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Marc McAree

Partner
Certified Environmental Law Specialist

T: 416-862-4820  E: mmcaree@willmsshier.com

Bio

Marc McAree provides advice and solutions to a wide range of clients that help them overcome their environmental law and litigation issues. Marc also provides mediation on environmental issues. Marc is admitted to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia.

Rankings and Awards

  • Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Law Society of Ontario, since 2004
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2016 Lexpert™®/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2016 Chambers & Partners Guide for Environmental Law
  • Peer selected annually for The Best Lawyers in Canada©—Environmental Law
  • Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is named "Law Firm of the Year" for The Best Lawyers in Canada©—Environmental Law, 2017 Edition
  • Rated “Most Frequently Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory
  • Named annually in the international Who’s Who Legal—Environment and Who’s Who Legal—Canada
  • Ranked “AV® Preeminent™” by peers in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism, Ontario Bar Association, 2009

Environmental Law

Marc provides specialist advice and solutions on all aspects of environmental law including expertise with contaminated land/brownfields clean ups, transactions and litigation, and environmental compliance and approvals. Marc also helps clients reduce and manage their environmental risks and liabilities, including assisting with transactional environmental due diligence and ongoing environmental compliance.

Environmental Litigation

  • Environmental civil litigation
  • Defence of environmental regulatory prosecutions
  • Environmental appeals

Marc represents clients at all levels of Ontario Courts on actions, applications, judicial reviews and appeals. He defends clients against environmental prosecutions and appears before the Environmental Review Tribunal and other administrative law decision-makers.

Marc has particular experience in the courts and tribunals litigating soil and groundwater contaminant impacts, and nuisance and odour issues. He frequently negotiates settlements of substantial and complex environmental damage claims without resort to civil litigation. 

Clients

  • Industrial companies
  • Insurers and financial institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Transit authorities
  • Conservation authorities
  • Land developers, property owners, landlords, tenants, real estate investment trusts & portfolio companies
  • Construction companies
  • Dry cleaners
  • Individuals

Representative Work

  • Environmental Counsel to Major Food Processing Company—Canadian environmental counsel to an international food processing company. Advice about environmental regulation of truck-to-train transfer requirements for crude oil, environmental requirements for the sale of a grain terminal, environmental site assessment reports associated with a lease surrender, and ongoing multi-party environmental risk and associated litigation.
  • Migration of Chlorinated Solvents Through Property—Achieved a multi-million dollar settlement for a government client that owns a flow-through contaminated property with broad indemnification from the long-time former industrial owner of the upgradient source property after a decade of civil litigation and regulator engagement.
  • Appeal of Regulatory Order to Tribunal—Appeal of an order against a municipal client involving the deposit by an owner of fly ash received from a municipal energy-from-waste facility that was lawfully deposited at a property pursuant to an agreement and in accordance with environmental laws, and initiation of a civil action against several potentially responsible parties for damages incurred to appeal the order.
  • Defence of Lawyer in Civil Litigation—Defence of a lawyer on behalf of the lawyer’s insurer against allegations of negligence, misappropriation of funds, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty associated with the migration of petroleum hydrocarbons from a major oil company’s property to the Plaintiff’s property (lawyer’s former client), where the former client alleged that the lawyer failed to issue a claim within the limitation period.
  • Environmental Coverage Opinion, Defence and Subrogation Claim for an Insurer—Initially provided insurance coverage advice to an insurer about its insured’s claim in response to a significant fuel loss at a service station impacting commercial and residential properties in the vicinity of a nearby river. Managed environmental regulator involvement by working with the regulator and insured to strategically spend insurance proceeds. Defended a bad faith claim initiated against the insurer by the insured after the coverage limit was spent. Initiated a subrogation action against other potentially responsible parties.
  • Defence of Environmental Consultant to Sewer Use Prosecution—Defence of an insured environmental consulting firm and its principal against charges relating to sewer discharges from the consultant’s client’s wastewater treatment system, where the consultant did not engage in, or cause or permit any discharge to the municipal sewer.

