Executive Director


Deborah Curran is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and the School of Environmental Studies. Focusing primarily on land use law, Deborah has significant experience in analyzing and making recommendations on how local governments approach regulation and planning for environmental protection, particularly in the context of smart growth and ecosystem integrity. For real estate, land use and sustainability law news, follow Deborah on Twitter @DeborahLCurran. (See Deborah’s UVic Law Biography.)

Contact: dlc [at]

Legal Director


Calvin Sandborn, Q.C. is one of BC’s most experienced public interest environmental lawyers. Former counsel to West Coast Environmental Law Association and the Forest Practices Board, Calvin was Associate to the historic Commission on Resources and Environment. He has successfully litigated many high profile cases (particularly in the areas of forestry and endangered species) and instigated broad law reform. In 2011, Calvin was named an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria and received the Andrew Thompson Award, BC’s top prize for Environmental Advocacy. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2017. (See Calvin’s UVic Law Biography )

Contact: csandbor [at]

Director of Operations and Communications


Holly Pattison joined the ELC in 2006 after years of working in law firms and working as a freelance writer and photographer. As the hub of the ELC wheel, she teaches file management in the clinic, manages day-to-day operations and communications, maintains the Society’s records, organizes events, and edits and desktops various reports, publications and applications. Part of her role is to share information about public interest environmental law issues with the general public, which she especially likes to do through writing, photography and film.

Contact: elc [at]

Administrative Assistant

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Gracie Chiu was born and raised as a settler on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, also known as Victoria, BC. Following high school, Gracie worked for two years at a local law firm before starting her education in Environmental Studies here at the University of Victoria. However, she was so eager to get hands-on involvement with environmental issues that she was welcomed aboard the ELC team in April 2021, before she could complete her degree. She feels most at home when surrounded by forest and ocean, and enjoys spending her summers road-tripping and camping across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Articled Student

Ellen Campbell (they/them/theirs) joined the ELC in January 2021, but has been volunteering and taking courses with the ELC since 2019. Ellen is a white settler articled student on Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territory. They also volunteer as a legal research assistant, graphic designer, and videographer for various organizations, including Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture Isla, the ILA Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development, Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals, and the Knowledge Keepers of the Secwépemc Nation through the Living with the Land Society. Ellen has worked for the Indigenous Law Research Unit, Ng Ariss Fong, and Woodward and Company. Their SSHRC-funded thesis highlighted colonialism in the enforcement of international animal and conservation law by nonprofits, which included critical reflections on Ellen’s own activism with Sea Shepherd in Costa Rica and the Faroe Islands, where they also worked as a field producer on a number of video projects, including an award-winning documentary on sea turtles.

Contact: elc.articledstudent [at]