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tion and loyalty from her large network of friends inside and outside of the
profession. She is a force, guided by her strong sense of principle, her compassion
and her joie de vivre. She is a most welcome addition to the bench.
1. (2011) 69 Advocate 817.
2. Canada (Attorney General) v Hislop, 2007 SCC 10.
3. Law Society of British Columbia v Trinity Western
University, 2018 SCC 32.
4. Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v
British Columbia (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 59.
5. Including, for example, on the issue of whether
judges have the jurisdiction to conduct hearings outside
of their home province: Endean v British Columbia
, 2016 SCC 42.
The Honourable Madam Justice Wendy Baker
If you look closely, Wendy’s career as a prominent
commercial litigator and agricultural lawyer can be
traced to her early years in Chilliwack. Raised in the
historically agricultural community, Wendy and her
siblings, Mary and Paul, were encouraged by their
parents, Jim and Sherry Baker, to be creative, collaborative
and critically minded.
One summer in the early ’80s Wendy and her sister Mary, then
teenagers, were hired by a local raspberry processor to market raspberry
juice. Demonstrating initiative and creativity beyond their years, Wendy
and Mary conceived and pitched a superior method of marketing the product:
they would host a weekly television show on the Chilliwack public
broadcasting station titled “Cooking with Berries”. Each week, the teens
would cook something—anything—using raspberry juice. The show was
live, completely unscripted and, arguably unusual for a cooking show, not
set in a kitchen. Wendy and Mary seldom agreed on how best to prepare
their innovative dishes and, evidently not having anticipated such disagreements
in advance, were required to align their conflicting visions live on air.
Through this experience one can witness Wendy practising the essential
skills of a litigator—thinking on her feet, managing opposing points of view
and convincing a somewhat skeptical audience of the soundness of her
position—and, in the process, gaining the confidence of her first agricultural