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Biographical Summaries:

WCAT Adjudicative Staff

Last Updated: October 24, 2017

Chair

Andrew Pendray was appointed as the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal effective November 7, 2016. Mr. Pendray served as a vice chair at WCAT since 2011. Prior to joining WCAT, he practised law in the areas of personal injury and medical negligence, and as crown counsel with the BC Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. As well Mr. Pendray was regional manager for the Workers’ Advisers Office from 2008 until 2010. Mr. Pendray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

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SENIOR VICE CHAIR AND REGISTRAR

Luningning Alcuitas-Imperial became the registrar in June 2016. She has been a WCAT vice chair since its inception in March 2003 and prior to that she was appointed as a vice chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board in December 2000. Ms. Alcuitas-Imperial worked previously as assistant to the registrar and acting registrar at the Medical Review Panel Department of the Workers' Compensation Board and as an advocate for the Canadian Diabetes Association. At WCAT, she served as the registrar from 2004 to 2006 and as a team leader. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 and her Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of Manitoba.

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OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR: VICE CHAIRS AND DEPUTY REGISTRARS

David Bird was appointed as a vice chair in January 2014 and as deputy registrar of WCAT in October 2016. Mr. Bird began his career at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board where he worked as a case manager. In 2003, Mr. Bird moved to British Columbia to work as a Workers’ Adviser at the Workers’ Advisers Office where he assisted injured workers with their workers’ compensation matters. In 2006, Mr. Bird became an arbitrator with the Residential Tenancy Branch for five years resolving disputes between landlords and tenants. In 2011, Mr. Bird joined the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation as an Implementation Manager where he developed and negotiated solutions in implementing tripartite treaties with First Nations.

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Lesley A. Christensen was appointed with the Workers' Compensation Review Board in 2002 and then with WCAT in March 2003. She was appointed Deputy Registrar in 2017.  Ms. Christensen previously worked as an industrial relations officer with the Ministry of Labour, investigating, mediating, and adjudicating complaints under the Employment Standards Act and investigating and mediating applications pursuant to the Labour Relations Code.

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SENIOR VICE CHAIR AND TRIBUNAL COUNSEL

David Newell graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1982 with a B.Sc. (Zoology) and in 1986 with an LL.B.  He was called to the bar in 1987.  He practised with the law firm of Ratcliff & Company in North Vancouver until joining the Law Society of B.C. in 1991 as a staff lawyer in the professional conduct department conducting investigation and analysis of complaints about lawyer conduct.  In 1998 he was appointed as the Law Society's corporate secretary, a position he held for ten years.  In that capacity, he provided support to the benchers of the Law Society in areas such as governance, policy, and in their role as an administrative tribunal.  Mr. Newell was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in February 2009.

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OFFICE OF THE TRIBUNAL COUNSEL

Vice Chair, Quality Assurance and Training

James Sheppard was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT when it commenced operations on March 3, 2003.  Prior to that date, Mr. Sheppard served as a non-representational appeal commissioner with the Appeal Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board from August 2000 to February 2003.  Prior to joining the Appeal Division, he was the senior adviser with the Employers' Advisers Office of the Ministry of Labour.  Mr. Sheppard provided assistance, advice, and representation to employers throughout the province on compensation, assessment, and occupational health and safety matters.  Mr. Sheppard was called to the bar in March of 1987 and has Bachelor of Commerce and LL.B. degrees from the University of British Columbia.

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VICE CHAIRS

Cathy Agnew graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983.  She practised family law in Toronto specializing in matrimonial and child welfare litigation.  Ms. Agnew is past chair of the board of governors at Vancouver Community College.  Previously she served as a member of the board of governors of the Vancouver Stock Exchange and also on numerous other boards and committees in connection with community health, education, recreation, and arts initiatives.  Ms. Agnew was employed as a policy analyst in the Criminal Injury Compensation Program of the Workers’ Compensation Board prior to being appointed as vice chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board in 2002.  She was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.

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Beatrice K. Anderson was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  Prior to that, she worked with the Workers' Compensation Review Board since 1991 after having worked eight years in labour relations and occupational safety areas for two large trade unions.  Her post secondary education from Simon Fraser University is in the fields of political science and criminology.

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W.J. (Bill) Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (history) from the University of Western Ontario (1974) and a law degree from the University of British Columbia (1977). From 1978 until his appointment to the position of vice chair of WCAT on March 1, 2004,
Mr. Baker was a member of the Law Society of B.C., practising primarily as a litigator in both civil and criminal law.

