Ambassador Profiles

The 2018-2019 Law Student Ambassadors are pleased to correspond with prospective or admitted JD students. To contact an ambassador, please email ambassadors@allard.ubc.ca

Abigail Ywaya

Abigail is proud to say she was born in Nairobi, Kenya and has lived for exactly half her life in Surrey, BC. Abigail studied Global Issues at Simon Fraser University at both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses for her first year, before transferring to UBC for her 2nd and 3rd year of International Relations. In this time, Abigail was a Residence Advisor at Marine Drive and she maintains it is the best residence on campus. She is proud to say she has inhabited the law library since transferring to UBC, and secured a "spot."

During her first year, Abigail continued to inhabit the law library, and even moved spots. Given her background, Abigail is interested in a broad range of issues including immigration and refugee law but is mostly excited to fulfill her high school debater dreams of being a lawyer. In her first year summer, Abigail worked as a legal intern.

Outside of law school, Abigail attempts to play the ukulele and the guitar. As a Vancouverite, her bio would not be complete without saying she loves hiking, but in that she means only hikes including glacial lakes. She has also taken up learning extremely long jokes. Feel free to ask her about meal prepping, her favourite teas, puns, ice-cream recipes, essential Vancouver instagram locations, and how to stay warm as a cold individual.

Amy Schwab

Amy was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is Ojibwe Metis. Amy completed her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC with a B.Sc. in Conservation. 

At Peter A. Allard Scholl of Law, Amy will be a second year law student in September. During her first year at Allard, Amy was involved with the Indigenous Law Students' Association (ILSA), UBC Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) and the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). Amy’s main areas of interest are in Criminal and Environmental law. Over the summer she will be working as a Research Assistant and as the Summer Program Coordinator at the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden (IHREG) at UBC.

Looking forward, Amy is most excited about being Co-President of SALDF, continuing as a clinic head with the LSLAP and working with the Innocence Project.

Brendon Easton

Brendon was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia and is a member of the Namgis First Nation. Brendon completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business. Following graduation, Brendon was accepted into the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program and worked for the Provincial Government and the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC.

During his first year and second year at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Brendon was involved with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), the Indigenous Law Students’ Association, the Legal Education Outreach Program, and the Allard Circus hockey team. Brendon also acted as a part-time Research Assistant throughout the year helping to facilitate the law school’s inaugural Cultural Competency Certificate. 

Brendon is now a third year student and looks forward to competing in the Burns Moot this coming fall. He is enthusiastic about law school and looks forward to sharing that enthusiasm with interested and incoming students. Outside of law school, Brendon enjoys bicycling around the city, sipping coffee, reading books, swimming, and hiking around Vancouver.  Brendon will be returning to school this fall having worked for an Aboriginal Law firm in North Vancouver this summer.

In the future, Brendon will continue to work towards achieving his Specialization in Aboriginal Law with the goal of working in a national firm. Please feel free to contact Brendon with any questions you may have. 

Carson Bell

Carson is a second year law student born and raised in Richmond, BC. Prior to attending the Allard School of Law, he moved to Vancouver Island where he graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in international business. Wanting to visit some of the countries he studied in class, Carson took a year off after completing his undergraduate degree to travel through parts of Asia and Europe. 

During his first year at Allard, Carson has been lucky enough to work with some of the school’s volunteer programs such as Legal Education Outreach and Pro Bono Students Canada. Throughout the year, Carson has also taken advantage of a number of different clubs and groups lead by Allard students such as the Sports, Entertainment, and Law Society as well as OutLaws (a group promoting LGBTQA+ students in Law). He would be the first to argue that you’d be hard pressed to find a day of the week where one of the many different clubs at Allard Hall isn’t hosting an event. 

Outside of law school, Carson likes to carve out some time to go for a run, play piano, or head to an improv or comedy show. Carson is excited to meet new and prospective students, and looks forward to sharing more about why he’s so passionate about Allard Law.

Catherine Provan

Cate was born in the UK and raised in North Vancouver. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a BA in International Relations, and took a year off to work and travel before starting at the Allard School of Law in 2016.

Cate is now a third year student at Allard. Since the beginning of law school, she has volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Assistance Program (LSLAP), the Legal Education Outreach program (LEO), and Pro Bono Students Canada. In second year, she also participated in Allard's Innocence Project, and was employed by Allard's Career Services Office. 

