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Gillian Thiel

Law Student Volunteer

Gillian (she/her/hers) is a second-year law student at the University of British Columbia, volunteering with West Coast Environmental Law through Pro Bono Students Canada. She assists West Coast lawyers with legal research on a variety of environmental law issues.

Before starting law school, Gillian completed a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a Master’s degree in physical geography at Queen’s University. Her research focused on hydrology and carbon cycling in permafrost environments and she spent three summers doing field research in Iqaluit and the High Arctic. Gillian also worked briefly in water resources consulting. She is passionate about water law and ensuring that Canada’s laws and policies reflect the urgent need to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Gillian also volunteers as the Communications Director for the Environmental Law Group at UBC and is currently studying the impacts of climate change on human rights as a Student Clinician at the UBC’s International Justice and Human Rights Clinic.

When not studying, Gillian enjoys reading a good book or running the seawall and North Shore trails.