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About Us

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. Georgia believes in the power of human connection to affect change, and sees law as an essential component of this work.

2015-2016 Impact Report

Check out West Coast Environmental Law's 2016 Impact Report, which highlights some of our work over the last year. This annual report is a joint publication of the West Coast Environmental Law Association, the West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund Society, and the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation.


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Honourary Board

Our Honourary Board consists of the most distinguished and accomplished members of Canada’s legal and environmental communities.

Deborah Carlson - Staff Counsel

Deborah joined West Coast in June 2010 as Staff Counsel, and is responsible for the Green Communities program.

West Coast – Participating in the Creation of all Significant Environmental Legislation in BC Since 1974

Protecting the environment through the law is a complex business and requires many different types of legal expertise. BC is blessed to have three public interest environmental law organizations – West Coast Environmental Law, Ecojustice, and the Environmental Law Centre at UVic – each fulfilling a unique and important role in environmental justice. At West Coast we are often asked what is the difference between our three organizations, so for inquiring minds who want to know, West Coast is happy to dispel the mystery!

Law Student & Internship Opportunities

Every summer we welcome a new group of summer law students to our office. A typical placement runs from early May until mid-August, 4 days per week.

Law students and legal volunteers are a critical part of our work, and we aim to provide a meaningful exposure to public interest environmental law. Successful applicants assist staff lawyers in the areas of law reform, legal research and legal education.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a critical part of our work. Volunteers are involved in research, event organization and outreach, fundraising, managing our records and information, and in organizing our environmental law library. If you have a commitment to environmental protection and would like to help West Coast, please let us know by contacting admin@wcel.org.

Terms of Use

This website, and all of the information and links that it contains, are provided by West Coast Environmental Law on an “as is” and “as available” basis. West Coast Environmental Law makes no express or implied representation or warranty by providing this website.


West Coast Environmental Law is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Board members are appointed at our Annual General Meeting each September.  West Coast's current board members are:

Steven DeRoy
Director, The Firelight Group
On board since September 2015
Association and EDRF Board

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