CEO, Legal Services Society of British Columbia
Mark has been a lawyer since 1980, and has served as the CEO of the Legal Services Society since 2002. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a LL.M. from the Dalhousie University Faculty of Law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
His legal experience includes small office practice, legal aid work, appellate advocacy, and four years as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. He is past-chair of the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada, is a Canadian Forum for Civil Justice board member, and is an active participant on a number of prominent government and non-government collaborations addressing justice issues of importance to Canadians, including the steering committee of the Action Committee on Civil and Family Justice and the Reinventing Criminal Justice Forum. Mark has served as an advisor to governments and NGOs on the development of legal aid programs in the Caribbean, East Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia’s Pacific region. He has an active interest in making justice systems more effective in responding to people’s needs.
He is regularly invited to speak on topics related to legal aid, not-for-profit governance, and justice innovation. Mark has been recognized in the BC legislature as “a passionate advocate for access to justice for the economically disadvantaged in British Columbia, and he brings along with that passion great creativity in the search for solutions for how to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Sessions featuring Mark Benton
- Day 1: Keynote speaker introduction, 6:50-7:00 pm
- Day 2: Online legal forums and document assembly tools, moderated by Mark Benton, 1:20-2:05 pm
- Day 2: MyLawBC demonstration and discussion, 2:20-3:05 pm