VSA

About us

Mary Childs, Chair
Public-at-large, Vancouver

Mary Childs is a lawyer; she is General Counsel and Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs for Tsawwassen First Nation. She also has extensive experience advising 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 and professional conferences. Mary clerked for the BC Court of Appeal and articled with a large regional law firm before pursuing a postgraduate law degree at Oxford University. 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. Mary has been a director of numerous charities and currently sits on the board of governors of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. Mary is a part-time member of the Passenger Transportation Board. In 2021 Mary was named one of BC’s 500 most influential business leaders by Business In Vancouver.