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It was during his university years that his fondness for tiddlywinks
reached its peak. He strove mightily to create interest and worked tirelessly
to promote an International Tiddlywinks Society. Peter attended law school
at the University of Victoria, graduating in 1989. He articled at the firm of
Bolton and Muldoon in Vancouver and was called to the B.C. bar in 1990.
After articles Peter travelled to Asia and stayed in a remote mountain village
in Bhutan for several months, where he absorbed the local culture and
customs. Upon his return home Peter joined the firm of Stone and Alexander
in Burnaby, where he practised criminal, family and civil litigation.
In 1994 Peter moved to the Yukon and joined the Whitehorse regional
office of the Department of Justice Canada (“DOJ”). He appeared regularly
in Territorial and Supreme Court and frequently travelled with the circuit
court to isolated villages in the Yukon. During his time in Whitehorse Peter
participated in the increasing emphasis on Aboriginal justice issues. Yukon
also provided Peter with the opportunity to enjoy its magnificent landscape.
He was markedly unsuccessful in his attempt to introduce tiddlywinks
into the regional office.
In 1997 he transferred to the Vancouver regional office of the DOJ, now
the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (“PPSC”), where he remained
until his appointment to the bench.
While at the DOJ/PPSC Peter acted as supervising counsel of the federal
Crown’s Main Street office. He supervised a staff of 16 legal counsel and
eight support staff. The Main Street office is responsible for the federal
Provincial Court matters from both Vancouver and Burnaby.
He was appointed as Associate Chief Federal Prosecutor in 2006. In this
role Peter was responsible for the supervision of a team of junior counsel
working out of the Howe Street office in the prosecution of Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act files in the B.C. Supreme Court.
Peter was promoted to General Counsel in 2012. In this capacity, he was
lead counsel in the B.C. regional office for investigations and prosecutions
under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in relation to human smuggling
and human trafficking cases as well as prosecutions targeting two
organized crime groups: the Independent Soldiers and the Red Scorpions.
Peter also appeared in both the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme
Court of Canada. In addition, he represented Canada at United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna (an expert group on human trafficking)
and was a guest lecturer at the national RCMP human trafficking
course in Ottawa.
In 2009 Peter received an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York
and in doing so authored a major paper entitled Canada’s Mixed Role in the
Crime of Human Trafficking: An Analysis.