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 2016-17
Andie Britton-Foster, Co-President
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. Last year, Andie was on the ELC board sharing the role of event planner with powerhouse Ga Grant. This year, Andie seeks more power, and will be co-president alongside Brodie Quinton. She hopes to finish law school in one piece, and then work on her novel.
Brodie Quinton, Co-President
Brodie grew up on the prairies in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He developed a love for the environment and the creatures within it while spending his time on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. While earning an HBA in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School in London, Ontario Brodie became a founding member of Ivey’s Environmental Committee, and in 2012 he started a bicycle operated recycling non-profit organization in order to raise money for The Lake Winnipeg Foundation. Brodie has come to UVic to study environmental law so that he can assist more affectively in protecting the lands, waters and species of this country and he is very excited to explore this beautiful region of Canada. After serving as a First Year Rep in 1L, Brodie spent his second year working with the ELC as an ELC intensive student and serving as Co-Vice President. Brodie looks forward to more fun and exciting work with the ELC in the year to come.
Peter Nyhuus, Vice-President
Peter grew up in Ottawa and completed a Bachelor of Arts at Dalhousie University, in Halifax. He is in his third year of law school. Over the past two years Peter has held such esteemed ELC positions as: Member at Large, Upper Year Rep, ELC Intensive Student, and perhaps most importantly, the self-titled-and-appointed position of Compost-Coordinator. He is thrilled and honoured to add Vice-President to this resume. Since switching coasts, Peter has fallen in love with camping, climbing and tennis and he still can’t believe that, on this wonderful island, these are year-round activities. Peter moved to a house that overlooks the ocean. He just invested in a canoe. His parents are concerned he won’t be moving back to Ontario anytime soon.
Kelly Lindsay, Vice-President
Kelly was born and raised on Canada’s West Coast, and she cares deeply for the water, air, and land of the place she calls home. She did her undergraduate degree at UVic, studying religious patterns and philosophies. Last year, she participated in UVic’s Environmental Law Clinic Intensive program, and was an executive member of the Environmental Law Club Board. Currently, Kelly is focused on cultivating sustainable practices locally, and she is energized by the ELC’s engagement with the community, and their commitment to important environmental issues in our own backyard. When not studying law, she spends her time climbing mountains, hopping islands, and reading poetry to her cat.
Adele Lay, Project & Events Coordinator
Adele grew up near Guelph, Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is back at UVic Law for her 4th year, having completed two co-op semesters and three summers of wildfire fighting during the degree. She has previously served as first year rep, treasurer and president of the ELC Executive and is looking forward to working closely with ELC’s many exciting events.
Andhra Azevedo, Project & Events Coordinator
Andhra grew up in Langley, BC and completed her BSc in Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University. Before starting law school, Andhra explored her interests in environmental science and policy by working with Environment Canada, consulting firms, and non-profits. Andhra chose to study law at UVic to better understand how ecology and environmental science can be incorporated in to environmental law and policy. Andhra is particularly interested in understanding how the law can interplay with climate change and climate justice initiatives. She looks forward to participating in the ELC intensive one day. She enjoyed being a member of the club in first year and hopes to contribute more substantially to the club next year. When not in class, Andhra enjoys playing soccer, hiking, running, and discussing how to best eat butternut squash soup out of a mason jar.
Ashley Thomas, Co-Treasurer
Ashley grew up in Ontario where she received a B.A. from Western University and an M.A. from York University. In 2016-2017 she will be completing her 3L year at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, where she has the pleasure of being surrounded by so many environmental enthusiasts. In 2015, Ashley spent her summer volunteering for West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver, and will be spending the summer of 2016 working and exploring in Kitimat, BC. Ashley’s major interests are open to influence, but always revolve around environmental law and protection, indigenous rights, and the role of criminal law in conceptions of justice.
Will McClary, Co-Treasurer
Will is a law student and environmental engineer from Calgary, Alberta. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and was drawn back to the west coast after obtaining his Professional Engineer designation in 2015. Before entering law school he worked as an environmental consultant and traveled extensively throughout Western Canada for work. Will’s work experience focused primarily on groundwater, with the occasional surface water interaction. He enjoys volunteering, and has been involved with youth speech and debate in one form or another since 2003. In his spare time, he enjoys singing with his a cappella group, and photography.
