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.

PROJECT Partners

Alliance for Arts + Culture
Artists' Legal Outreach
Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society


THE TEAm

Martha Rans
Martha is the Project Lead of the LFNP and the Legal Director of the Artists' Legal Outreach Society.  She has been a lawyer for nearly 20 years. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in the legal needs of non-profits, charities and digital creatives. She spent 10 years as labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. She has appeared before administrative tribunals, provincial and BC Supreme Court. She advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights. Her advice is practical and strategic, tailored to the needs of her clients.

Rob Gloor
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 Brewin
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.

Ingrid Liepa
A two-time Olympian, former lawyer & corporate policy advisor, project manager, facilitator & experiential educator, Ingrid holds degrees in Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo and Law from the University of Calgary.  She has completed training in facilitation & collaborative decision making with Mount Royal College, the Clean Air Strategic Alliance and the Art of Hosting. A TAIStm-certified performance coach, she has studied extensively with a wide variety of teachers of leadership, soft-skills and self-discovery. And last but not least, she brings a wealth of perspectives from having worked for every level of government, non-profits, industry associations, and a large power corporation.

Tracey Axelsson
Tracey is a business builder with a strong focus on sustainable operations, communications public relations, corporate social responsibility, client relationship management, business development strategy, and branding. Her consultancy work focuses on improving internal and external messaging, marketing strategy and building key relationships. Tracey has over 20 years of business experience in product-line development and delivery of public outreach campaigns — particularly those that emphasize sustainability, community-building, and behavioural change. Tracey’s approach is to leverage public, media and client relationships into earned media strategies with strong branding messages. Her collaborative processes inspire change-making decisions and lead to positive action.