Our team

CELL staff and board

Our team

CELL is a new kind of legal non-profit on the Canadian environmental law landscape.

Our goal is to train and mentor tomorrow’s environmental defenders in the litigation skills they will need to advocate effectively for the public interest. They will acquire these skills by working on strategically selected and closely supervised public interest environmental cases that promote access to justice and the rule of law.

To oversee and run CELL’s operations, a talented and committed team has been assembled from the worlds of litigation practice and academe. Our board and staff will work closely together to deliver our innovative litigation and education programs.


Board of Directors

Jocelyn Stacey (160x140)President of the BoardJocelyn Stacey is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on Canadian environmental and administrative law. She has a doctorate in law from McGill University, an LLM from Yale Law School, and an LLB from the University of Calgary. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2010. Her research focuses on the relationship between the rule of law and environmental issues. Her current work explores the potential implications of understanding environmental issues from the perspective of an ongoing emergency. A profile of her current work can be found on the Research Portal. Jocelyn has been the recipient of numerous academic awards including a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral work. Prior to her graduate work, Jocelyn clerked for the Honorable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada.


Mark Underhill (160x140)Vice President of the BoardMark G. Underhill is a partner at Arvay Finlay LLP (formerly Underhill, Boies Parker, Gage & Latimer LLP). He graduated from UVic Law in 1995 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1996. He practised with a leading litigation boutique for ten years before establishing his own firm in 2005. His areas of interest include administrative, environmental, aboriginal and constitutional law. He also maintains a broad general civil litigation practice. Mark has appeared at all levels of court, including as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Canadian Federation of Students v. Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has taught environmental law at the University of Victoria and is a regular speaker at legal educational conferences in his practice areas. Among other community activities, Mark is the former President and chair of the board of directors of the West Coast Environmental Law Association. Mark has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of aboriginal law, administrative and public law, and environmental law.


Maegen Giltrow (160x140)TreasurerMaegen Giltrow is a partner at Ratliff & Company LLP. She graduated from the Dalhousie Faculty of Law in 2003. Upon her call to the BC Bar in 2005, she practiced for several years exclusively in the area of aboriginal litigation, representing First Nations in commercial disputes, fiduciary duty claims, reserve based claims, tort claims, consultation and accommodation and aboriginal rights and title claims. More recently, her practice has expanded to include advising and representing local governments, in particular with respect to First Nations, resource development and environmental protection issues. Maegen has considerable experience in governance matters, having helped develop legislation leading to self-governance under treaty, and one of British Columbia’s first indigenous adjudicative tribunals. She has also worked on law reform and governance projects with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy at UBC. While in law school, Maegen was a top scholar, maintaining a Nova Scotia Law Foundation scholarship award throughout her studies. Upon graduating she clerked for Justices Rowles and Southin at the B.C. Court of Appeal.


Jason Gratl (160x140)SecretaryJason Gratl founded and practices at Gratl and Company in Vancouver. He received his law degree at the University of Toronto Law and was called to the bar in BC in 2001. Before law school, he obtained an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Waterloo. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer regularly appearing in all levels of Court. Jason was counsel in a number of leading Supreme Court of Canada matters including on Charkaoui v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, SWUAV v. Attorney General of Canada, Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), and R. v. Smith. He served as Independent Counsel at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry representing the interests and perspectives of affected individuals and organizations within the Downtown Eastside. From 2005 to 2008 he was President of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Pivot Legal Society, the East End Food Coop, Frank Paul Society and Radix Theatre Society. Since 2005, Jason has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches a seminar in Public Law. In 2009, the Canadian Association of Journalists presented Jason with the President’s Award for his work in defence of free expression. In 2014, he was nominated for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers.


