A CONVERSATION WITH ALEX BURTON
Alex Burton is a Crown Prosecutor for the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General in the Organized Crime Unit and was previously an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan working in Special Narcotics and the Money Laundering and Tax Crimes unit. He is married to Cristie Ford, who teaches and writes at the law faculty of the University of British Columbia in the fields of administrative law, securities and financial regulation. They have two young children aged 6 and 4.
Alex is the President of the Vancouver Kingsway EDA (Riding) for the Liberal Party of Canada. He is a Board member for the Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association, the Law Students Legal Assistance Program (LSLAP), and recently completed a five year term on the Board of the Vancouver City Hall Child Care Society.
At age 10 Alex worked on his first political campaign, a Toronto civic election, because he wanted more green-spaces in schoolyards. Alex volunteered in Vancouver Kingsway during the last two election campaigns, working on the canvass, mainstreeting, and E-day legal teams. He was a delegate to the National Liberal Convention in Vancouver in 2010 and the National Liberal Convention in Ottawa in 2012.
He lived in the Netherlands for a year after high school, working for the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study (IFIAS). He graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.A. in political science. At Dalhousie he was in Student Government, played rugby for the University and co-edited the Dalhousie Gazette, the student newspaper.
He graduated law school from the University of Victoria, where he co-founded the student law journal Appeal. As part of a co-op program he worked for the BC Human Rights Commission and the BC Ministry of Environment, where he co-authored legislation on paint re-use and recycling. He completed an internship at the law firm of Bell Gully in Wellington, New Zealand and a semester of law school at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Upon graduating law school, Alex articled and practiced at Harper Gray in Vancouver, British Columbia, working primarily in the areas of professional liability and securities related litigation.