Martha Rans

Martha Rans

Test Martha Rans has been a lawyer for over 20 years. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in the legal needs of non-profits, charities and digital creatives. She spent 10 years as labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. She has appeared before administrative tribunals, provincial and BC Supreme Court. She advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights. Her advice is practical and strategic, tailored to the needs of her clients. Martha is an advocate for public legal education and information. She is the founder of a resource dedicated to the non profit sector. She is the Legal Director of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society and the Artists' Legal Outreach, which provides advice, information and education to thousands of BC's creators and non profits. She is also a copyright educator and teaches the next generation of artists and designers at post-secondary schools across Canada. Background Born in London, Ontario, Martha's parents co-founded 20/20 Gallery and exposed her to every aspect of contemporary Canadian art: learning poetry from Michael Ondaatje, painting from Jamelie Hassan, Greg Curnoe and Jack Chambers, and developing an appreciation for everything that the arts brings to our political lives. Martha applied to go to law school after 5 years working in community and international development in Toronto, Zimbabwe and Northern Ontario. In that time she worked on the Charter challenge that led to the inclusion of domestic workers in the Employment Standards Act in Ontario. Her application to law school identified that she wanted to use her law degree to return to community based organizations as a legal advisor. Martha attended law school at the University of Ottawa. In Toronto, after being called to the Bar in 1995, Martha began advising artists in all disciplines as a volunteer with the Artists Legal Advice Services. When she moved to Vancouver, she met Burt Harris and, after 10 years as a labour, employment and human rights mediator, Martha co-founded the Artists Legal Outreach (ALO). With the founding of the ALO, Martha began the work that has ignited her passion for the past few years: providing public legal education to communitites across BC on a range of issues. In 2014 and 2016 Martha co-chaired the CLEBC Charities and Non Profit Conference. She has delivered workshops to non profits across the province of BC including Board Voice Society, BC Food Banks, Ending Violence Association, StepUp BC, Kootenay Community Services Co-operative.

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Level Professional Service Provider Members

Start Date April 1, 2013


Region British Colombia

Work in Remote? Yes

Expertise Policy, Advocacy, Legal

Services Co-op Development

Languages English

Company Martha Rans Consulting

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