I searched for more information and found this:
Source - BC Government Online News Source
The Queen’s counsel designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character and must be members of the British Columbia bar for at least five years.
Later in the same article, I see that Mr. Allard heads the list of those receiving this prestigious award!
BACKGROUNDERDec. 22, 2011 Ministry of Attorney General
B.C.’s 2011 Queen’s counsel appointees
Peter Andrew Allard of Vancouver practiced real estate and business law for 20 years, founding Allard and Company in 1978. Allard has been a supporter of and donor to the UBC faculty of law. He has been active in legal and ethical education for young lawyers. He established the philanthropic Highbury Foundation in 1993.
We offer Mr. Allard our hearty congratulations on a well deserved honour!