ELCS Board of Directors 2009-10

Board of Directors 2009-10

Community Board Members Gillian Calder Gillian Calder, Law Professor Gillian is an Assistant 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. Claire Hutton Claire Hutton, Consultant Claire currently works with First Nations on initiatives related to improving ecological and human wellbeing . She is the coordinator of the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network that supports community-based monitoring programs on the North and Central Coast of BC (a project of the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative). Claire also works as a facilitator and educator on issues related to resource management and planning. She previously worked as the First Nations Outreach Coordinator at Sierra Club BC. Claire has a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management. Robert Janes Robert Janes, Lawyer Robert Janes, of Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation, is a litigator with extensive experience in aboriginal and public law. Robert acts for First Nations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario in matters relating to aboriginal and treaty rights, matters arising under the Indian Act and other proceedings of concern. He also provides advice to a number of First Nations engaged in the British Columbia Treaty Process. A member of the bar of both British Columbia and Ontario, he is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School and has been in practice since 1992. (Link to online bio.) Maeve Lydon Maeve Lydon, Associate Director, Office of Community-Based Research at UVic 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. Dan MacIsaac Dan MacIsaac, Lawyer On the ELC board since 2004, Dan is the managing partner of the law firm of MacIsaac and MacIsaac. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia from the Provincial Court to the Court of Appeal. His primary areas of practice include land litigation. Alyne Mochan Alyne Mochan, ELC Alumnus Alyne Mochan is now a happy west-coaster after escaping the frozen north of Alberta after undergrad. After completing an undergraduate degree in Political Science and two years of Environmental Studies, she left for Japan where she taught Engllish and French for 6 years. She returned to attend UVic Law, where she enjoyed being in the ELC clinic and working for the ELC one summer. Alyne articled with Cook Roberts and is currently an investigator at the Ombudsman’s office. In addition to remaining interested in environmental issues, Alyne is active in community restorative justice groups. Andrew Newcombe Andrew Newcombe, Law Professor Professor Newcombe is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, where he teaches commercial and international economic law. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, he practiced public international law and international arbitration law with a law firm in France. His current research focuses on international investment law and international sustainable development law. He has been on the ELC board since 2003. Karla Point Karla Point, Councillor, Hesquiaht First Nation and UVic ELC alumnus Murray Rankin Murray Rankin, QC, Lawyer Murray Rankin is a partner in Heenan Blaikie LLP. He has provided legal advice concerning environmental matters to a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors. Before going into private practice, Murray taught environmental law at the University of Victoria from 1977 to 1993. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of Law in 2004. (Link to online bio) Student Executive Board Members 2009-10 Eric Regehr, President Eric is a 3rd year student at UVic Law. As a Saskatchewan transplant, Eric revels in the outdoor wonders of the West Coast, spending the summers camping, biking, running, hiking and (his favourite) kayaking. Eric’s environmental leanings developed in the years between the completion of his history undergrad and decision to attend UVic law, and he is excited to be part of the ELC to watch the law work to enact positive change. Ethan Krindle, Vice President Ethan has spent most of his life trying not to become a lawyer, and look where that has gotten him.  Prior to capitulating, he studied Ecology and Entomology at SFU, where he did research into biological control and the biological origins of cooperative social behaviour in insects.  Unfortunately, he likes bugs better when they’re alive, and no one seems to want to pay him for this.  Ethan plans to focus on Environmental Law as soon as they’ll let him and joined the ELC because he was impatient to get started.  On rare occasions he dances; it is not safe to stand near him when he does this. Elizabeth Farries Elizabeth Farries, Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Farries has been an active ELC member since 2007. She has contributed in the capacities of first year rep, communications coordinator and acting club chair. Before coming to law school Elizabeth worked on carbon cycling research with the Northern Forestry Centre and interned with the Sierra Club. She believes social justice is a necessary ingredient for realizing positive environmental change. Rose Keates, Communications Coordinator Rose is a 2nd year law student from Interior BC who moved to Victoria in part because of its year-round bike and hike friendly climate. She loves being involved in community-connected projects and is only mildly unnerved by her lack of science knowledge. She