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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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.
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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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Megan Rector - Donor Relations Officer
As our donor relations officer, Megan helps our donors find ways to act on their desire for strong environmental laws through philanthropy.
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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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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.
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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 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 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.
Brianna Meyer - Summer law student, Thompson Rivers University
Brianna just completed her second year of law school at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Last summer she worked in Alaska for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, an organization comprised of 70 tribal and First Nation governments along the Yukon River basin. Prior to law school, Brianna studied environmental law on exchange in Western Australia and worked throughout rural Honduras on sustainable water projects. Outside of the books, Brianna has run marathons in Haida Gwaii, Australia, Alaska, Tofino and Vancouver. She looks forward to adding to this list and the opportunity to dig deeper into the intertwined Indigenous and environmental legal issues facing British Columbia through her work at West Coast Environmental Law this summer.
Sina Kazemi - Summer law student, University of Alberta
Sina just finished his first year of law school at the University of Alberta. He has previously completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Environmental Microbiology, both from the University of Alberta. His Master’s thesis examined how microbes influence soil development following glacier retreat caused by climate change. Sina is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, and his close connection to the pristine wilderness of the Yukon sparked his interest in environmental law. Sina is excited to begin work at WCEL, where he will work in a wide variety of areas including climate change litigation, pipelines, Indigenous and Aboriginal law, and green communities. In his spare time in Vancouver, Sina will be playing basketball, cycling, and running the seawall.
Monisha Sebastian – Summer law student, Dalhousie University
Monisha just completed her second year at Schulich School of Law. Prior to law school Monisha completed an undergraduate degree in International Trade and Development with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Monisha grew up in Vancouver and because of the opportunity to live in this beautiful land, she grew to appreciate the environment and the need for sustainability. She was drawn to the legal profession as a tool to create social change and to work towards more equitable and sustainable communities. Monisha is excited to be working for WCEL this summer and is particularly interested in the interaction between environmental law and Indigenous law. She is looking forward to spending the summer back home in Vancouver where she can enjoy her favourite pastimes, such as walks along the seawall, hiking, and eating lots of food from different cultures.
Alex Kirby - Summer law student, University of British Columbia
Alex just finished his first year of law school at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to law school, Alex finished a Master’s degree in History at the University of Toronto, with a focus on environmental history. His thesis examined how small communities in Egypt adapted to changing environmental conditions in the 4th-6th centuries, a project that grew out of a wider interest in local government and its role in adapting to climate change. He is thrilled to be working for WCEL this summer, where he has a particular interest in the Green Communities and Marine Conservation programs. Alex is originally from Calgary, Alberta where he spent his early years exploring the foothills and mountains of the Rockies. He is excited to experience his first Vancouver summer, and is looking forward to all the hiking, biking, and camping it has to offer.