Julie Abouchar


Certified Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues and Environmental Law by The Law Society of Ontario

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Julie Abouchar makes it her guiding principle to treat others in a way that she wants to be treated.

This has helped her develop a reputation for being approachable to others with diverse backgrounds and histories. Her positive connections with clients and stakeholders contribute to Julie’s effectiveness as a lawyer and negotiator.

Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as both an Indigenous Legal Issues Specialist and Environmental Law Specialist, Julie’s broad experience covers the intersection of Indigenous legal issues and natural resources, environmental, and energy law. A formative event in Julie’s early career was serving as Assistant Commission Counsel to the Walkerton Inquiry, followed by Counsel to the Expert Panel for Safe Drinking Water for First Nations. She learned from these inquiries that thoroughly understanding complex multi-party issues from different perspectives yields solutions. Armed with this skill, Julie helps clients achieve success whether providing strategic legal advice, advocating before tribunals and regulators, or negotiating and drafting agreements.

Julie is a trained mediator and a strong advocate. Julie advises clients in Ontario, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories about Indigenous legal issues (Aboriginal law), partnerships and benefit agreements, environmental impact assessments, compliance and risk management, transactional due diligence, contaminated land, and water law.

Julie enjoys being part of a team that moves projects forward. She has a particular affinity for major projects such as those involving mines, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Julie was counsel to the First Nation equity partner in a 28 MW $300 Million hydroelectric development project on a northern Ontario river, built by a First Nation business and currently employing First Nations people. She was counsel to an Inuit Organization negotiating and drafting groundbreaking Inuit Impact Benefit and Land Tenure Agreements for major gold mine projects in Nunavut, bringing opportunities for Inuit and Inuit businesses. She advised a municipal consortium engaging in Indigenous consultation to develop a collaborative process for archaeology, environment and traditional knowledge studies for broadband and cell tower projects in eastern Ontario. As a member of the Source Protection Committee for the CTC Region (Credit Valley, Toronto Region and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authorities) Julie collaborated with municipal and industrial stakeholders to develop source water protection policies for a large watershed in southern Ontario.

Recognized for her deep knowledge of Indigenous legal issues, mining, and water law, Julie annually participates in York University’s Osgoode Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certificate in Mining Law and is co-author of Ontario Water Law, published by Thomson Reuters.



    • Certified as a Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues by the Law Society of Ontario, since 2017
    • Called to the bar of the Northwest Territories (2015)
    • Called to the bar of Nunavut (2014)
    • Certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario (2005)
    • LL.M., Environmental Law, University of London, U.K. (1995)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Society of New Brunswick (1995)
    • Called to the bar of Ontario (1994)
    • Called to the bar of New Brunswick (1994)
    • LL.B. and B.C.L., McGill University (1992)
    • B.Sc. (Hons.), Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1987)


    • The Law Society of Ontario—Certified Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues (2017-)
    • The Law Society of Ontario—Certified Specialist in Environmental Law (2005-)
    • Ontario Bar Association— Member of Aboriginal Law Section Executive (2004-); Environmental Law Section (1994-); Municipal Law Section (2003-); Natural Resources Law Section (2004)
    • Canadian Bar Association—National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section member
    • Ontario Water Power Association
    • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, member
    • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
    • CTC Source Protection Committee, member
    •  Ontario Clean Water Agency, Board Member, August 2007 to July 2013
    • Ontario Environmental Industries Association—Member (2003-)
    • American and Ontario Water Works Associations—Member (2005-)
    • Environmental Law Commission, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)—Member (2000-)
    • Sierra Club of Canada—U.S.-Canada International Committee member (1999-2004)
    • Conservation Council of New Brunswick—Executive Director and Director (1996-1998)
    • Environmental Law Association of McGill—President and a Founding Member (1988-1991)