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Anand Banerjee graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1993 and was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1994. He practised law in Vancouver with an emphasis on labour and employment law and has appeared at all levels of court in B.C. In 2004 he became a Review Officer at WorkSafeBC and decided matters in dispute under the Workers' Compensation Act, in the areas of Compensation, Assessment and Prevention. After nearly 14 years as a Review Officer, Anand Banerjee joined WCAT as a vice chair in October 2017.

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Jacqueline Barnes earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University in 2002 and her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2005. She then went on to work as a trial lawyer focusing mainly on personal injury litigation until she was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in June 2015. Ms. Barnes also has provided pro bono legal services.

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Hélène Beauchesne was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in April 2003.  Prior to her appointment, she was an industrial relations officer with the Ministry of Labour, Employment Standards Branch.  As an industrial relations officer, she investigated, mediated, and adjudicated complaints under the Employment Standards Act and conducted investigations and mediations on behalf of the Labour Relations Board. Ms. Beauchesne obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial Relations Management at the University of British Columbia (1993).

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Sarwan Boal was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  From 1991 to his appointment at WCAT, he served as an appeal commissioner at the Appeal Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board.  Before joining the Appeal Division, Mr. Boal was the president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union seeking legislative reform on behalf of B.C. farm workers.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1968 and his Master of Arts in Economics in 1970.  Mr. Boal was appointed to PACE (Pacific Asia College of Education) Canada as a Board member and secretary to the Board of Directors in October 2011.

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Dana G. Brinley was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  Prior to that, he was appointed vice chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board in December 2000. Mr. Brinley previously worked for both the Employers' Advisers and the Workers' Advisers with the Ministry of Labour and trained as an industrial relations officer with the Employment Standards Branch.  He graduated from Queen's University Law School in 1983.

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Kate Campbell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 1994, her Master of Arts from Carleton University in 1996, and her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2004.  She was a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2004-2005 and was called to the bar in 2006.  Ms. Campbell articled with a labour law firm in Vancouver and went on to practise private and public sector labour law with a focus in the areas of grievance arbitration, human rights, and collective bargaining.  She was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in 2011.

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Larry Campbell was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in October 2017.  Previously he was a member and assistant deputy chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refuge Board of Canada from 2009 to 2017.  Mr. Campbell was a vice chair and senior vice chair at WCAT from 2003 to 2009.  He has also been employed with the Worker's Compensation Review Board, the Workers' Compensation Board, and at both the Workers and Employers Advisers.  He has a BA from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Cass Business School in London, UK.

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Grace Chen was appointed as vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was legal counsel at the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia where she handled civil claims involving infants in care and reviewed infant settlements. Ms. Chen was also a trial lawyer with a personal injury practise at a litigation firm in downtown Vancouver. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and her Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Chen also volunteers with a non-profit organization that promotes international human rights by providing support to lawyers around the world.

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Melissa Clarke obtained her Law degree from the University of Victoria.  She was a judicial law clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court and was called to the bar in B.C.  Ms. Clarke's experience as a lawyer includes positions in private practice and government.  Ms. Clarke was a review officer in the Review Division at the Workers’ Compensation Board prior to her September 2005 appointment as a vice chair of WCAT.

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Adam Doherty graduated from Dublin City University in 2005 with an honours degree in Communications Studies. Since 2006 he has worked in the application of law and policy, initially as an enforcement officer and later as the deputy head of enforcement for the National Transport Authority in Ireland. Prior to his appointment in October, 2017 Mr. Doherty was a workers' adviser with the B.C. Ministry of Labour, where he provided advice, assistance and representation to injured workers and their dependents in the workers' compensation system. Previously he served as an enforcement officer with the B.C. Family Maintenance Enforcement Program.

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William J. Duncan joined the Workers' Compensation Review Board in January 2001 as a vice chair, and effective March 3, 2003, was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT.  He was a team leader from March 2003 to March 2006.  Mr. Duncan was educated at Carleton University (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of British Columbia (LL.B.) and was called to the bar in 1974.  He practised law at firms in Vancouver, Prince George, and New Westminster.  He also had an extensive career in professional legal education as the director of British Columbia's Bar Admission course, as a consultant with the College of Law in the U.K., and in providing courses for junior lawyers of major law firms.

