Mary Childs has extensive law experience and provides legal advice and representation that reflect her clients’ values and culture. She advises all manner of purpose-driven organizations: charities, not-for-profits, cooperatives, social enterprises and values focused businesses. . Mary has also held academic positions in law faculties in both Canada and the United Kingdom. She has published in academic and professional journals and has delivered papers at academic conferences. She speaks regularly to varied audiences on topics of interest to the not-for-profit and co-operative sectors. Mary clerked for the BC Court of Appeal and articled with a large regional firm. She was a founding partner of two law firms, most recently a boutique firm with a focus on working with charities, not-for profits and co-operatives. She has been a director of numerous charities and currently sits on the board of the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where she is the past chair. She is a director of the BC Co-op Association and is on the steering committee of the Coop Zone Legal Network, a Canada-wide network of lawyers and academics with an interest in co-op law. Mary is a part-time member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal and sits on the Law Foundation board of governors as the Law Society appointee for Vancouver. She is a past member of the Law Society’s former Lawyer Education Advisory Committee.