Partner, McLennan Ross
Stuart is a partner at McLennan Ross practicing in the areas of energy, environmental & regulatory and commercial litigation, focusing on environmental and occupational health and safety regulatory law, and class actions.
Stuart has extensive experience advising oilsands and other industrial operators in relation to environmental and health and safety law issues, in particular in preparation for and responding to regulatory investigations and prosecutions.
Stuart has a wide range of experience in commercial litigation matters, including contractual disputes, recovery of funds and class actions.
While Stuart has extensive experience in complex multiparty litigation, he is equally comfortable in finding efficient solutions for smaller disputes. He utilizes alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and arbitration to resolve issues and has significant experience acting as both plaintiff and defendant counsel in class actions in Alberta and in British Columbia.
Stuart advises organizations on contract interpretation, drafting and policy issues and has advised government and administrative tribunals on policy and adjudicative matters.
Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment, Faculty of Law McGill University
Prof. Sébastien Jodoin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment. Drawing on his lived experience with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Jodoin co-founded and directs the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action Research Programme, a pioneering initiative to generate, co-produce, and translate knowledge at the intersections of disability and climate justice. His research in this area has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has been covered by media outlets around the world. In 2023, McGill University awarded him its Changemaker Prize, which is awarded to scholars whose dedication to sharing their knowledge with the media and the public has had a major impact on society.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Heather McLeod-Kilmurray is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (CELGS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. She was the founding Director of CELGS and is a past Director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Her research deals with toxic torts, environmental ethics, the Canadian oil sands, environmental justice, and food law including GMOs and Industrial Factory Farming. She is co-author of The Canadian Law of Toxic Torts (Canada Law Book) with Prof. Lynda Collins. She has co-edited several books in the IUCN Academy Environmental Law Series (Edward Elgar) such as Climate Law and Developing Countries; Biodiversity and Climate Change; and The Law and Policy of Biofuels. She teaches Environmental Law, Climate Change and Legal Change, Law and Sustainability, Torts and Legal Writing, and Administrative Law. She is also a part-time member of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.
Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Ramani Nadarajah is counsel with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). She holds an LL.B. (1987) and an LL.M. (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Environmental Law.
From 2022 to 2023, Ramani was on secondment as Policy Counsel with the Law Commission of Ontario, where she led the Environmental Accountability: Rights, Responsibilities and Access to Justice project. Prior to joining CELA in 1994, Ramani was Crown Counsel with the Ontario Ministry of Environment. Ramani has appeared before the courts and administrative tribunals on cases involving contaminated sites, waste, air pollution, pesticides, water-takings and environmental land-use planning. She was co-counsel for over five hundred residents at both phases of the Walkerton Inquiry.
Ramani has served on federal and provincial government advisory bodies on a range of issues including environmental penalties, brownfields and modernizing environmental approvals. Ramani is a co-editor of Carswell’s Canadian Environmental Law Reports and has published articles in Canadian and international law journals on environmental law and policy issues, with a focus on regulatory compliance and enforcement.
Professor of Law, University of Victoria
Chris Tollefson has degrees from Queen’s, University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall Law School, and clerked at the BC Court of Appeal. He combines teaching and research on environmental issues with counsel work for various public interest environmental clients. This counsel work has included appearances before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various regulatory boards and tribunals. Chris was counsel to BC Nature and Nature Canada during both the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline hearing processes. He has won various awards for his teaching and research, and in 2014 was the recipient of Nature Canada’s Conservation Partner Award for his work leading their pro bono legal team during the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings. He is co-author (with Meinhard Doelle) of a leading environmental law textbook. Chris is a former President of Ecojustice, served for two decades as executive director of the UVic Environmental Law Centre, and is the founding executive director of Canada’s newest public interest environmental law non-profit, the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (“CELL”): see http://www.pacificcell.ca/.