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Andrew J. M. Elliot graduated from Queen's University in 1970 with an honours degree in engineering geology, followed by a master's degree from the University of British Columbia in 1975.  He qualified for his Professional Engineer designation, and worked in field exploration in Western Canada and Mexico, and in mine development in the Northwest Territories.  He then worked in process development and research in the Trail lead-zinc smelter.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Victoria in 1990, and was called to the bar in 1991.  He went into the private practice of law, with an emphasis on personal injury.  Mr. Elliot represented parties in the Tax Court of Canada, British Columbia Provincial Court, British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal.  He sat on Mental Health Act panels and Insurance Corporation of B.C. informal appeals.  He was appointed to the Workers' Compensation Review Board in 2002 and then to WCAT in March 2003.

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Scott Ferguson obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Toronto in 2007. He then graduated from the University of Windsor Law School in 2011 before beginning his articling under the legal counsel at a Toronto-based hedge fund. Mr. Ferguson was called to the Ontario bar in 2012. Mr. Ferguson was appointed as a Vice Chair of WCAT in June 2015. Previously, he represented employers within the workers' compensation system in British Columbia and prior to that had represented landlords at the Landlord and Tenant Board in Ontario.

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Sherelle Goodwin was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Goodwin was a lawyer at the Law Society of B.C., most recently managing the Unauthorized Practice and Custodianships departments where she wound up lawyers' practices. Prior to that Ms. Goodwin was a lawyer in private practice in various areas, including personal injury. She has a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology, an L.L.B, and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2000.

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Tamara Henderson was appointed as a vice chair in October 2017. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Henderson practised law in the areas of employment and commercial litigation. In 2015, she joined the Ministry of Labour as an industrial relations officer where she adjudicated, mediated, and investigated complaints filed under the Employment Standards Act and provided services to the Labour Relations Board. She also served as a judicial law clerk with the B.C. Supreme Court in 2009-2010 and again in 2012. Ms. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen's University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia.

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Janice Hight joined the WCAT as a vice chair in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, Janice was a lawyer in private practice specializing in workers compensation, long-term disability, and CPP disability law. Prior to that, Janice worked in various roles in the workers compensation system including several years as a Vice Chair at the Workers Compensation Review Board. Janice graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School in 1986 and was called to the bar in September 1987.

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Warren Hoole received his LL.B. (co-op) from the University of Victoria Law School in 2000. Since then, Mr. Hoole clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and articled and practised at a large downtown law firm. Mr. Hoole is particularly interested in administrative law and co-authored a legal text on standards of review of federal administrative tribunals that is currently in its fourth edition. In September of 2003, Mr. Hoole joined the Review Division of the Workers' Compensation Board. After two years as a review officer, Mr. Hoole joined WCAT as a vice chair in September of 2005. Mr. Hoole was the updating author of Workers Compensation in B.C. (LexisNexis - looseleaf) between 2007 and 2015 and was an adjunct professor teaching administrative law at the University of British Columbia Law School for three years.

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Nora Jackson was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  Prior to that, she was appointed vice chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board in December 2001, having initially been appointed as an employer-interest member in October 1996.  She previously worked as project assistant for the Centre of Human Settlements at the University of British Columbia and has work experience in banking and securities.  Ms. Jackson has a law degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and from the University of British Columbia.   Ms. Jackson is also currently appointed to the Mental Health Review Board.

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Cynthia J. Katramadakis graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a degree in Political Science and Business Administration.  She was employed with the Newfoundland Workers' Compensation Commission as case manager and internal review specialist prior to moving to British Columbia in 1993.  Mrs. Katramadakis held the position of district supervisor with the provincial government's Ministry of Human Resources. During her tenure as district supervisor, Mrs. Katramadakis represented the Ministry at the B.C. Benefits Tribunal where she gained valuable knowledge in the principles and practice of administrative law.  In January 2001, she was appointed to the Workers' Compensation Review Board as member with an employer-interest background.  While there, she participated in three-person panels deciding workers' compensation appeals.
Mrs. Katramadakis was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.

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Joanne Kembel received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University in 1987.  She worked as an ombudsperson officer from 1987 through 1989 and as an industrial relations officer for the Ministry of Labour from 1989 until 2004.  Her experience includes Employment Standards Act adjudication, grievance mediation and providing mediation and consultative services to the Labour Relations Board, Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau, and the B.C. Council of Human Rights.  Ms. Kembel was appointed vice chair of WCAT in March 2004.  She is a member of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals.

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Brian King has been involved with workers' compensation since 1967 and has served workers and employers in several provinces through the management and adjudication of the program.  Mr. King presided as chair of the Saskatchewan board and the Manitoba board, was president of the Ontario board, and chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board.  He also served as deputy minister of Labour and deputy minister of Highways and Transportation in Saskatchewan.  He was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.

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Rob Kyle graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree.  He became a Registered Professional Forester in 1983 and worked as a mostly self-employed forestry consultant throughout B.C. until 1999.  During that time, Mr. Kyle was active in the Association of B.C. Professional Foresters, including serving as a chair of its Standing Investigations Committee.  He specialized in the areas of silviculture and forest management audits, and represented several clients as an expert witness in B.C. Supreme Court litigation.  Mr. Kyle has served on a number of administrative tribunals since 1992.  He was appointed through provincial order-in-council to several ad hoc forest appeal boards between 1992 and 1996, when he was appointed as one of the original members of the B.C. Forest Appeals Commission.  In 1999, he joined the Appeal Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board as a representational appeal commissioner.  Mr. Kyle was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in 2003.

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Randy Lane received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia. He articled in the Legal Services Division of the Workers' Compensation Board from 1985 to 1986. From 1986 to 1991, as an appeals administrator, he provided advice to the former commissioners of the Board. From 1991 to 1997 he was a policy analyst in various parts of the Board. In December 1997 Mr. Lane was appointed as a non-representational appeal commissioner with the former Appeal Division of the Board, and he was the assistant chief appeal commissioner from June 2001 until his appointment to WCAT in March 2003.

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Darrell LeHouillier was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in May 2010.  Prior to his appointment, he served as a workers' adviser with the Ministry of Labour, providing advice, assistance, and representation to British Columbia's workers and their dependents; and as a review officer at the Review Division of the Workers' Compensation Board.  Mr. LeHouillier has also practised privately as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia, after completing degrees in law from the University of British Columbia and engineering from Queen's University.

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Lori H. Leung earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (double major political science and sociology, first class honours) from the University of British Columbia in 2007 and law degree (cum lade) from the University of Ottawa in 2010. She served as a judicial clerk with the B.C. Supreme Court for a one year term before being called and admitted to the Law Society of B.C. in 2011. Ms. Leung completed articles with a large national firm in Vancouver, and then went on to practise in the areas of insurance, civil, and commercial law at a local litigation boutique, with a focus on coverage disputes, personal injury, property damage and subrogated claims. She also volunteered with a number of Canadian Bar Association B.C. Branch committees. Ms. Leung was appointed as a Vice Chair of WCAT in 2015.

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Deborah Ling obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and was called to the bar in 2007. She began practice as in-house corporate counsel in 2007. In 2011, she returned to the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia as a review officer. She had previously been a summer intern review officer in 2005 and 2006. Ms. Ling was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in June 2015.

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Julie C. Mantini obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1993 and was called to the bar in 1994.  She practised personal injury law, both plaintiff and defence, in the private sector for approximately two years.  After that, she spent approximately seven years as legal counsel at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.  Ms. Mantini joined the Review Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board in 2003 before being appointed to WCAT in 2004.

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Susan Marten was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  Prior to this, she was a non-representational appeal commissioner with the Appeal Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board from August 2000.  Previously, she had worked as an adviser at the Workers' Advisers Office since 1985.  Ms. Marten was involved in the presentations made by that office before the Royal Commission on Workers' Compensation in British Columbia.  Prior to her work as an adviser, she worked in the women's office and the employment programs branch of the Ministry of Labour.  Ms. Marten has her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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Chad McRae spent the bulk of his working career at Canada Revenue Agency from 2002 - 2014 where he was involved in the adjudication of income tax and benefit matters. For five of these years, he managed staff involved in the adjudication of CPP/EI and income tax objections, voluntary disclosures, taxpayer relief provisions and general income tax matters. Following his tax career he worked as a case manager at the Workers' Compensation Board of BC from April 2014 to June 2016. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 2004 with a focus on Public Administration.

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Renee Miller was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in May 2010.  Previously she was a member of the Appeal and Refugee Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and a vice chair of WCAT.  Ms. Miller obtained her J.D./LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989 and has been a member of the bar since 1991.  Her prior work involved private practice in the areas of criminal and immigration law, as well as work with the Law Society of B.C. and the Continuing Legal Education Society.

