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Lachlan Caunt & Steven Guthrie

Lachlan Caunt is the Lab Director for the Justice Lab. He is also the Tim Bates Postdoctoral Fellow in Insurance Law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His areas of academic interest include tort law, insurance law, negligence law, medical malpractice, conflicts of laws, and educational design. His most recent research project harnessed a team of three data scientists to parse and code every British Columbian Supreme Court decision on negligence between 2000 and 2020 in order to determine damage quantum and contributory negligence. Using algorithmic decision making and machine learning, this project, and its two forthcoming articles, represent a new and exciting legal methodology that could significantly improve client outcomes, reduce research costs, and improve clarity for the Bench and Bar alike.

Steven Guthrie has been with the Property Assessment Appeal Board since 2001. Prior to his appointment as a Board Member, Steven was the Board’s Registrar and Executive Director for 18 years. In this role, he facilitated appeals with the goal to reach agreement without the need for adjudication. Steven also led the development of innovative online services including Online Dispute Resolution. Previously, he held senior positions in the public and private sectors concentrating on finance and administration. This included corporate lending at a major bank, involving extensive financial analysis and asset evaluation. Steven has an MBA from UBC and was appointed as a Board Member in July 2019.