Peter C.P. Behie, Q.C.
Peter Behie has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is particularly experienced in shareholders’ disputes and strata property litigation. He has been counsel in several products liability cases that have resulted in major personal injury awards and in numerous cases involving injunctions. Peter has appeared as counsel in a wide range of British Columbia courts and administrative tribunals, including the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Peter also possesses strong mediation skills, and has acted as counsel, mediator, negotiator, and arbitrator on alternative dispute cases.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Carleton University), a Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Victoria) and a Master of Laws degree (University of California at Berkeley). Following law school Mr. Behie clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia and practiced with a major commercial law firm in Vancouver prior to joining Ramsay Lampman Rhodes.
Peter has taught law school courses in both civil procedure and alternate dispute resolution at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, he is a regular guest lecturer on mediation and Chambers applications for the B.C. Professional Legal Training Course and he has presented papers on procedure and alternative dispute resolution for the B.C. Continuing Legal Education Society and the Trial Lawyers Association.
Peter is the President of the Mediate BC. The Society runs the Provincial Court mediation programs and trains mediators in Provincial Court, family and child apprehension matters. He is also a long-standing member of the Rules Revision Committee which provides advice to B.C.’s Attorney General on changes to the rules that govern the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Peter has also been involved extensively with The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, starting with his membership on the Board in 1994, five years as President (2000-2005) and most recently a term as Past President. Peter’s significant fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation have earned him the CBA’s Community Service Award for 2006. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.