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Herb Morton obtained his Bachelor of Law (1982) and Bachelor of Social Work (1978) degrees from the University of British Columbia, and was called to the bar in 1983. He was the legal administrator for Medical Review Panel appeals from 1983 until 1986. From 1986 until 1991, he was an appeals administrator in the office of the commissioners of the Workers' Compensation Board. He was the assistant to the chief appeal commissioner of the Appeal Division of the Board from 1991, and was appointed as a non-representational appeal commissioner of the Appeal Division in April 1995. He has served as a WCAT vice chair since 2003.

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Barbara Murray has been a lawyer in private practice, focusing on insurance and personal injury claims, for more than 20 years. She has good administrative law knowledge and adjudication experience as a member on the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, and as a certified arbitrator. Barbara also has knowledge of relating to the workers' compensation system having previously represented parties in hearings before WCAT.

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Elaine Murrayobtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1986.  She then practised law for six years before joining the Criminal Injury Compensation Program as a legal adjudicator where she worked for ten years.  Following that, Ms. Murray was a review officer in the Review Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board for two years before she joined WCAT as a vice chair in 2004.  She left WCAT in 2006 to work as an investigations legal officer at the Workers’ Compensation Board, and returned to WCAT as a vice chair in 2011.

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Paul Pierzchalski has degrees in Sociology (B.A. and M.A from the University of Calgary) and law (University of Alberta). Prior to his appointment to the position of vice chair of WCAT in 2015, Mr. Pierzchalski was a hearing chair for 15 years with the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation. Before appointment to the Appeals Commission he was the principal of a complex general practice law firm. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

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Dale Reid graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate.  Mr. Reid entered the public service in May of 1980.  He worked from 1980 to 1988 for the Ministry of Labour in the fields of employment law, labour relations, and human rights.  While employed by the Ministry, he developed and honed his skills in administrative law working as an arbitrator and mediator.  In 1989 he joined the Workers' Compensation Review Board as a vice chair.  Mr. Reid was appointed registrar of the Workers’ Compensation Review Board in January of 2001.  On March 3, 2003 he was appointed as vice chair, inventory strategist of WCAT.  In this assignment, Mr. Reid was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for dealing with the undecided inventory of the tribunal.  On April 1, 2006, having overseen the elimination of the backlog, Mr. Reid returned to work as a vice chair of WCAT.

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Deirdre Rice holds a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria.  She has been a lawyer since 1990 and has extensive experience as a lawyer, adjudicator, and educator in a range of administrative law areas.  Ms. Rice was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT on April 1, 2003.

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Guy Riecken received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and was called to the bar in 1984 after articling with the Legal Department of the Workers’ Compensation Board.  He was in private practice until 1994 when he joined the Legal Services Society as a staff lawyer practising immigration and refugee law.  He was also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law, teaching an immigration law course from 1996 to 2001.  Mr. Riecken worked as a review officer at the Review Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board from January 2003 until joining WCAT in March 2004.

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Ellen Riley was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, she served both as a legal member of the Mental Health Review Board of British Columbia and as a tribunal member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal of British Columbia. Before that, she completed a six year appointment as a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board of Canada, the final level of disability compensation appeals from decisions of the Minister of Veterans Affairs. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals. Ms. Riley earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a law degree from the University of Victoria following which she practised law in Vancouver.

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Simi Saini received her B.A. from Simon Fraser University and LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario.  After being called to the B.C. bar, Ms. Saini practised labour and employment law before taking a position at the Workers’ Advisers Office where she assisted injured workers with their workers' compensation matters.  Ms. Saini was also called to the Ontario bar.  In Toronto, she worked for a private management company as a legal consultant providing workers' compensation claims management and appeal services to employers across Canada.  She returned to B.C. and worked in private practice in workers' compensation and immigration law.  Ms. Saini was appointed as a vice chair to WCAT in September 2011.

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Shelina Shivji received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) from Simon Fraser University in 1990.  She worked in the private sector for several years and then for the Ministry of Labour as an industrial relations officer.  Her experience includes employment standards adjudication, grievance mediation, and providing mediation and consultative services to the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Commission, and the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau.  She was appointed as a vice chair of the Workers' Compensation Review Board in January 2002 and then as a vice chair of WCAT in March 2003.  She is a member of the B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals.

