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818 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 Everyone who knows Bill still cannot figure out how he manages to apply such remarkable attention to detail in every area of his life. His capacity to gather, analyze and produce detailed information, be it for a family trip, trial, policy review or governance re-write, is simply amazing. After a brief two-year stint as a sole practitioner, Bill joined Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP as the firm was in desperate need of brainpower and height. Don Thompson of JML had clerked in the Court of Appeal with Bill and gave his personal guarantee that Bill would be the second smartest person at the firm. Prior to Bill joining JML, two other lawyers from McCarthys had joined the team. The 2008 announcement of Bill’s acquisition read: Due to the new minimum average height regulations for litigation firms, and the challenges we face as a result, William (Bill) Veenstra will be joining JML as associate counsel on or about April 1, 2008. Bill was a partner at McCarthy Tétrault, and he may be able to shed some light on why Tyler (Galbraith) and Jason (Twa) turned out the way they did. Bill’s colleagues at JML recognize that he cares about the people he works with and has a deep respect for his profession. Further, they see that he was obviously raised by the adage, “If you don’t have something useful to say, say nothing.” When Bill speaks, he almost always says something worthy of our attention. His quiet demeanor should not be mistaken for ignorance or indifference. Rather, in his quietness he is processing. Bill has achieved more with a carrot than many of us have with a stick. This, in turn, results in Bill’s rare ability to run a dispute resolution practice without making enemies. Bill is noted in the office for reclining back in his chair when he wants to think—the deeper the thinking, the closer to horizontal he gets, and when he wants to type while deep in thought, much of his body disappears under his desk. While it can sometimes hurt the backs of other lawyers just to watch him work, they know he is doing just fine when he is often the first down the hall to respond to the call to Friday afternoon goodie day. Taking on the CBABC presidency not only requires a significant personal and professional sacrifice of time; it also follows years of collaboration with colleagues to develop a deep knowledge of members’ needs and the issues facing the profession. Bill engages with every aspect of the association’s work locally, provincially and nationally. Bill began his leadership in CBA serving on the executive of the Civil Litigation— Vancouver Section from 2007 to 2010 and subsequently chairing the National Civil Litigation Section from 2013 to 2014. He was elected as a Vancouver provincial council member in 2009 and continued in that capacity until 2015. Through this role, Bill engaged in matters of legal aid funding, the availability of court services throughout the province and the promo-


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