ELCS Board

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.


Kathy Chan is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Non-profit Sector Law and Law and Religion.  She previously practiced law at a boutique charity law firm in Vancouver, and is a former executive member of both the national and BC branches of the CBA Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Subsection.  In her spare time Kathy can often be found on a neighbourhood soccer pitch, trying to keep up with her three children.


Clare Frater

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.



rush-stuartStuart 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.

Thomas-David_HPP0354David 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


Azevedo-Andhra-ELC-ExecAndhra 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 3L student who finished her undergraduate degree in political science and environmental studies at McGill University. She has had the opportunity to conduct policy research on renewable energy projects in the areas of wind and solar energy and sees law as an important tool in Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy. She has loved being a part of both the Environmental Law Club and Centre during her time at Uvic law and is excited to see what the following year holds


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.

wear-connerConner 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.

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.

Darcie Alexis, Indigenous Law Student Association Rep
Darcie is a member of the Okanagan and Cheslatta Carrier Nation. She is currently in her second year of law school. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Darcie is interested in learning more about Aboriginal and Environmental Law and how these two areas intersect. She hopes to participate in the Environmental Law Clinic in the near future. Outside of school she enjoys running, hiking and being outdoors.


Will Kendon, 1st Year Rep
Will is a 1st year Law student at UVic, and has been an appreciator and admirer of nature since first going camping with his high-school outdoor education class. From then on, he’s been interested in protecting sensitive ecosystems and finding ways for society to live more sustainably within them. This inspired him to complete a diploma in Environmental Protection Technology and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science. His Environmental Law course and subsequent volunteer work with West Coast Environmental Law changed his approach on how to try and tackle the most pressing Environmental problems that we face, convincing him to study law – and to team up with the ELC! Will is beyond excited to be in here Victoria, and looks forward to exploring and protecting this wonderful place.

Frances Ankenman, 1st Year Rep
Frances is a wholehearted West Coast-er guided by a lifelong passion for learning about, protecting, and sharing knowledge about BC’s coastal ecosystems. She completed a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies at UVic. For the last 6 years, Frances has been working in environmental education and conservation both locally in Squamish, Vancouver, Victoria and Bamfield, and abroad in Panama, Costa Rica and Australia. She was drawn to UVic Law with a lofty goal of broadening her impact on environmental conservation in BC. When she’s not teaching (or now, studying), she can usually be found cooking vegan feasts, hiking, skiing and nerding out about the wonderful kingdom of fungi.