Ambassador Profiles

The 2020-2021 Law Student Ambassadors are pleased to correspond with prospective or admitted JD students. To contact an ambassador, please email ambassadors@allard.ubc.ca

Abigail Owen

Abigail was born and raised in Victoria, BC. She graduated from The University of Victoria with a BA in Psychology, with distinction, in 2016. Her research concentration was on cyclical, intergenerational violence in families. During her undergrad, Abby traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, and took a gap year after completing her degree to continue travelling.

In 2018, Abby moved to Vancouver to begin the JD program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She has now completed her second year and looks forward to returning for 3L. During her first year, she was elected as a member of the Allard Law Student’s Society and continued this work in her second year after winning a subsequent election in the spring of 2019. Additionally, she was involved with the Allard Women’s Caucus. Abby's time at Allard has been punctuated by mandatory weekly visits to her favourite local Thai restaurant - a practice she has now perfected.

When not at Allard, Abby enjoys cooking (mostly eating), travelling, watching reality tv, and jigsaw puzzles. She is also passionate about her two dogs and robust shoe collection.

Angus Shaw

Angus was raised in southern Alberta on a ranch and studied International Relations and German Studies at the University of Calgary. After a couple of exchanges in Europe, he moved there after his degree and lived in Germany, Sweden, and the UK for several years. He moved back to Canada and landed in Vancouver, his favourite city in Canada. Before law school, he worked for a large tech company as a technician and staff trainer, and operated his own small business specializing in interior design.

During his two years at the Law School, he volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, researching human rights abuses in Turkey, delivered legal workshops to high school students with Legal Education Outreach, and joined OutLaws, the LGBTQ2+ club, as an Executive for 2019 and 2020.

Outside of law school, Angus is an avid cyclist, volunteers for Vancouver’s largest LGBTQ2+ soccer league, and spends time with his family - and his new puppy. You can usually find Angus either commuting from downtown to law school on his bicycle, working in the Nest as the AMS Advocacy Coordinator, or on a soccer field somewhere in Vancouver.

 

Anika Klassen

Anika was raised in Tsawwassen, BC. She attended Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where she completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree. During that time, she studied abroad for a semester in Bath, England. After graduating, Anika was excited to return to Vancouver to study at Allard.

Throughout her first year of law school, she was a First Year Representative for the Allard Law and Business Society (ALBS), Co-Coordinator of the Women’s Caucus Clothing Drive, a member of the “Serving Justice” recreational volleyball team, and an Assistant Editor for the UBC Law Review. 

During her second year at Allard, she acted as Co-President of the ALBS, President of the Women’s Caucus, and Associate Business Manager on the UBC Law Review Board of Directors. Anika is currently gearing up to work at a national business law firm in Vancouver this summer.

Outside of law school, Anika enjoys playing softball & volleyball, playing way too much sudoku, and trying new cooking recipes!

 

Benae Tutelman

Benae was born and raised in Richmond, BC. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from UBC in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During this time, she studied for a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Benae worked at a local non-profit organization focused on children’s health initiatives before entering Allard Law in 2019, which inspired her interest in Health Law.

Benae is now a second-year law student at Allard. During her first year of studies, she volunteered with Legal Education Outreach, Law Students Legal Advice Program, and the Allard Law Women’s Caucus, where she will hold the position of Co-President for the 2020-2021 academic year. This summer, Benae is an Orientation Coordinator at Allard Law for the Class of 2023 and looks forward to welcoming you to the Allard community. Outside of school, Benae enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new recipes, and attempting the New York Times Crossword Puzzle.

 

Chelsea Colwill

Chelsea is entering her second year of law school and grew up in Vancouver. She attended the University of Toronto where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating, Chelsea worked in Toronto as a legal research analyst at a high-tech legal start up. Wanting to move back to Vancouver, Chelsea chose to attend Allard.

In her first year, Chelsea participated as a student representative on the Allard Law Business Society, a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada and as an assistant editor with the UBC Law Review. Her most meaningful experiences in first year were ones that involved getting to know her peers and opportunities to engage deeply with the law. Next year, Chelsea will be Co-President of the Allard Law Business Society, Associate Business Manager of the UBC Law Review and Allard's Student Representative to the Canadian Bar Association. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys reading, running and being a Girl Guide leader. She also has a deep appreciation of British comedy panel shows, vegan Instagramers and the flora of Vancouver. If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out!

Hasna Syed

Hasna is a third-year law student who obtained her HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto (U of T). After spending a summer at Oxford University, she completed an MSc from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). After graduate school, Hasna gained an interest in international law and interned with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Throughout her time at Allard, Hasna has been a representative on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee, the Careers Committee, and competed in the Fletcher Insolvency Law Moot.

Outside of law school, Hasna loves outdoor activities, travelling, and running her NPO – Global Youth Impact. She also sings in a band with her siblings who have performed at the Pan Am Games and currently have a song featured with the UN’s Music Against Child Labour Campaign. Hasna is excited to meet with prospective and new students. Feel free to contact her with any questions!

 

Holly Johnson

Holly grew up on the North Shore of Vancouver. She graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a BSc in Biology with a minor in Psychology. During her undergrad, Holly volunteered extensively with St. John’s Ambulance. Before law school, she took a year off to work for UBC as a Residence Coordinator where she learned all of the best spots on campus.

During her first year she was involved with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Legal Education Outreach. Holly’s main area of interest is in Health Law. Over the summer she will be working for the Law Student’s Legal Advice Program and completing summer classes at Allard. 

Outside of law school, Holly likes to spend time with friends and family, snowboard, travel and bake desserts. Looking forward, Holly is most excited about continuing as a clinic head for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and sharing more about Allard, UBC campus and Vancouver with prospective and incoming students.

 

Inderdeep Lidhar

Inderdeep Lidhar was born and raised in Surrey, BC. She graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. With absolutely no plan, she took a few career-oriented classes at school and realized that she wanted to pursue law. After graduating, she spent time working as an administrative assistant for a family law firm and a business law firm. During this time, she realized that business law was what she wanted to pursue further.

She has just finished her first year at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and enjoyed it immensely. During her time in school, she has volunteered as a presenter with Legal Education Outreach, a program where law students go to high schools in the community and teach students about legal topics. In addition, she has worked with the Canadian Family Law Journal as part of the editing team. Next year, she hopes to continue with these groups, as well as become the Treasurer of the South Asian Law Students’ Association.

In her free time, Inderdeep enjoys reading thriller and fantasy novels as well as watching The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

 

Jacqueline Yan

Jacqueline is a third-year law student who grew up in Richmond, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance at UBC and spent a summer semester abroad at the Copenhagen Business School.

In her first year at Allard Law, Jacqueline volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and played on the Allard Law intramurals basketball team. She is currently a Student Coordinator for the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament. During her second year, Jacqueline explored her interest in corporate law by participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship, which provided her with the opportunity to work in the in-house legal team of an IT management consulting company. This upcoming summer, Jacqueline will be working at a large national law firm in downtown Vancouver. 

Outside of law school, Jacqueline loves hiking, yoga, reading, and finding new weekend brunch spots. Jacqueline looks forward to connecting with prospective and incoming students to share her experience thus far at Allard.

 

Jared Knott

Jared was born and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, and is member of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation whose traditional territory is in Jasper, Alberta. Jared completed his Bachelor of Arts at UBC, majoring in anthropology. Jared was also a member of the Thunderbirds varsity men’s hockey team during his undergrad.

Jared is currently an executive member of both the men’s rugby and hockey teams at Allard, as well as the president of Allard’s Sports and Entertainment Law Club. Jared recently completed a semester at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic. Jared is also on the executive of the Indigenous Law Students Association.

In his spare time, Jared enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing hot yoga, and attending live music shows throughout the city. Jared is excited to meet with prospective and incoming students to speak about his experiences at Allard, the university campus as a whole, and the City of Vancouver itself.

 

Joanna Ludlow

Joanna began her law school journey in 2019. She grew up abroad and finished high school on Vancouver Island. She completed her BA in History and French Language at UBC and an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management focusing on workplace mediation. Joanna held many jobs between her undergraduate degree and law school. In no particular order: working on a goat farm in France, student advisor in the UK, financial aid officer and student recruiter/advisor at UBC, pizza chef, and border guard at YVR airport.

In her first year at Allard, Joanna participated in Pro Bono Students Canada researching pardon applications, and as an editor for the Canadian Journal of Family Law. She currently sits on the board of directors for Community Integrated Services Society and was elected as the UBC LSS Ombudsperson for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Joanna spends her free time outside trail running and rock climbing and she is passionate about her cat Frank, as demonstrated by the ever-present cat hair on everything she wears.

Jocelyn Molnar

Jocelyn was raised in Cranbrook, BC and still loves to get out into the mountains every chance she gets! She completed a Diploma of Classical Music from Capilano University and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from Western University. Before law school she was a performer of opera and chamber music, and taught voice and piano.

