AMP Mentors

AMP gives members access to a wide range of mentors. Mentors take turns attending AMP education events, drop in on office hours and are available to meet one-on-one with members.

We feature a number of our AMP mentors here on the website. Also we also have many others who have taken part in events and meet AMP members for private one-to-one conversations. The AMP coaches have a wide network of lawyer contacts to draw from across most every type of legal practice so we are able to connect our members with mentorship experiences that meet your needs.

Allison McCollum

Allison is a Partner with Witten LLP in Edmonton. Allison’s legal practice focuses on estate solutions and advising owner-managed and family businesses in various capacities. Allison serves as a trusted advisor to high net worth families and owner-managed businesses. She helps her clients create a strategic plan for succession – assessing their current situation, values and goals, and developing a plan to move them forward.

Allison was an instructor of Estate Procedures for two years at Grant MacEwan University. Allison is currently Chair of the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

Bena Stock, MC, RCC, LLB

Ben has a Masters in Counselling. She is a registered clinical counsellor and a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Bena has helped many clients in the areas of anxiety, depression, anger management, relationships, as well as career coaching, and career transition. Bena is also a former litigation lawyer. She practised law for 24 years, primarily in the areas of professional negligence and insurance defence. Bena is married to a litigator. Together they raised two daughters, so she knows the joys and challenges of balancing career and family. Bena is also a sought-after speaker. She has hosted multiple presentations and workshops for the legal community and is also a workplace wellness consultant for law firms.

Curtis Marble

Curtis is a partner at Carbert Waite LLP in Calgary with extensive experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including international arbitration and litigation, defamation, and estate litigation. Curtis is Co-Leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice.

Throughout his career Curtis has volunteered with community organizations. He is currently in his sixth year on the board of Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre. His advocacy, pro bono work and active leadership have helped to advance area charities and steer his firm’s own community investments.

Ellen Vandergrift

Ellen has twenty years of legal research experience and provides litigation assistance to solo and small firm practitioners across Canada. She drafts court documents, memoranda and correspondence, and even ghost writes papers and presentations. She also has experience preparing arguments for leave at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ellen gained insight into how judges make decisions through her articles with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Queen’s Bench, and her later position as Legal Counsel to the Queen’s Bench. Ellen loves tackling a tough legal problem to find the way through, and her clients highly value her energetic engagement with the law.

Erin Hatch

Erin is an associate in the Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring, Estate Litigation and Defamation, Privacy & Media Law practice groups at Harper Grey LLP in Vancouver. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. In her diverse practice, she has gained particular expertise in creditors’ remedies and acting on behalf of individuals and businesses that have had their reputation harmed online.

Erin has written and presented on a variety topics to groups which include the CBABC Insolvency Subsection, CBABC Wills and Trusts Subsection, Insolvency Discussion Group and Life in Law.

Gwendoline Allison

Gwendoline is a partner and founder of Foy Allison Law. Gwendoline is an experienced trial advocate with over twenty years of advising employers and employees on labour law, human rights, administrative law, constitutional law and general litigation matters. Gwendoline has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the British Columbia Court of Appeal on behalf of interveners in three landmark constitutional law cases.

She is a frequent sought-after speaker and writer and is the founding co-author of a textbook on employment standards law.

She is a past director of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and a former adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, teaching civil procedure.

Jennifer Yong

Jennifer is the General Counsel at iQmetrix —one of the largest providers of POS and retail management software for the wireless and specialty retail markets in North America. She leads the legal team and advises and supports the board of directors and senior leadership across multiple subsidiaries. Prior to joining iQmetrix, Jennifer was in private practice at a firm in Vancouver.

Jennifer is on the board of directors of City Opera Vancouver, a volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, and a member of the parent advisory council at a Vancouver elementary school. As a trained professional pastry chef she launched a successful baking business and was a vendor at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market.

Joanna Cameron

Joanna is a lawyer with DuMoulin Black in Vancouver. Her focus is on public and private securities. Joanna represents both issuers and investment dealers in connection with public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other financing transactions. She has particular expertise and experience in the resource sector having previously been Vice-President Legal and General Counsel for a pre-development stage mining issuer listed and as corporate secretary for two junior exploration issuers.