 

 

 

Recognition

  • Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Law Society of Ontario, since 2004
  • Selected for inclusion annually in the Lexpert™®/American Lawyer Guide To The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Selected for inclusion annually in the Chambers & Partners Canada Guide for Environmental Law
  • Peer selected annually for The Best Lawyers in Canada©—Environmental Law
  • Rated “Most Frequently Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory
  • Named annually in the international Who’s Who Legal—Environment and Who’s Who Legal—Canada
  • Ranked “AV® Preeminent™” by peers in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism, Ontario Bar Association, 2009

Organizations

  • The Law Society of Ontario—Certified Specialist in Environmental Law (2004-)
  • Ontario Bar Association—Environmental Law Section Executive Committee member (1996-2014), Chair (2006-2008), Vice-Chair (2004-2006); Legislation Sub Committee member (1996-1998); Lender Liability Sub-Committee member (1996-1997); Co-Program Coordinator (2000-2001)
  • Canadian Bar Association—National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section Executive Committee member (1996-); Young Lawyers’ Division—Ontario Chair (1997-1998), Vice-Chair (1996-1997); member of the Executive (1995-1997)
  • American Bar Association—Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee Vice-Chair (2010-); member of the Environment, Energy and Resources Section and Toxic Tort & Insurance Practice Section (2010-)
  • Canadian Environmental Law Association, member (1988-)
  • Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, former member of the Client Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Law Network (U.S.), member
  • Toronto Construction Association,  Environment Committee member (2003-)

 

Speaking Engagements

April 27, 2018

Maxxam Spring 2018 Science Summit

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January 25, 2018

SMART Remediation 2018 (Toronto) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

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February 15, 2018

SMART Remediation 2018 (Ottawa) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

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November 02, 2017 to November 03, 2017

CBA NEERLS & Department of Justice - 28th Annual Meeting

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May 01, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

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April 27, 2017 to April 28, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

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February 08, 2017

Ontario Bar Association's Institute - New Developments in Environmental Law

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March 02, 2017

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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January 19, 2017

Environmental Law Forum: Proving Environmental Health Impacts

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February 16, 2017

SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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January 26, 2017

SMART Remediation Toronto Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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November 03, 2016 to November 04, 2016

Canadian Bar Association: 27th Annual NEERLS & Department of Justice Meeting

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October 20, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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October 12, 2016

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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June 10, 2016

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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May 04, 2016

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Sector

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February 23, 2016

The Commons Institute: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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February 26, 2016

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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February 11, 2016

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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January 27, 2016 to January 29, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

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February 04, 2016

SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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January 19, 2016

The Canadian Institute's 22nd Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference

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October 21, 2015

LSUC: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015 - Experts in Environmental Litigation

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October 21, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015

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August 05, 2015

INEF 2015 Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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May 07, 2015

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Sector

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March 07, 2015 to March 08, 2015

Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

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April 11, 2015

ABA - Cutting-Edge Scientific and Legal Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

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January 22, 2015 to February 28, 2015

Using Expert Witnesses in Environmental Litigation

More
August 04, 2014

Reaching for the Intersection of Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology: A Practical Update

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June 10, 2014

CBA NEERLS Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

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May 29, 2014 to May 30, 2014

2014 CBA NEERLS Law Summit

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May 27, 2014

OBA's Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land

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June 09, 2014 to June 10, 2014

Insight's Canadian Law Firm Leadership Forum

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April 30, 2014

CANECT 2014: Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence

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February 12, 2014

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law - Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management

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January 17, 2014

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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January 16, 2014 to June 10, 2014

Canadian Bar Association NEERLS: Five-Part Webinar Series

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November 26, 2013

Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence, Envirogate

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October 03, 2013

Practice Tips and Tools for Environmental Lawyers, Ontario Bar Association

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April 29, 2013 to May 01, 2013

21st Annual CANECT 2013

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April 10, 2013

AON Property Owners' Roundtable - Environmental Risk Management

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February 22, 2013

Environmental Law 101, The International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Canadian Law Conference, Breakfast Roundtables

More
February 27, 2013

Environmental Law: Vapour Intrusion: What You Can't See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You !, Canadian Bar Association

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February 05, 2013

Emerging Trends in Environmental Liabilities and Related Claims, The Canadian Institute

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December 05, 2012

8th Environmental Deal-Breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions Course

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October 26, 2012

Environmental Law & Regulation in Ontario, The Canadian Institute

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November 28, 2012

The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action, Ontario Bar Association

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October 17, 2012 to October 18, 2012

The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2012, Law Society of Upper Canada

