816 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Connecting with students in this organization ignited Bill’s interest and passion for solving problems for people and advocating for good governance that meets the needs of the people it serves. Many a future law student was inspired by BCYP, including Justice Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada. Some pursued a life of professional leadership, including recent CBABC presidents Michael Welsh, Dean Crawford, Q.C., and Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C. Bill developed his leadership style as leader of the opposition and premier in BCYP, honing his talents in non-profit governance and serving later as a treasurer and then chair of the board of directors overseeing BCYP. Upon finishing his engineering degree, Bill took a gap year, working at Expo 86 and later travelling to Europe with Susan before the two started their studies at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 1987. They married before graduation in 1990 and moved back to Vancouver. While mostly dedicated to his studies throughout law school, Bill also found time to play, and featured as the Law School Drop-Out (sung to “Beauty School Drop-Out” from Grease) in the law school skit night. You may not know this about Bill, but he is a fan of musical theatre, choral singing and the arts generally, and can sing and play the piano (though not necessarily at the same time). His first career assignment was to clerk at the B.C. Court of Appeal for Justices Edward Hinkson and Richard Anderson. Bill and Susan lived so close to the courthouse that Bill could walk home for lunch, catch a re-run of Perry Mason and head back to work. Bill completed his articles at McCarthy Tétrault in 1992 and continued with the firm, establishing his practice in commercial litigation with a focus on construction and real estate disputes. Bill distinguished himself as a junior lawyer and associate with his excellent writing, exceptional work ethic and use of computer applications to help clients understand potential costs and outcomes, something which put him a little ahead of his time. Bill became a partner in 1998 and stayed with the firm until 2006. His former colleagues describe him as extremely smart, reliable and careful but not timid. They also characterize him as a prodigious worker, a possessor of a deep understanding of the law and one who never misses a gathering where food is present. During their early years of practice, Bill and Susan welcomed their children, Matthew and Lindsay, and their activities enabled Bill to continue his community engagement. For example, Lindsay’s interest and aptitude for choral singing led Bill to work with others to establish the Voci Crescendi Society, which operated the Zing! Children’s Choir. Bill created the governance structure and served as a director from 2005 to 2010.
Nov Advocate 2017
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