118 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
Catherine returned to Vancouver in 2013, having been recruited to assist
in the “Surrey Six” case. She was one of the team leaders working on the
Jamie Bacon trial when, over a year ago, she received the call from Ottawa
asking if she would like to be a Supreme Court judge. As Catherine’s parents
described, when they were told of her appointment, “our hearts almost
Catherine was recognized for her skill as a criminal barrister in 2008
when she received her Queen’s Counsel designation. She was one of the
Crown’s most skilled advocates and would easily make the list of “best crossexaminers”.
Catherine was dedicated to the profession outside of court as well. She
volunteered her time, experience and energy as a regular contributor at
Crown and CLE conferences. She has recently taken over as co-chair with
Andrew Nathanson of the popular and widely acclaimed “Winning Advocacy
Workshop”, a three-day intensive learning-by-doing course put on by
CLEBC. With her good friends Sandy Cunningham, Q.C., and Judge Carmen
Rogers, she developed curricula and taught and promoted trial advocacy,
within and outside the Criminal Justice Branch. She was always
approachable and became an obvious mentor in the Crown offices.
Catherine is not all work. She is also a horse lover and rider. No one
knows what precipitated this love but her father recalls driving from Sudden
Valley, Washington, to Sedro-Woolley so Catherine could visit the stables
as a child. Catherine’s mother soon began driving her to Southlands for
This love of horses and all things equestrian led to Catherine’s partial
purchase, against her brother Matt’s better advice, of Arista, an equestrian
clothing manufacturing company. She and her partner then started “Horse
ManUwear”, a sportier (think Lululemon) line of clothing for horse lovers.
Every year in the early fall Catherine could be found hawking her clothes
to the horsey set at the Spruce Meadows Masters.
Catherine is also a bit of a fitness freak. She used to run and has many
races and a marathon under her belt. As of late she has swapped running
for hiking and is always trying to beat her time up the Grouse Grind. She
has recently taken up golf so she can spend more time with her partner, Bill
McPherson. But her real addiction is yoga. She rarely misses a day of
vinyasas and savasanas (look it up). Catherine lives the advice she recently
gave to young trial lawyers starting out: work as hard as you can, aim to
always do your best, but find time for family, friends and a daily exercise
that you love—it will keep you sane.