The ELC’s Board of Directors is comprised of diverse and experienced members, including law students, lawyers, law professors, and members of the community. The Board supervises and directs the Society’s activities and is led by an elected student executive. All branches work collectively to create a collaborative and productive environment.
Community Board Members
Gillian Calder is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law and Family Law. She joined the faculty in 2004 from the practice of Aboriginal law in Vancouver. Her areas of research interest include the relationship between women, work and family; constitutional and equality theories; and performativity and law. Currently she is fascinated by the role of political theatre in legal and social movements, including the potential for sustained environmental change.
Clare Frater is a Policy Analyst for the Islands Trust. In that role, she works on a variety of environmental advocacy campaigns focused on protecting the islands and waters of the Salish Sea. Previously, Clare has worked for the BC Ministry of Environment, the Islands Trust Fund and Habitat Acquisition Trust. In her spare time, Clare can be found digging in her garden or taking her two young boys for adventures in the forest.
Tim Leadem, QC (ELC Community Co-Chair) is a retired member of the Bar of British Columbia. He has a Masters degree in zoology and studied environmental physiology prior to becoming a lawyer. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s he acted for environmental groups and people who were involved in land disputes over logging in BC. He joined the government of British Columbia as a litigator in the mid 1990’s and was involved in a wide range of cases at every level of court, establishing a respected track record that resulted in his being appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2000. He was the head of Civil Litigation and later Aboriginal Litigation for the Province. He left government in 2010 and joined Ecojustice in Vancouver where he was the Western Program Director. He was counsel for environmental coalitions before the Cohen Commission and the Northern Gateway Enbridge hearings. A graduate of the University of Victoria law school, he has authored papers on legal topics and is a frequent speaker on litigation matters.
Alyne Mochan is a proud ELC grad and worked for the ELC one summer. She is a lawyer with Cedar Law in Victoria, practising in the area of Aboriginal law. Alyne is the Legal Officer at the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner of BC.
Stuart Rush, QC is a a retired member of the BC Law Society and former associate with Rush, Crane, Guenther, Stuart consults with the Haida and Pic River First Nation. He has written extensively on Aboriginal title and rights and the use of oral history as evidence. Practicing in the areas of criminal, civil, labour and Aboriginal law since being called to the BC bar in 1971, Stuart has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, BC Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of BC, Queens Bench of Alberta, Federal Court of Appeal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the BC Labour Relations Board and arbitration boards in BC and throughout Canada. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and has represented indigenous organizations in aboriginal litigation throughout Canada, and worked on such leading cases as Delgamuukw (on which he acted as lead counsel), Guerin, Van der Peet, NTC Smokehouse, Gladstone and Haida Nation. Stuart has also acted as counsel on behalf of several unions, including the Canadian Auto Workers (Unifor) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, before many administrative tribunals and boards. He has worked with several environmental organizations, including Ecojustice, West Coast Environmental Law, and the Environmental Law Centre Associates Program of the University of Victoria Law School. He is presently Chair of the YVR Art Foundation and past President of Ecojustice.
David Thomas is an oceanographer and environmental chemist active in the fields of chemical oceanography, marine geochemistry and environmental chemistry since 1972. Prominent activities within these areas have been a variety of studies related to the long-range transport of persistent organic pollutants into the Arctic, the incorporation of these contaminants into arctic marine and arctic terrestrial food chains, and the effects of global climate change on contaminant cycling and fate and effects in the environment. His research studies have emphasized heavy metal geochemistry, organic geochemistry, sediment-sea water interactions and contaminant fluxes in temperate and polar coastal/estuarine systems.
Student Executive Board Members 2017-18
Andhra Azevedo, President
Andhra is a third year law student from Langley, BC. She completed her BSc in Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University. She spent her undergrad wading through streams and looking at bugs through microscopes, going to UVic Law has meant learning different tools to protect and appreciate ecological systems. Andhra completed the ELC Intensive in second year and found it an educational and rewarding experience – she looks forward to supporting the work of the ELC further through the Environmental Law Club. When not studying, Andhra enjoys running, biking, swimming and hiking with friends.
Caitlyn Stockwell, Vice-President
Caitlin Stockwell is a biking, hiking, west-coast enthusiast who has been called back to the island after finishing her undergraduate degree in political science and environmental studies at McGill University. During her time at high-school and university, Caitlin has been involved with numerous environmental organizations/groups including the Sierra Club, The Climate Reality Project, Youth for Environmental Stewardship BC, Santropol Roulant and the Green Party of Canada (federal and provincial elections). She has also been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to both lead and conduct research on renewable energy projects in the areas of wind and solar energy. She is so excited to have the opportunity to continue this involvement in the ELClub and is hoping to lend an ear and voice to her peers eco-initiatives and sustainability concerns.