Joanna has been recognised as a leading lawyer by numerous legal directories and most recently by Best Lawyers in Canada for 2021 in three categories – corporate, mining and securities law.

Julie Facchin

Julie is counsel in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Dentons Law in Vancouver. Julie maintains a broad commercial litigation practice with particular emphasis on class action defence and privacy law. She has extensive experience representing businesses in cases provincially, across-Canada and internationally. Julie has appeared before the BC Court of Appeal, Provincial Court of BC, Supreme Courts of BC and Quebec, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Julie sees herself as a problem-solver for her clients. She recognizes that litigation is a stressful experience and aims to reduce that stress through communication and cost-effective and creative solutions.

Julie recently co-authored the paper “CPPA: An in-depth look at the disposal provisions in Canada’s proposed new privacy law”.

Katherine Reilly

Katherine is an experienced lawyer who recently joined the BC Attorney General’s Office and was previously a partner at a national law firm. Katherine is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled complex corporate and commercial litigation at all levels of court in BC. She is known for her negotiation skills and results-oriented dispute resolution with a special interest in matters related to gaming, construction law, land disputes, franchising and distribution, and cross-border issues.

Kevin Westell

Kevin is a founding partner at Pender Litigation in Vancouver. Over the last decade he has built his practice at both the trial and appellate levels, primarily representing accused persons. In addition to his defence work, he is often retained to act as Crown Counsel, counsel for witnesses and as amicus curiae. He also practices regulatory and administrative law, primarily in professional discipline matters.

Kevin teaches trial advocacy skills to law students and junior lawyers at programs including the Allan McEachern Course in Trial Advocacy, the CLEBC Winning Advocacy Skills Workshop, and the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is also a regular presenter at continuing legal education conferences.

Layne Hellrung

Layne is an associate with the Litigation Group at Cassels Brock in Vancouver. Representing clients in business, real estate, and insolvency disputes, Layne has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Layne is active in the business and legal community. He serves as the legal advisor for the BC Chamber of Commerce. Layne co-chaired CLE-BC’s course on real estate litigation in 2016 and 2019, and its course on litigation misconduct in 2017. He is a regular volunteer and proud supporter of Access Pro Bono.

Michelle Yung

Michelle is an Associate in the Real Estate and Capital Projects Groups with the Bennett Jones in Vancouver. Michelle’s practice is focused on real property, including infrastructure, construction, public private partnerships, procurement, and commercial real estate. Michelle also supports the development of large infrastructure projects, including hospitals, energy developments and educational institutions.

Michelle is an active volunteer in the community. She serves on the boards of directors for the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Vancouver.

Morgan Camley

Morgan is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group with Dentons in Vancouver. Morgan has extensive experience in commercial litigation, agri-business, regulatory, Aboriginal law, criminal and municipal law.

Morgan has been commended for her extensive knowledge and experience in the following respected legal directories: Benchmark Litigation Canada: Dispute Resolution; The Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate and Commercial Litigation. She is a past contributing editor to Fraser, Horn & Griffin, The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia, looseleaf (Ontario: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2007), a cornerstone resource for the litigation bar in British Columbia.

Morgan was a 2014 Finalist for the PRIDE Legacy Awards recognizing her outstanding achievement as a Community Leader.

Nicole Gilewicz

Nicole is an associate at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver developing a diverse practice in criminal, civil and administrative litigation with a focus on forestry. Nicole worked extensively with the UBC Innocence Project and clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal prior to joining Hunter Litigation.

Nicole is committed to community involvement and has volunteered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House in Saskatchewan, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the George Pearson Centre in Vancouver.

Salman Bhura

Salman is a partner at Harper Grey LLP in Vancouver whose practice focuses on commercial and real estate disputes, insolvency and restructuring and business law. He is co-chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Restructuring group and the Real Estate Law group. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations and large financial institutions and he has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.

Salman has been recognized as a ‘leading lawyer’ in the Corporate and Commercial Litigation areas by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2017 to 2021, and as a ‘local litigation star’ in the area of insolvency by Benchmark Canada®, 2015-2020.

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