Andrew Gage - Staff Counsel and EDRF Liaison Lawyer
Andrew was an environmental activist before he was an environmental lawyer: he was accepted into law school shortly after being arrested for protesting logging in Clayoquot Sound, on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. During law school Andrew helped found the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre and volunteered with the noted Indian environmental lawyer, M.C. Mehta. These experiences changed his understanding of what is possible through law.
After leaving law school, Andrew ran his own practices for 2 years, before coming to West Coast in 2001. He has played a wide variety of roles within the organization since then, dealing with issues ranging from forestry to workplace exposure to pesticides. Currently Andrew oversees West Coast's Climate Change and Environmental Legal Aid Programs and is lead author for the Environmental Law Alert blog. Andrew has also published a series of cutting edge academic papers on the rights of the public to a healthy natural environment.
Andrew lives in Victoria with his wife, Grace and their two children, Rebecca and Colm. Andrew enjoys playing the violin, gardening and sailing with his family.