Staff

Kari Boyle

Coordinator

kari@bcfjil.ca

Kari served as Mediate BC Society’s Executive Director and then Director of Strategic Initiatives for ten years. She enjoys using her legal, mediation and leadership experience to collaborate with others to improve BC citizens’ access to justice.

Her career began (too many years ago to mention) practicing corporate commercial litigation in Vancouver, moved to an inhouse position specializing in legal services management, led mediation research projects at UBC and participated in many justice reform initiatives.

She is currently the Project Manager for Mediate BC’s “Family Unbundled Legal Services Project”, is a member of Access to Justice BC, a Board member of the Courthouse Library Society of BC, a Knowledge Engineer with the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal and, last but not least, Coordinator of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab.

Jayme Cochrane

Designer

jayme@bcfjil.ca

As the lab’s resident designer, Jayme focuses on all things user-centred. Primarily focused on the Youth Voices initiative, Jayme has helped conceptualize, plan and execute workshops, while collecting and synthesizing the collective workshop output to steer the overall direction of the initiative.

Jayme’s company, Cloudburst Digital, develops a variety of digital experiences, from prototyping apps to designing and building complex web platforms. He’s a former partner and co-founder of Slant Inc, and a founding member of artistic research group Social Bits. He holds an M.A in Interface Culture from Kunstuniversität Linz and a B.Sc in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University.

Core Lab Team

Jane Morley, Q.C.

Jane Morley, Q.C. is a lawyer by profession and now works as a conflict consultant, facilitator, mediator, arbitrator and public policy advisor. She is currently the Strategic Coordinator of Access to Justice BC and a principal of Restorative Solutions, a group that offers a constructive approach to conflict both within and among organizations.

She practiced family law, labour law and general civil litigation in Victoria for over 20 years before restricting her law practice in the mid-1990s to mediation and arbitration. She has served in many professional and public positions, including: Governor and Chair of the BC Law Foundation; public representative on the Council and Executive of the BC College of Physicians & Surgeons; Chair of the Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind Compensation Panel; Official Trustee, BC Legal Services Society; BC Child and Youth Officer; Commissioner of the first Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and President, BC Mediator Roster Society. She is currently a Director of Mediate BC.

Nancy Cameron, Q.C.

Nancy Cameron is a lawyer, writer, and educator. She is a family law practitioner, whose practice is in the areas of collaborative law, mediation, and “Hear the Child” reports. Ms. Cameron is one of the founders of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver and of the BC Collaborative Roster Society, and a past president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

She has been a speaker and trainer in the area of collaborative law and dispute resolution to groups across Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School and at Hong Kong University in the Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution degree. She is particularly interested in how we bring change to complex human systems and cultural change within family justice systems.

Dulcie Fernandes

Dulcie Fernandes is a social worker by profession with forty years of experience delivering, developing and evaluating child, youth and family services in two provinces. Early in her career, she trained and worked as a family therapist and clinical supervisor, and later used this knowledge and experience to develop family-centred services for children and youth in care and young offenders. In British Columbia, over the past twenty two years, she has served in various positions with the Children’s Commission, the Child and Youth Officer, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In addition to a graduate degree in social work (McGill), she has a graduate certificate in evaluation from the University of Victoria.

Dr. Marilyn Beloff

Marilyn Beloff is a psychotherapist, with a PhD in Depth Psychology with over thirty years of experience working with families going through separation and divorce. She was a founding member of Mediation Manitoba, a founding member of the Collaborative Association of Manitoba, an early member, and a past co-chair of the Collaborative Association of Vancouver. She continues to work with families, as a divorce coach, child specialist, author of Views of the Child Reports and s. 211 Reports for Court.  As a result of her doctoral research, as well as her many years in practice she is passionate about the need to continue the work of changing the culture of divorce.

Stephanie Fabbro

Partner, Hamilton Fabbro Lawyers

Caroline Plant

Caroline is a family lawyer living and practicing collaborative and settlement-based family law on the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver. She has Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theatre Studies from Acadia University and obtained her law degree at the University of Alberta. She supports her clients in navigating the legal issues involved in changing family relationships with empathy, grace, and a good sense of humour.

Rahul Aggarwal

As a family law mediator and a Collaborative lawyer, Rahul helps clients resolve their family disputes. He strives to save his clients money and time. He understands the importance of no-court resolution in family law. Rahul works with his clients to help families find agreeable solutions out of court. His goal is to find a process that works for his clients and allows them to reduce on-going conflict during their separation.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rahul worked at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, headed by the Honourable Wally Oppal, Q.C. He subsequently articled with the Commission’s Senior Counsel, former President of the Law Society of BC, Art Vertlieb, Q.C., and Carol Hickman, Q.C. Rahul serves as a director on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society. He is a volunteer member of the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, spreading awareness and working to find a cure for Crohn’s disease. Rahul attended law school at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Janko Predovic

Janko has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia in family law matters relating to children, asset & debt division, and support. Early in his legal career, he embraced out-of-court dispute resolution, focusing on Collaborative Divorce and Mediation work, to resolve family matters in low conflict settings. Janko believes that assisting families in a respectful, low conflict way preserves money, time, and dignity.

Janko currently sits on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. As a tribunal member, he presides over hearings in the Refugee Protection Division (Western Region), hearing the claims of people fleeing persecution and other serious risks of harm in their countries of origin.

Janko is a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Youth Voices Leadership Group

  • Ryan Avola
  • Micah Berlow
  • Jared Hydamaka

Advisors & Collaborators

The following people have provided advice and support to the Lab over the years, for which we are enormously grateful:

  • Mark Cabaj, Developmental Evaluation Coach
  • M. Jerry McHale, Q.C., former Visiting Professor, Lam Chair in Law & Policy, University of Victoria
  • Mark Benton, Q.C., CEO, Legal Services Society of BC
  • Alison Brewin, Evaluation Consultant
  • Wayne Plenert, Family Mediator and Retired Lawyer
  • Carol W. Hickman, Q.C., Family Lawyer and Mediator
  • OXD (formerly OpenRoad Communications Ltd.)
  • Deer Crossing the Art Farm (Chad Hershler & Sandy Buck)
  • Ann Lee, Operations Manager, Mediate BC Society

Funders

We are grateful for the support of our generous funders:

  • Vancouver Foundation
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Innoweave
  • Law Foundation of British Columbia