional negligence claims, including three years as in house Claims Counsel with the Lawyers Insurance Fund.  She started mediating in 1998 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2006.  Colleen has worked exclusively as a mediator, arbitrator and trainer since 2011.

    Colleen is a Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada and a member of the B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute, Mediate B.C., the Law Society of British Columbia (Retired Member), and the Canadian Bar Association.  She is on both the mediation and arbitration panels of the B.C. International Commercial Arbitration Centre. From 2003 to 2007, Colleen served as President of Mediate B.C. and taught Mediation Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law.
  • Trudi Brown, QC was called to the B.C. bar in 1974 and then practiced for four years with the B.C. Crown Counsel Office in Victoria before leaving to form the firm of Buckler Metzger Brown and Miliken in 1978. After leaving the B.C. Crown Counsel Office, Trudi concentrated her practice in the area of family law. In 1988, Trudi and Jane Henderson Q.C. migrated to Horne Coupar. In 2001, Kay Melbye joined Trudi and Jane on Oak Bay Avenue. The firm is now established in the heart of Oak Bay Village in the Athlone Court. Jane has since retired from the firm, and Kay is now a partner.

    Trudi continues to focus her practice primarily in the area of family law. She was one of the first lawyers in Victoria to embrace collaborative law, and she is still firmly wedded to the concept of resolving family law disputes without going to trial.  Trudi is a family law mediator and arbitrator, and a member of the B.C. Hear the Child society- which means that she interviews children whose parents are unable to agree on parenting plans.  She is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (“IAFL”) which enables her to learn about Family Law in other jurisdictions and to meet lawyers who can assist her clients around the world.

    Trudi has been named one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, as chosen by her peers, and in December of 2017 Trudi was awarded the inaugural Excellence in Family Law Award by the Law Society of BC.
  • James A. Graham graduated from Yale University (Econ., Hon.) and Dalhousie Law School. In 1983, he joined Harper Grey Easton (now Harper Grey LLP) and established a successful legal practice dealing exclusively in civil litigation and primarily in the prosecution and defence of personal injury, general insurance, commercial insurance and life insurance claims.

    James moved to the Campbell River vicinity in 1993 and formed Graham & Frame, a law firm providing exclusive civil litigation services primarily in the prosecution and defence of personal injury and insurance claims. He has acted as legal counsel for numerous insurance companies including ICBC, Canadian Northern Shield, Intact Insurance Company, Family Insurance, Gore Mutual Insurance Company and Economical Insurance Group. His legal practice specialized in catastrophic personal injury claims, excess insurance claims and Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP) claims for both claimants and insurance companies.

    After completing extensive mediation training, James was admitted as a member of Mediate BC (Civil Roster) in 2010. His current practice specializes in the provision of mediation services to clients throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
  • Kay Melbye was born and raised in Victoria and obtained her Law Degree from the University of Victoria. She was called to the BC Bar in May 1999. In April 2001 Kay moved from Cook Roberts to join Trudi L. Brown, Q.C. and Jane Henderson, Q.C. in their move from Horne Coupar to form the new firm of Brown Henderson on Oak Bay Avenue. In January, 2009 Kay became a partner and in 2011 the firm moved to its current location in Oak Bay Village. 

    Kay is qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator, and to prepare Hear the Child Reports. She is a founding member of the Victoria Collaborative Law Group and Kay has additional training in these areas.

    Kay is past President of the Victoria Bar Association, past member of the Executive of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and is a frequent contributor to Continuing Legal Education programs. She mentors young lawyers and is actively involved in the community. She is past chair of the Board of the Bridges for Women Society and is currently Secretary on the Board of the BC Hear the Child Society and Treasurer on the Board of the Vancouver Island Children’s Health Foundation.

    Kay is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, IAML (International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers), AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts), IACP (International Association of Collaborative Professionals), Canadian Bar Association, Victoria Bar Association, Victoria Collaborative Professionals, and the B.C. Hear the Child Roster.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

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Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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