ABOUT LAW FOR NON PROFITS

Law For Non Profits is an initiative of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO), which also operates the Artists' Legal Outreach program.

Law For Non Profits was founded to enable British Columbia's non profit sector to access better legal information, education and advice.

LEGAL DIRECTOR

Martha Rans
Martha is the Legal Director of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society. She has been a lawyer for over 20 years. When not working and volunteering with PLEO, Martha works via her Vancouver-based law practice, which 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.

Executive DIRECTOR

Rachel S Forbes
Over the past 20 years Rachel has accumulated a breadth of experience working and volunteering in the non profit and charitable sector. She has worked on environmental, Aboriginal and Indigenous legal issues, including national law reform campaigns, provincial policy changes, and specific Nation’s rights and consultation cases. More recently she has worked at a non profit advocating for responsible investment practices by institutional investors, and as a consultant for non profits on fundraising, governance and strategy issues. Rachel was called to the bar in BC in 2009 and currently holds non practicing status. Rachel identifies as she/her and as a settler. She is grateful to live, work and play on the lands of the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Reid, President, Partner (EP) and Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies at McMillan LLP

Steven McKoen, Vice President, Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lindsay Dykstra, Secretary/Treasurer, Associate at Cassels Brock

Carol Liao, Professor, Director, Centre for Business Law and Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law

Harvey Meller, Partner at Kerr, Redekop and Leinburd

Cedric Bomford, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Victoria

Amy Lee Lavoie, Senior Producer at Vancouver Film School and writer

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PLEO c/o 100 - 938 Howe Street

Vancouver / Coast Salish Territory, BC V6Z 1N9


We acknowledge and appreciate that our offices are based on the lands of the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. We do work throughout the province of BC and make a practice of learning from and engaging with the Nations to whose lands we travel and engage in work on.