Session Breakdown

8:45am-9:30am: Panel

9:30am-10:15am: Breakout Room Discussion

10:15am-10:30am: Wellness Break

10:30am-11:00am: Report-back Discussion


The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many people did their jobs and with emergency orders coming into effect, a new gap needed to be filled with respect how those orders would be enforced. Through collaboration across the sector and with key external partners, resources were redeployed to focus on coordinating compliance and enforcement amid increasing expectations, as well as to inform and influence future emergency orders. By leveraging resources and expertise through collaboration, the justice sector found new ways to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.​​​​​​​


  • Matt Brown, Director, Public Safety Initiatives, Policing and Security Branch

Panel Members

  • Amy Barker, Research and Policy Analyst, Public Safety Initiatives, Policing and Security Branch
  • Rupi Gill, Provincial Director, Compliance and Enforcement Operations, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch
  • Oona Kerwin, Regional Director, Fraser Health Authority
  • Cary Skrine, Executive Director, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
  • Inspector Peter Tsui, Director of the Emergency Operations Centre, RCMP (Surrey)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Cole Winegarden, A/Director, Policy and Legislation, Policing and Security Branch

Breakout Room Discussion Questions

  • How did we collaborate differently with partners throughout the pandemic?
  • What about those collaborations worked well or what challenges were encountered?
  • What would we like to continue doing moving forward?
  • How do we ground these “interim” policies into our new reality moving forward?
  • What types of barriers need to be considered on an ongoing basis, and how do we use potential or existing frameworks to ensure equitable access to justice? (eg. considering a GBA+Equity lens)

Additional Questions

  • With which organizations/ ministries did you form new partnerships as a result of the pandemic? What factors in the pandemic caused these relationships to occur?
  • Where do you see gaps remaining in terms of collaboration? What would need to occur to create relationships to advance these collaborations?
  • What kind of framework/structure is appropriate to support successful collaboration when time is of the essence?
  • What were some incidental/unexpected benefits from the collaboration?
  • What skills or relationships did redeployed employees acquire that benefitted their home program?


The Justice Summit maintains the principles of non-partisanship, non-attribution, and respect for organizational and statutory independence. We are grateful that members of the judiciary, including the heads of our three courts, are again joining the Justice Summit.  We appreciate their participation.  We trust, consistent with previous Justice Summits, that everyone will respect that because of the courts’ independent role, the judges and judicial staff are participating as observers and will not be commenting on, endorsing or suggesting policy choices, recommendations or other substantive matters.