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Executive Director | Legal Director | Project Director | Program Director | Paralegal Administrator | Associates | Articled Students

Board of Directors and Advisory Board:
Community Board Members | Student Executive Board Members | Advisory Board

Executive Director:

Chris Tollefson

Chris is the Hakai Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability at UVic Law and one of Canada's leading environmental law scholars. The ELC's founding Executive Director, he is a former President of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (currently Ecojustice) and a founding director of EAGLE. (UVic Law Biography )

Legal Director:

Calvin Sandborn

Calvin is one of BC's most experienced public interest environmental lawyers. He is former counsel to West Coast Environmental Law Association and the Forest Practices Board, and was Associate to the historic Commission on Resources and Environment. He has successfully litigated many high profile cases (particularly in the areas of forestry and endangered species) and instigated broad law reform. In 2011, Calvin was named an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria and received the Andrew Thompson Award, BC’s top prize for Environmental Advocacy. ( UVic Law Biography )

Project Director:

Deborah Curran

Deborah is the Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability at UVic Law. Focusing primarily on land use law, Deborah has significant has significant experience in analyzing and making recommendations on how local governments approach regulation and planning for environmental protection, particularly in the context of smart growth and ecosystem integrity. For real estate, land use and ustainability law news, follow Deborah on Twitter @DeborahLCurran. (See Deborah's UVic Law Biography.)

Program Director:

Mark Haddock

Mark Haddock began working with the Environmental Law Centre in 2009, and joined the clinic full time in 2011. Mark has specialized in forestry, natural resources and environmental law, and has worked in private practice and with West Coast Environmental Law, Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Department of Justice and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. See Mark's UVic Law Biography.

Paralegal Administrator:

Holly Pattison

Holly joined the ELC as its first full-time Paralegal/Program Administrator in 2006. She teaches file management in the clinic, manages the law office, maintains the Society’s records and finances, updates the website, organizes events, edits and desktops various reports, publications and applications. In addition to her years of law firm experience, Holly is an expert at communicating public interest environmental law issues to the general public through writing, photography and film.

Board of Directors 2014-15

Community Board Members
Gillian Calder Gillian Calder, Law Professor

Gillian 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.
Sutton Eaves, Communications Specialist

Sutton Eaves has more than a decade of experience working in communications, media and advertising. As both a communications specialist and a director, Sutton has developed and managed communications and campaign strategies for several national environmental organizations including Ecojustice and the David Suzuki Foundation. Previously she worked as a journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Ottawa Citizen, as well as in Nigeria where she trained local journalists in human rights and public health reporting. Sutton holds a Bachelor of Journalism, a Master in Environmental Studies and a love for rock climbing.
Hamar Foster Hamar Foster, QC, Law Professor

Hamar Foster practiced law with Prowse Williamson & Foster in Vancouver before joining the Faculty at UVic in 1978. Over the years he has taught evidence, property, trial and appellate advocacy, legal history, aboriginal law, and criminal law & procedure, which he also taught in the Akitsiraq program in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is an enthusiastic member of the Victoria City Rowing Club and has an old but trusty sailboat that he wishes he could use more often.
Clare Frater, Policy Analyst

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, Lawyer

Tim Leadem joined the ELCS Board in January 2014. We will post his photo and bio here in the near future. Welcome, Tim!
Robin Longe, Lawyer
(ELCS Director May 2012 - December 2014)

The ELC thanks Robin for his contributions to the ELC and looks forward to working with him again in the future.

Robin Longe joined the ELCS Board in May 2012. You can link to his online bio.)
Maeve Lydon Maeve Lydon, Associate Director, Office of Community-Based Research at UVic (Acting Community Co-Chair)

Maeve Lydon works for the Office of CBR at the UVic. She has worked with local and national NGOs for 25 years in the areas of human rights, community development and sustainability. In Victoria she co-founded groups including Common Ground, the Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture, the Global Village Store. Specialty areas include community mapping and participatory planning for NGOs, organizations and neighborhoods. Maeve has been on the board of the ELC for over 10 years.
Maxine Matilpi Maxine Matilpi, Teacher

