TLABC CommitteesIf you would like to volunteer on a TLABC Committee, please contact June Gambrel. Following is a list of TLABC Committees and their mandates.

Bylaws Committee
The Bylaws Committee is responsible for the study and recommendation of bylaw changes to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. The Committee meets on an as-needed basis, at the direction of the Executive Committee and/or Board of Governors.
Chair: David A. Klein
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel

Criminal Defence Committee
Mandate: Maintain a repository of shared resources for criminal defence members of TLABC; offer advice for criminal conference planning, education, if requested; liaise with courthouses, pre-trial centres, Legal Services Society and other organizations whose operations and activities directly impact the criminal defence bar; identify appropriate interventions for the consideration of TLABC’s litigation committee; monitor issues of particular interest to TLABC’s criminal defence members and/or the public with regard to criminal justice, and bring to the attention of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors where appropriate.
Chair: Bibhas Vaze
Staff Liaison: Karen St. Aubin

Family Law Committee
Mandate: Monitor issues of particular interest to TLABC’s family law members and/or the public with regard to family law justice, and bring to the attention of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors where appropriate; maintain a repository of shared resources for family law members of TLABC; offer advice for family law conference planning and education; liaise with Legal Services Society and other organizations whose operations and activities directly impact the family law bar; identify appropriate interventions for the consideration of TLABC’s litigation committee; assist the committee and the association as requested by the chair.
Chair: Georgialee Lang
Staff Liaison: Karen St. Aubin

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Finance Coordinator, is responsible for the preparation of the fiscal year budget and the monitoring of revenue and expenses throughout the year to ensure the Association is on track financially.

Investment Committee
The Investment Committee is a sub-committee of the finance committee of the association. The committee is responsible for the investments of TLABC, collectively be referred to as the portfolio, and to ensure that the investment policy is executed appropriately so that the long-term goals of the association are supported.
Chair: Ron Nairne
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel

Legal Aid Action Committee
The Legal Aid Action Committee (LAAC) was formed to press forward for an increase in funding to the legal aid system in BC.
Chair: Phil Rankin
Staff Liaison: Bentley Doyle

Litigation Committee
The Litigation Committee reviews submissions from TLABC members on litigation the TLABC may want to fund to advance or resist an appeal or seek intervenor status. The Committee provides necessary research and briefs to carry out that function. Members participate in meetings and conference calls as needed and assist in recommending and preparing briefs. Recent cases include Townsend v. Kroppmanns and Smith v. Funk. View the Litigation Committee criteria to provide funding/assistance.
Chair: Robin McFee QC
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee ensures a strong membership base by developing membership recruitment and retention strategies, and examining and developing membership benefits and services. Membership Committee members attend seminars and communicate the mission and benefits of the association to potential members;  contact new members and offer assistance and information, invite them to TLABC events and ensure their inclusion in Association activities. Committee members are strongly encouraged to take part in the Mentorship Program. The Committee works closely with the Membership Director and elicits support from the Executive Committee and Board of Governors.
Chair: Sonny Parhar
Staff Liaison: Karen St. Aubin

Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee is responsible for presenting a slate of officers to TLABC members to ensure the Association is governed with excellence and vision.
Chair: Ed Montague
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel

PAC – Public Affairs Committee
There are two key functions carried out by TLABC’s PAC Committee, (1) keeping members updated regarding issues of public concern, especially ones which could have a significant impact on the interests of lawyers and their clients, and (2) conducting successful fundraising efforts that enable TLABC to stay equipped with the resources necessary for remaining vigilant on behalf of legal professionals and the public at large.
Chair: Larry Kancs
Staff Liaison: Megan Ejack 

Rules Committee
The Rules Committee meets monthly and is responsible for review of new and proposed Rules of Court, writing submissions on behalf of TLABC with regard to new and proposed Rules, and identifying areas of interest to the TLABC membership where changes to the Rules would be beneficial.
Chair: John Bilawich
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel 

Seminar Planning Committee
The Seminar Planning Committee plans and implements TLABC’s yearly seminar programs. The Committee assists in the monitoring, planning, implementing and development of seminars. The Committee adheres to deadlines, identifies seminar topics, and ensures that quality trial practice seminars are being developed and given. The Committee ensures seminars reach their financial goals and evaluates the programs and modifies them accordingly.  Additionally, the Committee evaluates marketing strategies and recommends updates. The Committee also assists in membership recruitment as it pertains to seminar programs. The Committee works closely with the Executive Director and CLE Coordinator to ensure success of the programs.
Chair: Daniel Corrin
Staff Liaison: Erin Monahan

Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee meets on an as-needed basis to identify non-membership and non-seminar dues revenue producing projects and plan for the yearly Executive/Board/Staff retreat.
Chair: vacant
Staff Liaison: June Gambrel

Wrongful Death Committee
The Wrongful Death Action Committee has identified the following overall campaign goals: i) a civil remedy for every living person; ii) a merger of wrongful death and survival statutes; iii) have laws in place that deal with wrongful death of child or parent; iv) rights to punitive damages to inure to the estate.
Chair: Don Renaud
Staff Liaisons: June Gambrel/Ben Doyle