Moot Committee

FOUNDERS & CO-CHAIRS

  • Photo of Marc McAree Marc McAree
  • Photo of Stepan Wood Stepan Wood

Marc McAree

Partner, Certified Environmental Law Specialist and The Official Moot Referee

Marc McAree is an Environmental Law Specialist, Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He practices environmental, land use planning and municipal law, and civil litigation.  Marc is also a trained mediator.  He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies degree.  Marc is named in the 2017 Lexpert™®/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.  He is peer selected annually for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada© for environmental law.  Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers is named "Law Firm of the Year" for environmental law in the 2017 edition.  Marc is also ranked “Most Frequently Recommended” by The Canadian Legal Lexpert directory and ranked “AV® Preeminent™” by peers in Martindale-Hubbell.  He is also named annually in both the international Who’s Who Legal—Environment and Who’s Who Legal—Canada.  A civil litigator, Marc has appeared at all levels of Ontario Courts including the Ontario Court of Appeal, and before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on actions, applications, judicial reviews and appeals.  Marc also regularly challenges Ministry of the Environment decisions before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, and appears on environmental related matters before other Tribunals.  

Stepan Wood

Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Professor Stepan Wood is a Professor and York Research Chair in Environmental Law and Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.  He is the Editor in Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, founding co-director of Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic, acting coordinator of York University's JD/Master in Environmental Studies joint degree program (the only program of its kind in Canada) and former Director of Osgoode’ Hall Law School's Moot Court Program, and Executive Board member and former Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.  He teaches and conducts research in on environmental law, climate change, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, voluntary environmental standards, transnational business regulation, and property law.  Prior to joining the Osgoode faculty, he graduated from Osgoode as Gold Medalist and clerked for the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada before practising commercial litigation and international arbitration with a leading New York law firm.  He is vice-chair of Canada’s national committee on environmental management system standards and a lead Canadian negotiator of the ISO 14001 standard. actively involved in the work of the Standards Council of Canada and the International Organization for Standardization in the field of environmental management and sustainability.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Photo of Meinhard Doelle Meinhard Doelle
  • Photo of Heather McLeod-Kilmurray Heather McLeod-Kilmurray
  • Photo of Ramani Nadarajah Ramani Nadarajah
  • Photo of Chris Tollefson Chris Tollefson

Meinhard Doelle

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).

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

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.

Ramani Nadarajah

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.

Chris Tollefson

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/.