Steve McKoen, QC is a partner at Blakes, and practices in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and corporate governance. He has been active in the arts community both in Vancouver and New York, where he was a volunteer for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New York.
Michael E. Reid is a business lawyer with a technology focus, often working with founders and other executives from the software, video gaming, and entertainment industries, at all stages of a company’s life cycle from start-up, through growth, to exit. Mike is a trusted legal advisor helping guide clients through their various corporate process and business issues. Specifically, he advises clients on corporate/commercial law including intellectual property, franchise, privacy, and licensing.
R. Nelson Godfrey is a senior associate practicing out of Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office. Nelson is an intellectual property lawyer and strategic adviser for domestic and international clients operating in a wide range of industries, including computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, clothing and retail consumer products, entertainment, and alcoholic beverages.
Andrew Atkins was called to the bar in 1986 and focuses his legal practice in the field of entertainment. Andrew worked as Legal and Business Affairs for a leading music talent agency in Canada for the first two years of his practice. He spent the next three years practicing law with the entertainment group at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken’s) one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent law firms before founding Atkins & Company in 1991.
Martha Rans is the Legal Director of the ALO. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, non profit societies and visual and multimedia digital artists. She is the former Project Lead in Vancouver of Creative Commons Canada. She teaches copyright at Emily Carr University, UBC Continuing Studies, as well as extensively across BC.
Others: Lindsay Dykstra, Rodney Kyle, Bob D’Eith, Patrick Aldous, David Wotherspoon, Kyle Fogden, Bennett Lee, Margaret Mason, Denis Walz, and Michael Blatchford.
LAW STUDENTS & VOLUNTEERS (2020)
Emma Thomas (Vancouver): Emma is a third-year student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. Prior to law school, Emma was very involved in music, playing violin and viola for 10 years and learning to DJ at the campus radio station. In her free time, Emma enjoys watching films at her local theatre and serves as president of the Allard Law Film Society.
David Jol (Victoria): David is a law student at the University of Victoria. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC in 2012 and has been involved in the arts community both in Canada and abroad ever since. He has had numerous short stories published as well as a screenplay produced into a short film. David taught creative writing at an elementary school to children struggling with reading and writing prior to law school as well as operated a dog-walking business. He is an avid surfer and can be found at the island’s many surf spots whenever there are waves!
Claire Robertson (Vancouver): is a law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. Claire was very involved in the arts prior to law school, working as an actor in film and theatre and studying dance and music. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts at UBC, Claire founded, operated, and later sold a small business providing entertainment services for children’s events. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time outdoors with her 13 year old miniature dachshund Garp, and training him for the annual Wiener Dog Race at Hastings Race Course.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Reid, President
Partner (EP) and Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies at McMillan LLP
Steven McKoen, Vice President
Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Lindsay Dykstra, Secretary/Treasurer
Associate at Cassels Brock
Professor, Director, Centre for Business Law and Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law
Partner at Kerr, Redekop and Leinburd
Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Victoria
Amy Lee Lavoie
Senior Producer at Vancouver Film School and writer