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.

Contact: elc.adminassistant [at]

Articled Student

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Christa Croos was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Dish with One Spoon territory. She got involved in climate organizing through the Divest Fossil Fuels campaign at University of Toronto and pivoted from studying environmental science and chemistry, to getting more involved in environmental activism, policy, and legal initiatives and work. She hopes to use her science, policy, and legal education to cause good trouble. When she is not causing good trouble, she loves gardening, trying new recipes, being by the water and the trees, and hanging out with her dog and partner.

Contact: elc.articledstudent [at]

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]

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]

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]