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- Practice Commenced: 2004
- Total Mediations (as of Jan 2023): 200
Debra is a Yukon-based mediator, having previously practised law for over 30 years.
As a lawyer, Debra practiced civil litigation focussing on personal injury cases, employment disputes, administrative proceedings and First Nations issues.
In 2019, Debra received the inaugural Justice Leigh Gower Award, which recognizes a resident Yukon lawyer who has made notable contributions to both the legal and larger community in Yukon.
After resolving many of her clients' cases successfully through mediation, becoming a mediator full-time after retiring from law came naturally. Debra enjoys helping people resolve their disputes without going to court.
Debra also has a special interest in administrative law. As a lawyer, Debra represented many clients in board hearings. Later, Debra was counsel for several boards including the Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators, the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the Yukon Water Board, the Environment Impact Review Board, the Child Care Board, the Yukon Review Board, the Yukon Electoral Boundaries Commission, the Ta’an Kwach’an Judicial Council and the Yukon Judicial Council.
Debra continues to provide training to boards and agencies, most recently through the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ) organization. Debra enjoys the dynamic and evolving nature of administrative justice proceedings and working one on one with decision-makers and their staff.
- Community Associations
- Contract Disputes
- Disability Claims
- Human Rights Act
- Libel & Slander
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Property Damage
- Sexual Harassment
- Wrongful Death
- Wrongful Dismissal
- University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1987
- University of Victoria, B.A. (Political Science), 1983
Memberships & Affiliations
- Yukon Law Society
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC) - British Coumbia
- Mediation Yukon
$400/hour with a 4 hour minimum, including review of materials, pre and post mediation conferences and mediation itself.
Disbursements and expenses, such as travel and extra telecommuication requirements.