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Honourary Board

Our Honourary Board consists of the most distinguished and accomplished members of Canada’s legal and environmental communities.

David Anderson

David Anderson has transcended his journey from a former Olympian, to a prominent politician, and to a leader in environmental stewardship and conservation of natural habitat. Mr. Anderson received a law degree from the University of British Columbia. Following graduation, he worked for the Department of External Affairs for six years serving in Indochina, Hong Kong and Ottawa. From 1968-1972 he served as elected MP for Esquimalt-Saanich, and in 1972 became an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Victoria until 1975. Leaving politics in 1975, Mr. Anderson became an environmental consultant and law instructor at the University of Victoria's School of Public Administration, and became involved with the BC Wilderness Federation, dedicating himself to various environmental problems focused on coastal and wetland protection and marine pollution from oil transportation and exploration. In his return to politics in 1993, Mr. Anderson was elected as Liberal MP for Victoria in the federal election and was appointed Minister of National Revenue and Minister Responsible for British Columbia. Successfully achieving re-election in 1997, he was appointed as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and further being appointed as Minister of the Environment in 1999. Mr. Anderson’s priorities in this role included improving air and water quality, biodiversity and securing Canada's first endangered species legislation. He did not seek reelection in the 2006 federal election. Since leaving politics, Mr. Anderson continues to impart his knowledge and concerns on climate change, government policy, salmon and the environment and sport excellence. He has presented numerous international and local keynote speeches at conferences, conventions, associations and university institutions.

Thomas Berger O.C, Q.C.

Thomas Berger has a long and distinguished record of public service. He served on the Supreme Court of British Columbia for 12 years until returning to the practice of law in 1983. He has been both a Member of Parliament and a Member of Legislative Assembly for the riding of Vancouver-Burrard, Chair of the Royal Commission on Family and Children's Law, Chair of the Alaska Native Review Commission, Commissioner of the Indian and Inuit Health Consultation, and the Commissioner of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry. His best-selling report, Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland (1977), recommended against the proposed Arctic gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska across northern Yukon and along the Mackenzie Valley. The government of Canada accepted his recommendation to reject the proposal and approved an alternative route. The report's other recommendations were subsequently adopted. Mr. Bergers public intervention in the constitutional debate in 1981 led to the inclusion of aboriginal and treaty rights in the 1982 amendments to the Canadian Constitution. In recognition of his service to both BC and Canada, Mr. Berger has received the Order of Canada and honorary degrees from over one dozen Canadian universities.

John Fraser Q.C., Chair

John Fraser graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1954 and practiced law until his election to the House of Commons in 1972. During his 21 years in Parliament, he served in key positions, including Minister for the Environment and Minister of Fisheries. He was the first person to have been elected Speaker of the House of Commons by his peers, a practice instituted in 1986. In 1994, Mr. Fraser was selected to head the Fraser River Sockeye Public Review Board investigating the salmon fishery. He was subsequently appointed as Canada's Ambassador for the Environment, responsible for Canadian follow-up to commitments made at the United Nations Rio Conference on Environment and Development. He has chaired the Minister's Monitoring Committee on Change in the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Forces, and currently chairs the Parliamentary Precinct Oversight Advisory Committee. From September 1998, Mr. Fraser chaired the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, until his appointment in April 2005 to the chair of the BC Pacific Salmon Forum. Mr. Fraser is a Queen's Counsel, an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia and he holds the Canadian Forces Decoration. He was awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees for his contributions to environmental causes by Simon Fraser University and St. Lawrence University in 1999 and by the University of British Columbia in 2004.

Christopher Harvey Q.C. Barrister & Solicitor, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP

Chris Harvey, Q.C., was born and raised in British Columbia. He took his legal education in London, England where he practised as a barrister from 1968 until his return to Canada in 1975. Mr. Harvey was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976 and practised with Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) before becoming associate counsel with MacKenzie Fujisawa in 2003. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. Mr. Harvey specializes in civil and regulatory litigation. His wide-ranging practice includes: environmental and regulatory law, aviation, products liability, marine, defamation, aboriginal, commercial, constitutional and trade-related litigation. Mr. Harvey has appeared as counsel in courts and tribunals throughout Canada and in arbitrations in the United States, Canada and England.

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates

James Hoggan is one of Canada’s most respected public-relations professionals and the president and owner of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates. A law school graduate with a longstanding passion for social justice, Mr. Hogan is the cofounder of Stonehouse Standing Circle, an innovative public-engagement and communications think-tank, and the former chair of The Climate Project Canada—Al Gore’s global education and advocacy organization. He also led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships. Mr. Hogan is the co-founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog and the author of two books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public, and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He speaks, writes, and presents widely on public attitudes toward sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

Greg McDade Q.C., Barrister & Solicitor, Managing Partner at Ratcliff & Company LLP

Greg McDade is the Managing Partner at Ratcliff & Company LLP and a senior litigation partner with John Rich, supervising all First Nations litigation. He was born and raised in Alberta, took his law degree at UBC, was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1979, and appointed Queen’s Counsel (B.C.) in 1996. Mr. McDade’s current practice includes Major Litigation, and business advice to First Nations on forestry, business and land use issues. Mr. McDade is an Advisor to some of B.C.'s largest First Nation communities and has extensive experience before all levels of Court, including Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Courts, and BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Eden Robinson, Author

Eden Robinson is a novelist and short story writer from the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. She was born and grew up in Haisla territory in Kitamaat Village, BC. Her works include Traplines, Monkey Beach and Blood Sports. Eden Robinson has become one of Canada's first female Native writers to gain international attention, making her an important role model. She has used her celebrity to draw attention in Time magazine to the Canadian government's chipping away at Native health care, and to the lack of subsidized housing for urban Natives. Eden Robinson has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and is working with the Writers in Electronic Residence program, which links schools across the country with professional writers.

Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU

Darryl Walker was elected president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union in 2008. In 1999, Mr. Walker was elected as a provincial vice president of the BCGEU, where he has served on several Provincial Executive committees, including: Finance, Education, Environment, Community and Social Action, Occupational Health and Safety, Constitution and Structure, Resolutions, and Grievance Appeal. A committed environmentalist, Mr. Walker has worked with his colleagues on the Environment Committee to create the BCGEU's Cool Communities Campaign to facilitate members' global warming initiatives in their home communities.