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Rochelle Collette

Rochelle Collette
Rochelle Collette Associate | Vancouver
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Complex Commercial Disputes

Representing clients in breaches of contract, misrepresentation, product liability, oppression, fraud and negligence claims:

  • A borrower in an international arbitration defending claims for compensation under a loan agreement

  • Residential owners of a luxury condominium in an arbitration before the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre involving disputes regarding cost-sharing with a luxury hotel owner

Government Conduct

Representing clients in proceedings challenging or defending government conduct:

  • The Silver Star Resort Association in defeating a judicial review application that challenged the very existence of the association that had been created by ministerial order (Byram v. British Columbia (Municipal Affairs and Housing), 2020 BCSC 1592)

  • Mowi Canada West in obtaining an injunction in respect of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’s decision to end transfers of fish into two licensed aquaculture facilities in coastal British Columbia (Mowi Canada West et al v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, 2021 FC 293)

  • Ermineskin Cree Nation in overturning the decision of the Minister of Environment to designate two coal mine expansions under federal impact assessment legislation without consulting with Indigenous communities in favour of the projects (Ermineskin Cree Nation v. Canada (Environment and Climate Change), 2021 FC 758)

Indigenous

Advising clients in the natural resources sector who are consulting, negotiating, and building relationships with First Nations and Métis communities affected by project development:

  • Denison Mines Corp. in negotiating one of the first exploration agreements in Saskatchewan with English River First Nation in respect of Denison’s exploration activities within the province, and negotiating a participation and funding agreement with English River First Nation in connection with the advancement of the proposed in-situ recovery uranium mining operation at Denison's 90-per-cent-owned Wheeler River uranium project

  • Fission Uranium Corp. in negotiating a capacity and funding agreement with Clearwater River Dene Nation, which provides funding and a process for engagement in connection with Fission’s PLS project

Environmental

Advising clients in the natural resources sector in respect of environmental assessments, permitting and tenuring, land use and access issues, and disputes:

  • Seabridge Gold Inc. on environmental and permitting matters in connection with Seabridge's approved C$5-billion Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project, one of the largest potential gold-copper mines in British Columbia, including permitting requirements, regulatory compliance, remediation and restoration obligations, and wildlife and protected species management

  • Clients in claims for clean-up costs associated with contaminated sites

  • Clients in various industries in the defence and resolution of regulatory charges

Media

Representing media clients in claims for defamation and libel:

  • A subsidiary of the Toronto Star in successfully defending a defamation claim in respect of reporting on the British Columbia foreign buyers tax (Zhao v. Corus Entertainment Inc., 2020 BCSC 1533)

Awards & Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 - Ones to Watch (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
Professional Activities

Rochelle is the chair of the Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch (CBABC) Environmental Law Section. She is also a member of the CBABC Civil Litigation, Aboriginal Law, and Young Lawyer Sections, and serves as a CBA mentor to incoming law students. She was previously on the board of the Vancouver Bar Association.

Professional Appearances
  • Presenter: Blakes Annual Indigenous Webcast
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 21, 2021.
  • Presenter: BC’s Implementation of UNDRIP
    2020 Pacific Business & Law Institute Webinar, Developments in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 27, 2020.
  • Presenter: Environmental Law – Legislative Update
    CBA BC Branch Environmental Law Section, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 6, 2020.
  • Presenter: Blakes Annual Aboriginal Law Update
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 26, 2020.
  • Presenter: Impact Assessment Act Identifying the Changes that Impact Your Business
    Clean Energy BC Generation 2019 Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 6-8, 2019.
  • Presenter: Perils of Permitting and Update on Recent Developments in Environmental Law
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 30, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Blakes B.C. Court of Appeal clarifies when environmental assessments lapse
    Article by Aidan Macnab, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, August 12, 2019.
Education
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 2017
J.D., University of British Columbia - 2015
B.Env.Sc. (Hon.), University of Manitoba - 2012
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