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Climate Change in Legal Practice Live Panel

Presetned by the CBA-NT Environmental, Energy and Resources and Immigration Law Sections.

October 13, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

CBA Members - Free
Non-Members - $50

Join us for this live panel on climate change litigation, adaptation, and racial justice as it relates to the north.

Participation is through Zoom. Please RSVP to Laura_Faryna@gov.nt.ca and you will be sent login credentials by email before the meeting.

Victoria Watson

Victoria is a lawyer and law reform specialist with Ecojustice and co-chair of the Reconciliation Working Group. She is of Haudenosaunee and Scottish descent, working on the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in so-called Vancouver. She advocates for the decolonization of existing environmental conservation and protection policies and laws, and the creation of robust biodiversity and environmental and climate justice laws and initiatives that enable Indigenous stewardship and address environmental racism. She also works to support Indigenous law revitalization projects, and advocates for collaborative and pluralistic governance models that uphold Indigenous rights and jurisdiction, thereby respecting self-determination. Prior to her career at Ecojustice, Victoria studied at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia where she specialized in environmental and natural resource law.

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Lisa DeMarco

Lisa is a Senior Partner and CEO of Resilient LLP, with over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy, and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. She represents several governments and leading energy companies in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline and energy storage matters before various regulatory agencies, including the OEB and the National Energy Board. Ms. DeMarco also assists leading Canadian energy companies and Indigenous business organizations on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, cleantech development and finance, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure, clean energy finance, and sustainable business strategy. Ms. DeMarco has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating a variety of power purchase agreements and bundled and unbundled REC, offset, and green energy agreements. Ms. DeMarco has worked for multilateral development banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China, Russia, California, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and Qu├ębec.

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Nathalie Chalifour

Nathalie Chalifour recently served as pro-bono co-counsel to Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and the United Chiefs and Council of the Mnidoo Mnising at the Ontario Court of Appeal (with Westaway Law), in the constitutional challenges to the federal carbon price. She served as pro-bono co-counsel to the National Association of Women and the Law and Friends of the Earth Canada in the appeals of these decisions to the Supreme Court of Canada. Her publications address a variety of topics, including climate change, carbon pricing, environmental justice, constitutional law, environmental human rights, the green economy and sustainable food and agriculture. She is a Full Professor with the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed to the Institute of the Environment. Her most recent articles focus on the constitutionality of carbon pricing policies and Charter rights in the context of climate change.

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