Maxine V.H. Matilpi is Kwakwaka’wakw and works in Snuneymuxw Territory at Vancouver Island University teaching First Nations Studies and Women’s Studies. A former lawyer, Chief Negotiator for the Kwakiutl First Nation (Fort Rupert, BC), and Director of the Academic and Cultural Support Program at the Faculty of Law, she lives in Komox/Pentlatch Territory on Denman Island.
Alyne Mochan, ELC Alumnus

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.
Eloise Spitzer

Eloise Spitzer happily retired from a career as a lawyer, Deputy Minister in the Yukon and British Columbia governments, Development Director at the David Suzuki Foundation and Coordinator of the Cooperative Education at the University of Victoria Law School. Eloise has a long association with NGOs, including as a founding mother of LEAF, The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. Eloise is currently involved with the Akitsiraq Law Program in Nunavut.
David Thomas

The ELC is pleased to welcome David Thomas to the ELCS Board of Directors! We will post David's bio and photo here in the near future.
Student Executive Board Members 2014-15
Erin Gray, President

Erin is a third year law student whose passion for environmental issues brought her to UVic Law. She has been involved in all aspects of the ELC, including sitting on the ELCS Board for all three years of law school, using her digital marketing and project management background to Chair the ELC Web Renewal Committee, enrolling in the full year environmental law clinical program, and being heavily involved in organizing the Environmental Law Club's activities. Her experience prior to law school includes: corporate social responsibility activities at the marketing firm where she worked, freelance work with WWF-Canada, and volunteering with Environmental Defence Canada and the Green Party of Canada and BC. She has spent the past two summers working at an aboriginal law firm, and runs UVic's student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund - needless to say, she is particularly interested in how environmental law interacts with both aboriginal and animal law. She is proud of the particularly amazing work the ELC has done in the past year and is looking forward to more to come!
Matt Hulse, President

Over the past two years at UVic Law, Matt has become wrapped up in every aspect of the ELC that he could, negotiation challenges, roadies to Oregon for PIELC, positions on the club as the First Year Rep and Projects and Events Coordinator, and also as an ELC intensive student. Having loved every minute of it, he would like to continue on as co-President in his final year. This will nicely augment his passion for composting and perhaps help him spread the good word of organic matter recycling to all UVic students. When he is not contemplating composting (and even when he is) Matt can be found exploring the mountainous beauty BC as well as pursuing his athletics endeavours in the sport-friendly city of Victoria.
Mae Price, Vice President (shared)

Mae is a born and raised Vancouverite who made the big trek across the water to start at uvic law in 2012, where she is now finishing up her second year. Mae has spent almost every summer since high school introducing kids to the outdoors through canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing in BC's beautiful Howe Sound. After a four year stint in Montreal where she completed an undergrad in political Science and History, Mae spent two years working in politics and the non-profit sector in Vancouver. Over the course of this year she has had the unique opportunity to work on an ELC case that ended up being heard at the BCSC this week. After coordinating the ELC's weekly green event emails and other communications over the past year, through her role as the communications director, Mae is looking forward to trying her hand at VP.
Sam Harrison, Vice President (shared)

Sam transferred to UVic in his second year, was immediately impressed with the service the ELC provides and decided to what he could to get involved and contribute. Prior to law school much of his time was spent traipsing around the world or fishing up and down the coast of B.C. with his family. He likes to consider himself a jack of all hobbies and is thoroughly enjoying the water sports that come with life in Victoria. After the law program wraps up he hopes to live in a smallish community on the coast and combine a general practice with environmental advocacy and wilderness trips.
Gabriella Jamieson, Internal Communications

Gabriella was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She then grew up in Vancouver BC, before completing a BFA in Dance in New York City. In 2013, she made the switch to law school and moved to Victoria. She and is very happy to be back on the beautiful west coast, where there are more towering trees than skyscrapers. Leaving behind a career in dance, Gabriella jumped into law school and got involved with Pro Bono Students Canada, ELC events, and was on the organizing committee for the 2014 Community Conference on Access to Justice. When not inside (and not dancing), she enjoys hiking, biking, and climbing in the summer, and backcountry skiing in the winter. She looks forward to focusing her energy on environmental and aboriginal law through her involvement with the ELC.
Andrew Lemieux, External Communications

Andrew grew 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 (i.e. his surfing skills need improvement). He had been looking forward to working with the ELC since his acceptance to the J.D. program and previously served as a First Year Rep.
Adele Lay, Treasurer

Adele grew up near Guelph, Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics at Carleton University in Ottawa. She also competed nationally in cross country skiing during her undergraduate degree, and spent a year in the Italian Alps. Having now retired from full-time ski training, she filled the void by working as a forest firefighter in Revelstoke this past summer, where she also got hooked on mountain biking and climbing. She chose UVic for its passion and priority it places on environmental issues, and has enjoyed being the ELC First Year Rep for the 1L class this year.
James Parker, Treasurer

James is a second year law student. He grew up in the arid, concrete sprawl of Los Angeles (it’s actually beautiful when you get to know it) and received his BA in Cinema from the University of Southern California. Before moving to Vancouver to do an MA in Theology at Regent College, James lived in New York City where he spent his free time haunting pizza joints in Brooklyn and seeing afternoon revivals at old movie theatres. He holds a great love for the outdoors, from big cities to wild spaces. James is energized by the prospect of serving on the ELC executive and helping to advocate for good stewardship of the earth.
Dora Tsao, Project and Events Coordinator

Dora is a second 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.
Rosie Jacobs, Summer Coordinator

Rosie is a third-year law student at UVic. She grew up in Maple Ridge, BC and studied English and Commerce at Dalhousie University. When she was in grade 10, Rosie participated in an outdoor education program at her high school where she went hiking, biking, and kayaking all over BC. Ever since, whether it’s travelling, practicing muay thai, or studying law, Rosie is always ready for the next adventure or challenge that comes her way. She is excited to be involved with the ELC and discover all the new adventures that await her this year.
Josh Nobleman, Summer Coordinator

Josh has a strong mix of initiative, and sense of adventure, cultivated by his travels throughout Canada and the world. His infectious enthusiasm and ability to quickly forge relationships would be an asset for the ELC. Josh is currently in a coop term in Yellowknife, for the Government of the Northwest Territories, assisting with legislative interpretation and general preparation for the devolution. During the summer of 2013, he interned for the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership in Calgary, conducting research for their Human Rights Project. Josh completed his BA in English Literature at McGill University, during which he spent a term in Panama, studying the country's agriculture, biology, and environmental history. Josh is also a strong multi-tasker, having been the webmaster for the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee, and an LSAT teacher for Kaplan for several years.
Morgan Retzer-Bowman, Indigenous Law Students Association Liaison

Morgan is a second year Indigenous Law student at Uvic who grew up in Calgary Alberta. Her background in Ojibway-Metis culture has taught her to value our environment and the many relationships we have with the natural world. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and has worked extensively with Aboriginal youth in Calgary. Morgan continues to be engaged in Indigenous culture in Victoria, and looks forward to utilizing her legal education to be an advocate for Indigenous peoples wherever she goes. She is very excited for the opportunity to be involved with the ELC!
Savannah Carr-Wilson, Upper Year Rep

Savannah is a Victoria local and second-year law student at UVic. Growing up hiking and exploring the beautiful West Coast instilled in her an enduring respect and appreciation for nature. Prior to coming to law school, Savannah completed a B.A. in International Politics and History from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. While in Germany she helped launch a non-profit organization teaching elementary school children about leadership and environmental conservation, and pursued her love of the outdoors by taking multi-day rowing trips down green waterways. When she returned to Canada, she spent her first year of law school at UBC but transferred to UVic to take part in the ELC Intensive Program. She is excited to stay involved with the ELC and its wide variety of interesting projects in her third year.
Rachel Gutman, First Year Rep

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 one day 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.
Brodie Quinton, First Year Rep

Brodie grew up on the prairies in Winnipeg, Manitoba where 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. Brodie hopes to learn more about the environmental issues in the region, participate in their protection, and share this information and the ELC initiatives with his fellow 1Ls.

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