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Staff and Members

Chair and Vice Chairs

Garth Cambrey CRT vice chair quality assurance and tribunal member

J. Garth Cambrey

Vice Chair - Quality Assurance

Kate Campbell CRT vice chair strata, societies and cooperative associations

Kate Campbell

Vice Chair - Strata, Societies and Cooperative Associations

Shelley Lopez CRT vice chair small claims

Shelley Lopez

Vice Chair - Small Claims

Andrea Ritchie CRT vice chair vehicle accidents

Andrea Ritchie

Vice Chair - Vehicle Accidents

Executive and Senior Staff

Kandis McCall CRT executive director and registrar

Kandis McCall

Executive Director and Registrar

Samantha Lawrence CRT Director, Resolution Supports and Deputy Registrar

Samantha Lawrence

Director, Resolution Supports and Deputy Registrar

Stacey Warren-Davies CRT Director, Case Management and Deputy Registrar

Stacey Warren-Davies

Director, Case Management and Deputy Registrar

Lauryn Kerr CRT legal counsel

Lauryn Kerr

Legal Counsel

Zara Rahman CRT legal counsel

Zara Rahman

Legal Counsel

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Tanja Rosteck

User Experience Lead

Full-Time Tribunal Members

All our tribunal members are expert decision-makers. They consider the law, facts and evidence in a dispute, and make a binding decision. All full-time and part-time CRT members must follow the Tribunal Member Code of Conduct. Each member’s remuneration is listed in our annual reports.

As with most tribunal members in BC, our members are appointed by the provincial government, in consultation with the CRT Chair.

Part-Time Tribunal Members

Simmi K. Sandhu

Chair

Simmi K. Sandhu is trained as a lawyer and was called to the BC Bar in 1990. Her areas of practice included administrative law, civil litigation, corporate/commercial law and real estate transactions.

In addition, she has extensive experience in quasi-judicial proceedings, having acted as a chairperson of the Board of Referees for over six years. She also has training and experience in conflict resolution and mediation.

Simmi was past President and Director of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT) and is currently an instructor for BCCAT. She has instructed many adjudicators on administrative law, hearing skills and decision writing, including the Benchers of the Law Societies of BC and Alberta, as well as members of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, BC Utilities Commission, Simon Fraser University, et al.

In 2014, Simmi was awarded BCCAT’s Award for Exceptional Service to the Administrative Tribunal Community. She also served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s (BC Branch) Equality and Diversity Committee.

She was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board from 2001 to 2015, after which she was appointed as Acting Chair and then Chair and CEO of the Board. She was also Vice Chair of the Surface Rights Board until 2021.

In 2018, Simmi was appointed Judge of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

J. Garth Cambrey

Vice Chair – Quality Assurance

Mr. Cambrey earned his B. Comm. from UBC. He has over 35 years of experience in BC’s real estate industry including owning a property management firm for 20 years and serving on the Real Estate Council for 5 years.

He is an active member of the Real Estate Institute, the ADR Institute of BC and holds a Chartered Arbitrator designation with the ADR Institute of Canada. He has arbitrated many strata disputes and been appointed by the BC Supreme Court as an Administrator for several strata property issues.

Mr. Cambrey has been associated with the Civil Resolution Tribunal since it started resolving strata disputes in July 2016, previously serving as Vice Chair – Strata.

Kate Campbell

Vice Chair – Strata, Societies and Cooperative Associations

Kate Campbell joined the CRT in 2018, after having been a Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal since 2011.

Before that, she practiced labour law, with a focus on grievance arbitration and collective bargaining.

Ms. Campbell is a past board member of several non-profit societies, including the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals. Currently, she is on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) section.

Shelley Lopez

Vice Chair – Small Claims

Shelley Lopez graduated from the University of British Columbia law school in 1999, after obtaining a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1996.

Ms. Lopez practised general civil litigation at a Vancouver law firm until 2005, with a focus on personal injury, before becoming a staff lawyer with the Law Society of BC.

