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Joan Young is a leading litigator, widely recognized for exceptional experience in complex litigation and dispute resolution matters, class actions, and product liability and regulation. She represents a wide variety of clients in industries such as the automotive, manufacturing and government sectors.

Joan is skilled in providing proactive advice to public and private sector businesses on preventing and resolving disputes. Expert in managing and reducing litigation risk for her clients, Joan is equally experienced in settling claims through alternative dispute resolution and mediation outside the court system. She represents clients at all levels of court in British Columbia, including civil jury trials, and appears before multiple administrative tribunals and boards. She is a leader of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.

One of British Columbia’s most experienced legal professionals in public sector procurements, Joan has been appointed in over 15 high-profile and multi-million-dollar procurements, and is frequently sought out to oversee the entire public procurement process, from initial development of the bid opportunity through to selection of the preferred proponent. As a former legal advisor to the Office of the Premier and special assistant to the attorney general, Joan has significant public sector experience, having served on both the policy and legal sides of the Ministry of the Attorney General for eight years.

Joan is chairperson of the board of directors of the Museum of Vancouver and a past director of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.



Representative Matters

Joan Young has been counsel to the following:

  • Defending a global chemical supplier in connection with a multi-million dollar product liability claim brought by a pulp mill operator
  • Counsel to global auto-parts manufacturer defending civil cartel/conspiracy class action proceedings relating to Ignition Coils
  • Counsel to a global shipping company defending civil cartel/conspiracy class action proceedings relating to “Roll-on, Roll-off” Car Carriers
  • Counsel to a leading electronics manufacturer defending civil cartel/conspiracy class action proceedings relating to Capacitors
  • Counsel to a joint-venture electronics manufacturer defending civil cartel/conspiracy class action proceedings relating to Optical Disk Drives
  • Representing Avanti Mining in Federal Court and Supreme Court judicial review proceedings related to its environmental assessment certificate and related Fisheries Act permits for the Kitsault Mine project
  • Advising a mining company on aboriginal and injunction issues associated with a coal exploration project
  • Counsel to global auto-parts manufacturers defending civil cartel/conspiracy class action proceedings relating to Automotive Wire Harness Systems and Heating Control Panels.
  • Counsel for Google Inc. in a Class Action for Competition Act consumer claims and breach of privacy.
  • Counsel for a pharmaceutical company to protect trade secrets and confidential information from disclosure under access to information laws.
  • Counsel for the Province of British Columbia in successfully opposing a certification of a Class Action involving medical services to children with Autism.
  • Counsel to a foreign exchange company regarding protection of confidential information and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
  • Counsel for a fire products manufacturer in multiple claims involving product liability claims by both consumers and commercial parties.
  • Representing a forestry company to oppose an injunction related to their harvesting activities in a First Nation’s traditional territories.
  • Counsel for the Province of British Columbia in defending a multi-plaintiff claim of historic sexual and physical abuse at a former Boys Industrial School culminating in the dismissal of all claims after a six and a half month trial in B.C. Supreme Court and the abandonment of related pending class proceedings.
  • Counsel for an insurance agent in defending claims of civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and misuse of confidential information.
  • Representing a mining company in an appeal of various environmental permits.
  • Representing an international mining company to obtain an injunction to prevent the continued blockade of the company’s operations.
  • Counsel for Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd in successfully defending a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by a senior manager with 22 years seniority.
  • Counsel for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia representing the defendants in a five week jury trial in which the Plaintiff was claiming approximately $1.5 million in damages. The Jury awarded less than $40,000 to the Plaintiff.
  • Counsel for the Attorney General of British Columbia in representing the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Education and the Medical Services Commission in a constitutional challenge.
  • Counsel for the Ministry of Transportation and Highways in a procurement dispute over a highways tender.

Joan has been appointed in over 18 high profile, multi-million dollar procurements, including:

  • Fairness Auditor on the $700 million City of Calgary West LRT expansion project providing arm’s length advice and independent assurance to the City of Calgary as to the fairness and appropriateness of project management activities related to the procurement process.
  • Fairness Auditor on the $200 million Fort St. John Hospital project providing arm’s length advice and independent assurance to the Northern Health Authority and Partnerships BC as to the fairness and appropriateness of project management activities related to the procurement process.

