|John-Paul E Boyd QC is the founding author of JP Boyd on Family Law. He is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, providing services throughout 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 full-time practice at John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers in 2018 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2019.
John-Paul is a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Canadian Bar Association. He presently serves on the executive of the CBA’s national Child and Youth Law Section and is a member of the CBA Alberta’s Access to Justice Committee. He is a juror of the Walter Owen Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, and the Allan Falconer Memorial Essay Contest, awarded by the Canadian Journal of Family Law.
John-Paul regularly writes and lectures on family law topics for courts, law societies, bar associations and the public. He is 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 provided 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 new National Family Law Arbitration Course, a 40-hour course providing a comprehensive introduction to the arbitration of family law disputes in Canada, that will be offered for the first time in early 2021.
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 Q.C. 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 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 in 2001.