Geoff Plant, Chair
Partner, Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
Geoff Plant is a partner in the Vancouver law firm Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP. He also works as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private law disputes. He was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Since 2005, Mr. Plant has undertaken a number of major public law and policy projects. He served as senior adviser to the Government of British Columbia in negotiations with respect to a proposal to enact legislation to implement the New Relationship between the Province and the three major First Nation political organizations in British Columbia. He has also provided strategic advice to a number of corporations with respect to their First Nation engagement policies.
In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called “Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead”, the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007. From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver’s Civil City Commissioner. In May 2015 he was appointed Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.
Mr. Plant serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards. He is past board chair of Providence Health Care, vice-chair of the board of BC Ferries and on the board of Resource Works.