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Environment • Aboriginal • Energy

Julia Paillé


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Julia is an associate lawyer in our Yellowknife office practicing primarily in the areas of environmental, regulatory, administrative and Aboriginal law in Canada’s north. Prior to joining the Yellowknife office, she worked with the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Lands Department advising on the development of post-devolution land and natural resource legislation in the NWT.

Julia is admitted to the bars of the Northwest Territories and Ontario.

North of 60

Environmental Impact Assessment and Consultation

Julia advises clients about environmental impact assessment issues raised by mining, infrastructure and natural resource development projects. She also advises clients about Aboriginal law and consultation related to land and natural resource development projects.

Resource Agreements and Land Claims Implementation

Julia supports industry and Indigenous government clients with negotiations and drafting impact benefit agreements relating to resource development projects. She also provides advice on the development and implementation of land claim and self-government agreements, particularly on provisions respecting management of land, natural resources and wildlife.

Co-management Tribunals and Northern Resource Development Approvals

Julia supports clients with regulatory compliance and obtaining approvals for resource development projects in Canada’s near and far north. Julia also provides advice about administrative law to co-management tribunals responsible for the issuing water licences and land use permits in the Northwest Territories.


Environmental Law

Julia provides advice and solutions to clients about environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance.

Environmental Litigation

Julia advises plaintiffs and defendants involved in environmental disputes and negotiates settlements before and in the early stages of litigation.  Julia also assists individuals and corporations under inspection and investigation by federal and provincial environmental regulatory authorities and defends charges brought by these authorities.

Prior Environmental Experience

Julia has a B.Sc. (Hons., High Distinction) in physical geography and environmental policy. While studying at the University of Toronto, Julia conducted field work in the Yukon and assisted with research to better understand the impacts of climate change and human disturbance on water quality and aquatic ecosystems.

While studying law at Queen’s University, Julia spent a summer in Alaska working as an intern for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, an Indigenous grassroots organization.  During her internship, Julia supported efforts to develop and promote a –governance management program between Alaska Native and Yukon First Nations communities for the protection and preservation of the Yukon River.

Julia also has experience in developing and amending legislation related to the devolution of land and natural resource management from the federal government to the Government of the Northwest Territories.


  • Individuals
  • Non-governmental associations
  • Land and Resource Tribunals and Boards
  • Municipalities and conservation authorities
  • First Nations and Inuit communities
  • Insurers and financial institutions
  • Land developers, property owners, landlords and tenants
  • Industry

Representative Work

North of 60

  • Administrative Body Reviewing Land Use Planning—Providing advice to an administrative body about jurisdictional and procedural issues relating to regional land use planning.
  • Advising Co-Management Tribunals Responsible for Resource Development—Counsel to tribunals involved in environmental impact assessment, land and water and wildlife regulation under both the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and Inuvialuit Final Agreement, contributing to ongoing management and regulation of renewable resources and the environment in these areas.


Environmental Law

  • Remediation of Property for Sale—Assisted a corporation with ongoing environmental investigations to assess the source of contamination and how best to negotiate remediation and indemnity terms.  Advised the client about potential environmental liabilities, including regulatory and civil liability, associated with contaminated property.
  • Environmental Coverage Opinion for Insured—Reviewed the terms of an environmental insurance policy after contamination was discovered at the policy holder’s property.  Provided an opinion to the insured about environmental coverage relating to contamination and spills.
  • Historic Contamination of Property—Provided advice to a property owner about civil and regulatory risks and liabilities arising from owning property contaminated by the former property owners’ historic operations on site.
  • Transit Authority Approvals and Licences—Provided advice to a transit authority about permits, approvals and licences requirements associated with a new project.

Environmental Litigation

  • Defence of Regulatory Prosecution of Company—Assisted a company to defend provincial offence charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Environmental Protection Act involving alleged discharges from the company’s operations.
  • Defence of Regulatory Prosecution of Directors and Officers—Assisted corporate directors and officers ordered by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to remediate a site in compliance with provincial environmental legislation.
  • Negotiate compensation for owners of property affected by spill—Assisted property owners in obtaining compensation for damage to property arising from spills and discharges.

Aboriginal Law

  • First Nation IBA Regarding Mining Project—Assisted a First Nation to negotiate an Impact Benefit Agreement with the proponent of a mine in Ontario.
  • Opinion about Duty to Consult relating to development project—Provide opinion and assist a municipality in fulfilling its duty to consult relating to a local development project.



  • Canadian Bar Association—member, Chair of the Energy, Environment and Resources Law Section for the Northwest Territories
  • Ontario Bar Association—member


  • Called to the bars of Ontario (2016), Northwest Territories (2017)
  • J.D., Queen's University (2015)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Physical Geography, Environmental Policy, University of Toronto (2011)


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