Called to the BC Bar on 22 May 1998, Heather has considerable experience in civil litigation, labour and human rights law. She articled at a reputable full-service law firm from 1997-1998, and practiced law as an associate lawyer at a litigation firm in downtown Vancouver from 1998 – 2001. Heather practiced as an associate lawyer with an aboriginal law, union-side labour and human rights firm in Vancouver from 2001-2008 and from Sept. 2008 – December 2009, she conducted legal research for them from Central America. From 2010-2019, she held the positions of legal counsel and senior labour relations representative (and labour relations consultant, through 2020) for a large BC faculty staff association where she oversaw the work of its labour relations staff and she represented the faculty staff association before the BC Labour Relations Board and in labour arbitrations.
Heather has a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario (1984); a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK (1988); a Juris Doctor from UBC (1997); and a Master of Laws from UBC (2019).
Heather brings with her considerable volunteer experience in human rights matters:
Legal Intern, Centre for Justice and International Law, Mexico litigation team (May – Nov. 2009) with respect to two petitions before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights;
International Caravana of Lawyers and Judges to Colombia, as a Delegate and Leader of the Canadian Delegation in support of human rights lawyers and defenders in Colombia (2012, 2014, 2016);
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Board Member and Colombia Monitor (ongoing); and
Peace Brigades International–Canada, Board Member 2015 to date.
Heather speaks and writes Spanish. Outside of law, she enjoys music, gardening and studying permaculture, and spending time in nature.