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

Megan Webber joined the ELC in April 2018. While studying history, Megan developed her interest in philanthropy and charitable organizations. She is eager to support collaborative work between UVic Faculty of Law and public organizations and communities and has herself participated in several community projects and volunteer initiatives. Megan is delighted to be back at UVic after having graduated from the university.

Contact: elc.adminassistant [at]

Articled Student

Frances Ankenman graduated from UVic Law in 2020, where she specialized in environmental and Indigenous law. Frances has been actively involved with the ELC since the first week of law school, holding various leadership positions in the ELC Club, serving on the ELCS Board of Directors, and participating in the Clinic program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resource Management from UVic and has a professional background in environmental education and conservation. Frances has spent her lifetime exploring and learning about the West Coast, and is happiest when gardening, foraging wild foods, kayaking, or trail running with her dog Shasta.

Contact: elc.articledstudent [at]