Law alumni and community leaders of the legal profession from BC bringing a diversity of experience and knowledge to the mission and vision of the Faculty and Queen's University.

Sheila Colman

Sheila is Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary at Lundin Gold Inc., a Canadian public company which is developing Fruta del Norte, one of the world’s highest grade and largest gold projects currently under construction.  Sheila is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal affairs, with over 20 years of business focused legal experience, regularly advising on range of areas from corporate and commercial transactions, equity and debt financings and strategic relationships, compliance and corporate governance. Ms.

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Carman Overholt, QC

Carman is a senior commercial litigation lawyer with extensive experience in all aspects of employment, human rights and labour relations law. Throughout his career he has maintained a special focus on advising employers on resolving workplace disputes. Carman works closely with senior management and human resources professionals to ensure employers comply with the various legislation that governs the workplace and to assist them in the prevention and resolution of employment disputes.

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Tamsin Plaxton

Tamsin graduated Queens Law in 1990. She articled at McCarthy Tetrault LLP and practiced in the area of civil litigation for four years at Steel Urquhart. In 1993, Tamsin launched Tamwood International, a privately owned group of companies that started with one summer camp operation in Whistler and now operates a career college, three English language schools, seven international summer camps and a work and travel company. 

An avid skier and cyclist, Tamsin is also a proud mother to an 11 year old daughter.

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Jeff Read

Jeff practices corporate and securities law at the Vancouver office of Lawson Lundell LLP, focusing on advising local, national and international companies and securities dealers on their Canadian activities.  He acts for several of the larger BC-based public companies and private equity groups, and has been involved with a number of friendly and hostile M&A transactions and proxy fights. He also provides advice to boards of directors on matters including corporate governance and directors’ and officers’ liability.

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Keith Spencer


Keith Spencer is a leading information technology lawyer in British Columbia. As Co-Leader of Fasken’s Start-Up & Emerging Company Services group, he provides expert advice to start-up and mature private technology companies. Keith serves on the Boards of a number of early stage private technology companies and is a Director of JABC and Keith is the recipient of the BC Technology Industry Association’s Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary efforts and his passion for entrepreneurs.

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The Honourable James Sutherland

Judge Sutherland graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 1989 and called to the bar of British Columbia in 1990.

Prior to his appointment to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 2012, Judge Sutherland practiced primarily criminal law. He spent 5 years with the B.C. Crown Counsel office before moving to a defence practice. He practiced with Richard T.Israels Law Corporation and the firm Gordon & Sutherland for 12 years before forming Sutherland Jette, Barristers in 2010. He remained with Sutherland Jette until his appointment to the Provincial Court.

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