About Law for NonProfits
Law For Nonprofits is an initiative of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO), which also operates the Artists' Legal Outreach program.
Law For Nonprofits was founded to enable British Columbia's nonprofit sector to access better legal information, education and advice. Law For Nonprofits is currently providing support to BC Nonprofits to make the transition to the new Societies Act. These 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.
Euguenia is a second year law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. She is the coordinator of the volunteer Law Students and provides administrative support to the project. .