Anne Drost
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033

Anne practices in the areas of environmental law, climate change law, energy law, mining law and Aboriginal law. She also advises clients on corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters, as well as lobbying and ethics.

Anne has extensive experience in assisting clients at all stages of project development, including regulatory and zoning approvals, environmental assessments, as well as acquisition of land rights. She regularly works with clients in the transportation sector, particularly in the transportation by pipeline of oil and gas and rail transportation.

With respect to climate change, Anne has specific expertise related to carbon trading and disclosure obligations. She advises clients on regulatory compliance matters regarding climate change laws and in the context of transactions involving greenhouse gas emission units and environmental attributes.

With respect to Aboriginal law, Anne assists clients in the private sector on matters pertaining to consultation and negotiation with Aboriginal people, notably in the context of the development of natural resource projects. In this regard, she advises on claims and assists in the negotiation of agreements between project proponents and communities, such as consultation protocols and impact benefit agreements. Anne also acts, on occasion, for the public sector in matters regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights. She assisted the Government of Canada in negotiations with the Crees of Northern Quebec which led to an historic New Relationship Agreement regarding treaty implementation, an out-of-court settlement and self-governance.

Regarding CSR, Anne has delivered executive-level and government training courses on CSR law both in Canada and Africa and advises companies on the development and implementation of CSR strategies, policies, and procedures, as well as compliance with emerging legal and regulatory requirements.

Anne is fluent in French and English.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include:

  • Negotiations on capacity funding, communications protocols and impact benefit agreements with First Nation communities in Quebec and New Brunswick in the context of energy and mining projects

  • Advice on climate change issues including regulatory disclosures and carbon trading matters

  • Environmental due diligence for financing of wind farm projects and mining projects

  • Negotiations regarding financing and joint operations of oil and gas exploration wells

  • Assistance in the negotiations on behalf of the Government of Canada on treaty implementation and an out-of-court settlement with the Crees of Northern Quebec
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Anne is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Best Lawyers Canadian Guide 2018 (Energy - Montreal)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Aboriginal Law)

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017, 2016, 2015 (Aboriginal Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Energy Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys - 2015 Edition (National Star: Energy/Resources)
PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Comprendre les benefit corporations et leur potentiel au Québec
Développements récents en droit des affaires, Vol. 435, 2017.
Co-author: JurisClasseur Québec
Environment, February 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
"CSR from a Legal Perspective", March 24, 2015.
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