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2014

  • “Reaching for the Intersection of Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology: A Practical Update”, American Bar Association Webinar, American Bar Association
  • “Interprovincial Environmental Disputes”, CBA NEERLS Webinar Series, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Strategy & Strategic Planning—Preparing the Firm for the Future: Things You Must Get Right”, Canadian Law Firm Leadership Forum: Identifying the Opportunities for Change, Insight Information
  • “Vapour Intrusion: What you can’t see, smell, hear, taste or feel can hurt you!”, 2014 Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land: Three Years After the July 1, 2011 Amendments”, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Compliance and Due Diligence”, 22nd Annual Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (CANECT) 2014
  • “Reaching for the Intersection of Product  Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology:  A Practice Update”, 23rd Annual Spring CLE meeting of the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, American Bar Association
  • “Environmental Law—Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management”, Toronto Construction Association
  • “Environmental Law for the Construction Industry”, Ottawa Construction Association

 2013

  • “Due Diligence Defence To An Environmental Prosecution”, Environmental Compliance Essentials 2013, Envirogate
  • “Spills, Leaks and Contingency Plans, Orders and Due Diligence Defence to an Environmental Prosecution”, 21st Annual Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (CANECT) 2013
  • “Environmental Risk Management at Commercial Properties”, AON Property Owners’ Roundtable
  • Environmental Law Career Panel, Osgoode
  • “Vapour Intrusion: What You Can’t See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You!”, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Environmental Law For Dummies”, Breakfast Roundtables, 2013 ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Conference, ICSC
  • “Emerging Trends in Environmental Liabilities and Related Claims”, 19th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, The Canadian Institute

 2012

  • “Dealing with Environmental Risk in Industrial and Commercial Leasing”, 8th Environmental Deal-Breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions, Federated Press
  • “The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action: Damages and Getting to Settlement—Part Three of a Three-Part Series”, Ontario Bar Association—Environmental Law Section
  • “Emerging Issues in Real Estate”, Hamilton Law Association
  • “Environmental Civil Causes of Action: The Effect of Berendsen v. Ontario and Smith v. Inco on Who You Can Sue and For What”, Environmental Law and Regulation in Ontario, The Canadian Institute
  • “Protecting Landlords and Tenants with Environmental Terms in Leases”, The Six Minute Environmental Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • “Environmental Experts, The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action: Navigating To and Through Trial—Part Two of a Three-Part Series”, Ontario Bar Association—Environmental Law Section
  • “The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action: All About Claims—Part One of a Three-Part Series”, Ontario Bar Association—Environmental Law Section
  • “Environmental Liability for Government Entities”, Extended Workshop, 2012 Society of Public Insurance Administrators of Ontario Conference, Public Insurance Administrators of Ontario
  • “Environmental Legal Liability Hot Topics, Insider Secrets to Managing Environmental Risk”, FERRO Canada Symposium
  • “Purchasing Contaminated Land While Allocating Environmental Liability”, Board of Governors, Wilfrid Laurier
  • “The Long and Winding Road: Environmental Liability and Best Practices in Road Construction”, Infrastructure Construction and the Environment, Hetek Solutions, Inc.
  • “Identifying, Managing and Minimizing The Risks of Environmental Liability, 18th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, The Canadian Institute
  • Drafting/Negotiating Environmental Provisions for High Risk Sites Such as Gas Stations and Dry Cleaners”, ICSC 2012 Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference  

2011

  • “Emerging Issues in Real Estate”, The Hamilton Law Association
  • “Environmental Law Update: Contaminated Land and Environmental Claims, Maxxam Analytics
  • “Environmental Litigation: An Overview of Contaminated Land and Natural Resources Damages”, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2011, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • “Municipal Liability in Nuisance and for Environmental Contamination: A Practical Guide to Managing the Risks”, Municipal Government Liability and Litigation, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • “The Appraiser’s Dilemma in Valuing Contaminated Land: Case Law Review”, ELS Passport Series, Ontario Bar Association
  • “Dealing with Environmental Risk in Industrial and Commercial Leasing”, Environmental Deal-breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions, Federated Press
  • “Essential Developments in Environmental Liability and Related Claims”, 17th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, The Canadian Institute
  • “Environmental Legal Risks in Industrial and Commercial Leasing”, Environmental Deal-breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions, Federated Press

 2010

  • “Dynamic Due Diligence: Real-life Examples of the Changing Face of Environmental Due Diligence as Interpreted in the Courts”, Envirogate 2010
  • “A Cross-Country Review of Contaminated Land Litigation”, Maxxam Analytics
  • “Critical Updates and Significant Trends in Environmental Litigation”, Environmental Law & Regulation in Ontario, The Canadian Institute
  • “Managing Environmental Risk in the Context of Civil Litigation and Regulatory Action”, Society of Public Insurance Administrators of Ontario 2010 Conference, Society of Public Insurance Administrators of Ontario
  • “Environmental Considerations in Real Property Transactions”, Sophisticated Real Estate Transactions, Federated Press
  • “Environmental Insurance”, Environmental Deal-Breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions Webinar, Federated Press
  • “Show Me the Money: Financial Assurance Requirements and Environmental Insurance”, Passport Series, Ontario Bar Association
  • “The Long and Winding Road: Environmental Liability and Best Practices in Road Construction”, Canadian Road Builders Association

