Krista L. Vaartnou (Isberg)


Vancouver / Victoria

Key Practice Area

Private Client Services

Year of Call




Krista joined Farris as an associate with the firm’s Private Client Services group in 2017. Her practice focuses on advising charities and not-for-profit organizations, and trust and estate planning.

Krista has experience advising federal not-for-profit corporations, British Columbia societies, community foundations, private foundations and charitable organizations. Krista provides a broad range of services to not-for-profit and charity clients, including: incorporating and obtaining registered charitable status, extra-provincial registration, various regulatory compliance matters, advising in respect of corporate governance issues, director and officer liability, risk management and insurance, gifting agreements and endowments.

Krista also practices in the area of estate planning and administration. Her practice includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, representation agreements and charitable gift planning. Krista works with clients to develop appropriate planning strategies to meet unique client needs. Krista also has experience with non-contentious estate administration matters, and assisting executors in obtaining grants of probate or administration.

Krista earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010. She then completed a Master of Arts degree in Modern European History at the University of Calgary in 2013 before entering law school. Krista earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary in 2016, and articled with a multi-national law firm in Calgary before returning to the West Coast. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar and the British Columbia Bar in 2017.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Krista worked for not-for-profit organizations, public institutions, and a private family foundation.

  • Co-Chair of the Charities & Not-for-Profit section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Victoria Bar Association
  • Board member of BC Museums Association
  • Former Board member of City Opera Vancouver