Cheryl L. Vickers*
Tel: (604) 689-1048
Fax: (604) 689-1028
Cheryl's practice focuses on dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, administrative law, real property assessment law and strata law. She provides advice on assessment issues and is available for judicial review and appellate work arising from the administrative justice sector, and for commercial mediations and arbitrations.
Before joining Lex Pacifica, Cheryl had a lengthy career as a dispute resolution practitioner in the administrative justice sector. Cheryl chaired BC’s Property Assessment Appeal Board from 2003 to 2015, and served as Vice-Chair from 1995-2003. During her tenure on the Board she presided over numerous complex assessment appeals and authored many decisions involving both legal and appraisal issues, influencing the development of assessment law and practice in British Columbia. In addition, Cheryl was instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative and progressive appeal management and alternative dispute resolution practices at the Property Assessment Appeal Board, focusing on the resolution of appeals through facilitative methods.
Cheryl continues to be actively involved in administrative dispute resolution. Since 2007, Cheryl has chaired BC’s Surface Rights Board, a tribunal exercising jurisdiction under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act and other statutes to resolve surface lease and right of way disputes between landowners and the holders of subsurface rights. In 2015, Cheryl was appointed to the Hospital Appeal Board.
From March 2013 to April 2014, Cheryl served as Acting Chair of BC’s new Civil Resolution Tribunal, assisting with the development of Canada’s first on-line tribunal to help citizens resolve strata and small claims disputes.
Cheryl was active in the development of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT), and served for many years as a member of that organization's Board of Directors, including as its President from 2004-2006. She assisted with curriculum development for BCCAT courses to offer training to appointees of quasi-judicial boards and tribunals and is an instructor of the Foundations of Administrative Justice for Administrative Decision Makers and Foundations of Administrative Justice for Staff courses, as well as the Decision Writing and Hearing Skills Workshops.
Cheryl has presented at conferences of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, the Canadian Property Tax Association and the Appraisal Institute of Canada on a variety of subjects including Case Management, Alternate Dispute Resolution for Tribunals, Decision Writing, Effective Written Communication, and Evidence before Administrative Tribunals. She has presented at Continuing Legal Education programs in both Administrative Law and Property Assessment Law. Cheryl serves on the editorial boards of two CLE Practice Manuals – Real Property Assessment and Administrative Law.
In October 2009, Cheryl received BCCAT’s Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to administrative justice.
Cheryl currently participates in the British Columbia Access to Justice Committee.
* Law Corporation
- Law Society of British Columbia – Barrister and Solicitor
- ADRIC/BCAMI – Chartered Arbitrator
- Real Estate Institute of British Columbia
- British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals
- Circle of Chairs
- 1984 - University of Victoria - Bachelor of Laws
- 1980 - Dalhousie University - Bachelor of Arts
Publications & Seminars
Appraisal Institute of Canada: National Conference
Presenter: Getting Your Message Across
Association of American Administrative Law Judges
Presenter: The Tribunal Scene in Canada
British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
Presenter: Dispute Resolution at the Property Assessment Appeal Board
British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals
Presenter: Sufficiency and Adequacy of Reasons
Presenter: Practical Issues: Privacy in Decisions (with Heather MacNaughton)
Presenter: Expert Evidence in the Administrative Tribunal Context
Presenter: Transforming Administrative Tribunals with Technology
Presenter: Tribunal Clustering
Instructor: Administrative Justice Practice and Procedure for Decision Makers
Instructor: Administrative Justice Practice and Procedure for Staff
Instructor: Administrative Justice Practice and Procedure for Post-Secondary Institutions
Instructor: Decision Writing Workshop
Instructor: Hearing Skills Workshop
Instructor: Train the Trainers
Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen
Presenter: BC’s Surface Rights Board
Canadian Property Tax Association: BC Chapter
Presenter: Effective Communication Before the Property Assessment Appeal Board
Canadian Property Tax Association: National Valuation/Legal Symposium
Presenter: Ethics and Tribunals
Presenter: Disclosure and Access to Information
Presenter: View form the Board
Presenter: Unblurring the Line Between Expert Opinion Evidence and Advocacy
Presenter: Dispute Resolution in Practice
Presenter: ODR at the Property Assessment Appeal Board
Moderator: Cross Canada Legal Panel
Presenter: Cross Canada Legal Panel (2016)
Presenter: Experts, Advocates and Ethical Boundaries
Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals
Presenter: Case Management
Presenter: Levelling the Playing Field
Continuing Legal Education: Administrative Law Conference
Presenter: Effective Advocacy Before Administrative Tribunals (with Nitya Iyer)
Presenter: Ethical Issues Before Administrative Tribunals (with John Shevchuk)
Continuing Legal Education: Administrative Tribunals Act
Presenter: Administrative Tribunals Act
Continuing Legal Education: Dispute Resolution Conference
Presenter: BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal
Continuing Legal Education: Family Law Arbitrators
Presenter: Family Law Arbitrator’s Award Writing
Continuing Legal Education: Real Property Assessment Law
Presenter: The Board’s Duty: What is it Really? Shifting Gears in the Board’s Approach to Appeal Management and Resolution
Presenter: Is there a Better Way to Adjudicate Complex Appeals?
Presenter: The Assessment Appeal Process