Christopher Kelsey

Lawyer and Managing Partner

Chris was born and raised in Vancouver, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1980 from the University of British Columbia. After earning his Law degree from the University of Victoria in 1985, Chris articled with a large Vancouver firm where he continued to practice until he moved to the Comox Valley.

Having practiced in the Comox Valley since his move in 1989, Chris joined Swift Datoo in 1991. Chris’ practice involves general solicitor’s work with an emphasis on wills and estates, real estate (residential and commercial), leasing, financing, and business law.

Chris has served as a board member of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise – Courtenay, a board member of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the provincial council of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a past chair of the Member Services Committee of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer for the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course, which is the Law Society’s Bar admission course.

Chris served as a director and subsequently the chair of the board of St. Joseph’s General Hospital for many years.  Chris and the St. Joseph’s Board oversaw the transition of St. Joseph’s General Hospital from its role as an acute care hospital, a role it fulfilled for over 100 years.  Chris was involved, along with the Boards of St. Joseph’s and Providence Healthcare, in the creation of Providence Living, an non profit society focused solely on seniors care and those with dementia.  Chris is dedicated to improving seniors care in British Columbia, and is chair of the Mission, People, Ethics and Governance Committee of Providence Living.  Currently, Providence Living is focused on the redevelopment of the Views in Comox, as well as helping to guide the redevelopment of long term care residences in Vancouver.

Chris serves as the firm’s managing partner.

Swift Datoo is a full service law firm that has been serving Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the rest of the Comox Valley for over 50 years.