Roper Greyell Supports Local Charitable Organizations Through Holiday Giving Program

March 2021

This past holiday season, Roper Greyell proudly partnered with our clients to give back and make a difference in the local community.

Through our holiday giving program, we were able to support charitable organizations including the Moose Hide Foundation, North Shore Community Foundation, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, BC Women’s Health Foundation, North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society, and Lower Mainland Food Bank.

These charities all provide valuable contributions to our communities and we are proud to support them. For more information on these organizations, click on their name above.

Pro Bono Going Public 2019

August 2019

In September, over 100 lawyers will provide free legal advice in Surrey, Vancouver and Kelowna to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs as part of the Pro Bono Going Public 2019 event run by Access Pro Bono.

Roper Greyell partner Gregory J. Heywood and associate Carrie Koperski will be participating in this year’s Pro Bono Going Public activities. On September 6, Carrie will be at Victory Square Park in Vancouver to provide free legal advice to low- and modest-income individuals during the course of the day. Greg will be conducting fundraising efforts to support BC’s pro bono programs.

As Greg states, “In my view it is inherent in the privilege of being a lawyer, a corresponding obligation to be a helping profession.  I think it is incumbent upon lawyers to assist those who require legal services but cannot afford them.”

If you wish to support Pro Bono Going Public, donations can be made via Greg’s fundraising page and Carrie’s fundraising page. For more information on Access Pro Bono Going Public 2019 visit: 

About Access Pro Bono

Access Pro Bono is the premiere coordinator for pro bono services in British Columbia. In addition to the Summary Advice Clinic (where several RG lawyers volunteer), they also run the following services:

  • Lawyer Referral Service – linking clients to lawyers with specific expertise
  • Civil Chambers Program – Assisting self-represented non-family chambers applications
  • Roster Program – to service unique cases and non-profit organizations
  • Employment Standards Program – representation before the Branch
  • Mental Health Program – Telephone assistance to people and relatives of people detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Residential Tenancy Program – Assistance to both qualified tenants and landlords
  • Solicitors Program – Focused to provide assistance to charitable and non-profit organizations
  • Paralegal Program – assistance in the preparation of documents for self-represented litigants
  • Wills Clinic – focused on assisting low income seniors and those facing terminal illnesses.

Gregory J. Heywood Wins 2018 Harry Rankin, Q.C. Pro Bono Award

June 2018
Legal update by: Gregory J. Heywood

On June 23, the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC), honoured Gregory J. Heywood with the 2018 Harry Rankin Q.C. Pro Bono Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions by a member in the area of pro bono work.

A champion of pro bono culture, Greg serves as RG’s Pro Bono Chair and has been involved with Access Pro Bono since 2001. Over the past 17 years, Greg has represented a number of low-income individuals with employment issues; often securing significant judgements or settlements for clients who would otherwise have been unaware of their rights due to the fact that they could not afford legal representation. Greg is also a key fundraiser for Access Pro Bono’s annual event, Pro Bono Going Public. Year after year, Greg raises between $8,000 and $10,000, the most funds raised by an individual by significant margin.

In 2010, Greg joined North Shore Search and Rescue, as an advisor to the Board of Directors, and has been NSR’s pro-bono legal counsel since 2012. Over the past six years, Greg has provided leadership and guidance and has been praised by Michael Danks, NSR Team Leader as ‘a valued friend, advisor and mentor who is available 24 hours a day.’

Greg is a tireless advocate for pro bono legal services and continues to mentor and encourage young lawyers to give back to the community. Congratulations, Greg!

Pro Bono Going Public 2016

September 2016

In September, over 100 lawyers will provide free legal advice in New Westminster, Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs.

On September 9th, our own Gregory J. Heywood, Julie Menten and Christopher Munroe participated in Access Pro Bono Going Public 2016 at Victory Square Park in Vancouver.

We are proud to have raised over $9,000 to support Access Pro Bono programs across the province.

To read more about Access Pro Bono Going Public 2016 click here.



Thomas A. Roper Q.C. Reelected to the BC Business Council Board of Governors

June 2015

We are pleased to announce that Tom Roper has been elected to serve another three year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia.

The Business Council of British Columbia is a non-partisan association made up of 260 leading companies, post-secondary institutions and organizations from across BC’s diverse economy, which collectively support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the province. For more information please visit their website.

Thomas A. Roper, Q.C. receives 2015 Honorary Lifetime Membership from The Human Resources Management Association

April 2015

The Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) will present Tom Roper with a Honorary Lifetime Membership at its annual awards luncheon on April 29, 2015.

Each year, HRMA celebrates industry leading professionals who have made a significant impact in the human resources community. Candidates are nominated by three fellow HRMA association members and the prestigious status is then granted by the Board of Directors. This year, HRMA is celebrating three recipients: Thomas A. Roper, Q.C., Betsy Gibbons and David Yarmish, CHRP.

Tom served as President in 1989-90 and remains an active member of the association. He has been a strategic advisor to the human resources community and dedicated to educating HR professionals on the business of employment and labour law. As a mentor, Tom shares his passion, experience and knowledge of the law with other lawyers at his firm and throughout the legal community.

Lynn Joly, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources at Royal Roads University and a member of Tom’s nominating committee wrote, “I feel honored to have been able to work with Tom over many years and learn so much from him. He holds the highest standards of conduct in his legal practice and with his clients.”

Tom was appointed Queens Counsel in 1998 and is consistently recognized by his peers for his contributions to the legal industry. He is highly ranked in LEXPERT’s Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, and Best Lawyers’ International. Tom was also chosen as Lawyer of the Year in Labour and Employment Law (Vancouver), in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers.

This Honorary Life Membership is an acknowledgment of Tom’s 40 years of dedication and outstanding achievement within the human resources community.