Anna Johnston is a Staff Lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, where her work focuses on strengthening federal environmental laws and environmental assessment reform. She earned her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2010, where she was enrolled in the Environmental Law Clinic intensive stream and was an active member of the Environmental Law Club. In 2010 Anna interned at the Institute of Environmental Law and Governance in Nairobi, Kenya before completing her articles at Ecojustice Canada. Called to the bar in 2011, Anna practiced as a sole practitioner in Aboriginal and environmental law before she joined West Coast in 2013.
Anna has represented community and Indigenous groups on environmental assessments of major energy projects in British Columbia and Alberta and has provided environmental legal education and support to communities across Canada. She currently co-chairs the national Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus of the Canadian Environmental Network and sits on a Multi-Interest Advisory Committee appointed by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to assist in the federal review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes.She firmly believes that rural, northern and Indigenous communities should not bear a disproportionate cost of the effects of resource development, and throughout her work seeks to establish planning and decision-making processes that will result in sustainable and equitably-distributed outcomes for all.