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Ms. Roxanne P. Helme, Q.C.

Biography and Memberships

Roxanne Helme holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie Law School. She has been engaged in the private practice of law in Victoria since 1987, her practice currently focused on insurance cases representing plaintiffs. She also has extensive experience in the areas of administrative law and criminal defence work. She worked as an ad hoc prosecutor in both Victoria and Duncan between 1990 and 2004. She has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia and before a number of administrative tribunals. Ms. Helme served 8 years as Chair of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees, a quasi judicial tribunal charged with adjudicating Employment Insurance appeals. She served as a member of the Victoria Bar Association Executive for many years and as its President in 2011. She served lawyers in Victoria County as an elected representative the Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council (BC Branch) for two consecutive terms. She is a founding member of the International Criminal Bar and was elected twice to the governing council of that organization, latterly to represent the Canadian Bar Association (National). Active in her community, she has been a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria Law School and Esquimalt High School. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Policy Committee for the Victoria Inter Cultural Association.