Michael M'Gonigle

Michael M'Gonigle
Emeritus Professor
Environmental Studies

A political economist and environmental lawyer, Dr. M'Gonigle has an extensive background in environmental activism, including as a co-founder of Greenpeace International, SmartGrowth BC, Forest Futures (Dogwood Initiative) and as a founding co-director of the Sierra Legal Defense Fund.

As Chair of the Board of Greenpeace Canada, he initiated the Greenpeace forest campaign in 1990. Most recently he was a member of the Legal Mechanisms Experts Team devising innovative legal mechanisms for aboriginal and community-based management of British Columbia's Central and North Coasts.


  • Member of the Bar, District of Columbia, United States 1980, and British Columbia 1987
  • J.S.D. 1982, Yale
  • LL.M 1979, Yale
  • LL.B 1976, University of Toronto
  • MSc (Economics)1970, London School of Economics
  • BA Hon. 1969, University of British Columbia


  • ES 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ES 301: Political Ecology
  • ES 419: Green Legal Theory