Diversity on Tribunals 2022 

May 26, 2022
Online




Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 4:30pm - 6:00pm (PT)

ABOUT DIVERSITY ON TRIBUNALS
Considering a decision-making role in your legal career? This virtual event offers first-hand experiences from tribunal members, and teaches you how to navigate the application process. The case for increasing diversity on our tribunals is strong.  Bring your questions for our panel.

Our panelists are:
  • Luningning Alcuitas-Imperial, Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT)
  • Gilbert Neves, Executive Director, Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO)
  • Simmi K. Sandhu, Property Assessment Appeal Board
  • Grace Chen, BC Human Rights Tribunal
     
HOW TO REGISTER 
NON-MEMBERS
To register for this event as a non-member, please fill out the following form: REGISTRATION FORM
Please email the completed form to events@cbabc.org by May 24.

MEMBERS
Members can register at the link at the top-right of this page.
 
PANELISTS

LUNINGNING (NING) ALCUITAS-IMPERIAL she/her
Chair of Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT)


Luningning Alcuitas-Imperial has served as a WCAT vice chair since its inception in March 2003. Prior to that, she served as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Review Board since January 2001. She worked previously as assistant to the registrar and acting registrar at the Medical Review Panel Department of the Workers’ Compensation Board. At WCAT, she served as the registrar from 2004 to 2006 and from 2016 to 2020. She was also a WCAT team leader. Her other administrative law experience includes being a member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal and chair of the Mental Health Review Board. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 and her Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of Manitoba.
 

GILBERT NEVES
Executive Director, Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO)

Gilbert Neves is the Executive Director of the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office in the Crown Agencies Secretariat.  Previously he was a Director in the Crown Agencies and Resource Office, responsible for governance policy and crown agency sector strategic engagement.  He  has been a public servant for 21 years working in a variety of leadership roles in the Ministries of Forest; Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; and currently in the Ministry of Finance.



SIMMI K. SANDHU she/her
Chair of Property Assessment Appeal Board

Simmi K. Sandhu is trained as a lawyer and was called to the BC Bar in 1990. Her areas of practice included administrative law, civil litigation, corporate/commercial law and real estate transactions. In addition, she has extensive experience in quasi-judicial proceedings, having acted as a chairperson of the Board of Referees for over six years. She also has training and experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Simmi was past President and  Directors of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals and is currently  an instructor for BCCAT.  

She has instructed many adjudicators on administrative law, hearing skills and decision writing, including the Benchers of the Law Societies of BC and Alberta, members of the Civil Resolution Tribunal,  BC Utilities Commission,  Simon Fraser University, et al. In 2014, Simmi was awarded BCCAT’s Award for Exceptional Service to the Administrative Tribunal Community.  She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)’s Equality and Diversity Committee.  

She was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board from 2001 to 2015 after which she was appointed as Acting Chair and is now Chair and CEO of the Board.  She is also Vice Chair of the Surface Rights Board and was appointed Judge of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal in 2018.

 



Grace Chen she/her
BC Human Rights Tribunal

Grace Chen was appointed as a member of the BC Human Rights Tribunal for a four-year term commencing on February 28, 2019. She adjudicates and mediates human rights complaints. Prior to that, she was a vice-chair at WCAT and a lawyer for children and youth at the Public Guardian and Trustee. She was called to the Bar in 2006. She obtained her law degree at UBC and studied abroad at Keele University in the U.K. She started her legal career as litigator at a boutique personal injury firm in Vancouver.

Grace is currently obtaining her Masters in International Human Rights Law at Oxford. Her dissertation is on the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the Canadian residential school system. 

Grace is an avid traveller and has been to over 40+ countries. She is a mentor to at-risk youth at Covenant House.
 

ACKNOWLEDGING FIRST NATIONS TERRITORIES
This event is hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.
CPD ACCREDITATION
Attendance at this in-person/virtual conference will provide you with 1.5 CPD hour for the 2022 Law Society of BC reporting.
 

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    RSVP BY
    MAY 24


    DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS, THIS EVENT WILL BE DELIVERED VIRTUALLY.

     

 

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