Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee plays a critical role in assisting FACL BC achieve its long-term strategic vision. 

Dr. Carol Liao is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Prior to academia, Dr. Liao practised M&A in New York with an international firm. She is the recipient of the 2021 Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver, the 2022 Women of the Year Award (Equity and Inclusion Champion) from BCBusiness and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

A long-time supporter of FACL BC, Dr. Liao appears in "But I Look Like a Lawyer” and delivered the closing keynote at FACL BC's 10th Anniversary Gala in 2021.

Mark Leung is the founder and CEO of Interhouse, the former General Counsel for GSL Group and Chief Legal Officer / Chief Compliance Officer for OPBets, a prospective igaming operator for the province of Ontario. Prior to GSL and OPBets, Mark was the Director of Legal at BBTV, Corporate Counsel and Chief Copywriter for a branding firm that he co-founded, and a litigation associate at one of Canada's largest national law firms. 

Mark has previously served as a director with FACL BC and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. He was also a member of the CBABC Legal Aid Committee and Civil Litigation Section. Mark currently teaches as an adjunct professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Kelly Ho entered the financial services industry in 2005. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFA) Professional and Certified Cash Flow (CCF) Specialist certifications. Kelly was a finalist for the 2022 Female Trailblazer of the Year award from Wealth Professional Canada and is frequently sought out by media outlets as an expert on common financial planning issues faced by Canadians.

In the community, Kelly is a longstanding Kiwanis Club of Vancouver member, working exclusively with youth initiatives, and has been involved with the FACL BC since 2016. 

Winston Sayson, M.G.C., K.C. has been involved with FACL BC since 2011. He was the keynote speaker at FACL BC’s third annual gala and was the inaugural recipient of the FACL BC Lawyer of Distinction AwardNow retired, Winston served as a senior trial Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service, Ministry of Attorney General (1989-2019).

Winston is a distinguished Filipino-Chinese Canadian who personifies the virtues of the BC Medal of Good Citizenship as demonstrated through his legal career, service to victims of crime, dedication to the rule of law, and volunteer work. He was a pioneer in combining wellness practices with legal work and taught lawyers trauma-informed practices to minimize re-traumatizing victims. 

Cheryl D'Sa, K.C. is a first generation Canadian, born and raised in Vancouver. She attended law school at UBC and was called to the bar in 2008. She summered, articled and practiced at a mid-sized firm before joining a plaintiff only firm. In 2013 she joined her partner to start their own firm, Narwal Litigation LLP, where she remains today as the Managing Partner. The firm is devoted to criminal defence, professional regulation, securities litigation and personal injury. She is also a mediator.

She was the first visible minority female president of the Vancouver Bar Association. She received the CBABC WLF Debra Van Ginkel, QC Mentoring Award. Business in Vancouver named her a Top Forty Under 40 (2019) and she received the Canadian Lawyer Magazine Excellence Award in the Female Trailblazer of the Year category for the 2021 Canadian Law Awards.

Raji Mangat (she/her/hers) is a non-profit leader and practicing lawyer with 20 years of specialist and senior level experiencing working to improve access to justice and enhance equity for underserved communities. She is currently the executive director of West Coast LEAF.  

Along with her role on FACL BC's Advisory Committee, Raji serves on the boards of the Vancouver Public Library and Health Justice, and on the national committee of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law, where she teaches a course on civil liberties and the Charter. She recently served on a task force reviewing the Employment Equity Act.

Steven Ngo (he/him) works as Sr. Counsel at Rivian and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. He is a recipient of the BC Medal of Good Citizenship in recognition of his advocacy work against hate crimes. Steven has been on the board since 2019 where he has served as Secretary, VP Marketing and President. He was also the founder/past president of FACL Western (2014 to 2017).

Outside of FACL, Steven is the co-founder of Beyond the A, an organization that seeks to destigmatize mental health in the legal profession and the host of "2 Dads 1 Car", a parenting podcast that discusses modern fatherhood.

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