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recognition bestowed upon only those students who were exceptional in
leadership, sport and academics. Len has continued to demonstrate this
same excellence in all facets of his life.
Len has had a wide and varied history. Len’s first career was as a chemical
engineer. He graduated with an engineering degree from UBC in 1986.
Following graduation Len worked as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas
industry in Alberta for five years. After five years in Alberta, Len was
inspired to pursue a career in law. He attended law school at the University
of Victoria and received his law degree in 1991. Len joined Fulton & Company
LLP in Kamloops in 1991. He was an integral member of the firm as
an articled student, associate and partner until his appointment to the
Len’s early days in the profession were diverse. He practised in all areas
of litigation—both civil and criminal—and appeared before all levels of
court in B.C. He proved to be an excellent trial lawyer and a formidable
opponent to opposing counsel. Len’s trial experience ranged from one-day
criminal trials to lengthy civil trials, but in all cases Len dedicated himself
to ensuring that his clients received the highest quality representation.
Len’s advocacy skills were most clearly evident in his legal drafting. His
written materials, whether correspondence, memoranda or written submissions,
were always clear, concise and meticulously prepared. Len always
insisted that any written materials he prepared or reviewed met his high
standards. Many of us who worked with Len were victims of his red pen corrections.
Len’s drafting skills will serve him well on the bench. As a note to
any counsel providing written submissions to Len: there are ALWAYS two
spaces after a period.
One of Len’s great passions is sports. He played all manner of team sports
in his early days and continued playing rugby well into his adult years. He
is an avid runner. He has run in several marathons and has competed in the
Penticton Ironman competition. Len is also an avid yogi and can regularly
be found contorted with ease in a local hot yoga studio.
Len’s character is such that—in sport, as in life—you cannot help but like
the guy, even when he is running circles around you. Len’s only character
flaw is that he is a painfully unapologetic Montreal Canadiens fan.
Len is particularly proud of his First Nations heritage and of being a
member of the Okanagan Indian Band. This led him, in the later years of
his career as a lawyer, to be a passionate advocate for victims of residential
school abuse. He was instrumental in establishing the alternate dispute resolution
process for victims of residential school abuse. The federal government
adopted this process so that victims could pursue their remedies