Executive Director & General Counsel
Leigha jokingly refers to herself as the PIAC cat that came back. She originally joined BCPIAC in 2006 as a staff lawyer and she was appointed its Executive Director in July of 2011 until she left the organization in June of 2013. After almost four years, she has returned to her favourite not-for-profit law office as its General Counsel & Executive Director. It goes without saying that she is thrilled to again be putting her extensive experience in utility regulation law to use on behalf of British Columbia’s low and fixed income ratepayers while also again using her strong social justice analyses and legal skills in cases strategically chosen to address systemic issues affecting those people in our province who experience poverty and oppression.
Before taking up (and returning to) the mantle as PIAC’s once and future Executive Director, Leigha had a diverse legal practice in a variety of situations. She’s been a sole practitioner, a contract lawyer, in-house counsel, out-house counsel, and she was one of two founding partners of one of Vancouver’s most progressive union-side labour, employment, elections law, and utility regulation firms. She is a legal renaissance woman who is equally comfortable dealing with issues that touch on human rights, administrative, employment, utility regulation, criminal, prison, aboriginal, and constitutional law.
In her spare time, Leigha is a nerdista: a passionate consumer (and creator) of all that is nerdy. She also writes fantasy novels and short stories she doesn’t dare let anyone read when she isn’t chasing after her two children or weeding what she calls her Backyard Zombie-Apocalypse Test Garden.