Conversations with Changemakers presents Anita Boscariol

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Conversations with Changemakers featuring Anita Boscariol

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As part of the value-added experience of attending Corpus Christi-St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia, we are committed to providing our students with opportunities early in their university experience to learn from the perspectives of learned, focused leaders of conscience. The Conversations with Change Makers series will encourage our students to learn from the experiences of others across a range of professional, service and philanthropic backgrounds.

In a Q & A format, the following topics will be addressed by the speaker

  • The importance of leaving a legacy
  • Moments that shaped their lives
  • Drive and Motivation - pathways to their success
  • Key advice to support others in making change happen
  • Leadership - challenges and opportunities
  • What they wished they knew at your age

The Conversations with Changemakers series brings thought leaders, distinguished academics and industry experts together with students who are committed to the highest goals of lifelong learning.

Speakers can share their experience, passion, and vision directly with students. Students are able to ask questions and learn first-hand from change makers who are recognized for contributions to their communities and the world.

Anita Boscariol

“We must work differently than we have in the past. My experience as a negotiator has taught me that there is always some common ground to be found between opposing parties. And that place, no matter how small, is where you must start from.”

Anita is Associate Counsel at Watson Goepel LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on Indigenous Law, with a portion dedicated to the area of Immigration law. Having worked in the public sector for over 25 years, the last ten as Director General, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Negotiations West, for the former Department of Indigenous & Northern Affairs, Anita brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her Indigenous practice.

Anita assists and advises a variety of clients with matters related to issues of Indigenous self-government, economic development, governance, and engagement, consultation and accommodation. She is an accomplished negotiator, consensus builder and problem solver.

A former Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Anita conducts appeals before the Immigration Appeals Division, and also submits applications and conducts appeals before the federal court judicial review.

Anita is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, enjoys classical music and opera, and is a fitness enthusiast.


LLB, University of British Columbia, 1982

B.A., University of British Columbia, 1978


British Columbia , 1985

Work Highlights

• Experience drafting First Nations` community by-laws;

• Administration of band elections, appeals and referenda;

• Administration of trusts, lands, status and membership;

• Overseeing the administration of wills and estates under the Indian Act;

• Led a team of federal negotiators in tripartite negotiations and discussions with BC and First nations , as well as the Yukon and Yukon First Nations;

• Led a federal team of negotiators to the successful conclusion of modern treaties with the Tsawwassen, Maa-Nulth and Tla’amin First Nations;

• Led a federal team of negotiators in consultation and accommodation discussions;

• Acted as the federal representative at a variety of litigation settlement discussions

Publications and Presentations

• Speaker, “The Laws Affecting First Nations,” Asia Pacific Institute Conference, 2009

• Panelist, Canadian Institute National Conference on Administrative Law, Vancouver, June 2006.

• Panelist, “Practice and Procedure before the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board,” Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law National Sub-Section, Banff, Alberta, April 2005.

• Panelist, “Immigration Law Update,” Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver, December 2005

Professional and Community Affiliations

• Member, Law Society of British Columbia

• Member, Canadian Bar Association

• Member, Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals

• Member, British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals

• Sponsorship Chair, Finnegan Ball Committee, Vancouver College Parents Association

• Director, Jane Rowan Society, Little Flower Academy, Vancouver (2008-present)

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