Speaking Engagements

Defending Innovation Defence Research Institute Products Liability Seminar, New Orleans

February 2020

Preparing for Mediation Advocates Society, Mediation Advocacy

May 2018

Defending a Product Liability Claim Continuing Legal Education

November 2017

Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections and Investigations Course Leader, Lexpert Seminar, St. Andrews Club, Toronto

December 2, 2015

Privacy Law Presenter, Federated Press 3rd Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership Workshop, Calgary

March 2015

The Duties of Loyalty and Confidentiality Civil Litigation Basics—2015 Update Paper 6.2, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia

March 2015

Code of Professional Conduct Presenter, CLEBC Civil Litigation Basics 2015 Course, Vancouver, BC

March 2, 2015

Indigenous Rights – Right in Your Backyard: The Post Tsilhqot'in World Presenter, CBABC 9th Annual Branch Conference

November 15, 2014

"Privacy Law" Federated Press Mini LLB for Aboriginal Leadership, Vancouver, BC

March 2014

Sharing Offices: Playing Nice & Protecting Yourself Presenter, Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch

May 22, 2013

Social Media in the Workplace: Employment Law Update presentation to Corporate Counsel Series

June 2011

Access to Information, Record Keeping and Privacy Issues Presenter, Association of Canadian Port Authorities

2007

How to Run a Fair Procurement Presenter, Vancouver Port Authority

2007
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Teaching Engagements

  • Instructor, Camosun College, School of Business (past)

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Media Mentions


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2021 Benchmark Litigation: Canada Guide as a Litigation Star
  • Received a “Martindale Distinguished 4.4/5” Peer Review Ranking from Martindale-Hubbell.

Community Involvement

  • Food Innovation Centre of B.C.
  • Vancouver Island Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, volunteer Gala Committee member (2013-2014)
  • Committee Member, Professional Development Committee, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2013-2015)
  • Representative of the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia
  • Vice Chair, Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2013-2015)
  • Treasurer, Aboriginal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2012-present)
  • Treasurer, Class Action Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2014-present)
  • Elected Representative, (Vancouver County) Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2009-2012)
  • Committee Member, Judicial Compensation Advisory Committee, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2004-2005)
  • Chair, Civil Litigation Section (Vancouver Island), Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2003-2004)
  • Practice Advisory Panel member (Civil Litigation) (2002-present)
  • Executive Member, Civil Litigation Section (Vancouver Island), Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2001-2005)
  • Committee Member, Government Relations Committee, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (2000-2004)
  • Member, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) (1990-1994)
  • Senator, University of Victoria Senate (elected 2 terms) (1988-1990)
  • Member, Senate Committee on Academic Standards, U.Vic (2 terms) (1988-1990)
  • Member, President’s Equal Rights and Opportunities Committee, U.Vic (1988-1989)
  • Member, Dean’s Women’s Advisory Committee, Faculty of Law, U.Vic (1987-1988)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Chair of the Board of Directors Museum of Vancouver
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
    • Class Action Section, Executive Member
    • Competition Law (National)
    • Vice-Chair of the Civil Litigation Section (past)
    • Provincial Council Member (elected), Vancouver County Representative (2009-2012)
    • Products Liability Section
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Aboriginal Law Section, Executive Member
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust Section)
  • Defence Research Institute (U.S.)
    • Products Liability Committee
    • Women in the Law Committee
  • Board of Directors, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Victoria Airport Authority

Education & Admissions

1991
Called to the British Columbia bar
1990
LLBUniversity of Victoria
1987
BAUniversity of British Columbia

Publications

Insights (25 Posts)

Featured Insight

In the Bag: Court Certifies Class Action for Westjet Baggage Fees

In the Bag: Court Certifies Class Action for Westjet Baggage Fees

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Jan 29, 2021
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McMillan’s Automotive Industry Webinar Series – Part One

Join us for McMillan’s Two Part Automotive Industry Webinar Series, and hear from speakers from Transport Canada, McMillan Vantage, and McMillan LLP on policy points, legislative updates, regulatory issues, and other important developments spanning the industry.

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December 2, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
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The Perils of Imprecision – British Columbia Supreme Court Rebukes Plaintiff for Failing to Stick to the Relevant Facts

The Perils of Imprecision – British Columbia Supreme Court Rebukes Plaintiff for Failing to Stick to the Relevant Facts

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Apr 24, 2020
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Managing Disputes During COVID-19

While disputes are an unavoidable risk of doing business, companies need to know how to protect their interests during this time of uncertainty.

Apr 21, 2020
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PLEASE READ: Waivers of Liability Must Be Clearly Identified To Be Effective

Waivers of Liability Must be Clearly Identified to be Effective

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Mar 19, 2020
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Old Consideration Is No Consideration for Changes to Employee Contract

The British Columbia Court of Appeal considered for the first time whether the requirement for fresh consideration can be waived in an employment context.

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Feb 4, 2020
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Court of Appeal Holds Duty to Consult Does Not Apply to Statutory Interpretation

Court of Appeal Holds Duty to Consult Does Not Apply to Statutory Interpretation

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Jan 6, 2020
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Party Cannot Negotiate Certification Defeat from the Jaws of Contested Victory

The British Columbia Supreme Court (“Court”) recently dismissed a party's second application attempt to certify their class action in Leonard v The Manufacturers Life Insurance (“Leonard”).

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Jun 1, 2019
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Life is not Fair: Unsuccessful Proponent Admits Non-Compliance with RFP, But Sues Fairness Advisor Anyways

Modern public procurements, particularly in the public-private partnership model, typically involve a third party fairness advisor.

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Apr 12, 2019
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Head of the Class: Changes to BC’s Class Proceedings Act

British Columbia's Class Proceeding Act is changing effective October 1, 2018. These amendments are expected to have major impacts on class proceedings in BC

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Sep 26, 2018
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How Far is Too Far? Court Strikes Down the City of Richmond’s Attempt to Curtail the Cannabis Industry

The decision in 0826239 B.C. Ltd. v City of Richmond and Joe Erceg curtailed the attempt by The City of Richmond to the prevent production of medical marijuana

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Sep 13, 2018
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Supreme Court of Canada Turns the Other Cheek: Facebook’s “Terms and Conditions” – Forum Selection Clause Unenforceable

Supreme Court of Canada Turns the Other Cheek: Facebook's "Terms and Conditions" – Forum Selection Clause Unenforceable

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Jun 29, 2017
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Get Out and Vote: Employer Obligations on B.C. Election Day

Get Out and Vote: Employer Obligations on B.C. Election Day

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May 1, 2017
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Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

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Apr 17, 2017

Class Actions Keep on Rollin’

Class Actions Keep on Rollin'

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Jan 19, 2017
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Should I stay or should I go? BC Supreme Court Stays Wrongful Dismissal Proceeding

Should I stay or should I go? BC Supreme Court Stays Wrongful Dismissal Proceeding

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Jan 17, 2017
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Employee Can’t Have Cake and Eat It Too: Court Strikes Employee’s Claims for Lack of Jurisdiction

Employee Can't Have Cake and Eat It Too: Court Strikes Employee's Claims for Lack of Jurisdiction

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Aug 18, 2016
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Lexpert Seminar Toronto – Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections and Investigations

Our expert faculty will provide their "lessons learned" and best practices for general counsel, in-house lawyers, compliance and risk management professionals dealing with these everyday challenges.

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December 2, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Keep your (fiduciary) hands off my money: Louie v. Louie,2015 BCCA 247

Keep your (fiduciary) hands off my money: Louie v. Louie, 2015 BCCA 247

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Nov 19, 2015
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Employer Obligations on Federal Election Day

Employer Obligations on Federal Election Day

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Oct 9, 2015

It’s a “like”: Facebook Class Certification Overturned by Appeal Court

A BC Court of Appeal, a class action was de-certified involving a claim by Facebook users who allege their images were used in advertising without consent.

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Sep 10, 2015

Commonality is Key: Class Proceeding Certification Denied

The British Columbia Court of Appeal, upheld a decision denying certification to a class action involving a consumer "cash-back" voucher program

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Jun 26, 2015

Diamonds are a Class Counsels Best Friend: Fairhurst v. Anglo American PLC

Diamonds are a Class Counsels Best Friend: Fairhurst v. Anglo American PLC

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Mar 13, 2015
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One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Province Found to Have Breached Aboriginal Consultation Obligations for Second Time

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Province Found to Have Breached Aboriginal Consultation Obligations for Second Time

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Mar 7, 2015

Knock, Knock: Responding to Search Warrants and Inspections in the Environmental Law Context

Knock, Knock: Responding to Search Warrants and Inspections in the Environmental Law Context

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Feb 22, 2015