Reidar Mogerman (160x140)Director at LargeReidar Mogerman is a partner at Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman. He was called to the bar in 1997. Reidar’s practice is currently focused on class actions, product liability and aviation law. Reidar has worked as counsel and as an advisor on major public and private law litigation in all levels of court in British Columbia. He also has acted as counsel before the Alberta Court of Queens Bench, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Reidar has been involved in precedent setting Supreme Court of Canada cases in the areas of aboriginal law (the Haida, Taku, Osoyoos, and Okanagan cases), product liability (A.G. British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco Canada and others), constitutional law (Law Society of British Columbia v. Mangat), and executive privilege (Babcock v. A.G. Canada). He also has significant exposure to cases involving public and private international law, trusts and pensions, administrative law, fraud, professional liability, and environmental law. He is presently involved in a number of multi-jurisdictional competition law class actions. Away from work, Reidar skis, mountain bikes and surfs.


Jason MacLean (160x140)Director at LargeJason MacLean is an Assistant Professor University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Before his current appointment, he was an Assistant Professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. His research focuses on climate change law and policy, sustainability processes and pathways, and transnational corporate law (his research is available on SSRN). Currently a doctoral candidate in law at the University of Alberta, he has a BA from St. Francis Xavier University, an MA from the University of Toronto, and BCL and LLB degrees from McGill University. Jason began his career as a litigator, first at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, and then at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, and also clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice Marie Deschamps. He is called to the bar in New York and Ontario, and has appeared at all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Court of Appeal.


Charis Kamphuis (160x140)Director at LargeCharis Kamphuis is an Assistant Professor at the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. She is also a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009 after clerking at the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada. Her research transverses multiple fields of law and policy that touch on resource extraction, Indigenous rights, activism & human rights defenders, corporate accountability and home-state extra-territorial responsibility. She has published in peer-reviewed journals across Canada and internationally (SSRN). She is a co-founder of the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP), a not-for-profit organization that provides legal support to communities in Latin America, Africa and Canada adversely affected by resource extraction.



Chris Tollefson (160x140)Chris Tollefson is the founding Executive Director of CELL and a Professor of Law at the University of Victoria. He has degrees from Queen’s, University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall Law School, and clerked at the BC Court of Appeal for Justices Lambert and Macdonald. Chris combines teaching and research on environmental issues with counsel work for various public interest environmental clients. This counsel work has included appearances before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various environmental regulatory boards and tribunals. He was counsel to BC Nature and Nature Canada during both the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline hearing processes. His publications cover a range of environmental and natural resource topics including environmental assessment, eco-certification, and access to justice. He is co-author (with Meinhard Doelle) of a leading environmental law textbook. Chris is a former President of Ecojustice and founding executive director of the UVic Environmental Law Centre. He has won various awards for his teaching and research, and in 2014 was the recipient of Nature Canada’s Conservation Partner Award for his work leading their legal team during the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings.

Anthony Ho Portrait (160x140)Anthony Ho is a Program Coordinator at the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Victoria in 2014, and was called to the British Columbia bar in May 2015. His areas of practice in public interest environmental law has included environmental assessments, regulatory hearings, and judicial reviews. He has appeared before the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel, the NEB in its hearing into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the BC Environmental Appeal Board, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the BC Supreme Court. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (UVic ’14), a B.Sc. in environmental sciences (UBC ’10), and a B.A. in political science (UBC ’10).


Mentor-at-Law (2017-2019)

Jeff McEown (160x140)Jeffrey M. McEown was CELL’s mentor-at-law from 2017 to 2019, acting as a mentor to law students who participate in CELL’s experiential learning program. As a retired litigator, Jeff worked for over 30 years was a Senior Partner in medium and large downtown Toronto law firms where he specialized in Civil Litigation and Charity Law. During his years in private practice, he was privileged to represent: several Federal Government departments; Crown Agencies; Boards of Education; The Law Society of Upper Canada; Lloyd’s of London; and numerous other institutional and individual clients appearing as senior counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of the Federal and Ontario Courts, and before numerous administrative tribunals. He also has extensive mediation and arbitration experience. His teaching experience includes being the Downtown Supervisor of students in the Osgoode Hall clinical training programme, an instructor in the Ontario Bar Admissions Course, speaker at Canadian Bar and Ontario Bar conferences, as well as numerous other privately run educational programmes. He also has a wealth of professional and volunteer work experience in the not-for-profit sector. He and his wife now reside in Victoria.


