Wally is an experienced counsel and strategic advisor. His practice focuses on alternative and traditional dispute resolution as well as Aboriginal law.
After graduation from the University of British Columbia Law School, Wally went into private practice for a number of years. During this time he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor on many high profile criminal and commercial cases.
In 2005, he was appointed as Attorney General of British Columbia and served as Minister Responsible for Multiculturism until 2009. Wally was involved in many significant reforms of the justice system, including the establishment of Canada’s first community court to deal with chronic offenders, developing new Rules of Court in order to promote quicker resolution of disputes and developing new initiatives in dealing with violence against women.
A lifetime resident of British Columbia, Wally has dedicated his entire working life to the pursuit of social justice and community safety. His landmark report on policing in British Columbia led to many policing reforms after its publication in 1994. Wally’s service to the public of this province, most recently as Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, is of special significance.Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
Trial and Appellant Judge for 23 years. As a Supreme Court Judge mandatory to attend Dispute Resolution Workshops.Professional and Other Activities
Wally has been recognized with several awards, including the Georges A. Goyer, QC, Distinguished Service Award (2000), the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C., Lawyer Helping Lawyer Award (2007) the Anthony P. Pantages, QC, Medal for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Public Safety (2005) the RBC Mehfil Magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), and with an Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of the Fraser Valley (2010).
Wally has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. He is Chairman of the Simon Fraser University India Advisory Council and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He was appointed Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in September 2010 and as Chancellor of Thompson River University in February 2011.Academic Qualifications
University of British Columbia, LL.B. 1967
Year of Call: 1967 (B.C.)