Our Board of Directors
Lawyer, Spier Harben
With over 30 years experience, Timothy Boyle has acted as litigation counsel to plaintiffs and defendants in virtually every type of civil and quasi criminal dispute ranging from commercial foreclosures and receiverships, to defamation suits and university disciplinary procedures that encroach upon freedom of expression. For the past 15 years he has focused primarily on bodily injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, wrongful deaths, falls, disability claims, medical negligence, and assaults while maintaining an active case load in the area of Administrative Law, Wrongful dismissal, insured property loss and commercial disputes. He has appeared before administrative tribunals and all levels of courts in Alberta and also before the Supreme Court of Canada on a challenge that resulted in his client successfully having the Federal Lord’s Day Act declared unconstitutional under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Managing Partner, Crease Harman LLP
Bruce Hallsor is the managing partner of Crease Harman LLP, Western Canada’s oldest law firm. Bruce’s practice includes tax planning and litigation, as well as issues related to electoral law. Bruce has represented candidates and parties from across the political spectrum, as well as organizations such as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation., Labourwatch, and Fair Voting BC. Bruce was named among the “Top 40 under 40” for Vancouver Island in 2007. He also won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for community service in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in 2012.
Bruce is currently a director of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and a member of the Board of the BC College Social Workers. He is the Chief Electoral Officer for Scouts Canada, and is honourary counsel for Scouts Canada in BC and the Yukon. Bruce is Chairman of the City of Victoria Board of Variance, and has served on the Saanich Arts Advisory Committee, the Saanich Advisory Design Panel, and the Provincial Child Care Council. He is a former Chairman of Workstreams Employment Society, a non-profit society which provided employment counseling and life skills services in greater Victoria. He is co-chair of the Victoria Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada. Bruce also served as president of Fair Voting BC and as Vice president of Fair Vote Canada. Bruce led the “yes” side in the 2005 referendum on STV which obtained 58% of the vote province wide. Bruce is also a past co-chair of the federal conservative party campaign in British Columbia.
Bruce was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, and first came to Victoria to work in the legislature in 1987. He attended U Vic Law school from 1992 to 1995, and articled at Crease Harman. In his spare time he volunteers as a soccer coach with Saanich Fusion FC, and as a cub scout leader in Cordova Bay.
Barrister & Solicitor
Alan Honner is a lawyer based in Toronto, Ontario. He represents individual and corporate clients in a variety of legal matters, including police misconduct, professional negligence, personal injury and criminal litigation.
Alan has published in The Litigator and has appeared as trial counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo.
Professor of Liberal Studies and Political Studies, Vancouver Island University
David Livingstone earned his Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Dallas and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alberta under the expert guidance Dr. Leon Craig. David is a university-college professor at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC where he has taught in the Liberal Studies and Political Studies Departments since 2005. Prior to coming to VIU, he served as Assistant Dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas before taking an appointment as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
His scholarly interests lie mainly in classical political philosophy and early enlightenment philosophy, including the influence of these traditions on the constitutional structures of both the United States and Canada. He is also particularly interested in the eclipse of traditional liberal education in our contemporary universities and the effects this decline may have on the health of political discourse in a free society. In addition to numerous conference presentations, David has published articles and book reviews on a variety of topics, including Abraham Lincoln’s statesmanship, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s political philosophy, and Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s contribution to Canadian confederation. He edited a collection of essays entitled Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime: Past Principles and Present Challenges (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015).
A litigation lawyer with a sharp focus on the intersect between state action and private interests, Daniel Mol represents individuals and corporations in all levels of court, recently appearing as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Mol also acts against foreign authorities, including the State of Oregon in 2010, and he has assisted senior international counsel on the successful cases of several Canadians detained abroad.
Mr. Mol holds a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Wales (Aberystwyth), a law degree from the University of Alberta, and a bachelor’s degree (history and politics) from Augustana University College. Mr. Mol has lectured and published in constitutional and criminal law, history and legal theory.
Mr. Mol is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association.
President, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Dr. Marco Navarro-Genie holds a BA from Concordia University, an MA from the University of Calgary, and a PhD from the University of Calgary. He has also taught political science at Mount Royal University, St. Mary’s College, the University of Calgary, and Concordia University. His teaching and pioneering research have been recognized, respectively, by a Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (1999) at Mount Royal University and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2004-2006) held at the University of Calgary. He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He regularly comments on Canadian and provincial politics for various local, national, and international print and broadcast news outlets that include Calgary Herald, Leader Post, Vancouver Sun, Windsor Star, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Radio-Canada International, Radio-Canada, CTV News, Sun TV, and RDI.
Professor of Law, University of Saskatchewan
Dwight Newman is a Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan, where he has been on faculty since 2005. He served a three-year term as Associate Dean of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law from 2006 to 2009. He teaches constitutional law and a variety of upper-year courses related to his interests in international law, property rights, natural resource development, religious freedom, and Indigenous rights.
Professor Newman completed his B.A. in Economics at Regina, his J.D. at Saskatchewan, and his B.C.L., M.Phil. and D.Phil. at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship holder. He has also studied at the Hague Academy of International Law in its intensive summer course on Private International Law. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Lamer and Justice LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999–2000, and he has worked for NGOs in South Africa and China, as well as for Justice Canada. He is a member of the Ontario and Saskatchewan bars. He has done selective consulting, mainly in areas related to constitutional law and natural resource issues, and he has spoken widely to academic, practitioner, and policy audiences on five continents.
He has published over 50 book chapters or journal articles, and his writing has been cited by all levels of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His books include The Duty to Consult: New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples (Saskatoon: Purich, 2009) (second edition forthcoming in 2014); Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Charter of Rights (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2010); Community and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011); The Law of the Canadian Constitution (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2013, co-authored with Guy Régimbald); and Natural Resource Jurisdiction in Canada (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2013).
Our Advisory Council
Dr. Barry Cooper
Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
President and CEO, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Brian Purdy, Q.C.
Defense counsel and retired Crown Prosecuter, Calgary
McLennan Ross LLP, Calgary
Dr. Clive Seligman
Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London
Journalist and public policy commentator, Toronto