Our Lawyers

500 - 221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 988-1452

Direct Phone: 
MEllison [at] ratcliff.com
Jacqueline Yarschenko
JYarschenko [at] ratcliff.com
  • BA from University of Western Ontario
  • LL.B from University of Victoria

Michelle M. Ellison


Michelle has worked on major aboriginal litigation and negotiation files on behalf of First Nation clients. Her practice is focused on advice with respect to environmental assessment, protection and management on First Nations land, First Nations governance and specific claims. She also provides advice in the area of information and privacy law.

Professional and Other Memberships: 
  • Law Society of British Columbia 1999
  • Canadian Bar Association
Community Involvement: 
  • University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre - founding member
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House - past Director
  • The Land Conservancy of British Columbia - Past Director
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Vancouver Chapter - Former Executive Committee Member, and current Volunteer

Speaking Engagements

Michelle has published papers and been a presenter at the following conferences:

  • "Development of Aboriginal Lands: Successes, Risks and Environmental Concerns Respecting Contaminated Sites" presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institute Conference, September 26, 2012.
  • "Concerns with the BC Environmental Assessment Process from a First Nations Perspective" presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institute Conferences, Environmental Law and Canada's First Nations, February 7 and 8, 2007 and Mining in Aboriginal Communities, March 11 and 12, 2009
  • "Personal Information Protection: What you need to know about Employee Privacy and New Legislation" presented at Infonex Conference Effective Human Resource Management in Aboriginal Communities, September 27 - 30, 2004