When not working, Tim is a happy father of two, avid cyclist and backcountry skier, committed community volunteer and proud resident of the Independent Republic of Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast.
Tim’s career and life have been influenced by his passion for justice, community and the natural environment. After winning the Law Society Gold Medal for top graduating student (Faculty of Law – UBC) in 1994, Tim could have chosen a path to the top of a downtown law firm. But the corner office was never his goal. After volunteering with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee in the early ‘90’s, Tim developed a passion for environmental protection and community activism that has shaped his life and career. While at law school he led the Environmental Law Group, organized legal defence clinics for Clayoquot Sound protestors, and co-founded the non-profit community bike shop Our Community Bikes! This passion led Tim to join Ecojustice (then Sierra Legal Defence Fund) in 1996, where he threw himself into the fight for environmental justice through the courts while continuing his community work as a volunteer director with the PEDAL Power Association, Electric Company Theatre Society and the Pivot Legal Society.
After seven years as a public interest environmental lawyer, Tim left Ecojustice to pursue his interest in aboriginal law with Mandell Pinder LLP. His time at Mandell Pinder coincided with a time of huge change in aboriginal law in Canada, and Tim’s practice changed as well. After years of fighting in the courts, Tim began to see the benefit of working with communities and governments to build solutions through negotiation and dialogue. The change speeded up in 2010, when Tim, his wife Julie and their two children moved to beautiful Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast. Tim left Mandell Pinder, and set up his own law practice focusing on providing responsive, pragmatic and cost-effective legal services to aboriginal communities. In 2016 Tim began formal training in mediation and dispute resolution, with the objective of becoming a certified mediator.
Being active in nature is a huge part of Tim’s life. Tim has hiked, biked and paddled wilderness all across BC, a passion he shares with his family on annual camping trips into the mountains and forests. An avid cyclist, Tim uses his bike for commuting and mountain bikes recreationally. And Tim continues to invest his volunteer time in his community, serving as the President of Transportation Choices – Sunshine Coast (an alternative transportation advocacy group), Chair of the Roberts Creek Community Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, and director of Deer Crossing – the Art Farm.