Susan MacKenzie earned her first degree at the University of British Columbia, studying sociology and psychology, and is a certified trauma specialist understanding of the role of trauma in both health care and law. For a number of years she has worked as a health care provider in the area of mental health and addictions assisting clients and overseeing and creating programming for the Health Authorities.

Susan was also involved with the design and operation of a pilot program at the Drug Court in Vancouver, educating lawyers and judges and seeking to create collaborative health and legal solutions for the participants.

Her interest in the legal system led Susan to enroll in Law School at UBC, where she won the Law Foundation Entrance Award. After graduation with her J.D., Susan articled with well-known criminal defense lawyer Brian Coleman, QC, where she gained experience with research, expert witness evaluations, and supporting litigation at the trial level.

Since being called to the Bar of BC, Susan has conducted her own law practice in Vancouver. She continues to assist with criminal law legal issues, particularly Gladue Sentencing submissions for First Nations persons involved with the criminal justice system. Susan practices Collaborative Family Law. She also sits on the provincial Mental Health Review Board. Susan has worked in the field of personal injury/ICBC law previously with a boutique firm in Vancouver, and now with Martin Estate and Injury Law.

Education

University of British Columbia (B.A.)

Law School at UBC (J.D.)