Projects

Recent Projects:

  • Serving as director of conservation and general counsel (as well as interim executive directorin in 2014) (Nature Canada 2012 - present) 

  • Serving as adjunct professor, teaching introductory environmental law course (Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015), natural resources law course (Winter 2013), and environmental assessment law seminar (Winter 2012, Autumn 2012) (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law 2013 - present)

  • Counsel for joint environmental assessment review of  Marathon Platinum-Gold Mine Project  (Citizens for Responsible Industry in Northwestern Ontario,  2011 to 2014

  • Serving as counsel at hearings for Joslyn North Oil Sands Mine Project (Sierra Club Prairie 2010)
  • Proposing options for a comprehensive federal review of laws, regulations and policies governing oil pollution prevention, contingency planning and clean-up (Tar Sands Group 2010)
  • Leading Mackenzie WILD campaign and providing representation at National Energy Board hearings for Mackenzie Gas Project (Sierra Club Prairie, Nature Canada 2009-2010)
  • Leading NGO advocacy in Parliament to sever environmental law provisions from budget implementation bill, and reform Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (Ecojustice, 2010)
  • Advising federal Member of Parliament on, and drafting, private member's bill requiring establishment of cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions  (2010)
  • Researching and writing discussion paper on effective use of federal environmental assessment in addressing climate change (Canadian Environmental Network, 2009-2010)
  • Planning and delivering workshop on interjurisdictional coordination of environmental assessment (Canadian Environmental Network, 2010)
  • Serving as mentor to senior staff (Sierra Youth Coalition, 2009-2010)
  • Writing, delivering and planning communications relating to species at risk report card (Nature Canada, 2004-05)

Other Projects:

  • Public sector advisor for ENACT, an eight-year, $16-million  project to build sustainable development capacity in Jamaica (CIDA)
  • Capacity development coordinator and environmental law advisor for the three-year Zimbabwe Mining Titles and Environment Project (CIDA)
  • Environmental law and policy advisor for the five-year Costa Rica Productive Sector Modernization Project (CIDA)
  • Advisor on departmental sustainable development strategy  process (Industry Canada)
  • Advisor on federal legislation to implement development assessment process under the Yukon Indian land claim agreement (Government of Yukon)
  • Advisor to Slovakian Ministry of Environment on access to information law (Harvard University, US AID)
  • Consultant on proposed federal freshwater strategy and planning (Environment Canada)
  • Coordinator and lead consultant on study of public access to environmental information in Canada, the United States and Mexico (Commission for Environmental Cooperation)
  • Editor of manual on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (Canadian Construction Association)
  • Consultant on Canadian environmental law and policy  for study of North American electrical energy trade (Instituto de Investigacion Juridicas, Universidad Autonome de Mexico)

Past Ecovision Inc. Clients

RCEN
Ecojustice
Nature Canada
Privy Council of Canada
Sierra Club Canada