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Janice Walton

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  • Counsel to several major resource-based industries in British Columbia and Alberta in defence and resolution of regulatory charges

  • Counsel in a successful defence of conditions in a water licence before the B.C. Environmental Appeal Boards

  • Advises energy companies on the environmental assessment and permitting requirements for proposed LNG projects in northern British Columbia

  • Lead counsel on successful defence of judicial challenge, brought by two environmental non-governmental organizations, of a decision of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office regarding an independent power project

  • Lead counsel in a successful appeal of a decision not to issue a permit for a road potentially impacting endangered species before the B.C. Environmental Appeal

  • Developed submissions to the House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainability regarding review and amendment to the Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act on the behalf of several national industry associations

  • Developed an integrated regulatory strategy for endangered species for a major hydropower development project

  • Counsel in a successful defence of a challenge of permitting of landfill at a pulp and paper mill before the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board

  • Advises a construction company on environmental regulatory compliance for redevelopment of major highways and construction of new bridges

Awards & Recognition

Janice is recognized for her expertise in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Environmental and Natural Resources)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Environmental)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Environmental)

  • Who's Who Legal (Environmental)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Environmental)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Environmental)

Professional Activities

Janice is the author of Blakes Canadian Law of Endangered Species, a two-volume, 15-chapter, annotated work, covering the regulation of endangered species throughout Canada, which is updated annually. She speaks regularly at conferences regarding endangered species law in both Canada and the United States.

Janice has taught an environmental law course in the environmental studies program at Langara College, and has served on the City of Port Moody's Environmental Protection Committee and as a vice-chair of the Endangered Species Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Media Activities
  • Quoted: The New World of Stakeholder Engagement
    Article by Elizabeth Raymer, Lexpert Special Edition on Mining, March 2, 2020.
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 1999
LL.B., University of British Columbia - 1998
M.Sc., Brigham Young University - 1980
B.A., Saint Mary's University - 1979
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