The ALSO Team

ALSO Founders
For a number of years, Tanya Woods April Britski and Rachelle Laforge observed a need in the Ottawa legal community for accessible, low-cost legal information designed and intended to help educate and empower local artists. These original founders created the Artist’s Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) and  in 2012,  Yael Wexler joined their efforts. ALSO was officially incorporated as a not-for in May 2013.
 
Lyndra Griffith (President) is an adjudicator and part-time arts and entertainment lawyer working throughout Ontario. Lyndra has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law and is fluent in both official languages. Lyndra has a wide variety of legal and non-legal work experience. She is passionate about the arts and in her spare time she is a writer and has performed as part of the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s annual lawyer play fundraisers. Lyndra was a member of the cast of Parfumerie and The Mouse that Roared and she is back this year to perform in Agatha Christie’s The Rule of Three.
 

Byron Pascoe (Treasurer) practices law at Ottawa’s entertainment law boutique, Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca) helping musicians, writers, and producers of series, features, digital media, and video games. In between his undergrad in business (Wilfrid Laurier University) and law school (University of Windsor), Byron produced TV and new media productions. During law school, he co-founded Charter Project (www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca), a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Byron is a board member of SAW Video, and writes the music legal column for Ottawa’s music publication OTTAWA BEAT.

Max McGuire (Secretary)Max is a feature film director, producer and occasional writer. Foreverland, his most personal film, featured two oscar nominees (Juliette Lewis and Demian Bichir) and was distributed theatrically in Canada by Entertainment One, and sold internationally and in the USA. As a writer and director he’s been financed by Telefilm Canada, OMDC, Canada Council for the Arts, CJOH TV development fund, Harold Greenberg Fund, and a number of private institutions and distributors. In 2017, Max wrapped production on three TV movies; Precious Things, starring Victoria Pratt, Christina Cox and Sarah Fisher; The Sweetheart, Starring Jessalyn Gilsig and Jon Cor; and Sidelined starring Christina Cox and Sarah Grey. Max is currently developing a feature length thriller, Wounded, which was invited to the International Film Finance Forum at TIFF and the IFP “No Borders Market” in NYC with development funding from OMDC and Telefilm Canada.

Lise Rivet is Director of professional training for the Law Practice Program and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. She holds an LL.B. with a concentration in International Law from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Kent in Brussels, a B.A. in Management Economics and German from the University of Guelph, and a B. Ed. from the University of Ottawa. Lise is also an artist and has exhibited some of her work. She has training from the Ottawa School of Art and is a member of BRAVO-Est (Le Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario).