OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

 “A strong presence within the environmental space nationwide. Offers notable strength in the environmental aspects of project development, including a strong emphasis on pipelines and mining-related work. Other areas of expertise include regulatory and contamination issues, and major business transactions.”

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016

 

Complex environmental regulations exist at all levels of government in Canada and, in one form or another, impact nearly every business. These regulations are often vague and open to judicial interpretation, which can create uncertainty for corporations and their officers and directors. Furthermore, penalties for violations are steep.

Corporations need lawyers skilled at navigating through the many layers of regulations and experienced with devising risk-avoidance strategies. World-class energy, resource and manufacturing companies engage Blakes to provide timely and reliable solutions to their environmental law challenges. They rely on our proven reputation as leading environmental lawyers skilled at advancing client growth strategies while effectively resolving their disputes and assuring environmental compliance.

Companies regularly call on us for solutions when dealing with contaminated-site cleanup and liability, the establishment of municipal landfill and waste management operations, air and water permitting requirements, spill responses, greenhouse gas emissions or the import, export and disposal of hazardous or toxic substances. Our litigators have successfully defended numerous corporations, municipalities and individuals charged with environmental offences or named in government compliance and remediation orders. Preventing problems beforehand, however, is more valuable to companies than solving them once they occur. We develop sophisticated strategies to minimize our clients’ exposure to environmental liabilities and advise clients on management, compliance, due diligence procedures, training and permit requirements for projects with potential environmental ramifications.

We also regularly advise on aboriginal rights and have been involved in virtually every aspect of aboriginal rights and constitutional litigation on behalf of First Nations, including numerous precedent-setting cases. Blakes lawyers have acted for corporations, organizations, institutions and First Nations in connection with various business opportunities and transactions, and on several landmark claims involving aboriginal rights, lands and natural resources.

Working closely with members of our Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Municipal & Planning and Restructuring & Insolvency groups, among others, we provide environmental law advice to clients involved in business and real estate acquisitions, infrastructure development, land leasing and financing of commercial real estate transactions. We frequently oversee environmental site assessments and audits as part of major business transactions involving multiple properties across the country and around the world.

 


Representative Matters

  • Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. with respect to its financial restructuring and an environmental prosecution for alleged air and wastewater offences with respect to its large pulp and paper mill in northern Ontario, including the treatment of environmental fines in the restructuring process.
  • Seabridge Gold Inc. with legal requirements of the environmental assessment process for pursuing development of one of the largest proposed gold-copper mines in northern British Columbia. Integral to this advice has been working with Seabridge to create a strategy for aboriginal engagement.
  • Galore Creek Mining Company (GCMC) with the legal requirements of the harmonized federal-provincial environmental assessment process. GCMC is advancing the development of the proposed Galore Creek Mine, a large proposed gold mine in northwestern B.C.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. in its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. This deal was a complex cross-border acquisition by a global mining company of the largest iron ore producer in Canada and was described as the most valuable deal of Q1 2011 in the global metals market in PwC’s recent quarterly report Forging Ahead and in the mergermarket, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg league table rankings.
  • Nelson Aggregate, a joint venture of Lafarge Canada Inc. and Steed & Evans Ltd., in a highly contentious ongoing environmental tribunal hearing that has spanned more than a year with over 50 expert witnesses in the development of a new dolomite quarry in the suburban Greater Toronto Area.
  • Advised a major responsible party in the successful negotiation of a settlement of the liabilities associated with the remediation of pollution at the Britannia Mine Site near Squamish, British Columbia, considered to be one of the most heavily polluted historical mine sites in North America.
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on environmental permitting advice for a C$800-million expansion of its oil refinery in Sarnia, Ontario; also advised the company on a C$120-million ethanol plant that will produce ethanol alcohol derived from corn for blending with gasoline.
  • Henkel KGaA of Germany in a multimillion-dollar claim against Molson Coors Brewing Company for environmental costs incurred at a chemical plant located near Milan, Italy.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of our Environmental group have been consistently recognized as leaders by the following industry guides and publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada The Blakes Environmental group is ranked in Tier 1.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Our Environmental team is ranked in Band 2.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Our Environmental team is ranked in Band 2.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Dispute Resolution, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9645
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Energy Regulatory, Capital Markets
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4118
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Lobbying, Environmental & Aboriginal
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9768
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Aboriginal Law, Oil & Gas, Pipeline & Midstream, Mining, Power, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil Sands, Transportation, LNG, Downstream & Marketing
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Oil & Gas, Energy Regulatory, Mining, Environmental & Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transportation, LNG
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, International Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal Law
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Aboriginal Law, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Transportation, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3184
Areas of Expertise: Australia, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Aviation/Aerospace, China, Technology, Misleading Advertising, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Energy, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Chemical & Waste Regulation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Aboriginal Law, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal Law, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Mining Law, Plan Nord, Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Forestry, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4105
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, Energy Litigation, Environmental & Aboriginal, Construction, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9639
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3047
Areas of Expertise: Product Liability, Aboriginal Law, Class Actions, Drugs & Medical Devices, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3347
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Aboriginal Law
Managing Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3336
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Transfer Pricing, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Aboriginal Law, Forestry, Infrastructure, Middle East
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3383
Areas of Expertise: International Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal Law, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9654
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Energy, Environmental & Aboriginal, Competition Litigation, Corporate Litigation, IP Litigation, Media & Defamation, International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Aboriginal Law, Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental & Aboriginal, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG
Managing Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9648
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Energy, Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, IP Litigation, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9742
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Environmental & Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9633
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Aboriginal Law, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Mining Law, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Transportation, LNG
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