Current Students (Fall 2019 Cohort)

Amrit Rehlan (160x140)Amrit Rehlan is a student at CELL for the Fall 2019 cohort. He is currently a second-year law student at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology (UBC ’17). His undergraduate degree research included studying the effects of climate change on beetle sizes in British Columbia. He enjoys spending his free time exploring British Columbia and volunteering in his local community by tutoring elementary and high school students in math and science.

Cate White (160x140)Cate White is a second-year law student at the University of Victoria. She also completed her political science undergraduate degree at UVic with an honours concentration in political theory. This past summer, she worked as a summer associate at the Dentons Canada LLP Calgary office. Prior to law school, Cate was a researcher and program strategist with the non-profit sector in Calgary. She also completed the British Columbia Legislative Internship Program where she worked at the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and with the Official Opposition Research Office. In her spare time, Cate enjoys hanging out with dogs and running and cycling with friend.

Ellen Campbell (160x140)Ellen Campbell is going into 3L at UVic Law and is passionate about the intersections between Indigenous law, animal law, environmental law, employment law, disability law, prison law, and criminal law. She has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC – Okanagan). Her thesis focused on colonialism and racism in conservation and animal law enforcement by non-profits. Ellen spends her days off doing videography, activism, and volunteering at RASTA animal sanctuary, but the activity she enjoys most is hiking with her partner, Conrad, and her (furry) girls, Bella and Kenzie.

Erika Richards (160x140)Erika Richards is a law student at UVic Law. She received a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta before relocating to Vancouver Island to complete the Master of Music program in Trumpet Performance at UVic.Erika’s interest in the law stemmed from a desire to advocate on behalf of victims of domestic and sexualized violence and address systemic issues such as discrimination. Living on the West Coast combined with her love for animals and spending time outdoors developed into a desire to help address climate change and species extinctions. She is most interested in practising environmental, constitutional, administrative and human rights law, as well as tort law on behalf of survivors of gender-based violence.

Jacquie Miller (160x140)Jacquie Miller is a second-year student in the Juris Doctor/Juris Indigenarum Doctor program at the UVic Law. She is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Entrance Award for 2018. She has extensive experience working with and in support of Indigenous peoples in BC, the north and across the country; a strong history of environmental activism and organizing; and years of work in environmental impact assessment and monitoring in government, the private sector and for Indigenous clients. Jacquie is pursuing her degree in law to strengthen her impact in fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples and the public interest.

Jamil Kabani (160x140)Jamil Kabani is a 2nd year JD student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC). He received a B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Science from UBC in 2010 and an M.Sc. in Resource and Environmental Management from SFU in 2015. Jamil has a background in sustainable fisheries research and fisheries stock assessment modeling. His passion for the environment has fuelled his interest in environmental law and his volunteer work with environmental NGOs. Jamil recently worked as a family law advocate at the Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay BC. In his spare time, he loves to explore the BC coast by kayak and the mountains by ski.

Julia Roe (160x140)Julia Roe is a second-year student at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law. She grew up in Fort St John, a small town in northeastern BC, before going on to complete an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and History at the University of Victoria. During her degree, and in the two years following graduation, Julia held various communications and public outreach positions at social and environmental non-profit organizations, including the Stanley Park Ecology Society and Northern Environmental Action Team. Julia entered law school with the ultimate goal of advancing environmental and climate justice through public interest litigation.

Lauren Mar (160x140)Lauren Mar is in her second year of studies at UVic Law. After receiving her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta, Lauren chose to pursue a legal education in hopes of gaining a more interdisciplinary perspective of environmental issues. Lauren was drawn to CELL because of its focus on public interest environmental law and access to justice, and she is very excited to be rejoining the student cohort for another semester. Lauren hopes to practice in the areas of environmental and Aboriginal law, holding space for Indigenous law and jurisdiction. Outside of CELL, Lauren can be found diligently studying for Prof. Tollefson’s environmental law class and working for Native Counselling Services of Alberta.

