PIBC - CPL Webinar #3- Legal Update - Water & Land & Trees, oh MY!
April 29th 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
CPL Units: 1.5



Join Olga Rivkin and Christopher Murdy from Lidstone & Company for an informative, “user-friendly” and entertaining session on a variety of legal issues and case studies relating to water (rivers, streams, waterfront property, flooding, damage, liability)  & land (subdivision, zoning, covenants, private property and First Nations development). 

Julian Dunster, of Dunster & Associates Environmental Consultants, lecturer, and author of Trees & the Law, will present on the obligations of local government in relation to tree management and potential negligence.  Topics include assessing and managing risk, liability, surveys, limits of bylaws, and how design affects all of these.  Examples and case studies will be presented.



Olga Rivkin
Associate Lawyer, 
Lidstone & Company

Olga is an experienced solicitor, attentive to client needs, nuanced and detailed in her approach. She advises local governments and other public entities on a variety of topics, including land development, subdivision, real estate, highways, remediation, water, infrastructure and general day to day operations. Olga has represented local governments in numerous negotiations, drafted a variety of agreements and assisted with project management. In all matters, Olga endeavors to provide practical advice and make complex matters clear and simple. She publishes and presents extensively on issues of importance to local governments.


Christopher Murdy
Associate Lawyer, 
Lidstone & Company

Chris is a lifelong resident of B.C. and attended the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and then his Bachelor of Laws Degree. After articling and being called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1983, he attended the University of Oxford where he received a Graduate Degree in Law. Chris has practised law exclusively on behalf of local government since 1984.

Chris has a mixed practice of solicitor’s and barrister’s work, advising on all areas of municipal law and in particular has provided advice and acted as counsel in matters involving conflict of interest, public-private partnerships, complex developments, bylaw challenges and subdivision appeals. He has appeared in all levels of Court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of local government clients.


Dr. Julian Dunster
Consultant, Lecturer & Author
Dunster & Associates Environmental Consultants

With almost four decades of consulting experience in forestry, land use planning, environmental consulting, and arboriculture, Dr. Dunster is one of Canada’s foremost consulting arborists.  His work has garnered many awards and he is recognised as an international expert on tree risk assessment.  Dr. Dunster provides expert advice for a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors.  He has a Doctorate in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters degree in forestry from the University of British Columbia.  




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