|John-Paul E. Boyd, KC is the founding author of JP Boyd on Family Law. He is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, and a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia. John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Calgary, in 2013. He took his training as a mediator in 2005, as a parenting coordinator in 2007, as an arbitrator in 2011 and as a collaborative practitioner in 2012. He returned to private practice at John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers in 2018 and was appointed Queen's Counsel, now King's Counsel, in 2019.
John-Paul regularly writes and lectures on family law topics for courts, law societies, bar associations and the public. He has been a frequent speaker for the National Judicial Institute, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the National Family Law Program, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and has taught the family law course for upper-year law students at the University of Calgary. His written work has been published by organizations including the UBC Law Review, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, the Journal of International Aging, Law and Policy, The Advocate, the National Judicial Institute, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, slaw.ca and The Lawyer’s Daily. He is a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Family Law and the author of Obtaining Reliable and Repeatable SSAG Calculations, published by the Department of Justice. He is one of the organizers of the National Family Law Arbitration Course, a 40-hour course providing a comprehensive introduction to the arbitration of family law disputes in Canada.
John-Paul is a recipient of the CBA's National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the CBA British Columbia's Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the CBA Alberta. In a 2012 report of the BC Public Legal Education and Information Working Group, John-Paul, a lawyer in private practice, was named as one of the six major providers of public legal education on family law in BC, along with the Legal Services Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ministry of Justice, the University of Victoria Law Centre and the Justice Education Society.
JP Boyd on Family Law is the successor to John-Paul's original public legal education website, JP Boyd's BC Family Law Resource, first published online in 2001.