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Cheryl L. Vickers*

Tel: (604) 689-1048
Fax: (604) 689-1028
cherylvickers@lexpacifica.com

Professional Biography

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

Professional Designations/Affiliations

  • 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

Educational Background

  • 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
    Organizer
    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