Based in Victoria, B.C., Roper Greyell Associate Adam van der Linde is the firm’s point-person for its many Vancouver Island clients. Adam brings a very diverse background to his general employment and labour practice, where he brings his particular experience to workplace investigations.
A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Adam is fluent in English and French and has managed the review and prosecution of cases in both languages as a full-time prosecutor, with significant experience in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences.
A member of the Canadian military from 2005-2020, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces across Canada (and in the North) and overseas, where he was the point person for advice on risk management and complex international issues, as well as employment matters.
Adam is a pursuer of lifelong learning. Currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution through York University’s Osgoode Hall, Adam also holds Bachelor degrees in Law, Education, and Classical Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining the military, he taught English, French, Latin, and Social Studies at elite high schools in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
A firm believer that “relationships are everything,” Adam brings a relational rather than transactional approach to his files. His approach is to problem-solve into the future, seeing client challenges not as transactional but as opportunities to help his clients better serve their own clientele.
A family man, Adam has a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son who miss the winter snow they loved in Eastern Canada. But ever one to turn a challenge into an opportunity, Adam and his family are pursuing Pacific water sports from swimming to kayaking and paddle-boarding. On his own time, he enjoys working with his hands as a break from the brain work – from renovating his house, to working on his Harley Davidson.
Note: CD – Canadian Forces’ Decoration. Long service medal for members who have served 12 years of good conduct.
LL.M. (Dispute Resolution) – Osgoode Hall, York University, in progress
LL.B. – University of New Brunswick, 2009
B.Ed. (with Distinction) – University of New Brunswick, 2003
B.A., Classical Studies (1st class honours) – University of New Brunswick, 2001
Year of call
New Brunswick, 2010*
British Columbia, 2019
Membership / Affiliations
Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor, 2016 – 2019
Canadian Bar Association (BC and QC), Since 2006
Member – L’association des juristes d’expression français du N.-B., 2009-2012
– Representative for the Fundy region, NB (2009-2010)
Member – L’association des juristes d’expression français du C.-B., 2012 – present
BC Borstal Association – Member of the Board of Directors, 2021 – present
Vancouver Island School of Innovation and Inquiry – Founder and President of the Board of Directors, 2020 -present