Sean Xu (160x140)Sean Xu is a third-year student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She is thankful for the opportunity to apply her legal education towards causes she cares about. This year, Sean will also be participating in the Laskin Moot and hopes to bring those skills to her work with CELL.


Will Kendon (160x140)Will Kendon is a third-year student at UVic Law and an avid admirer of nature. He has a background in environmental science and technology, and a keen interest in protecting sensitive ecosystems and finding ways for society to live more sustainably within them. Will is proud to call the west coast his home, and draws inspiration from organizations like CELL that seek to address both local and global environmental issues by engaging in public interest environmental litigation.

CELL Honeycomb Logo (160x140)Yousap Hanna is a third-year law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC), currently completing his Business Specialization Degree. Having completed a three-year Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg, majoring in History and Classics, Yousap decided to go into Law to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Yousap is deeply interested in litigation having worked with both the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and the UBC Criminal Law Club. Yousap hopes to continue to build his skills with CELL.


Former Students

Summer 2019 Cohort
Adrian Levine (McGill Law)
Andrew Denhoff (UVic Law)
Christine Parsons (UVic Law)
Danielle Toth (UVic Law)
Ellen Campbell (UVic Law)
Erika Richards (UVic Law)
Grace Hermansen (Osgoode Hall)
Gurkiran Dhillon (UVic Law)
Margaret Monteith (UVic Law)
Morgan Watchorn (TRU Law)
Owen Pachal (UVic Law)
Richard Wagner (UVic Law)
Selina Wall (UVic Law)
Will Andrews (Oxford Law, UK)
Tyson Acoose (USask Law)
Spring 2019 Cohort
Allison Sproule (UVic Law)
David Schecter (UVic Law)
Graham May (UVic Law)
Jason Fitzpatrick (UVic Law)
Lauren Mar (UVic Law)
Liam McGuigan (UVic Law)
Owen Stewart (UVic Law)
Sebastian Maturana (UVic Law)
Will Kendon (UVic Law)
Fall 2018 Cohort
Alexander Wheele (UVic Law)
Allison Sproule (UVic Law)
David Schecter (UVic Law)
Jason Fitzpatrick (UVic Law)
Lauren Mar (UVic Law)
Liam McGuigan (UVic Law)
Marina Goodwin (UVic Law)
Owen Stewart (UVic Law)
Ruben Tillman (UVic Law)
Ryan Beaton (UVic Law)
Sebastian Maturana (UVic Law)
Summer 2018 Cohort
Amanda Spitzig (Osgoode Hall)
Morgan McGinn (McGill Law)
Rory Shaw (Queens Law)
Spring 2018 Cohort
Chya Mogerman (UVic Law)
Emanuela Bocancea (UVic Law)
Laura Edwards (UVic Law)
Linette Lubke (UVic Law)
Marina Goodwin (UVic Law)
Fall 2017 Cohort
Andrew Mendelson (UVic Law)
Catherine Higham (Allard Law)
Summer 2017 Cohort
Christina Clemente (uOttawa Law)
Madeline Macdonald (Queens Law)
Rory Shaw (Queens Law)
Spring 2017 Cohort
Ashley Thomas (UVic Law)
David Machat (UVic Law)
Jeff Drozdiak (UVic Law)
Mark Kimmich (UVic Law)
Matthew Palmer (UVic Law)
Michael Schryver (UVic Law)
Schuyler Roy (UVic Law)
Fall 2016 Cohort
Alexandre Vincent Cicone (UVic Law)
Caitlin Stockwell (UVic Law)
Kathryn Gullason (UVic Law)
Leila Hartford (UVic Law)
Roark Lewis (UVic Law)
Taylor Dignan (UVic Law)