Nardia Chernawsky
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601

Nardia’s practice focuses on environmental and aboriginal law, including corporate compliance and due diligence, and litigation matters. She has experience with provincial and federal environmental and regulatory regimes, permitting, environmental assessments and appeals, the remediation of contaminated sites and federal regulatory prosecutions. She also regularly supports clients in the negotiation of exploration agreements, impact benefit agreements and other commercial agreements with First Nations. Nardia’s experience includes work in a wide range of industries, including the energy, mining, manufacturing, aquaculture and forestry sectors.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Successfully representing a run-of-river hydro project in an appeal to the Environmental Appeal Board regarding a water licence

  • Leading the environmental and Aboriginal due diligence for an energy company in the successful acquisition of four operating renewable energy facilities, including three run-of-river hydro facilities and one wind facility

  • Advising a large energy corporation concerning a dispute with a multi-community Indigenous People concerning a historic settlement agreement and recent impacts resulting from the operation of a complex energy system

  • Advising various mining companies regarding the negotiation of exploration agreements and impact benefit agreements with First Nations, including First Nations with unresolved claims, historic treaties and modern land claim agreements

  • Representing various clients in prosecuting and defending claims for clean-up costs associated with contaminated sites

  • Advising manufacturing and service-based industries on the product stewardship plan requirements for recycling used oil, packaging and printed paper

  • Advising an energy company on a range of environmental issues during the construction of a large-scale energy project, including environmental assessment certificate compliance, remediation and restoration obligations, and wildlife and protected species management

  • Representing clients in various industries in the defence and resolution of regulatory charges

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Aboriginal Law, Energy - Regulatory, and Environmental, July 4, 2016.
Co-author: A Canadian Perspective on Key Arctic Issues: Governance, Resource Development, and Navigation
American Bar Association, International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 2, March 2016.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Panellist: What Lies Beneath – Recognizing and Managing Risks with Contaminated Land
Blakes' Professional Development Course Lunch and Learn Series, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 25, 2017.
Speaker: Social Licence: Progress or Undermining Legal Process
Annual Legal Update, Environmental Managers Association of BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 19, 2017.
Panellist: Understanding and Navigating Today's Environmental Risks
Understanding and Navigating Today's Environmental Risks Blakes' Business Class Environmental Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 19, 2015.
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