During 1L Jocelyn continued to perform professionally and volunteered for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). She currently holds the Summer Student position in the Career Services Office (CSO) at Allard.

Jocelyn enjoys mountain biking and hiking, finding cheap-eats throughout Vancouver, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to connect with prospective students and welcome them to the Allard Law community!

 

Jonathan Longcroft

Jonathan was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver and is a current JD/MBA candidate, having finished his first year of the JD program at Allard and a year of his MBA program at Sauder. Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in his concentration of study, Economics, and where he also completed a secondary field of study in Statistics. During his undergrad, Jonathan traveled extensively through the Middle East and Asia and completed internships in Israel and China in the renewable energy sector. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jonathan worked in the investment banking industry for two years at a large national bank in New York. 

Jonathan returned to Vancouver in the summer of 2017 to start the JD program at Allard. In his first year, he was actively involved with the Legal Education Outreach program as well as the law school men’s rugby team. He looks forward to splitting his time between the Sauder School of Business and the Allard School of Law over the next two years and he is excited to engage with prospective students as an ambassador for the law school.

 

Kelsey Wong

Kelsey is a second year law student born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting at UBC and spent a summer abroad at HEC Paris in France. Kelsey took a year off after completing her BCom before coming to Allard and worked at a boutique commercial litigation firm in downtown Vancouver.

During her first year at Allard, Kelsey was an associate editor for the UBC Law Review as well as the first year representative for the Allard Women’s Caucus. Kelsey is currently the Director of Finance for the Allard Law Student Society as well as the Vice President of Finance for the Allard Women’s Caucus.

Outside of law school, Kelsey loves baking and decorating desserts, shopping, finding the best ice cream places in Vancouver and spending time with her dog. Kelsey looks forward to helping prospective and admitted students with any questions about life at Allard and sharing more about why she has enjoyed her time at Allard Law so much.

 

Kiera Stel

Kiera grew up in different parts of interior British Columbia. For university, she moved to the Maritimes, and in 2018, she completed a BA (hons) in History with a minor in English at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. During her undergrad, Kiera was involved in student government. She also volunteered at a retirement home, as a mentor to international students, and with the university musical theatre program.

In 2018, Kiera moved to Vancouver for law school. During her first year, she was involved with the UBC Law Review and the Women’s Caucus. She also was elected as an academic representative to the Allard Law Student’s Society. This summer, Kiera holds the position of Orientation Coordinator at Allard Law for the class of 2022. In her second year, Kiera will spend a semester at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

Outside of law school, Kiera likes to bake bread and various desserts. She also enjoys spending time hiking, hanging out with her family, and enjoying Vancouver’s various beaches. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions!

 

Krystal Bernhardt

Krystal was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She moved to BC to pursue her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication; which she received, with distinction, from Simon Fraser University in 2018. She was an active volunteer in her time at SFU, working with Special Olympics BC, Destination Imagination BC, and serving on hiring panels within her academic departments. In between semesters, Krystal has been fortunate enough to enjoy travelling through Europe, Asia, Mexico, The USA, and The Caribbean. 

During her “1L” year at Allard, Krystal was on the executive board of the Allard Women’s Caucus. She also volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, West Coast LEAF, and the BC Society of transition houses. With their help, she was able to conduct and publish a Court Watch Project Report that focused on identifying and addressing barriers to accessing BC’s justice system for women and marginalized populations.

Last summer, Krystal enjoyed working to plan Orientation for the class of 2022, and this summer she looks forward to working at a law firm in downtown Vancouver. She hopes to practice in Environmental Assessment, and is pursuing UBC’s Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.

Outside of school she enjoys reading autobiographies, re-watching Parks and Recreation, scoping out the best Vegan restaurants in Vancouver, and forcing people to look at cute photos of her dog, Gatsby.

 

Maggie Moore

Maggie graduated from Western University in 2018 with an Honors Bachelor Degree in Management and Organizational Studies, specializing in Consumer Behaviour. She is originally from the Niagara Region in Ontario, and moved to Vancouver in 2019 to pursue her JD at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She is interested in a career in corporate law in an area such as Intellectual Property or International Dispute Resolution, however she is aiming to keep her mind open when it comes to trying out different specializations within this area. 