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Debbie Sigurdson was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT on April 1, 2003.  Between 1999 and 2003 she worked as an industrial relations officer with the Employment Standards Branch.  She has also worked as a human rights investigator and mediator for the provincial and federal Human Rights Commission.  Ms. Sigurdson graduated from the University of Victoria in 1990 with a Bachelor of Education and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws.  She was called to the bar in 1995 and practised in the area of civil litigation and personal injury. 

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Debra Simpson was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, she had extensive experience as an adjudicator with various tribunals including the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, the Property Assessment Review Panel, the disciplinary panel of the College of Veterinarians of BC as well as serving as an arbitrator/mediator with the Office of Housing & Construction Standards (Residential Tenancy Branch). Her previous workers' compensation experience includes work as a Workers' Adviser and as a manager in the Prevention Division at WorkSafeBC where she also acted as divisional Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator. Ms. Simpson was admitted to Mediate BC's Civil Mediator Roster in 2004 and has been a member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals since 1997.

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Timothy B. Skagen returned to university as a mature student in 1983, obtaining his economics degree in 1986.  He completed the joint MBA/Law program at the University of Alberta in 1990 and then returning to his roots in B.C., he practised law in the lower mainland.  He served as a vice chair with the Worker’s Compensation Review Board for one year and as a vice chair of WCAT since March 2003.  Away from the office, Tim enjoys his grandchildren and discovering new vistas on his motorcycle. 

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Anthony F. Stevens joined WCAT in March 2003 as a vice chair and brings many years of experience in the compensation system.  He previously held appointments with the Workers' Compensation Review Board as a member from 1986 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1997.  He was appointed as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Review Board in 1997.  His background included general advocacy in the early 1980s and compensation specific advocacy in the early 1990s with the City of Vancouver.  Mr. Stevens graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science and has taken many courses and workshops relevant to the compensation system.  He volunteers with Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, participating in community and special events.

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Hilary Thomson graduated from law school at the University of British Columbia in 2007. She articled and practised as a litigator at a national law firm, working primarily in the area of employment, human rights and commercial litigation. She joined the Review Division at WorkSafeBC as an adjudicator in 2014. Ms. Thomson became a vice chair at WCAT in 2017.

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Andrew J. Waldichuk obtained his law degree from the University of Windsor in 1989.  He then went on to practise law, mainly in the area of personal injury and workers' compensation.  Prior to his appointment to WCAT in 2004, Mr. Waldichuk had also worked as a review officer in the Review Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board and as a legal officer in the former Criminal Injury Compensation Program.

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Teresa White was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in December 2003.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology), a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine (B.S.R., Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy), and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.  Ms. White was called to the bar in 1989.  Ms. White was appointed an appeal commissioner with the former Appeal Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board in 1998.  Prior to joining the Appeal Division, she practised labour and employment law both in private practice and in the B.C. health care sector.

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Kim Workun was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. Previously, she was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada from 1998 through 2014. In 2006, she became assistant deputy chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) for the Western Region. In 2012, she was designated deputy chairperson of the IAD, working out of Ottawa and continued in her decision-maker, program and member management roles. Prior to that, Ms. Workun was employed within the federal public service for many years, principally with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She obtained her B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and LL.B. from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Bar in 1986. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Sherryl Yeager graduated from the University of Victoria in 1991 and began her professional career as a journalist, working as the justice reporter for the Whitehorse Daily Star.  In 1994, Ms. Yeager moved to Vancouver to work as a freelance journalist and a duty coroner.  She became deputy regional coroner for the Vancouver region in 1998.  She completed her Executive Masters in Business Administration degree in 2001.  Ms. Yeager was appointed as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Review Board in 2002 and at WCAT in 2003.

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Terry Yue received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and his Bachelor of Laws from UBC in 2005. He was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2006. After a short period in private practice, he joined the BC Public Service as a Workers' Adviser in 2006, advising, assisting, and representing injured workers with workers compensation matters. He remained in that role for seven years, and was an acting Law & Policy Adviser with the BC Public Service for one year, before being appointed to WCAT in January 2014.

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Lyall Zucko was appointed as a vice chair of WCAT in January 2014. He graduated from the University of British Columbia law school in 1996 and was called to the British Columbia bar in February 2009. Mr. Zucko initially practised general civil litigation and then joined the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia as an in-house legal counsel. In September 2001, he transferred to the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia where he worked in the Freedom of Information Office and then in the Review Division. Mr. Zucko conducted compensation and assessment reviews as a review officer between March 2003 and December 2013.

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