In 2011, Ms. Lopez was appointed as a Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. She was appointed as CRT Vice Chair – Small Claims in February 2017. She is a former member of the Inquiry Committee for the BC College of Midwives, and a former board member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals.

Andrea Ritchie

Vice Chair – Vehicle Accidents

Andrea Ritchie obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and accounting from Simon Fraser University in 2008 before attending the University of British Columbia for law school. She graduated from UBC Law in 2012 and practiced general civil litigation at a Vancouver law firm, with a focus on plaintiff personal injury claims until 2018.

Before joining the CRT, Ms. Ritchie worked in the Review Division at WorkSafeBC as a Review Officer.

Ms. Ritchie has also served as a member of the Softball BC Ethics & Discipline Committee since 2017.

Kandis McCall

Executive Director and Registrar

After receiving her law degree and mediation training from the University of British Columbia in 2002, Kandis worked for a brief period in private practice in Greater Vancouver.

In 2006 she joined the Residential Tenancy Branch where she worked as an arbitrator and team lead until joining the CRT, where she was the Director of Case Management and Deputy Registrar from 2016 – 2021.

Kandis has expertise in mediation, adjudication, high volume case management, operational management and strategic planning.

Samantha Lawrence

Director, Resolution Supports and Deputy Registrar

Sam Lawrence joined the public service in 2008 with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction where she held a variety of positions providing income and disability assistance and outreach services to vulnerable populations.

With the same ministry, Sam led large teams of statutory decision makers and also served as Director of Litigation and Policy, overseeing the management of ministry civil litigation, human rights complaints, and judicial reviews, as well as providing legal support and policy interpretation to ministry staff.

She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Victoria and a classical music diploma.

Stacey Warren-Davies

Director, Case Management and Deputy Registrar

Stacey recently completed MBA coursework with the University of Maryland and Harvard School of Business. She has also studied Business and Public Administration, and Admin Law and Finance.

Stacey joined the BC Public Service in 2001, beginning her career with the Provincial Treasury and moving into leadership positions in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Before joining the CRT in June 2022, Stacey was the Director of the Administrative Justice Branch with RoadSafetyBC, where she led teams of statutory decision makers and managed legal actions against the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Lauryn Kerr

Legal Counsel

Lauryn has a Master of Laws in Administrative Law from Osgoode, a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University. She was called to the bar in 2016.

Prior to joining the CRT in 2018, she worked for the Ministry of Attorney General in an office dedicated to improving dispute resolution processes for British Columbians. In this role, Lauryn worked on the establishment of the CRT, as well as on other complex legislative and policy initiatives.

Lauryn is passionate about the intersection of access to justice, technology, and user-centred design.  Since 2016, Lauryn has served on the board of directors of the Justice Education Society, a Vancouver-based organization that carries out public legal education and information activities, justice reform, and capacity building programs in British Columbia and internationally.

Zara Rahman

Legal Counsel

Zara Rahman earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia.

After completing law school, Zara clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her previous legal experience includes practicing administrative and constitutional law at the Ministry of Attorney General in Victoria and criminal defence work in rural communities with Legal Aid Alberta.

Zara also worked at the Office of the Ombudsperson of BC, where she investigated complaints about administrative fairness.

Tanja Rosteck

User Experience Lead

Tanja earned an Honours BA in Sociology from Montreal’s Concordia University in 1994, specializing in the social and cultural aspects of technology.

Before joining the CRT, she worked extensively in instructional design, helpdesk management, systems analysis, and technical writing.

Tanja leads development of the CRT’s Solution Explorer, website, and public-facing content. She also oversees communications and behavioural insights work, and leads the CRT’s continuous improvement process by making recommendations for better and more accessible user experiences.

Micah Carmody

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Micah Carmody completed his Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University and his law degree at the University of Victoria. He was called to the bar in 2010 and served as junior counsel for a federal commission of inquiry.

