1 Staff | West Coast Environmental Law



Anjali Appadurai - Communications & Engagement Specialist

Activist and advocate for social and environmental justice, Anjali works to articulate West Coast's work, values and organizational story to a variety of audiences. She also supports the individual work of the West Coast legal counsel.

Hannah Askew - Staff Counsel

Hannah Askew is a part of West Coast Environmental Law’s Aboriginal and Natural Resources law team. She is passionate about working at the intersection of Indigenous law and environmental protection.

For Hannah's full bio, please click here.

Lindsay Borrows - Articled Student

Lindsay is an articled student at West Coast Environmental Law. She is part of the Revitalizing Indigenous Laws for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) team.

For Lindsay's full bio, please click here. 

Deborah Carlson - Staff Counsel

Deborah is responsible for our Green Communities program. She’s committed to working collaboratively with communities in BC to develop legal tools and frameworks that support healthy, low-impact urban areas with vibrant connections to the natural environment, and strong citizen engagement.

For Deborah's full bio, please click here.

Mindy Cleave - Donor Relations Officer

Mindy joined West Coast Environmental Law’s development team in 2016. She acts as the first point of contact for all donor inquiries, and she also processes donations and manages West Coast’s monthly giving program.

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Jessica Clogg - Executive Director and Senior Counsel

Jessica Clogg is West Coast’s Executive Director and Senior Counsel and heads up our work on Aboriginal and natural resource law. Jessica first joined West Coast in 1995 as a student, and also served as a board member before becoming staff counsel in 1999. Jessica has said that she does the work she does “because she loves the land, and because she believes in justice.”

For Jessica's full bio, please click here.

Barbara Everdene - Project Manager - Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund

Barb is the Project Manager for the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund.  Barb works with individuals, communities and environmental groups to develop legal strategies to protect the environment in BC.

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Andrew Gage - Staff Counsel

Andrew's work as project lead for West Coast's Climate Program is focussed on ensuring that businesses, governments and professionals recognize their legal and professional responsibility to address climate change, and the consequences if they fail to do so. He enjoys playing the violin, gardening and sailing.

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Ceciline Goh - Office Administrator

Ceciline is the Office Administrator at West Coast Environmental Law. She is in charge of the organization’s bookkeeping and general administration. As West Coast’s longest serving employee Ceciline is also, unofficially, the organization’s Memory Keeper.

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Lucy Hough - Director of Development

Lucy was thrilled to join the team at West Coast in 2008 as Director of Development as she aligns closely with West Coast’s vision that environmental protection must be enshrined in law. Lucy is inspired by the supporters of West Coast and honoured to help them take action on their own passion for the environment and to make the world a better place through philanthropy.

For Lucy's full bio, please click here.

Anna Johnston - Staff Counsel

Anna’s work at West Coast focuses on developing and advancing law reform proposals and practical solutions related to environmental assessment law and federal environmental law rollbacks.

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Jennifer King - Database Manager and Communications Assistant

As Database Manager and Communications Assistant Jennifer supports all areas of West Coast Environmental law to work smart and connect with community.

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Molly Kleiker - Executive Coordinator

As the Executive Coordinator at West Coast Environmental Law, Molly supports the Executive Director, Boards, Committees and the administrative core of the organization.

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Eugene Kung - Staff Counsel

Eugene joined West Coast Environmental Law in 2014 as part of the Aboriginal and Natural Resources Law team to work on Tar Sands, Tankers and Pipelines. He is passionate about human rights, social justice and environmental justice and strives to use the law as a tool for social change.

For Eugene's full bio, please click here.

Maxine Hayman Matilpi - Project Manager, RELAW Project

Maxine is the project manager for the RELAW Project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) and is enthusiastic about the possibilities of changing public discourse with Indigenous Legal Theories and about the possibilities for applying Indigenous laws to contemporary environmental problems and decision making.

For Maxine's full bio, please click here. 

Georgia Lloyd-Smith - Staff Counsel

Georgia Lloyd-Smith is part of West Coast Environmental Law’s Aboriginal and Natural Resources law team. She is excited to be working on the RELAW project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Law, Air, and Water) and to be working to protect BC’s precious coast.

For Georgia's full bio, please click here.

Linda Nowlan - Staff Counsel

Linda leads the Marine program at  West Coast . As an ocean lover, she is  excited to focus on legal tools to strengthen marine protection and implement marine plans using both Canadian and Indigenous law.

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Gavin Smith - Staff Counsel

Gavin is a part of West Coast’s Aboriginal and natural resources law team. He is passionate about pushing for reform of the systems of environmental governance in British Columbia and Canada in order to manage our shared environmental heritage in a way that truly evaluates and responds to the cumulative effects of human development and accounts for the crucial role of Indigenous governance in that process.

For Gavin's full bio, please click here.

Erica Stahl - Staff Counsel

Erica joined West Coast in 2016 to oversee the administration of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) and West Coast’s summary advice program. Through the EDRF and summary advice programs, Erica provides free legal advice and assistance to members of the public on a wide range of environmental legal issues.

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Alexis Stoymenoff - Senior Communications & Engagement Specialist

As our senior communications specialist, Alexis is focused on finding creative ways to engage individuals, organizations, media and other audiences around the important work happening at West Coast. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the various aspects of the organization’s communications, from media relations to online engagement.

For Alexis' full bio, please click here.

Maryann Watson - Marine Campaigner

Maryann joined West Coast in 2017 as our Marine Campaigner. In collaboration with staff lawyers on our marine program, her work helps to bring together the scientific information needed to make sound policy decisions and strengthen laws to protect the marine environment on the coast of British Columbia.

For Maryann's full bio, please click here.

Visiting Lawyers, Summer Law Students, Pro Bono Law Students, and Legal Volunteers

Each year, West Coast Environmental Law welcomes a number of Summer Law Students, pro bono law students who volunteer during the school year, as well as legal volunteers and visiting lawyers who may already have completed law school and are practicing in Canada or in other countries. We also work with volunteers and students who contribute to West Coast's communications and development initiatives. They all make a valued contribution to our organization, and we're very grateful. 

Legal volunteer bios from previous years can be seen here.

Winter 2017 Law Students

Yasmeen Peer - University of Windsor Law School

Yasmeen is a third year law student at the University of Windsor. She is completing her final semester of law school in Toronto at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments and in Vancouver at West Coast Environmental Law focusing on the RELAW project. She is also a student researcher with the Law Commission of Ontario. In 2016, she participated in the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot, and immersed herself in the study of Indigenous law and rights at Faculty of Law at University of Victoria’s Indigenous Summer Intensive Program. Yasmeen was honoured to have been part of a reconciliation trip delegation from Southern Ontario to a Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, a fly-in Ojicree community in Northern Ontario. While at Windsor Law she was President of Indigenous Initiatives, and sat on the Truth & Reconciliation Steering Committee. She was awarded the Social Justice Fellowship in her first year of law school, and was a legal intern for Judge Tuzmukhamedov in the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, in the Hague. She completed a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto and an MA in International Peace & Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC.

Sarah Borkman - Macquarie University, Australia

Sarah is in her final year of a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Social Sciences at Macquarie University, Australia. During her time at university, she has acquired a keen interest in planning, sustainability, and environmental-related issues. She is especially interested in urban sustainability and the resilience of local communities to climate change. Following the completion of her studies, she hopes to pursue a career in law reform and/or public policy.


Hannah Hargrave - Macquarie University, Australia

Hannah is in her final semester of Environmental Law (B.E., LL.B) at Macquarie University. Passionate about Planning Law assessment, Hannah interned at the New South Wales (NSW) Land and Environmental Court and volunteered with the NSW Environmental Defenders Office within the Litigation and International Programs teams. Outside of law, Hannah works in wildlife tourism, engaging visitors in conservation and animal welfare dialogue, while showing off Sydney's greatest views. Hannah hopes to contribute to native wildlife protection through environmental public interest litigation.


Alexandra Larkin - Macquarie University, Australia

Alexandra is entering the 5th and final year of her law degree, after studying environmental law on exchange in Europe and at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has also completed a science degree with a major in climate science and a minor in environmental management. Outside of study, Alexandra has worked for a grassroots agricultural group in Peru on localized climate change mitigation strategies, and has also recently worked for a firm based in Sydney that specializes in water litigation and policy. In her spare time. Alexandra enjoys bushwalking, spending time at the beach or travelling the world.


Thomas Riddell - Macquarie University, Australia

Thomas is entering his sixth year of a combined Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Law and Global Governance and Bachelor of Laws. He works as a student editor for the Australian Journal of Environmental Law, based at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has also studied International Law, Human Rights and Outer Space Law at the Vienna University School of Law in Austria. Back home in Sydney, Thomas is undertaking ongoing research with the university into the application of common but differentiated responsibilities in the climate change regime for small island pacific states, focusing on a case study in Vanuatu. He spent his early years living in Papua New Guinea, so this has spurred his interest in the region. At West Coast, Thomas is excited to work on the current reforms to federal environmental legislation, and is keen to learn about the involvement of First Nations in the management of natural resources. In his spare time, he enjoys athletics, bushwalking, globetrotting and drinking nice beer.