Board Member Bios

Cheryl Vickers (Chair)

Cheryl Vickers is a lawyer and formerly practiced in a variety of fields, including administrative law. Cheryl was appointed as Chair of the Surface Rights Board in July 2007. She also serves as Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, a position to which she was appointed in January 2003. She previously served as a full time Vice Chair (appointed 1998), part-time Vice Chair (appointed 1995) and initially as a part-time member (appointed 1993) of the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Cheryl was active in the development of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT), and has served as a member of that organization’s Board of Directors since its inception including as Secretary from 1996 to 1998 and as President from 2004 to 2006. Cheryl has assisted in curriculum development for BCCAT courses offering training to appointees of quasi-judicial boards and tribunals, Staff Foundations, and Advanced Decision Writing courses. She has delivered workshops on Case Management and Alternate Dispute Resolution for Tribunals at Annual Conferences of BCCAT and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.

Robert Fraser

Rob Fraser is currently the Vice Chair of the Surface Rights Board and was a Vice Chair with the Property Assessment Appeal Board from 1998 to 2011. Rob has over twelve years of full time experience and training in adjudication and decision writing, mediation, arbitration and negotiation with an emphasis on appropriate dispute resolution. Rob is trained in administrative law, conflict resolution, real property valuation and property tax disputes. In the past he did doctoral studies specializing in micro-demographic models, owned and managed a real estate company and was active in organized real estate and civic planning.

Howard Kushner

Howard Kushner is a practicing lawyer in Vancouver. He is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta. Howard has extensive experience in administrative law, having taught at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta and practiced in the area for over 15 years. Howard was the first Chief Legal Officer of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Deputy Executive Director – Regulation with the Law Society of Alberta. Prior to that, Howard was the Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia. He is a member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board and was appointed to the Surface Rights Board in June 2014.

Simmi Sandhu

Simmi Sandhu is a lawyer, called to the BC Bar in 1990. Simmi was appointed to the Surface Rights Board in 2007 and is also a Vice Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, a position she has held since 2001. As a lawyer, Simmi’s areas of practice included administrative law, civil litigation, corporate/commercial law and real estate transactions. She has extensive experience in quasi-judicial proceedings, having acted as a Chair of the Board of Referees and has training and experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Simmi is on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals.