Heather is a Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute. She also teaches the Environmental Law 3600 course at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. Heather has completed three prior degrees at the University of Manitoba from the Faculty of Arts (Global Political Economy) and the Faculty of Law (J.D. and LL.M.). She received her Call to the Bar in 2014. Prior to returning to the University of Manitoba to continue her graduate studies, Heather practiced law and undertook legal and policy work for a number of organizations including the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, the Public Interest Law Centre and the Great-West Life Assurance Company.
Heather regularly participates in pro bono legal research projects focused on environmental issues. This includes work she undertook as a volunteer for the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Movement and as the supervisor of the Robson Hall Environmental Law Group at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. Heather has also been an active executive member of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Legal Research Section since she started practicing law and has contributed to a number of continuing professional development events as both an organizer and a presenter.
Heather’s environmental law career has been largely inspired by her love of nature and the outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys being outside as much as possible. Her favourite outdoor activities include hiking, skiing, swimming, kayaking and taking her dog Cosmo to the dog park. Heather also likes to stay active and participate in team sports such as soccer, curling and inner tube water polo. She also is a huge movie buff and is particularly fond of old musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and action movies from the 1980s and 90s.