VANCOUVER, BC (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – June 21, 2022: The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch congratulates Kamloops lawyer, Robert McDiarmid, QC, as the 2022 recipient of the Georges A. Goyer QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. The award was presented on June 16 at the Vancouver Bench & Bar Dinner.
“Robert McDiarmid, QC has been a driving force in establishing new programs and initiatives for the betterment of lawyers, law students and the public”, said CBABC president, Clare Jennings. “His contributions as a Bencher and then President of the Law Society of BC, and booster of the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University, are just some of his remarkable achievements. Rob has advanced the legal profession with his commitment to public service as a lawyer, leader and jurist.”
Before retiring as Master of the BC Supreme Court in 2019, Rob practiced law in Kamloops for 35 years and served as a Law Society Bencher for 10 years. As LSBC president, he founded the Pro Bono Committee, developed the Small Firm Practice course, and successfully lobbied the provincial government to make current BC Laws and Regulations available to the public at no cost.
Rob was instrumental in the growth of Thompson Rivers University, with a long history of lecturing and teaching. He was involved from the early days, as Cariboo College evolved into a University College, and eventually TRU, which earned designation as BC's third law school. Today, Rob continues to guest lecture in Ethics in Advocacy, and mediates with the Supreme and Provincial Courts’ Pro Bono Mediation Program.
The Georges A. Goyer QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service recognizes exceptional contributions to the legal profession, the law, jurisprudence, or a significant law-related benefit for British Columbians. The award honours the memory of Georges A. Goyer QC, a respected lawyer who generously served as a member of the CBA.
The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students across Canada with over 7,600 members in British Columbia. CBABC members practice at the forefront of the justice system, providing services to British Columbians in every area of law.
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