During her 1L year at Allard Law, Maggie participated in a wide variety of extracurriculars that enriched her learning experience. She enjoyed her time with the Allard Law Students' Society (ALSS) as a 1L Social Council Representative, and is excited to continue her role with the Social Council in the upcoming school year as a Student Affairs Coordinator. In addition, she volunteered with the Allard Law's Women's Caucus at fundraising bake sales and as a Women in Law Dinner Helper. Maggie’s extracurricular experiences allowed her to play a role in planning and setting up some of her favourite events of the year, which included Winter Formal and the Women in Law Dinner, on top of the countless socials, networking events, and informative lunchtime talks that Allard Law had to offer. In the future, she hopes to be able to choose from one of Allard Law's many exchange destinations during my 3L year. 

 

Olga Shaporenko

Olga was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Vladivostok, Russia. She completed her undergraduate education (BA in Linguistics, with distinction) in Far Eastern Federal University. Before immigrating to Canada in 2013, she worked as a translator and journalist for the local and international media, including the BBC.

After moving to Vancouver, a big city in a different part of the world where she had no safety net, Olga tried a number of jobs and volunteering positions before she realized that her keen interest lies in law. She was accepted to the Peter A. Allard School of Law in 2019. In her first year of law school, Olga discovered that volunteering with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) was both challenging and rewarding, and she now looks forward to starting her 2L courses.

When she is not studying or volunteering, Olga spends her free time with her family. Here in Vancouver, she fell in love with hiking, biking and jogging along numerous park trails. Being close to nature is her favourite way of relaxing.

 

Pavin Bura

Pavin was born and raised in Surrey, BC. She completed her undergraduate studies at UBC, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the summer before law school Pavin enjoyed travelling parts of Europe and North America.   

Currently, Pavin is a second-year law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. During her first year, Pavin volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). At LSLAP she conducted research and offered legal advice to low-income individuals in areas such as Criminal, Immigration, and Refugee Law. She is also an active member of the Legal Education Outreach (LEO) program and the South Asian Law Students Association at Allard.

Outside of law school, Pavin looks forward to exploring new restaurants in Vancouver. She also enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She is eager to engage with prospective students and offer insight into her law school experience!

 

Riley Stone

Riley is a second-year student who grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations with a minor in Commerce. She also studied abroad in Lund, Sweden.

During her first year at Allard, she volunteered as a clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and was a member of the UBC team for Law Games. Riley is one of the Orientation Coordinators this summer, and is looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 to Allard. She hopes to complete the Business Law concentration, and is also interested in immigration law.

In her free time, Riley enjoys skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, hiking, and travelling.

 

Sherry Rath

Sherry grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (Lac St Anne Cree). She completed her BSc in Geophysics in 2016. She completed an MSc in Hydrogeological Engineering in 2017. Sherry then moved to northern Alberta where she worked for a large oil sands joint venture operation. In the summer before law school, she took time off to go travel southeast Asia to dive in the tropical waters of Koh Tao, Thailand.

During her first year of law school, Sherry was involved in UBC Law Review and attended social and networking events throughout the year. Her favourite events included jeopardy hosted by the Indigenous Legal Students Association during Indigenous Awareness Week and the infamous end of the year trike race. During her second year, she was involved in the Allard Law Outdoors Club.

For fun, Sherry likes to snowboard, dive, dance, talk about whales, eat different kinds of food, and tell really corny dad jokes. Please reach out if you have any questions!

 

Tyra Soosay

Ambassador Tyra Soosay is a 3rd year Indigenous law student with Sahtu Dene & Anishinaabe-Cree ancestry. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a baccalaureate, and has entered into post-graduate studies at Peter A Allard School of Law . While at Allard Hall she participated in the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate during her first year, traveled abroad to take part in experiential learning, and received an acknowledgment by UBC's Presidents Student Leader Recognition in honor of her participation in student activities. Tyra can give advice about how to start your legal adventure to a law school in another province, what it’s like living in Vancouver, and the many positive experiences she has had since starting law school.

Outside of law school, Tyra loves dancing, good ramen, and beach barbecues. Any questions are welcomed.

 

Victoria Tortora

Victoria is a third-year law student who grew up in Coquitlam, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, at Simon Fraser University. It was during this time that Victoria volunteered with legal-aid non-profits and discovered her passion for law.

Throughout law school, Victoria has held leadership positions with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Allard Law Students’ Society. She was fortunate to participate in the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate Program, the BC Law Schools Competitive Moot, and complete work as a Research Assistant. Last year, Victoria enjoyed working in the Careers Services Office (CSO) as their Summer Student, and she looks forward to working at a law firm this summer. In her final year at Allard, she is excited to serve as the incoming President of the Legal Education Outreach Program.

Outside of law school, Victoria loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys musical theatre, weight-lifting and trying new healthy recipes in the kitchen. She is extremely excited to meet prospective students and answer any questions!