Staff

Law Foundation staff
Law Foundation Staff, 2018

Executive Director

Wayne Robertson, QC

Wayne joined the Foundation in 2002. He has degrees in English, Psychology and Community Development.  He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1983 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation he was a Client Services Manager at the Legal Services Society’s head office in Vancouver. He has also practised law in Vancouver and was a partner with Lindsay Kenney LLP where he was a litigator with a focus on child protection law. He has also served as a volunteer in many community and non-profit organizations. He has chaired the Provincial Child Care Council of BC, the Community Legal Assistance Society, Canadian Crossroads International, and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. He also currently serves on the board of CUSO International.

Finance Director

Jo-Anne Kaulius

Jo-Anne joined the Foundation in 1994. She holds a computer systems management degree and her AAT (Associate Accounting Technologist) designation from the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC. Previously, she worked in provincial resource and service industries in controller and accounting capacities. Jo-Anne also fills the position of systems administrator for the Foundation and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Foundation’s local area network and financial systems.

Program Directors

Tim Bailey

Tim joined the Foundation in 2017. He has Bachelor degrees in Geography (University of Victoria, 1994) and Law (University of Victoria, 2002). After graduating from law school, Tim worked as an anti-poverty advocate in Victoria, and served on the board of a human rights organization in Victoria for several years. Tim was called to the British Columbia bar in 2010, and practiced immigration, citizenship and refugee law in Vancouver. He has provided pro bono assistance to several immigrant-serving organizations in the Greater Vancouver area, and also served as a volunteer clinical supervising lawyer with the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program.

His current areas of focus at the Foundation include immigration law, professional legal education, and legal research.

karima budhwani

karima joined the Foundation in 1999. She has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master in Environmental Studies from York University. She was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1998. Before joining the Foundation, she worked as a staff lawyer for the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association and practiced in the area of immigration and refugee law with Smith Rey Hipolito. Previously, karima had a career in the banking and  financial industries. karima’s volunteer work includes serving as a board member for Peace it Together, and participating on the Women’s Development Portfolio for the Ismaili Muslim Council for British Columbia, as well as the Model Policy Revision Working Group of the Law Society of BC.

Her current areas of focus at the Foundation include public legal education and information and environmental law.

Michael Cowan

Michael joined the Foundation in 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography (Simon Fraser University) and a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership (Royal Roads University). Before joining the Foundation, Michael worked for the BC government as a project analyst at Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court. He was a victim service caseworker with the Victim Safety Unit and worked closely with the Families of the Missing and Murdered Women on the R. v. Pickton appeal. Michael has over 20 years’ leadership experience working with non-profits demonstrating commitment and passion for community development, capacity building, cross cultural awareness, and justice. Michael has worked in international development, led teams of youth to rural villages in Indonesia, and placed hundreds volunteers on two-year assignments in 28 different countries. He speaks passable Bahasa Indonesia, is learning Spanish, and is an avid traveler.

His current areas of focus at the Foundation include Poverty Law, Housing, and Disabilities.

Veenu Saini

Veenu joined the Law Foundation in 2002. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from University of Delhi and a diploma in Business. Before coming to the Law Foundation, she was the Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator at Battered Women’s Support Services. Veenu has extensive background in the non-profit sector and she remains passionately committed to social justice and women’s issues at the local, provincial, national and international level.

Her current areas of focus at the Foundation include family law, equality rights and children’s issues.

Shannon Williams

Shannon joined the Foundation in 2018. She was called to the bar in 1997 (University of Victoria) and has a BA in Political Science and French (Dalhousie University). Prior to joining the Foundation, Shannon practised in the areas of mental health and poverty law as a sole practitioner. Previously, she was legal counsel with the federal Department of Justice, practising in the areas of Indigenous, environmental and administrative law. Shannon is passionate about social justice and environmental issues. She is active in serving her community, and most recently served as president of the Strathcona Community Centre Association, an organization that provides accessible programs and services in an inner city neighbourhood.

Leanne Wood

Leanne joined the Foundation in 2018. She has Bachelor degrees in English Literature (Queen’s University) and Law (University of Victoria). Leanne was called to the bar in 1996 and practiced for many years as a lawyer at the Law Society of British Columbia, in the Lawyers Insurance Fund. In that role, she worked closely with many of BC’s lawyers, assisting them with practice issues and questions and managing and defending negligence claims against them. Her background as a lawyer is in insurance and professional liability. Leanne is an active board member at her local community centre, working to enhance access to services for all.

Leanne is passionate about social justice and the rule of law and her current areas of focus at the Foundation include Indigenous law, mental health, and poverty advocacy.

Legal Advocate Training Manager

Lois Shelton

Lois joined the Foundation in 2008. She has a MA in African Studies from the University of Ghana and a law degree from the University of Calgary. She is responsible for organizing comprehensive training programs for new poverty and family law advocates; co-ordinating the annual conference done in conjunction with Legal Services Society that provides ongoing professional development for advocates; and, facilitating other opportunities for grantees to access training and other supports. She also works on regular publications for the Foundation and is responsible for the Foundation’s Annual Report. Before coming to the Foundation, Lois was a fieldworker at Legal Services Society where she was responsible for organizing outreach projects, training for advocates, and some legal information publications. Lois was called to the bar in 1990 and worked as staff lawyer for West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association for over three years. Before coming to Vancouver, Lois worked on international development issues. She lived for over three years in Ghana, West Africa.

Program Assistants

Sue Bradley

Sue joined the Foundation in 2018. Sue has a Marketing Management Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked as a program assistant in the health care field and as the executive assistant for a corporate office in Surrey. Sue enjoys hiking, music, yoga and kayaking.

Diane MacFarlane

Diane joined the Foundation in 2017. Diane has a Marketing and Tourism Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to the joining the Foundation she worked as the membership and executive secretary at a private golf club in Vancouver.

Sandra Morgenstern

Sandra joined the Foundation in 2007. She has her Legal Assistant certificate from Douglas College. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for over five years as a legal secretary for a partner of a law firm concentrating in the area of family law. She has also spent time working in the area of personal injury law.

Amy Tam

Amy joined the Foundation in 2000. She has an Office Administration Program Certificate from the Vancouver School Board. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for three years at a real estate development company in Vancouver and worked in the hospitality industry in Hong Kong.