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.
Professor of Law, and Associate Dean, Research, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Professor Doelle specializes in environmental and energy law, with a focus on climate change, regulatory approaches, and environmental assessment processes. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the NS Environment Act.
From 2000 to 2006, Professor Doelle was a non-governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. From January to May 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. He served on the Tidal Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment in 2007, the Lower Churchill Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel from 2009 – 2011, and the Nova Scotia panel on aquaculture from 2013 - 2014.
Professor Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision-making. His book projects include “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” (2013), “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime” (2012), “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique" (2009), and "From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law" (2005).
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 Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law. Prior to joining CELA in 1994, Ramani was a prosecutor with the Ontario Ministry of Environment. She 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 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/.