The ALSO Team

Lyndra Griffith (President) is an arts and entertainment lawyer at  Griffith Law. Lyndra has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law. She is fluently Bilingual in English and French, and represents clients in both official languages. Lyndra has a wide variety of legal and non-legal work experience. She has a keen understanding of the entertainment industry and is dedicated to ensuring that her clients are well informed of the main issues. Lyndra tries to find time to nurture her creative side and her love of the arts. She was a member of the cast in the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Lawyer Play production of Parfumerie and The Mouse that Roared.

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).

Recently Departed Board Members

Yael Wexler (Co-Founder) is a member of the Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Fasken Martineau’s Ottawa office. Her practise is focussed on communications regulatory law and intellectual property (copyright and trade-mark) and she has a growing practise in entertainment law. She also provides advice to clients with respect to administrative law and statutory interpretation generally. She assists clients involved in broadcasting and telecommunications licensing and policy proceedings before the CRTC; device certification, licensing and policy proceedings conducted by Industry Canada; copyright tariff proceedings at the Copyright Board of Canada; applications for and protection of trade-marks rights, and, in the litigation of matters at the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.

Tanya Woods (Co-Founder) For a number of years, Tanya observed a need in the Ottawa legal community for accessible, low-cost legal information designed and intended to help educate and empower local artists. Finally, in 2011, along with April Britski, Rachelle Laforge and Yael Wexler, Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa was born. Tanya’s love and respect for the arts has been life-long and she has been an active advocate in the creative sector since 2004. For the last 10 years, Tanya has worked extensively on copyright, administrative, contract, technology, and international legal matters for public and private entities. Tanya has worked with collective societies, government departments, non-profits, private corporations, universities, and a specialized copyright tribunal. Through her extensive international legal training, Tanya is a certified specialist in both Technology Law and International Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property. Tanya is an alumna ofthe London School of Economics (LL.B.), University of Ottawa (B.A., LL.B., LL.M.) and American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.). She is also an award winning researcher and writer, and frequently lectures on technology and copyright issues.