Graham May, Project & Events Coordinator
Graham May’s enthusiasm for environmental issues grew from a childhood of long, wet hikes in Powell River, BC. He has worked for many science, policy, and education organizations, including the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, the Youth Arctic Coalition, and the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. After studying for five years in New Brunswick, Turkey, USA, Greenland, and China, Graham is overjoyed to be back on the west coast. Graham loves to sing, sail, and swing dance, though usually not at all the same time.
Conner Wear, Treasurer
Conner Wear is very excited to have the opportunity to join the Uvic class of 2019. After a year of operating a hop farm on the Sunshine Coast and spending most of his time pushing compost around he’s a bit nervous about being stationary for long periods of time but is also pretty excited to be out of the rain. Before that he worked in Rwanda where for three years he was able to engage in program design and government relations as the Agricultural Technical Manager for Gardens for health. No one knows what his job title actually meant.
Gigi Pao, Internal Communications
Gigi is in her second year of law school and completed her Bachelors of Science Honours in biology at Queen’s University. She grew up in London, Ontario but ran away to BC because she fell in love with its natural beauty. While doing her undergraduate she volunteered at a variety of non-profit environmental organizations, and performed research work from geese metabolism to soil ecology. Finding a passion between engaging social issues, legal problem solving and science, she found law to be a natural calling. After class, she enjoys reading, jogging, cooking, and pretending to be a wizard.
Courtenay Jacklin, External Communications
Courtenay was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. While at Queen’s, she was a member of the Kingston Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and of Queen’s Backing Against Climate Change. She spent two summers working as a field research assistant in a biogeography lab, studying vegetation dynamics in subarctic North America. Based out of the Kluane Lake Research Station, her experience as a field assistant inspired the theme of her undergraduate thesis, which focused on how land development adjacent to Kluane National Park and Reserve impacts critical wildlife habitat within the park. Courtenay was drawn to UVic Law by the possibility to explore her interests in environmental policy and conservation biology.
Jessica Wilson, External Communications
Jessica grew up on the beautiful west coast of BC, and has been a long time lover and explorer of the natural wonders that exist here. Jessica completed a B.Sc in Geographical Biogeosciences at the University of BC, and spent several years working as an environmental scientist engaged in groundwater contamination assessment. Jessica was drawn to law school to learn to combine her passions for environmental issues and problem solving in the field of law. After completing the ELC intensive program in her 2nd year, Jessica looks forward to spreading the message about what great work the ELC club and clinic do to the wider community in her External Communications position. When she’s not studying, Jessica can be found surfing, swimming, mountain biking, backpacking, and taking long nature walks.
Erin Linklater, Indigenous Law Students Association Liaison
Erin was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McGill University where she very much missed the mountains and therefore sought refuge at UBC and UVic for a couple of semesters. She is a citizen of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Northern Yukon and has spent recent years living in, working in, and exploring her traditional territory. Prior to moving to Victoria for law school, Erin was the Executive Director of the North Yukon Renewable Resources Council in Old Crow where she had the opportunity to work with and learn from Gwich’in hunters and trappers in the community. Erin believes Indigenous law and knowledge are paramount in all aspects of governance, including environmental stewardship. She hopes to work towards honouring these laws through her own study, practice, and community involvement. Outside of law school, she enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, movies and reading, skiing, snowboarding, and travelling.
Lola Churchman, Upper Year Rep
Lola is a second-year law student from the prairies. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she fell in love with camping and canoeing in the wilderness. She feels most at home in a calm forest, surrounded by warm and comforting trees and plants. Taking a sharp turn from hard sciences of Microbiology and Immunology in undergrad, she packed up her cat and life in her car and moved to the coast. She came to the University of Victoria Law School to join in the struggle to defend the environment, because who better to protect than that which can’t fight for itself. Lola is keen to join the Environmental Law Clinic in the near future and is excited to contribute to the environmental law community even if only in the smallest way. Her dream is to live as environmentally sustainable as possible while surrounded by a like-minded community. Her passions include travelling, playing games, exploring nature, and snuggling her incredibly fluffy cat.
Andie Britton-Foster, Summer Rep
Andie Britton-Foster is in her third year of law school, and is finally starting to find her stride. She participated in the ELC intensive program in her second year, where she got to work on some really challenging and interesting projects under keen and helpful supervisors. She hopes to finish law school in one piece, and then work on her novel.
Rachel Gutman, Summer Rep
Rachel In 2008, Rachel moved from Park City, Utah to British Columbia, where she completed her Bachelor of Science (Land and Food Systems) at UBC. Before
coming to Uvic Law, Rachel lived in Cusco, Peru, where she worked for a community-based research project aiming to better understand traditional agricultural knowledge in indigenous Quechua communities. Rachel decided to study law in order to learn how legal processes can be used to empower communities in the face of resource development. Inspired by the Environmental Law Centre’s services to the community, she is excited to have the opportunity to participate in the ELC intensive and the Environmental Law Club. Outside of class, her hobbies include: skiing, backpacking, and pretending to garden.