John David Ankenman, BA LLB
Senior Counsel

John has practiced as a litigator and as health law counsel for over 35 years.  He graduated from UBC Law School in 1981.  His practice focus has been health law, including representing regulated health professionals, health authorities and hospitals in the Courts of BC. John has appeared before administrative tribunals and Health Authority Boards at every level.  John has represented BC hospitals and Health Authorities in leading provincial class actions, and in federal inquiry proceedings. John also maintains a personal injury practice representing Plaintiffs.

John served for many years as counsel to B.C. Colleges regulating health professions, and has also served as counsel to regulated professionals including lawyers. In recent years, John has served as counsel to administrative tribunals in contested hearings involving physicians’ privileges.

John has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and has served as Chair of the Provincial and National Health Law Sections.  He contributes annually to the Bar Admission Moot Court program.

John is an avid tennis player, and a devoted Father and Grandfather.

Senior Counsel
Operations Manager, Paralegal
Class Actions
Equifax Data Breach Class Action

Class action against Equifax on behalf of all Canadians whose financial and identity information was stolen in the notorious 2017 cybersecurity data breach.

Lemon Creek Fuel Spill Class Action

Certified class action on behalf of area residents harmed by the unlawful spill of 35,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek in the Slocan valley near Nelson, British Columbia.

Air Transat "Mexican Game" Class Action

Class action on behalf of all flight passengers in Canada who were defrauded by Air Transat's unlawful "Mexican Game".

Lap-Band Weight Loss Class Action

Class action on behalf of individuals in Canada implanted with a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly called a lap-band

Positive Living Privacy Breach Class Action

Class action on behalf of the members of the Positive Living Society of BC whose HIV/AIDS status was unlawfully disclosed during a UBC research study