About the ELC Associates Program

Launched in September 2007, the ELC Associates Program connects lawyers across the province who are either practicing or interested in public interest environmental law. ELC Associates share knowledge with each other and ELC Clinic students and collaborate on key environmental and resource development issues throughout the province.

Associates are appointed for a two-year term, during which time they work with the ELC to provide access to public interest environmental law services. Lawyers who have participate as Associates found the program to be beneficial for both their law practices and professional development.


For more information, see our FAQ below or download the ELC Associates Program Fact Sheet.

Associates Program Materials

Examples of ELC Associates meeting topics:

ELC Associates Program FAQ

What is the Environmental Law Centre Associates Program?

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) Associates Program commenced in the Fall of 2007 at the University of Victoria ELC with funding from the Law Foundation of BC. The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of the public interest environmental law Bar in BC, while enriching learning opportunities for ELC students, through a unique collaboration between the Bar and the ELC Clinic. Since 2007, the ELC has coordinated seven cohorts of ELC Associates.

Who can be an Environmental Law Centre Associate?

Any lawyer practicing in BC with an interest in public interest environmental law. Each cohort of ELC Associates will be selected based on a variety of factors including demonstrated interest and/or expertise in public interest environmental law; mentor role potential; geographic distribution; and diversity/length of experience.

What are the expectations of Environmental Law Centre Associates?

ELC Associates may provide mentoring and advice, as appropriate, to Clinic students working on cases or projects within their area of expertise and/or in their geographic region. With approval of the ELC Board, Associates may also be able to secure student assistance for public interest environmental cases. Associates will stay abreast of developments in public interest environmental law through regular videoconferences hosted by the ELC, and through networking with other Associates. These videoconferences are approved Continuing Professional Development Credits by The Law Society of BC.

What are the benefits of participating in the Program?

Benefits include:

  • Staying current with emerging environmental law practice issues;
  • Networking with other lawyers engaged in public interest environmental law;
  • Receiving advice from knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Obtaining student assistance on ongoing public interest environmental cases or files;
  • Working with highly motivated students that share similar practice-area interests; and
  • Building the capacity of the public interest environmental bar in BC.

Who are the Associates?

Many thanks to our ELC Associates, many of whom continue to be involved in the Program:

  • Cohort 1 (2007-2009): William J. Andrews, Kate Blomfield, Alyssa Bradley, Wally Braul, Jo-anna Cowen, Stacey M Edzerza Fox, Mark Haddock, Jennifer Millbank, Richard Overstall, John Rich, Stuart Rush QC, and Krista Robertson.
  • Cohort 2 (2009-2011): Tom Buri QC, Mitchell Couling, Michelle Ellison, Andrew Gage, Robin Gage, Jennifer Griffith, Judah Harrison, Kenyon McGee, Jennifer Milligan, Sean Nixon, Linda Nowlan, Angeline Nyce, Christine Scotnicki
  • Cohort 3 (2011-2013): Scott Bernstein, Susan Blanchet, Oliver Brandes, Karen Campbell, Kathryn Deo, Jason Gratl, Patricia Lane, Josh Paterson, Melinda Skeels, Tim Theilmann, Amber van Drielen, Drew Mildon, John Pennington
  • Cohort 4 (2013-2015): Patrick Canning, Brenda Gaertner, Lani Gibson, Anna Johnston, Ethan Krindle, Reidar Mogerman, Marie Potvin, Eric Regehr, Barry Robinson, Maya Stano, James Tate
  • Cohort 5 (2015-2017): Hannah Askew, Morgan Blakley, Lisa Fong, Brenda Gaertner, Maegen Giltrow, Nathan Hume, Rosanne Kyle, Drew Mildon, Carrie Moffatt, Matthew Nefstead, Richard Overstall, Paul Seaman
  • Cohort 6 (2017-2019): Lawrence Alexander, Patrick Canning, Rachel Forbes, Glenn Grande, Erin Gray, Reece Harding, Ian Moore, Sonya Morgan, James Quail, Larry Reynolds, Kristopher Statnyk, Zaria Stoffman
  • Cohort 7 (2019-2021): Jamie Arbeau, Stephanie Hewson, Matt Hulse, Meredith James, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Lilina Lysenko, Jessica Magonet, Angela McCue, Leo McGrady QC, Kegan Pepper-Smith, Mae Price, Noah Ross, Melinda Skeels, Fraser Thomson

What do former Associates say about the Program?

I have gone back to the CLE materials and teleconference backgrounders for information when faced with a client issue. They are a helpful starting point in my practice.

The background materials for the teleconferences were concise, to the point, and directed the discussion very well. Even for areas in which I have no knowledge, the teleconferences were excellent. It was really helpful to hear from the other lawyers because they are leaders in their fields.

A huge benefit of the Program is becoming acquainted with lawyers who have addressed similar issues and who are willing to have me call them for moral support and legal assistance. They often suggest alternative strategies and novel legal arguments.

The networking opportunities were my favourite part. It was very valuable to have an opportunity to talk with like-minded people. It makes the possibility of doing environment work when it comes up in my work more likely because I have other lawyers I can consult with and bounce ideas off of.

I was able to get outside of my usual files and get a better appreciation for these other intellectually fascinating issues that I have no acquaintance with. I found it useful as a professional to observe and take mental notes on the issues presented.

If you are interested in becoming an ELC Associate, please contact Holly Pattison at elc[at]