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Ryan McNamara
Ryan McNamara (he, him, his) Associate | Toronto

About Ryan

Ryan assists clients with a range of civil and commercial matters, with a specific focus on environmental law and electricity regulation. He has experience addressing potential liability for environmental or regulatory offences, resolving ‎property contamination disputes and obtaining environmental regulatory approvals for energy projects, industrial facilities and linear infrastructure projects.

Ryan's environmental practice extends to providing pragmatic advice to organizations and ‎individuals on how to effectively comply with a variety of environmental statutes and regulations. These include the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, provincial environmental protection statutes and resource recovery legislation.

As part of his electricity regulatory practice, Ryan advises clients on Ontario Energy Board matters, including licensing and regulatory compliance, as well as generation and storage project permitting.

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Ryan has recent experience in the following areas:

Transactions and Brownfields Redevelopment

  • Conducting environmental due diligence for purchasers and vendors of industrial, commercial and residential properties

  • Advising clients on the expropriation of industrial and commercial properties

  • Advising leading representation and warranty insurance providers as to the sufficiency of environmental due diligence performed by policy applicants to address regulatory and litigation risks

  • Advising owners on the remediation of contaminated sites

Compliance and Approval Issues

  • Providing guidance to clients on their reporting obligations in relation to environmental releases, including discovery of historical contamination, contaminant migration from neighbouring properties, and discharges into the air, water and land

  • Assisting clients with applications for new or amended environmental compliance approvals, renewable energy approvals and Aggregate Resources Act approvals

  • Advising clients on compliance with Ontario's waste regulations, including Regulation 347, as well as with resource recovery legislation

  • Advising clients on how to effectively respond to regulatory investigations


  • Representing cement, chemical, and pulp and paper manufacturers charged with offences under the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act in connection with alleged contaminant discharges and non-compliance with environmental compliance approvals

  • Representing clients charged with violating municipal sewer and noise bylaws, as well as building and fire codes

  • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in contaminated lands litigation

  • Representing plaintiffs in general commercial litigation involving breach of contract, unjust enrichment and breaches of fiduciary duty

Professional Activities

Ryan is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar ‎Association, the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and the Osgoode Society for ‎Canadian Legal History.‎


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2019
JD, University of Toronto – 2018
BA (Hon., With Distinction), Queen's University – 2015

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