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442 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE and Tania have also been involved in the Lutheran church both in Fort McMurray and in Kimberley. Lynal advises that he learned at an early age on the farm to “learn by doing” and that principle has stood him well over his career. He has had conduct of many serious prosecutions in both Alberta and B.C., including some noteworthy and high-profile cases, and he thoroughly enjoyed his role as a Crown prosecutor. Opposing counsel have commented that Lynal represents the best of the fine tradition of Crown counsel: fair-minded, reasonable and pragmatic, Lynal always demonstrates integrity in his dealings. Several of his fellow benchers have commented on his clear and concise writing style, decision-making ability and sound judgment as some of the hallmarks worthy of his appointment to the bench. All of those skills will serve both him, and those who appear before him, well. While his appointment to the bench comes at a loss to the Criminal Justice Branch, he is a welcome addition to the Provincial Court of British Columbia. t t t t t The Honourable Judge Cassandra P. Malfair Cassandra Malfair was sworn in as a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia on January 9, 2017. She will be sitting in Prince George. Cassandra was born and raised for the most part in Smithers. In high school she played volleyball for both Smithers and later Handsworth, in North Vancouver, which won a silver medal nationally. She continues to be involved in skiing in the winter and water sports in the summer. Cassandra attended York University for her undergraduate degree and UBC for law school. She was called to the bar of British Columbia in May 2001. Cassandra articled under the tutelage of Glenford Greene in Smithers, then litigated at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy in Vancouver. At Farris she worked with Jack Giles, Q.C., among other senior litigators, as well as on her own files. Cassandra and Jack worked together on high-profile cases related to money laundering legislation and access to justice. Farris is also where Cassandra’s now husband, Gil Malfair, worked as a solicitor. Corre-


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