1 Staff | West Coast Environmental Law



Anjali Appadurai - Communications & Engagement Specialist

Activist and advocate for social and environmental justice, Anjali works to articulate West Coast's work, values and organizational story to a variety of audiences. She also supports the individual work of the West Coast legal counsel.

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.

For Hannah's full bio, please click here.

Lindsay Borrows - Articled Student

Lindsay is an articled student at West Coast Environmental Law. She is part of the Revitalizing Indigenous Laws for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) team.

For Lindsay's full bio, please click here. 

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.

For Deborah's full bio, please click here.

Mindy Cleave - Donor Relations Officer

Mindy joined West Coast Environmental Law’s development team in 2016. She acts as the first point of contact for all donor inquiries, and she also processes donations and manages West Coast’s monthly giving program.

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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

Andrew's work as project lead for West Coast's Climate Program is focussed on ensuring that businesses, governments and professionals recognize their legal and professional responsibility to address climate change, and the consequences if they fail to do so. 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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Jennifer King - Database Manager and Communications Assistant

As Database Manager and Communications Assistant Jennifer supports all areas of West Coast Environmental law to work smart and connect with community.

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Molly Kleiker - Executive Coordinator

As the Executive Coordinator at West Coast Environmental Law, Molly supports the Executive Director, Boards, Committees and the administrative core of the organization.

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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.

For Eugene's full bio, please click here.

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.

For Maxine's full bio, please click here. 

Georgia Lloyd-Smith - Staff Counsel

Georgia Lloyd-Smith is part of West Coast Environmental Law’s Aboriginal and Natural Resources law team. She is excited to be working on the RELAW project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Law, Air, and Water) and to be working to protect BC’s precious coast.

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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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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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Erica Stahl - Staff Counsel

Erica joined West Coast in 2016 to oversee the administration of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) and West Coast’s summary advice program. Through the EDRF and summary advice programs, Erica provides free legal advice and assistance to members of the public on a wide range of environmental legal issues.

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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.

For Alexis' full bio, please click here.

Maryann Watson - Marine Campaigner

Maryann joined West Coast in 2017 as our Marine Campaigner. In collaboration with staff lawyers on our marine program, her work helps to bring together the scientific information needed to make sound policy decisions and strengthen laws to protect the marine environment on the coast of British Columbia.

For Maryann's full bio, please click here.

Visiting Lawyers, Summer Law Students, Pro Bono Law Students, and Legal Volunteers

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 and students 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.

Summer 2017 Law Students and Interns

Matt Hammer - Law Student

Matt is coming out of his first year as a law student at the University of Calgary. In his undergrad in History and Biology at the University of Victoria, involved with the fossil fuel divestment movement and other student groups, Matt became a passionate advocate for climate justice. This passion took him to the Paris climate conference in 2015 as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation to witness the historic moment when 195 countries committed to tackling climate change by the end of the century. Matt’s effort before and since has been focused on ensuring that this transition to a low carbon economy is just for all. As coordinator of youth climate justice conference PowerShift Alberta, he took this conversation to the heart of an economy powered by fossil fuels. At law school, Matt has worked to build relationships with Indigenous communities through a Pro Bono mentoring program, and to raise awareness on climate litigation with the Environmental Law Society. This summer, Matt is particularly excited to work at the intersection of environmental protection and Indigenous revitalization, and to enjoy the spectacular west coast mountains, forests, and waves.


Karyn Leslie - Law Student

Karyn is a student entering her third year of law school at the University of British Columbia. Before her placement, she previously volunteered at West Coast through Pro Bono Students Canada. Karyn obtained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While attending Saint Mary’s she managed multiple campaigns to promote sustainable planning on campus. Outside of study, Karyn has legal experience working with Sierra Club and East Coast Environmental Law as intervenors in Clayton/Bilcon v Government of Canada, a case regarding the interplay of domestic environmental assessment laws and NAFTA. Karyn has volunteered with smaller environmental organizations such as the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax by providing local produce to low-income neighbourhoods and Oceanomare Delphis in Ischia, Italy to monitor the populations of dolphins and other marine animals in the Mediterranean. In law school, Karyn was co-president of UBC’s Student Animal Legal Defence Fund and is passionate about exploring the relationship between environmental and animal law, particularly the environmental implications of animal agriculture. In her spare time, Karyn enjoys playing basketball, running, hiking, camping, travelling, and anything else that allows her to be outdoors.


Nico McKay - Law Student

Nico just finished his second year of law school at the University of British Columbia where he is specializing in Aboriginal Law. While completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at UBC Nico was actively engaged in youth facilitation and community work, spending several years co-developing and facilitating film-based media analysis workshops on sexual and gender diversity with high school students throughout BC. During law school Nico has been an active member of the Indigenous Law Student’s Association, and is passionate about deepening his knowledge of Indigenous law and Aboriginal law. He is thrilled to be joining WCEL this summer and diving into to the vital environmental justice work being done by the team. While not engaged in law-related pursuits Nico loves to ride his bike, hang out by the ocean, read lots of books, and spend time with his family.


Mari Galloway

Mari has just finished her first year of law school at the University of Ottawa. She has a joint master's degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Technische Universität and  Freie Universität in Berlin, and a bachelor's in Political Science from McGill University. Throughout her master's she studied environmental assessment and approval processes around the world, the EU cap and trade system and the impact of investor-state dispute settlement agreements on environmental regulation. While in Germany, she also interned at various organizations, including the Environmental Justice Institute Berlin and Adelphi,a leading independent think tank and public-policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. This past year at the University of Ottawa, she focused on a variety of social justice and sustainability projects. She contributed to the completion of an International Human Rights Canada database at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and did a "Technoship" with the Centre for Law, Technology and Society on the role of public participation in copyright protection. She is also working on an ongoing Directed Research Project looking at the evolution of tort and environmental law. This summer, she is looking forward to working on a diverse set of environmental law issues, and in particular on ways to improve our marine conservation regimes at the local, national and international levels. Originally from Toronto, she is also excited about enjoying the BC sunshine and exploring as much of the coast and mountains as possible. 


David Haeber - Communications & Engagement Intern

David recently completed the Youth Eco Internship Program at the YMCA and is excited to join West Coast as a communications intern. David is a Vancouver local who is passionate about protecting the environment, specifically the ocean and coastlines. David has ambitions of starting his own eco-friendly business in Vancouver and becoming a leader in his community.





Robert Wisla- Community Outreach Coordinator

Robert Wisla Summer Community Outreach CoordinatorRobert Wisla is ecstatic to join West Coast Environmental Law this summer and is very much looking forward to engaging directly with the public on all the issues facing British Columbia’s environment. Robert currently attends Thompson Rivers University studying Journalism, Public Relations and Communications, entering his fourth year. Robert has travelled extensively to places ranging from South Africa to Qatar and hopes to one day visit the entire commonwealth of nations. Recently Robert finished a semester studying abroad in Manchester, England where he studied at MediacityUK learning the most effective ways to communicate with the public.

    While at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Robert has worked with various organisations on and off campus including the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association as an executive steering committee member, TRU Student Union as the environmental representative to student caucus and as part of the campaigns committee organizing students to fight for fairer tuition. As well as the Royal Canadian Legion as the Assistant of Public Relations and Communications, Eco Club as President and most recently worked for Organising for Change as a Field Organiser, helping grassroot organisations in the Southern Interior organise effective campaigns.

   Robert hopes to use the media and effective campaigning to slow and eventually stop poaching of endangered species especially in developing nations.