Introducing…our new Executive Director!

Introducing…our new Executive Director!

Introducing…our new Executive Director!


The Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Josephine Victoria Yam to the position of Executive Director, effective November 10th.

Josephine Yam is an international lawyer who has been admitted to practice law in Alberta, Ontario, New York and the Philippines. She has over 20 years of professional legal, regulatory, policy and leadership experience in Canada and internationally.

Before her appointment to the ELC, Josephine was Lead Advisor for Consulting with the Pembina Institute, one of Canada’s leading environmental think tanks. For more than five years, Josephine was Senior Legal Counsel with the Government of Alberta, working at the Department of Energy and Department of Justice on large infrastructure projects. Prior to that, her private practice included working at the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in its Hong Kong, Manila and Toronto offices and with the Asian Development Bank.

Josephine has been interviewed on international television such as CNN and CNBC and was featured in international magazine Newsweek’s “Rise of the Asian Woman” issue. She has completed advanced courses at Harvard Law School and has obtained a Certificate in Renewable Energy and Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her Master of Laws with specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.

Josephine is looking forward to connecting with our friends, partners, donors and colleagues when she assumes her role as Executive Director.

The board and staff would once again like to thank Cindy Chiasson for her 17 years of service and leadership to the Centre. Her personal and professional contributions over these many years cannot be understated. Under her leadership, the ELC garnered a reputation for thorough, balanced and well-reasoned law reform; for that we cannot thank her enough. We will miss her, but wish her all the best as she prepares to leave the Executive Director’s position on September 30th.

We would also like to thank Jason Unger, Staff Counsel, for stepping up to serve as Acting Executive Director in the interim weeks.

While this is a big transition for the ELC, we anticipate a smooth one. We are, as always, dedicated to providing our community with the excellent resources and services you’ve come to expect.

If you have any questions about this transition, please direct them to me at (403) 607-8525.


Dave Poulton
ELC Board President




The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982. The ELC is dedicated to providing credible, comprehensive and objective legal information regarding natural resources, energy and environmental law, policy and regulation in Alberta. The ELC’s mission is to educate and champion for strong laws and rights so all Albertans can enjoy clean water, clean air and a healthy environment. Our vision is a society where laws secure an environment that sustains current and future generations.

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