Stephen Hazell M.Sc., LL.B.

Stephen Hazell M.Sc., LL.B.

613-724-1908
stephen@ecovision-law.ca

Stephen Hazell is an environmental lawyer and the founder of Ecovision. His experience is unique in that he has held senior management positions in four national environmental organizations, a federal government agency, and a leading Ottawa-based consulting firm. Stephen currenlty serves as director of conservation and general counsel at Nature Canada.  He also teaches environmental law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. 
Stephen serves as director of conservation and general counsel at Nature Canada. He has also served as executive director of Sierra Club Canada where he launched key campaigns to phase out the tar sands oil industry and ensure that Canada meets its international climate change obligations. Stephen co-chaired a joint industry-environmental group initiative that successfully brought provincial and federal governments together to produce a Canada-wide regulatory framework to reduce smog emissions. He also led a successful campaign to ensure that the $16 billion Mackenzie Gas Project is not built until it is demonstrably sustainable.
In other leadership roles with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and Canadian Wildlife Federation, he initiated successful campaigns to expand Nahanni National Park Reserve, and create the Mealy Mountains National Park and Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. He led successful interventions against environmentally harmful development projects, including the the Great Whale hydroelectric project in northern Quebec, the Kiggavik uranium mine near Baker Lake Northwest Territories, and the White’s Point basalt quarry and marine terminal near Digby Nova Scotia.
He initiated pivotal, precedent-setting law suits against the proposed Rafferty-Alameda dams in southern Saskatchewan and the proposed Cheviot open-pit coal mine near Jasper Alberta. In the mid-1990s, Stephen led the team at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that developed the regulations for the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
In the late 1980s, he led a coalition of 40 Canadian environmental and indigenous organizations that developed Greenprint for Canada, a comprehensive set of environmental policy and program recommendations which directly led to the Mulroney government’s $3 billion Green Plan. He initiated a similar initiative Tomorrow Today, launched by eleven national environmental groups in 2008.
In his consulting career, Stephen has been engaged to work on a host of environmental management projects with various Canadian federal, provincial and territorial departments, as well as the governments of Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Slovakia and Costa Rica.
Stephen holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Ecology from the University of Toronto and a Law degree from Queen’s University. He is a noted public speaker and has written numerous scholarly articles, as well as Canada v.The Environment, his 1999 book on federal environmental assessment law and policy.
Stephen is an Olympic-distance triathlete and an avid wilderness traveler. His most exciting experience was seeing the Porcupine caribou herd crossing the swollen Firth River in northern Yukon.