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opening of the Law Courts in London, England, which was a formative
experience and highly influential in Craig’s decision to become a lawyer.
Indeed, in retrospect, there was never any question that the three Ferris
children would become lawyers. Boyd used to practise closing submissions
on the three kids (we are not sure whether he took questions from the familial
bench) and stressed to them early that becoming a lawyer was a worthwhile
life endeavour. This indoctrination was so effective that both of
Craig’s siblings, Blake and Heather, also became lawyers. Blake is in-house
counsel at BC Hydro and Heather was also a partner at Lawson Lundell
until her untimely passing in October 2019. Blake and Heather are and were
exceptional lawyers in their own right.
After earning a political science degree at UBC in 1986, Craig took the
LSAT, excelled at it and then entered law school at UBC in the fall of 1986.
During this time, he received a wide range of scholarships, including being
a Wesbrook Scholar. Throughout Craig’s academic career in both high
school and university, sports instilled in him the importance of teamwork,
dedication, trust and respect—critical attributes of his that he has bestowed
upon his partners, associates and students at Lawson Lundell. While attending
high school at Magee, Craig captained the rugby team and led it to victory
in the provincial championship, the last time that Magee has achieved
this. Craig also played varsity basketball at Magee and later played for both
the provincial and national junior rugby squads as a forward. Craig’s passion
for rugby saw him star for UBC at the varsity level in addition to playing
for local club Kats RFC, where he continued to strike both fear and
respect into the hearts of opposing players.
1986 was a momentous year for Craig. Not only did he complete his
undergraduate degree, write the LSAT and commence law school, but he
also met his brilliant life partner, Shelly Hager. The two met in the line for
an Expo 86 venue, the 86th Street Music Hall, and entered the club with
Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” playing in the background. They married
four years later in 1990 (we are not sure whether the iconic 80s anthem
was played at the wedding) and have been a dynamic partnership since
then, raising three already accomplished children of whom they are justifiably
Craig clerked at the Court of Appeal in 1989/90 for Justices Craig, Macfarlane,
Proudfoot and Hinds. He has recounted on many occasions some
of the wisdom that he learned from that year with the court, including the
importance of being clear in submission and in voice, speaking to the public
policy issues facing the Court of Appeal and answering the question posed,
not simply relying on prepared submissions.