Cate is excited to be working at a regional law firm in Vancouver this summer. As an Ambassador, she is looking forward to meeting prospective students and assisting them in exploring the opportunities that Allard has to offer.

Ellie Rock

Ellie is a third-year student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She was born and raised in Vancouver, and attended the University of Victoria to pursue her Bachelor of Commerce. Following her first degree, Ellie spent a year travelling and working as a Business Analyst at an administrative tribunal.

During her first two years of law school, Ellie was an active member of the Allard Law and Business Society, Legal Education Outreach, the Allard Women’s Caucus, and Allard Law’s intramural Ultimate Frisbee team. In the summer of 2017, Ellie worked under the General Counsel of a Vancouver tech company. This summer, Ellie will be working at the Vancouver office of a national law firm for temporary summer articles. 

Outside of law school, Ellie loves to run, read, and explore – both locally and abroad. She hopes to spend her first term of third year on an international exchange. Ellie looks forward to meeting with prospective students and welcomes any and all questions about Allard Law!

Emma Hobbs

Emma was born and raised in London, Ontario. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a BSc in Biology in 2013 and an MSc in Ecology and Evolution in 2015. After graduating from her Master’s, she took a year off to work in municipal government, travel, and lead a two month Arctic canoe trip before starting at the Allard School of Law in 2017.

At Allard, Emma is now a second year student. So far, she has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, was a first year representative on the Allard Law Students’ Society Social Council and is a co-chair of the Allard Environmental Law Group. She was also lucky enough to participate in the pilot year of the Allard Indigenous Legal Studies Program Cultural Competency Certificate. Emma currently holds the position of Orientation Coordinator for the incoming class of 2021.

Emma is looking forward to working at Allard in the summer, and to her clinical term in the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic next year.

Outside of law school, Emma loves cooking, biking, paddling and spending time exploring the outdoors around Vancouver.

Jasmine Der

Jasmine is a third year law student who was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She completed her undergraduate degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan before coming straight to law school.

At Allard, Jasmine has been involved with the Women’s Caucus, Legal Education Outreach, and the Careers Committee.

Coming from a science background, Jasmine has a strong interest in intellectual property law and will be summer articling with a large firm in downtown Vancouver. Outside of law school, Jasmine is a passionate jazz pianist and enjoys performing and teaching.

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. 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 travelled 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 Deutsche Bank in New York City. 

Jonathan returned to Vancouver in the summer of 2017 to start the JD program at Allard Hall. 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 three years and he is excited to engage with prospective students as an ambassador for the law school.

Josh Sved

Josh was born in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in Toronto. He completed his HBA at the University of Toronto with a double major in Commerce and Communication Studies. While working on his undergraduate degree he was involved in operating and growing a small in-home personal training company. He has also lived abroad in Australia, and traveled throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.

Josh is a third-year student at Allard Law. In his first year, he was actively involved in the Allard community. As a first-year representative on the Allard Law Students’ Society Social Council he organized a number of student events, including Friday Socials, Movember and Trike Race. As a Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) volunteer he co-hosted Common Law Radio on Vancouver Co-op Radio. In his second year, Josh worked as a student clinician with the Business Law Clinic. This summer, he will work as a summer articled student at the Vancouver office of a national business law firm.

In the future, he plans on completing the Business Law Concentration and hopes to secure a position at a large national firm. Josh is interested in environmental law, intellectual property, and emerging technologies and looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in these areas. As an Ambassador, Josh is happy to assist prospective and new students in navigating the many challenges and opportunities one faces at law school.

Outside of law school, Josh enjoys an active lifestyle by running, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and practicing martial arts. He also enjoys watching sports and movies, and can be found taking in the many sights around Vancouver with his dog Odin or on a patio sipping craft beer with friends.

Junhyung Lee

Junhyung was born in Seoul, Korea but raised in Surrey, BC, after coming to Canada as a newborn baby. After graduating from a French immersion secondary school, he went to Simon Fraser University to receive his Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences with a major in Psychology and a Legal Studies Certificate. During his undergrad, he also spent one summer trialing and training with a Division 4 soccer team in Korea before deciding to come back and prepare for law school.

During his first year at Allard, despite commuting from the suburbs of Langley, Junhyung was actively involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Legal Education Outreach Program. He also volunteered with and participated in the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament. As a law student, Junhyung is interested in corporate law and hopes to complete the Business Law Specialization concentration at Allard. Now that he is almost done recovering from his ACL surgery, he also hopes to become more involved with the Allard sports and intramural teams.

In his free time, Junhyung plays competitive soccer in a local league, loves playing any and all sports with friends and enjoys hiking/backpacking the beautiful mountains of BC. He is also able to speak French and Korean. Please feel free to contact him with any questions!

Kelsey Stuckert

Kelsey grew up outside Vancouver in Port Coquitlam. She attended Simon Fraser University for her undergrad in communications. After completing her bachelor's degree, she took a year off to travel before coming to law school. 

During her first year at Allard she was involved in some of the social justice initiatives. Kelsey also completed the Cultural Competency Certificate and thought it was a great addition to her education. In the summer after 1L she worked at a family law firm in downtown Vancouver. For the upcoming year she will be the ALSS Public Interest Careers Representative and will be completing the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic. 

In her spare time Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors. She likes to bike and hike around Vancouver, as well as travel abroad whenever possible. Kelsey is excited to meet prospective and incoming students and provide any information they may need about law school.

Leah Singer

Leah is a second year law student who was born and raised in Burnaby. She completed her undergraduate studies at UBC in Commerce, and worked in co-op jobs for the federal government and at a recruitment agency. She also spent a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. 

During her first year at Allard, Leah was elected as a first year representative on the Careers Committee, volunteered as a clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and volunteered with the Women's Caucus. Leah currently holds the position of summer student in the Careers Services Office (CSO). Leah is excited to be part of the Business Law Clinic starting in January 2019. 

Outside of school, Leah enjoys baking (and eating) dessert, spending time at the beach, and hanging out with family and friends.

Lee Hawkings

Lee is a third year law student from the land of the midnight sun, Whitehorse, Yukon. Before coming to the Allard School of Law Lee completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at Carleton University and returned back North to work as a fish and wildlife Biologist. During first year Lee was involved with many school clubs including becoming a co-chair of the Environmental Law Group and participating and volunteering with Hoop-Law, Law Games, the Rugby team, and Pro-Bono Students Canada. In second year, Lee was also a clinician for the Business Law Clinic and a member of Allard's BC Law Schools Moot team.

Lee is very interested in the nexus of business and the environment and hopes to use his experiences to work in some capacity in the environmental regulatory field. This summer Lee will be working in Vancouver at an international law firm and after graduation he will be clerking at the British Columbia Supreme Court. When not at school or work you will find Lee in the outdoors skiing, biking, hiking, running or kite surfing.

Maddy Macdonald

Maddy is a third year law student from Victoria, BC. She attended the University of Victoria, where she studied psychology and ran on the Vikes cross country and track teams. While studying psychology, she became interested in the intersection of mental health, interpersonal relationships, and the law. Her desire to pursue a legal education solidified after spending a year in India working in refugee protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

Some of the highlights of Maddy's first two year of law school include working as a student clinician at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, working as the Orientation Coordinator the summer after first year, serving as the Allard Law Student Society’s Director of Wellness, teaching yoga to her classmates, and getting to know her professors and peers. Maddy is primarily interested in criminal law, and will spend the summer prior to 3L conducting research on the law of sexual assault. 

Outside of law school, Maddy enjoys running, yoga, being outside, and hanging out with family and friends (including her dog Piper)

Martin Lay

Martin is a third year Law student born and raised in Richmond. He attended the University of British Columbia where he received a degree in Psychology. Martin also spent a semester abroad at the University of Manchester. After his undergraduate studies, Martin spent a year working various jobs including managing a tire shop and working as a travel agent.

In his time at Allard Law, Martin was an active member in the Allard Law Students' Society (ALSS) sitting on the Academic Committee as a first-year representative and serving as the VP of Student Affairs in his second year. Martin is currently the VP of the Sports, Entertainment and Law Society and one of the Student Coordinators for the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament. This summer Martin is working at a national business law firm.

Martin loves hanging around the school and you can usually find him there most hours of the day. When he does leave Allard Hall (rare), Martin enjoys hiking the various trails of the lower mainland, camping and playing his two favourite sports: basketball and squash. Martin also self-identifies as a backpacker. Please feel free to contact him if you have any questions!

Melissa Wells

Melissa is a second-year law student who was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science and Economics at McGill University and spent a semester abroad in London, England. Missing the West Coast, she moved back to Vancouver and worked as a Trial and Discovery Coordinator at a downtown law firm before entering law school.

During her first year at Allard, Melissa was involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), Legal Education Outreach Program, Women’s Caucus, and Intellectual Property Club. Melissa is currently one of the student coordinators for the Charity Hoop-Law Basketball Tournament and is working for the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. This coming year, she will be a clinician for the Business Law Clinic during the spring term.

In her free time, Melissa loves to ski, hike, cycle, try new restaurants, and play board games. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new countries – visiting 37 countries to date. Melissa is looking forward to meeting with prospective students and sharing both her enthusiasm for Allard and her experience navigating through law school. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions!

Miranda Gartner

Miranda was raised in a small rural community in Saskatchewan and completed a B.A. in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. During her first year at Allard, she was a member of the Allard Law Women's Caucus and the Allard Outdoors Club, volunteered for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and the Legal Education Outreach Program (LEO), and played on a recreational volleyball team. She's looking forward to participating in the Criminal Clinic next year and is planning on completing the Law and Social Justice specialization.

Nicole Wong

Nicole was born and raised in Richmond, completing her B.Sc. in Biology at UBC. After graduating, she spent a year travelling around Europe and Southeast Asia and teaching English before starting at the Allard School of Law. 

During her time in law school, Nicole acted as VP Internal of the Asia Pacific Law Club, participated in the Legal Education Outreach Program, and volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program as a clinician. Nicole also works part-time in the Allard Admissions Office during the school year. 

In the summer after her first year, Nicole worked at WorkSafeBC as a student intern. This summer, she will be working in-house for a company as a legal summer student.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, hiking, and petting any dogs she comes across. Please feel free to contact her with any questions! 

Nikhil Pandey

Nikhil was born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate degree with a double-major in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto. During his undergrad, Nikhil also worked for the Canada Border Services Agency. 

Nikhil is currently a second-year law student. He is interested in corporate law and will be involved in the Corporate Counsel Externship during the spring semester. Nikhil also hopes to participate in a semester exchange program during his time at Allard.

In his first year, Nikhil was involved with Pro Bono Students Canada where he worked as a Volunteer Legal Advocate with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Nikhil was also a part of Allard’s soccer and futsal teams. Outside of law school, he enjoys playing sports, practicing martial arts, and gaming. Nikhil is keen to hear from prospective students and is looking forward to sharing all that Allard has to offer.

Osaro Obaseki

Osaro was born in Benin, Nigeria and grew up in East Vancouver. After playing one year of varsity basketball with the Vancouver Island University Mariners, Osaro moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. 

During his first year at Allard Law, Osaro was involved with the Legal Education Outreach program, volunteered with the UBC AMS Student Advocacy Office, and worked part time as a basketball official with the UBC Rec Nitobe basketball league.

Outside of law school, Osaro enjoys sports, finding cheap-eats, and making extravagant travel plans that he can only hope to afford someday. Please feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions.

Shawnee Monchalin

Shawnee is a third year J.D. student at the Allard School of Law and has a background of mixed descent: Huron, Metis, Algonquin and Italian. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Law and Society. During her B.A., she was part of the Women’s Varsity Rugby team and held many part-time service industry jobs. In the year post-undergraduate and pre-law school, Shawnee travelled to 11 countries where she volunteered, worked, and explored. 

This past year at Allard Law, Shawnee was the Vice President of the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA), the ILSA representative for the Women’s Caucus, and played on the men’s rugby team, the Beavers. In addition, she completed the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and Allard’s Cultural Competency Certificate. This year she will continue her Exec position with ILSA as the External Fundraiser. 

Over the summer, Shawnee will be a summer student at a downtown law firm and during her second semester of third year at Allard, she will go on exchange to Israel. 

If you have any questions about leading a balanced life while in law school or about how to get involved in the Allard and greater Vancouver communities, she would be happy to answer them! 

Tylar Wagner

Tylar spent her childhood in Trinidad, Germany, France, Chile, and the United States. She moved to Canada when she was 14 and went to high school and completed her undergraduate degree in Kelowna, British Columbia. She graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. Before law school, Tylar worked in the wine industry in the Okanagan and enjoyed travelling on her school breaks. She is currently employed at the Vancouver office of an international law firm for temporary summer articles.

Tylar has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) in the Family Law “Live Help” Program and the Legal Education Outreach Program. She is a member of the UBC Student Animal Defence Fund, the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, and the Women’s Caucus. Tylar is the co-president of the Allard Law Wine Appreciation Society and co-captain of the Allard Mallards Softball team.