 Older

  • Environmental Considerations in Real Property Transactions Development, Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M., November 26-28, 2009
  • Ensuring Compliance, Avoiding Environmental Liability & Maximizing Business Efficiency, The Canadian Institute, Environmental Law & Regulation, October 29-30, 2009
  • Canada/U.S. Environmental Disputes: Reaching Across the 49th Parallel, The 2009 National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association, May 1-2, 2009
  • 18th Annual Spring CLE meeting of the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, American Bar Association, April 2-4, 2009
  • Defensive Lease Drafting to Cover Your Environmental Assets! And Contaminated Land and Buildings: Who is on the Hook to Clean-up and For What?, March 5-6, 2009, ISCS Law Conference
  • Corporate Counsel Donning Green: Commitment to Environmental Sustainability and Managing the Risks, Insight 3rd Annual In-House Counsel Forum, February 26-27, 2009
  • The Long and Winding Road: Environmental Liability and Best Practices in Road Construction, Ontario Road Builders Association, February 23, 2009
  • Commercial Lease Provisions: Allocating Liability for Contamination and Environmental Remediation, LSUC, The Six Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2009, February 11, 2009
  • Managing Nuisance and Trespass Claims in an Environmental and Civil Liability Context, The Canadian Institute, February 9-10, 2009
  • CCCA, The 3rd Annual Ultimate Corporate Counsel Conference, November 12, 2008
  • The Legal Framework of Odour Regulation in Ontario, Ontario Bar Association Passport Series, October 2, 2008
  • Class Action Liability Update – Spills, Contamination, and Odours, SPIAO, May 25-26, 2008
  • Trends and Foes: Managing Change and Risk in Municipal Law, IMLA, May 15-16, 2008
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Law & Regulation in Ontario, The Canadian Institute, April 17-18, 2008
  • Excelling at Home and in Global Markets - Meeting Corporate Governance Challenges at Home and Abroad - The Role of Cororate Counsel, Insight, 2nd Annual Corporate Counsel Forum, February 25-26, 2008
  • Managing the Risks of Environmental Contamination: A Practice Perspective, Osgoode’s Municipal Government Liability and Litigation Conference, February 12 – 13, 2008
  • Minimizing Nuisance Liability Challenges: Spills, Contamination and Odours, The Canadian Institute’s 14th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, February 7 – 8, 2008
  • Municipal Law Program – Part I – Navigating a Rapidly Changing Municipal Law and Planning Law Landscape: The “Greening” of Planning in Ontario, February 5, 2008
  • Environmental Law: Staying Aloft Amid a Flurry of New Developments, OBA 2008 Institute, February 4, 2008
  • Ministry of the Environment Update 2007: Recent and Upcoming Changes to Ontario Environmental Laws, Ontario Bar Association, November 22, 2007
  • Challenging Approvals and Orders, Lehder Environmental Services, November 2, 2007
  • Environmental Law Practice Tips and Tools Roundtable Dinner, Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Young Lawyers Division, November 1, 2007
  • Environmental Nuisances: Noise, Light, Odour & Fugitive Dust, Air & Waste Management Association, May 7-9, 2007
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Law & Regulation, The Canadian Institute, April 23-24, 2007
  • Basics of Environmental Law: Insurance Policies, Contaminated Land and You, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, February 7, 2007
  • Litigation Trends 2006: Environmental Class Actions, The Canadian Institute, November 22, 2006
  • New Developments in Asbestos, Mould and Other Environmental and Risk Management Issues in Leasing, Real Leasing, October 3, 2006
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Law & Regulation, The Canadian Institute, April 3-4, 2006
  • Managing the Risks of Environmental Contamination: Canadian Institute’s 12th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, February 8, 2006
  • The Essentials of Environmental Law in Ontario, The Canadian Institute’s 8th Annual Environmental Law & Regulation in Ontario, November 29, 2005
  • Back With A Vengeance - Part II: A Changing Legal Environment, Ontario Bar Association, November 25, 2005
  • Strategic Spill Management: Appealing Environmental Penalties, Clean-Ups and Cost-Recovery Orders, Templegate Information Services, November 22, 2005
  • Practical Strategies to Control and Limit Your Liability Exposure in Environmental Clean-Ups, Canadian Institute - Offsetting Environmental Clean-Up Costs and Liabilities, November 21, 2005
  • Canadian Brownfields 2005 - Developing Livable Communities - The Community Planning Stream, The Canadian Brownfields Network, October 14, 2005
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls and Closing Deals!, Toronto Real Estate Board, October 5, 2005
  • Contaminated Land and Buildings: The Appraiser's Dilemma and the Need for Input from other Disciplines, Ontario Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, September 16, 2005
  • The Future of Real Estate in the North, IWRA Real Estate Forum, April 7, 2005
  • Land, Water & Sewage: The Municipality as Gatekeeper, 11th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, February 17, 2005
  • Risk Assessment - What Does It Mean and How Does It Work, OBA, February 4, 2005
  • Personal Liability on the Environmental Front: Are You Exposed?, The Canadian Institute Construction Superconference, November 29, 2004
  • Tiding Up Your Deals! Addressing Contamination in Land Transactions, OBA, November 4, 2004
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls & Closing Deals, Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board, October 28, 2004
  • Ontario's New Brownfields Laws, LSUC/OBA, October 14, 2004
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls & Closing Deals, Toronto Real Estate Board, September 30, 2004
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls & Closing Deals, London & St. Thomas Real Estate Board, September 16, 2004
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls & Closing Deals, Hamilton Real Estate Board, May 4, 2004
  • Contaminated Land: Avoiding Pitfalls & Closing Deals, Brampton Real Estate Board, April 19, 2004
  • The Environmental Lawyer's Toolbox, Appraisal Institute of Canada, April 3, 2004
  • From Spills to Landfills: Overcoming new Environmental Liabilities, The Canadian Institute, February 20, 2004
  • Troubleshooting MOE Approvals and Orders, Jacques Whitford, February 6, 2004
  • Troubleshooting MOE Approvals and Orders, Golder Associates Ltd., January 30, 2004
  • Environmental Legal Update: New Cases and Developments in Noise & Odour Regulation and Industrial Contamination Clean-ups, APMA, January 15, 2004

