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.
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Anjali Appadurai - Communications & Engagement Specialist
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.
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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.”
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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 and EDRF Liaison Lawyer
Andrew oversees the Climate Change and Environmental Legal Aid Programs and is lead author for the Environmental Law Alert blog. 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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Ashley Webster - Communications Assistant and Database Manager
Ashley is an enthusiastic generalist, always learning and always trying to see problems from many sides in an effort to help people and organizations make continual progress. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University.
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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 interns and visiting lawyers who may already have completed law school and are practicing in Canada or in other countries. We also work with interns who contribute to West Coast's communications and development initiatives. We couldn’t do our work without them!
Legal volunteer bios from previous years can be seen here.
Gabrielle Clark - Law Co-op Student, University of Victoria
Gabrielle is in her final year of law school at the University of Victoria. She grew up in Comox and Qualicum Beach, BC. Before studying law, Gabrielle completed a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in visual art at the University of Calgary. As a law co-op student, she has assisted with policy development at the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, and worked with the West Coast Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF) on legal issues affecting women’s equality. Gabrielle was also a student in UVic’s Environmental Law Centre clinic in the summer of 2013, where she worked on a report that called for a strategic environmental assessment of LNG developments in BC. She is looking forward to deepening her understanding of Indigenous and environmental law at WCEL, particularly with respect to cumulative impact management and LNG. In her spare time, Gabrielle likes to draw, practice yoga, and enjoy the beautiful West Coast scenery along the seawall.
Nicole Iaci - Pro Bono Students Canada, UBC
Nicole is a 2nd year law student at UBC Law and a proud member of Kwantlen First Nation. Before coming to law school Nicole completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Political Science at the University of Victoria. In her studies at UBC Law, Nicole is pursuing specializations in Aboriginal law as well as Environmental and Natural Resources law. She is also very involved in the Indigenous Law Students’ Association where she is currently serving as Co-President. Nicole has also recently become Communications Director for the Environmental Law Group. Outside of law school Nicole works in the lands and resources department of her First Nation where she reviews and manages land referrals. In her spare time Nicole has recently picked up the art of Native American beading. Nicole hopes to shape her legal career by harmonizing her interest for indigenous rights and protection of the environment.
Polly Storey - Pro Bono Students Canada, UBC
Polly is a second year law student at the Allard School of Law at UBC. Prior to beginning law school, she obtained a psychology degree from UBC and took some time off to travel through Central and South America (and to Antarctica!). Last summer, Polly worked with a local non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low- and modest-income litigants unable to afford representation. As a Vancouver local, Polly couldn’t imagine living more than a few blocks from the ocean. In her future legal career, she hopes to help increase access to justice and protect the local environment. When she isn’t wading through her readings, Polly enjoys cooking, homebrewing, and tackling the trickiest pub trivia she can find.
Kegan Pepper-Smith - Law Student Volunteer, UBC
Kegan is a second year law student at the UBC Faculty of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Global Studies from Vancouver Island University. As a law student and WCEL volunteer, Kegan is working to increase his knowledge of Indigenous laws of governance and resource management. Kegan is particularly interested in understanding how these laws can be utilized to inform environmental protection and sustainable resource development for the benefit of all Canadians. Last summer, Kegan interned with Ecotrust Canada and the Fisheries Law Centre, where he researched the adverse effects the current commercial fisheries licence regime is having on small-scale fishers, coastal communities, and the environment. He also recently became the Co-chair of UBC’s Environmental Law Group. Shaped by his upbringing on a small Gulf Island, Kegan is an avid outdoorsmen with a particular passion for surfing on Vancouver Island’s West Coast.
Holly Langille - Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, Osgoode Hall, York University
Holly is a 3rd year law student at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. She originally hails from the East Coast of Nova Scotia where she spent four years working as a liaison between Mi’kmaq communities and the provincial government on matters of education. She completed her liberal arts degree in Women’s studies and Critical Theory with a focus on residential schools. Since her time as a law student, Holly has been an immigration law caseworker at Osgoode’s legal clinic and she spent last summer working for Legal Aid Ontario. Holly has been co-president of the Osgoode Indigenous Students Association and has volunteered with the Toronto Law Union as part of their Anti-Colonial Committee. She finds happiness in quiet mornings with coffee, bird watching, bicycling, and working with small groups of passionately committed citizens. She is very excited to be at West Coast and is currently looking at environmental assessment, cumulative effects, and the ongoing dialogue between the province and First Nations on liquid natural gas pipelines.
Julian Tennent-Riddell - Law Student Volunteer, UBC
Julian is a 1st year law student at the UBC Faculty of Law. He is from Peterborough, Ontario and has a degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies from Trent University. Julian is passionate about environmental justice and Indigenous rights, and hopes to pursue a public interest career in Environmental Law and Aboriginal Law. Before law school, Julian was the Coordinator of a student volunteer-run organization which worked on campaigns for environmental protection such as fossil fuel divestment and campus food justice. He was an Intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings on the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline proposal, advocating against the shipment of diluted bitumen through Ontario. Julian also worked as a community garden youth animator, engaging youth to produce food for themselves and their community. He enjoys cycling, learning languages, and playing music.
Julian is thrilled to be volunteering with WCEL and to learn more about how to protect the environment through the law.
Dave Matthews - Law Student Volunteer, Macquarie University, Australia
Dave has just completed his fourth year of a combined degree in media and law at Macquarie University. Having worked as a paralegal for two and a half years at a commercial law firm in Sydney, he is excited to become involved at WCEL for a change that will expose him to issues in public interest law. Dave is particularly keen to learn about the role of First Nations in the governance of their traditional lands and how this is affected by various legal and environmental hurdles. In his spare time he loves hiking, swimming at the beach and playing the guitar.
Sanchia Scott - Law Student Volunteer, Macquarie University, Australia
Sanchia is currently in her final year of a combined degree of Law and Arts majoring in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Sanchia’s passion for both the environment and Indigenous Australia has lead her to pursue work experience at organisations, including Redfern Aboriginal Legal Service, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. Most recently Sanchia interned at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning where she conducted research in the area of Aboriginal Land Rights, and provided support to Traditional Owners facing threats to their lands and communities. Last year, Sanchia travelled to remote Arnhem Land in northern Australia and volunteered at the Garma Festival hosted by the Yolngu people of that area. The festival is instrumental in empowering the local community through promoting cultural maintenance and development on traditional lands. Sanchia is excited to be in the inspiring landscape of Canada and for the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience with WCEL. She hopes to use these experiences, and many more to come, in working toward sustainable relationships between humans and the natural world.