Following an internship at the Legal Resources Centre in Durban, South Africa, Mr. Carmody returned to BC and practised family, labour and employment law at two small Vancouver law firms.

Before his appointment to the CRT in 2019, Mr. Carmody spent five years as an adjudicator and mediator at the BC Employment Standards Branch.

Kristin Gardner

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Kristin Gardner obtained a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology and Criminology in 1999. She then worked as a federal parole officer before attending law school. Ms. Gardner graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005.

After law school, Ms. Gardner completed a judicial clerkship at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. She articled with a large general litigation firm in Vancouver, and soon moved to a litigation boutique focussing on personal injury claims, where she practiced for 12 years. Ms. Gardner appeared for clients at all levels of court in British Columbia.

Before being appointed to the CRT in 2020, Ms. Gardner was co-chair of the Civil Litigation Tri-Cities/New Westminster Section of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch for four years. She is also the former president of a local theatre company.

Sherelle Goodwin

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Sherelle Goodwin obtained her B.A. (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Guelph and her L.L.B from the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Goodwin became a B.C. lawyer in 2000 and practiced in civil litigation, with a focus on personal injury matters. She later practiced criminal law, with a focus on federal offences. In 2007, Ms. Goodwin joined the custodianship department of the Law Society of B.C., where she took control of and wound up law practices in a variety of legal areas.

In 2014, Ms. Goodwin was appointed as a full-time vice-chair of the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal and became Deputy Registrar in 2019. Ms. Goodwin was appointed as a part-time member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2017.

David Jiang

Full-Time Tribunal Member

David Jiang adjudicated workplace injury compensation decisions as a Review Officer at WorkSafeBC, prior to his appointment to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. He also has several years’ experience practising as an associate lawyer at an international law firm, in the field of commercial litigation.

David also clerked with the BC Supreme Court from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to starting his career in law, David was a high school teacher. David holds a law degree, an education degree, and a commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.

Richard McAndrew

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Richard McAndrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia and a law degree from Dalhousie University. Richard is admitted to both the Law Society of British Columbia and the State Bar of California.

Richard started practising law in British Columbia before moving to California in 2001 where he practised law until 2018. In California, Richard practised in numerous legal fields including medical malpractice, estate planning, family law, civil litigation, real estate law, and bankruptcy law.

In 2018, Richard returned to British Columbia and served as arbitrator adjudicating tenancy disputes at the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Chad McCarthy

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Chad McCarthy completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering (First Class Honours) from Simon Fraser University. He worked as an engineer in audio digital signal processing for several years before obtaining a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and being called to the bar in 2006.

Chad was in-house counsel with a technology, intellectual property, and contract focus, for companies including a BC Crown Corporation, a software company, and a wind turbine manufacturer.

Before being appointed to the CRT, he adjudicated workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety decisions as a Review Officer at WorkSafeBC.

Sarah Orr

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Sarah Orr completed her BA at McGill University and her JD at the University of Victoria.

She started her career in private practice focusing on civil litigation, which included acting for plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and motor vehicle cases as well as representing clients at the Provincial (Small Claims) Court.

Prior to her appointment to the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2018 she worked for the Ministry of Labour as an Industrial Relations Officer where she mediated, investigated and adjudicated complaints brought under the Employment Standards Act.

Ms. Orr has been an active volunteer with Access Pro Bono and is a past board member of the WISH Drop-In Centre Society. She was called to the bar in 2012.

Eric Regehr

Full-Time Tribunal Member

After completing his B.A. and LL.B. at the University of Victoria, Eric Regehr began his career at a large firm in downtown Vancouver, where he acted for defendants and insurers in personal injury and motor vehicle cases.

In 2013, he moved back to Victoria, first practicing at a boutique family law firm and later co-founding Breakwater Law, where he focused on civil litigation, including acting for plaintiffs in motor vehicle claims.

