On October 26, 2018, at the request of the parties the Federal Court appointed the Honourable Lynn Smith, a former judge of the British Columbia Supreme Court as an additional Assessor to provide for the timely assessment of claims under the Merlo Davidson Settlement Agreement. The appointment was made to ensure the expeditious processing of claims under the Settlement Agreement given the over 3000 claims filed with the Independent Assessor’s office. Ms. Smith was appointed at the suggestion of and with the consent of the Independent Assessor, the Honourable Michel Bastarache. Her primary role will be to conduct interviews in Western Canada. Mr. Bastarache will continue to review all claims for compensation to determine if an interview is required. He will also continue to conduct interviews across Canada.
Ms. Smith comes to the role of additional Assessor with a wealth of relevant experience.