About Law for NonProfits
Law For Nonprofits is an initiative of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO). Law For Nonprofits was founded to enable British Columbia's nonprofit sector to access better legal information, education and advice. Law For Nonprofits and its programs have received generous funding from Vancity Community Foundation, and the City of Vancouver.
Martha is the Project Lead of the Law for Non Profits and the Legal Director of the Pacific Legal Outreach Society. She has been a lawyer for over 20 years. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in the legal needs of non-profits, charities and digital creatives. She advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights. She spent 10 years as labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. A recognized expert on the BC Societies Act, she has co-chaired the provincial Continuing Legal Education of BC Charities and Non Profit Law since 2014. (martharans.ca).
Rob is a leading cultural manager with twenty years’ experience garnered in organizations across Canada, including several years as the executive director of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture. He is currently the executive director of the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from Queen’s University, and specialized training in arts marketing, development, and strategic planning through the Centre for Cultural Management and the Banff Centre.
Alison graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Victoria in 1991 and was called to the Bar in 1992. Throughout the 1990s, she worked in non profit management, as political assistant to Margaret Mitchell, MP, provided freelance community development, education and writing services, and was the Executive Director of West Coast LEAF. Since becoming a consultant to BC non profits, Alison has supported a broad range of organizations to be the best they can be. Alison is a trained Gender Audit Facilitator with the International Labour Organization and has taken workshops in facilitation, editing, human resources for non profits, and conflict resolution. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Nikkei Museum, West Coast LEAF, the UK Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Society and the International Association of Facilitators.
Judi joined the team in January 2017 to assist with the development of systems and communications as the Law for Non Profits Projects in its early implementation stage. Her many years of involvement in the voluntary sector in a variety of organizations as board member or staff, her experience as a program development leader, trainer and consultant are combined with a unique mix of technical skills and a broad network of connections inside and alongside the sector. Currently consulting and semi-retired, Judi is acting as the Project Coordinator for LFNP.