Mr. Regehr was appointed as a part-time member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2017 and as a full-time member in 2018. Mr. Regehr is a past director of the University of Victoria Alumni Association. Mr. Regehr was called to the Bar in 2011.

Navdeep Shukla

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Navdeep Shukla completed her Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies at the University of British Columbia and her law degree at the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and has been practicing law in Vancouver, British Columbia since her call to the bar in 2013.

Ms. Shukla has vast general litigation experience including in the areas of contractual disputes, employment law, construction disputes, property tax assessment appeals as well as a specific focus in the area of creditors’ remedies over the last few years. She has routinely appeared for clients in both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as various other administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal, Property Assessment Appeal Board, and the Labour Relations Board.

Ms. Shukla has presented various seminars for CLEBC including a seminar on Small Claims Court and has sat as a board member for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Property Tax Association.

Megan Stewart

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC, and Juris Doctor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005, and qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2008.

Prior to joining the CRT, Megan worked at the BC Office of the Ombudsperson, where she investigated allegations of unfair conduct by public sector organizations. She was also co-chair of the office’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which aims to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in its service delivery work and staff working environment. Before returning to BC in 2018, Megan worked in England in the civil service and in dispute resolution in the field of higher education.

In her free time, Megan volunteers at her children’s school and with their extracurricular activities.

Leah Volkers

Full-Time Tribunal Member

Leah Volkers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary.

Prior to joining the CRT, she worked in private practice at a large firm in B.C.’s interior. She practiced a broad range of civil litigation, including acting for plaintiffs in motor vehicle cases and defending negligence and other civil claims for a large institutional client. She has acted for clients in both the Provincial Court (small claims) and Supreme Court of B.C. She has represented clients in administrative proceedings involving employment standards, labour relations, workers compensation, human rights, and residential tenancies.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Volkers worked as a forest firefighter and an environmental consultant. Ms. Volkers has volunteered with Access Pro Bono and is a former board member of a local trails society. She is an active volunteer with her local cross country ski club. Ms. Volkers was called to the bar in 2015.

Susan MacFarlane

Part-Time Tribunal Member

Susan MacFarlane is a lawyer with a Ph.D. in English. Her background analyzing and editing text led her to develop a legal practice based on thoughtful interpretation of statutes and case law, with an emphasis on clear communication.

Since being called to the BC Bar in 2004 she has practised in both litigation and corporate matters. She has appeared before several tribunals, the BC Provincial Court, and the BC Supreme Court.

Recently she represented the federal government before tribunals adjudicating claims of injury arising from Indian residential schools.

Karen Mok

Part-Time Tribunal Member

Karen Mok is a staff lawyer at the Law Society of BC. She has been practising in the area of professional regulation since 2004 and is experienced in administrative law matters.

Prior to that, she practised insurance defence litigation at a Vancouver law firm.

Ms. Mok holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University, an LL.B. from Queen’s University, and was called to the bar in 2001.

Andrew Pendray

Part-Time Tribunal Member

Andrew Pendray is the chief hearing officer for the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). Prior to joining BCFSA he was chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

He has also previously worked as Crown counsel for the B.C. Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, regional manager and workers’ adviser for the BC Ministry of Labour, Workers’ Advisers Office, and as an associate with Murphy Battista LLP, where he practiced in personal injury and general litigation matters.

Active in his community, Mr. Pendray is a longtime minor hockey coach, and is the chair of the BC Hockey appeals committee. He holds his bachelor of laws from UBC and a bachelor of arts from the University of Victoria.

Salima Samnani

Part-Time Tribunal Member

Salima Samnani is an experienced civil litigator practicing in family, child protection, and employment law.

Ms. Samnani received her law degree from the University of Victoria, and her Master of Laws from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pivot Legal Society, and on the Legal Advisory Committees of West Coast LEAF and Rise Legal Clinic. She is also the supervising lawyer for Disability Alliance BC.

Ms. Samnani is a frequent speaker for Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Law Foundation, Legal Services Society, and at various law schools and women’s organizations.