Articles

April 19, 2018

Maxxam Spring 2018 Science Summit

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December 06, 2017

SMART Remediation 2018 (Toronto) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

More
December 06, 2017

SMART Remediation 2018 (Ottawa) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

More
October 27, 2017

CBA NEERLS & Department of Justice - 28th Annual Meeting

More
March 17, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

More
March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

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January 31, 2017

Ontario Bar Association's Institute - New Developments in Environmental Law

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January 09, 2017

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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January 09, 2017

Environmental Law Forum: Proving Environmental Health Impacts

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January 09, 2017

SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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January 09, 2017

SMART Remediation Toronto Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

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November 02, 2016

Canadian Bar Association: 27th Annual NEERLS & Department of Justice Meeting

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September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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August 23, 2016

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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June 06, 2016

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

More
April 21, 2016

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Sector

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February 18, 2016

The Commons Institute: Experts in Environmental Litigation

More
February 04, 2016

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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February 01, 2016

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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January 25, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

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January 12, 2016

SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

More
January 07, 2016

The Canadian Institute's 22nd Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference

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October 23, 2015

LSUC: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015 - Experts in Environmental Litigation

More
October 02, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015

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July 06, 2015

INEF 2015 Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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May 05, 2015

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Sector

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March 03, 2015

Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

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January 27, 2015

ABA - Cutting-Edge Scientific and Legal Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

More
January 19, 2015

Using Expert Witnesses in Environmental Litigation

More
July 23, 2014

Reaching for the Intersection of Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Nanotechnology: A Practical Update

More
May 06, 2014

CBA NEERLS Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental Disputes

More
May 06, 2014

2014 CBA NEERLS Law Summit

More
May 06, 2014

OBA's Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land

More
May 06, 2014

Insight's Canadian Law Firm Leadership Forum

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February 26, 2014

CANECT 2014: Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence

More
February 03, 2014

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law - Pitfalls, Perils & Risk Management

