Emilie is a Research Associate and Professional Development Coordinator with Harper Grey. She supports our senior lawyers with legal research, analysis, and drafting. Emilie also contributes to the firm’s knowledge management initiatives and student and associate programming.
Prior to focusing her practice on legal research, Emilie practiced general litigation at a top-rated boutique for nearly nine years. She has drafted memoranda, opinions, pleadings, mediation briefs, arguments, leave applications, and facta on complex and high-profile administrative, criminal, and civil cases.
In her role as Professional Development Coordinator, Emilie manages Harper Grey’s student recruitment and education programs, and co-ordinates associate professional development activities.
Emilie holds an MLIS degree, which has provided her with a solid foundation in knowledge management, information theory, and research strategies. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, teaching Law 430: Advanced Legal Research.
- University of British Columbia, MLIS, 2019
- University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2008
- University of British Columbia (Okanagan), B.A. (English and Political Science), 2004
- British Columbia, 2009
- Chair, CBA Legal Research Section, 2019 – present
- Adjunct Professor, Law 430: Advanced Legal Research, Peter A. Allard School of Law, Fall 2019 – present
- Executive Member, CBABC Legal Research Section, 2015 – present
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
Emilie’s appellate experience includes:
- drafted the factum for the successful respondents in Sohal v. Lezama et al., 2021 BCCA 40 (confirming that the Limitation Act, S.B.C. 2012, c. 13, s. 22 precludes the commencement of third party proceedings for contribution and indemnity after the expiry of the limitation period)
- drafted the factum for the successful respondent in Ferrer v. Janik, 2020 BCCA 83 (confirming test for suitability of individual issues for summary determination)
- drafted the response to an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada for the successful respondent in Schellenberg v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.,  S.C.C.A. No. 69
- drafted the factum for the Law Society of British Columbia in Harding v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2017 BCCA 171 (confirming the internal standard of review)
- drafted the memoranda of argument and made oral submissions for the successful respondent on an appeal regarding a strata corporation’s duty to investigate water ingress: The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3539 v. Ng, 2016 BCSC 2462
- drafted the factum on a criminal sentence appeal
- assisted the special prosecutor in drafting a 100-page factum for the Crown on an appeal from historical sexual assault convictions: R v. Henry, 2010 BCCA 462
- assisted counsel with drafting facta on a variety of matters, including: criminal convictions, class action certification, reinstatement of appeals, and foreclosure procedure
- drafted applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada in criminal and civil matters
- drafted memoranda of argument on a variety of matters, including: applications for leave to appeal, applications to adduce fresh evidence, and applications for costs
Emilie’s trial-level and administrative experience includes:
- obtained an order dismissing a construction and fiduciary duty action for failure to comply with a court order, and obtained special costs: 519981 B.C. Ltd. v. Schimert, 2015 BCSC 2607
- drafted written submissions for the successful defendant at a trial regarding the dissolution of a partnership: Chandler v. Rasmussen, 2012 BCSC 1010, add’l reasons at 2013 BCSC 1461
- drafted written submissions and made oral arguments in support of a publication ban: v. Sipes, 2011 BCSC 1329
- drafted written submissions on jurisdictional challenges, including for the successful applicant in Aecom Canada Ltd. v. Fisher, 2011 BCSC 806
- drafted written submissions in support of a police officer at Phase 2 of the Braidwood Commissions of Inquiry
- drafted written submissions for a variety of proceedings before the Law Society of British Columbia
- drafted pleadings and written submissions on a breadth of interlocutory and preliminary applications in civil and criminal cases
David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing, University of British Columbia - 2007