Graham Litman, Internal Communications
Graham is a third year law student at Uvic. After completing his undergraduate degree at McGill he returned to his hometown of Victoria to study for his JD. He chose UVic specifically because of the Environmental Law Clinic. When he isn’t studying, Graham can be found in his natural habitat: kayaking on one of British Columbia’s remaining wild rivers or working as an initial attack forest fire-fighter.
Conner Wear, External Communications
Conner Wear is just starting in his first year of Law School and 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.
Chelsea Harris, Co-External Communications
Chelsea is a second year law student who originally reigns from Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She received her BA in Communications with a Minor in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. Chelsea has since fallen in love with the incomparable landscapes of the Rocky Mountain National Parks where she spends her summers working as a park naturalist (she’s got some pretty wicked songs about species at risk), backpacking into remote areas and frolicking through sub-alpine meadows. Last year, as an ELC Club member at large, Chelsea undertook such exciting activities as smoothie-making and compost-reminder-sign-making. However, this year, as Co-External Communications Officer, Chelsea seeks to contribute to the club her love of typing (it makes her feel important) and, less notably, her degree in communications.
Joelle Karras, Indigenous Law Students Association Liaison
Joelle Karras grew up on Lasqueti Island, one of the gulf islands where she was raised off the grid in an environmentally conscious community. She studied sociology at UBC and spent several years travelling the world, spending most of her time in Central and South America, alternating that with working at a golf course in Shuswap Lake and snowboarding in Revelstoke BC. She enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding. Since moving to Victoria last year for law school she has been enjoying the beautiful coastal life and the incredible community at the law school. She is excited to be involved with the environmental law clinic and the environmental law club this fall, and grateful to the Indigenous Law Students Association for all the support they provided last year. She has a passion for environmental law and indigenous law, and hope that the world will rise to the challenge of healing and environmental change that face this generation.
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.
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 as the 1L rep for the ELClub and is hoping to lend an ear and voice to her 1L peers eco- initiatives and sustainability concerns.
Kathryn was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC and completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours Specialization in International Relations from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. Following her BA, she went on to complete a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON. Kathryn has completed an internship with the Stockholm Environment Institute in Stockholm, Sweden where she worked on projects relating to the international climate change regime. She has also worked with Transparency International studying the potential for corruption in climate change finance. Following her studies, Kathryn lived abroad in Mexico for a year and worked as an English teacher. Kathryn decided to pursue her legal education at the University of Victoria because of the opportunity to participate in the Environmental Law Clinic and hopes to complete the Environmental Law Specialization. Her interests outside of law include backpacking, triathlon, yoga, singing, coffee and a good crossword puzzle. Kathryn was a 1L ELC Representative during her first year of law school and is now proud to be an Upper Year Representative.
Dora Tsao, Summer Rep
Dora is a third year law student. Born in the island city of Taipei and raised beside the ocean in Vancouver, she professes to be an expert on how to love the rain. When the sun is out and things are dry enough, she enjoys exploring her home province. In the past couple of years, she has spent time in the Cariboo, Kootenays, and Haida Gwaii. Prior to studying amongst the trees at UVic, Dora completed her undergraduate degree in Biopsychology and Master’s in Health Administration at UBC. She is interested in the bidirectional influence between health and the environment.
Andrew Lemieux, Summer Rep
Andrew grew up in both Ontario and Quebec. He earned a B.A. in Environment and Development from the McGill School of Environment, where he served as the Co-President of the McGill Environment Students’ Society. He has spent time living abroad in France, Chile and most recently in Panama. Prior to starting his J.D. at UVic he completed an internship with CIAM Panama, an NGO focused on actively defending the nation’s natural resources through legal activism and public outreach. Andrew is fluent in English, French and Spanish, enjoys biking, swimming and is a novice surfer. He had been looking forward to working with the ELC since his acceptance to the J.D. program and previously served as First Year Rep, Internal Communications and Vice President.
Graham May, First Year Rep
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.