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

Nardia’s practice focuses on environmental and Aboriginal law, including corporate compliance, 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 regulatory prosecutions. She also regularly provides strategic advice and support to clients regarding their engagement with Indigenous groups, including the negotiation of various commercial agreements with First Nations. Nardia's experience also includes work in a wide range of industries, including the energy, mining, manufacturing, aquaculture and forestry sectors. She has appeared before the British Columbia Provincial Court and the Environmental Appeal Board..

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Providing strategic advice and support to a major international pipeline company on its engagement with multiple Indigenous groups, including negotiating and drafting capacity funding agreements, letters of intent and impact benefit agreements

  • 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 in 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 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

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

  • Advising various companies on international standards as they relate to Aboriginal issues in Canada, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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

  • 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

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

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Environmental Law, December 10, 2018.
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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.
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