Christopher P. Weafer, Chair
Chris is a lawyer and currently serves as Co-Managing Director of Owen Bird Law Corporation, a full-service Vancouver-based and BC-focused law firm. He has practiced commercial and regulatory law at Owen Bird since articling at the firm 30 years ago and has been recognized by the legal industry publication Chambers Global as one of “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business”. Chris has acted for a broad range of clients ranging from sole proprietorships to the largest privately-owned company in Western Canada, as well as public companies, municipal governments and the Province of British Columbia. In addition to negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, Chris has also represented clients before a number of regulatory bodies, including the British Columbia Utilities Commission and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Chris has particular expertise in regulatory and administrative law and has advised clients on all manner regulatory matters. He has lectured on broadcasting and telecommunications law at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia faculty of law where he has served as an adjunct professor. Chris has been active in the legal profession and contributes to the Continuing Legal Education’s “Due Diligence – Checklist” publication each year and has served as the National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Media and Communications Law section. He has also served as a director on a number of boards, including Co-Chairing the Jack Webster Foundation and Vice Chair of the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. Chris has been recognized by one of his long-term clients, the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, on two occasions with its “Friend of the Industry Award” for service to that province-wide organization.
He and his wife Sandy, also a lawyer, just celebrated 31 years of marriage and reside in North Vancouver. They have three children, Patrick, a newly called lawyer, Ryan, a real estate analyst, and Alana, a university student. Chris enjoys wake and snowboarding, biking, golf and BC wine.