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Ben A. Jetten

Ben A. Jetten
Ben A. Jetten Retired Partner | Toronto
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Examples of some of Ben's cases in the environmental and Indigenous fields include acting for:


  • The City of Ottawa, responding successfully in the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal to injunction and judicial review proceedings challenging the validity of an environmental assessment for a public highway project

  • The City of Owen Sound as plaintiff in an action for damages arising from an environmental remediation of a contaminated harbour area site and an associated record of site condition

  • Corporate clients in the defence of charges in provincial court under the Environmental Protection Act and in challenges to directors' orders before the Environmental Review Tribunal

  • Two third parties in the resolution of the Walkerton water supply contamination class action

  • The Town of Goderich and the Goderich Port Management Corporation, responding to an application challenging the validity of a mandatory requirement to connect old industrial facilities to the Town's sewage works and to pay various cost assessments


  • Six Nations of the Grand River, in an ongoing large and complex action against the federal and Ontario governments, pursuing an accounting and equitable compensation for Six Nations property set aside under The Haldimand Treaty in 1784 (consisting originally of one million acres of land set aside for Six Nations in southwestern Ontario and subsequent proceeds from land sales)

  • Six Nations Council, in connection with negotiations between the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations of the Grand River and the federal and Ontario governments, arising from the Caledonia land claim dispute

  • A consortium, consisting of a major Canadian institutional investor and BluEarth Renewables Inc., in due diligence involving First Nations issues in the purchase of all of the interests in ACH Limited Partnership, the owner of eight Ontario hydroelectric generation facilities

  • Grand River Enterprises and two First Nations in connection with a constitutional challenge to a tobacco quota scheme applied on Indian reserves pursuant to the Ontario Tobacco Tax Act

  • Grand River Enterprises in connection with various judicial review and other applications concerning government actions relating to permits and various provisions of the Ontario Tobacco Tax Act

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Aboriginal Law, Administrative and Public Law, Environmental Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Indigenous Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Indigenous Law)

  • Best Lawyers' Toronto Aboriginal Law Lawyer of the Year 2011
Professional Activities

For many years, Ben has spoken at legal conferences and continuing legal education programs on First Nations legal issues.

Ben has guided and evaluated students for University of Toronto Law School upper-year moots and has been involved with the practitioner mentorship program at the law school.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1982
LLB., University of Toronto Law School – 1980
BA, University of Toronto

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