More
January 17, 2014

Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

More
December 10, 2013

Canadian Bar Association NEERLS: Five-Part Webinar Series

More
September 25, 2013

Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence, Envirogate

More
August 26, 2013

Practice Tips and Tools for Environmental Lawyers, Ontario Bar Association

More
April 15, 2013

21st Annual CANECT 2013

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March 25, 2013

AON Property Owners' Roundtable - Environmental Risk Management

More
January 21, 2013

Environmental Law 101, The International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Canadian Law Conference, Breakfast Roundtables

More
January 21, 2013

Environmental Law: Vapour Intrusion: What You Can't See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You !, Canadian Bar Association

More
January 17, 2013

Emerging Trends in Environmental Liabilities and Related Claims, The Canadian Institute

More
November 05, 2012

8th Environmental Deal-Breakers in Real Estate and Business Transactions Course

More
November 05, 2012

Environmental Law & Regulation in Ontario, The Canadian Institute

More
November 05, 2012

The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action, Ontario Bar Association

More
September 19, 2012

The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2012, Law Society of Upper Canada

More

2014

  • “Ontario Premier Wynne Mandates Environmental and Energy Priorities”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Castonguay Convicted Again: Ontario Courts Continue To Recognize Section 15(1) EPA ‘Duty to Report’”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Environmental Management Best Practices for Dry Cleaners—Minimizing Legal Liability and Establishing a Defence”, co-authored by Jacquelyn Stevens, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Key Environmental Bills Stuck in the Legislative Pipeline in Ontario”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Security for Costs Orders Against Environmental Groups Bolstered by Pointes Decision”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “MOE Encourages Industry, Municipalities and Conservation Authorities To Implement New Voluntary ‘Excess Soil’ Guidelines’”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Vapour Intrusion: What You Can’t See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You!”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com

2013

  • “Feds Imposing New Environmental Enforcement Act Fines Against Dry Cleaners”, co-authored by Jacquelyn Stevens, November/December Fabricare Canada
  • “Who You Gonna Call? Dry Cleaners Facing Civil Claims”, co-authored by Jacquelyn Stevens, September/October Fabricare Canada
  • “When Complying with the Law in Your Own Backyard is Not Enough: Cross-Border United States and Canada Environmental Litigation”, co-authored by Joanna Vince, Winter American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

2012

  • “Experts in Environmental Civil Actions”, The Anatomy of an Environmental Civil Action: Navigating to and through Trial, Ontario Bar Association
  • “Ontario Moves to Limit the Risk of Explosions from Installing Geothermal Systems”, Ontario Bar Association, Environews, Volume 22, No. 1, May 2012

2011

  • “When the Past Won’t Stay Buried: Liability for Historic Contamination in a Post-Berendsen World”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com

2010

  • “Clamping Down on Greenwashing”, Canadian Lawyer, In House, December
  • “Environmental Mishap Leads to Unwelcome Derivative Claim”, Canadian Lawyer, In House, August
  • “Real Liability for Environmental Harm”, Canadian Lawyer, April  

Books and Reports

Maxxam Spring 2018 Science Summit

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SMART Remediation 2018 (Toronto) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

More

SMART Remediation 2018 (Ottawa) - Mitigating Environmental Risks and Liabilities for Consultants and Contractors

More

CBA NEERLS & Department of Justice - 28th Annual Meeting

More

CANECT 2017 - Managing Indoor Environmental Quality

More

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More

Ontario Bar Association's Institute - New Developments in Environmental Law

More

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

More

Environmental Law Forum: Proving Environmental Health Impacts

More

SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

More

SMART Remediation Toronto Conference: Making Out the Environmental Due Diligence Defence at Trial

More

Canadian Bar Association: 27th Annual NEERLS & Department of Justice Meeting

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The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

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Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

More

Toronto Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Sector

More

The Commons Institute: Experts in Environmental Litigation

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Ottawa Construction Association: Environmental Law for the Construction Industry

More

SMART Remediation Vancouver Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

More

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

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SMART Remediation Ottawa Conference: Experts in Environmental Litigation

More

The Canadian Institute's 22nd Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference

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LSUC: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2015 - Experts in Environmental Litigation

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The Canadian Institute's 22nd Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference

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Education

  • Called to the bars of Ontario (1995), British Columbia (2008)
  • Certificate of Conflict Management, University of Waterloo (1999)
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (1993)
  • Master in Environmental Studies, Environmental Land Use Planning, York University (1993)
  • B.A. (Hons.), Geography and Urban Studies, York University (1989)
  • Chemistry for Environmental Professionals, University of Toronto, Continuing Engineering Education (December 1997)

 

Expertise

"Willms & Shier is a bluechip environmental law firm."

Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice