Biography

It’s my seventh time running to be Bencher, so that should say something about my willingness to keep fighting for a cause. Despite my defeats, I’ve kept my sense of humour.

I am passionate about the law. My practice focuses on defence of driving-related offences. I am Métis and proud of my heritage.

I am a member of the TLABC Board of Governors, and serve on the Criminal Law and PAC Committees, and the Editorial Board for The Verdict. I represent the CBA on the Criminal Law Section executive. I am on the Board of Directors for the BCCLA. Internationally, I am the CLE Co-Chair and on the Board of Directors for the DUIDLA. I am a National Ambassador to the Universal Women’s Network.

In 2019, I was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada and awarded the Universal Women’s Network Indigenous Leader Award. I was named the recipient of the DUIDLA BadAss award. In 2020, I was named a regional finalist in the RBC Women Entrepreneur Awards.

During the pandemic, I wrote two textbooks published by LexisNexis, Cross-Examination: The Pinpoint Method, and Immediate Roadside Prohibitions in Western Canada.

Selected Awards

The Expert Institute 2018 Best Legal Blog Award – 3rd Place

Universal Women’s Network 2019 Indigenous Leader Award

DUIDLA BadAss Award 2019

Canadian Lawyer Magazine Top 25 Most In^luential Lawyers in Canada 2019

Corporate Vision Magazine Canadian Business Awards: Best Criminal Defence Firm

Corporate Vision Magazine Canadian Business Awards: Leading IRP Lawyer BC

CLawbies Best Overall Social Media 2020

CLawbies Best Video Series 2019

Western Canada Finalist: RBC Women of In^luence Awards 2020

Corporate LiveWire Global Awards, Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year 2020/2021

Global Business Insight Awards – Most Outstanding Criminal Defence Law Firm – BC

Global Business Insight AwardsLeading Immediate Roadside Prohibition Lawyer – BC

Lectures Given

Immediate Roadside Prohibition Defence June, 2014
Fraser Valley Bar Association, Abbotsford, BC

Judge Alone Trials: The Canadian Way August, 2015
DUI Defence Lawyers Association, Chicago, IL

Impaired Driving Investigations for Police August, 2015
Sea-to-Sky RCMP, Squamish, BC

Blowing in the Wind: Finding Justice in IRP Cases March, 2016
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Issues Arising Under Legalization: Impaired Driving – March, 2017
CLEBC, Vancouver, BC

Bill C-46: Changes to Impaired Driving Law June, 2017
Westclass, New Westminster, BC

DRE Classification and Overview December, 2017
Canadian Impaired Driving Lawyers Association, Richmond, BC

Due Process: Up in Smoke July, 2018
Liberty and Economics Lecture Series, New Westminster, BC

The New Impaired Driving Regime: An Introduction – September, 2018
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Impaired Driving and Driving While Prohibited Bi-annually
UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Vancouver, BC

Changes to Canadian Impaired Driving Law –  September, 2018
BC Humanist Society, Vancouver, BC

Bill C-46: Changes to Impaired Driving Law – October, 2018
Calgary Criminal Defence, Association Calgary, AB

Violation Ticket and Immediate Roadside Prohibition Police Mistakes – February, 2019
Deas Island Traffic Services and Surrey RCMP, Surrey, BC

Cannabis Legalization and Impaired Driving – February, 2019
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

Drug Recognition Evaluation: Civil and Criminal Case Considerations – March, 2019
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Cannabis Impaired Driving – March, 2019
Canadian Bar Association – Yukon Branch, Whitehorse, YK

Media Savvy Tips for Young Lawyers – April, 2019
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Whistler, BC

Immediate Roadside Prohibitions – Common Errors – June, 2019
Coquitlam RCMP, Coquitlam, BC

Drager DrugTest 5000 Overview and Operation – July, 2019
DUI Defence Lawyers Association, San Diego, CA

The Great Debate – Should Cannabis be Legal in Care Homes – November, 2019
CLEBC and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver, BC

Trial Skills Seminar – December, 2019
ICLED, Indianapolis, IN

Drager DrugTest 5000: Overview and Operation, Trial Skills – March, 2020
Ohio Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, Columbus, OH

Legal Marketing: Social Media, Video Production, Podcasting and More – April, 2020
DUI Defence Lawyers Association, Online

Hindsight is 2020: What I wish I knew about Social Media – May, 2020
Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON

Success Summit: Women-Owned and Women-Led Panel – June, 2020
Universal Women’s Network, Online

Emerging Issues in Criminal Law: Crown and Defence Perspectives – June, 2020
The Advocate’s Society, Online

Managing Trial Stress – September, 2020
Canadian Defence Lawyers, Online

Hiring NCA and Diverse Law Firm Candidates –November, 2020
LexPD and NCA Tutor, Ontario, Canada

Putting the Charter into Practice – December, 2020
Thomas Haney High School, Maple Ridge, BC

Criminal Law Crossover: Employment Law – March, 2021
Trail Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Trial Skills Cross-Examination and Improv for Lawyers – April, 2021
DUI Defence Lawyers Association, Charleston, SC

Podcasts

Feb 1st, 2020

EPISODE 33 - THE FEAR OF ROAD RAGE WITH KYLA LEE AND SAM TONNING

Voting ends November 13, 2020

Voting in the Bencher election takes place between Friday, October 30 until 5:00pm on Friday, November 13, 2020. Votes will be counted on Monday, November 16, 2020. See the Law Society of BC website for more information.

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