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 General Counsel for GSL Group, a group of companies which span a wide range of industries, including real estate and construction, sports and entertainment, hospitality, and technology. Prior to GSL, Mark was the Director of Legal at BroadbandTV, Corporate Counsel and Chief Copywriter for a branding firm that he co-founded, and as a litigation associate at one of Canada's largest national law firms. 

Mark has previously served as a director with FACL BC, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and the Environmental Managers Association of BC. He was also a member of the CBABC Legal Aid Committee and Civil Litigation Section. In 2021, Mark served 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. 

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 FACL BC board since 2019, during which he has served as Secretary, VP Marketing and President. He was also the founder/past president of FACL Western from 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 Advocacy Chair for the Vietnamese Professionals Association of BC. He is the father of a two-year-old and hosts "2 Dads 1 Car", a podcast that discusses modern fatherhood with his guests.    

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