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Janet Bobechko

Senior Partner

Janet Bobechko

Toronto

T:+1 416.216.1886

Janet Bobechko is a well-recognized senior practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law. She routinely provides sophisticated environmental advice on environmental compliance, strategic advice on environmental impact assessments, mergers, acquisitions, real estate and portfolio acquisitions, financings and environmental management systems. She provides strategic advice to many industrial sectors, including manufacturing, mining, transportation, chemical, pulp and paper. Ms. Bobechko has advised on renewable energy projects for solar and cogeneration. She is involved in infrastructure projects for linear transportation. Ms. Bobechko has a particular specialty in providing advice on management of contaminated sites and brownfield development and has been extensively involved in law reform on these issues.

Ms. Bobechko provides assistance regarding environmental approvals (all media), chemical management and importation of new substances into Canada, transportation of dangerous goods, hazardous products, pesticides, stewardship and producer responsibility for recyclable materials as well as emergency planning and spills response. She advises on climate change issues and Ontario’s new cap-and-trade regime. She advises boards of directors regarding environmental compliance, corporate reporting strategies and risk mitigation and environmental insurance. Ms. Bobechko advises clients on corporate social responsibility and sustainability matters. She is routinely consulted on issues related to water taking, sewage and waste water management and treatment, source water protection, water security and issues related to the Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). She also provides advice in relation to aboriginal consultation and how to work collaboratively with aboriginal groups. Her dispute resolution work includes providing advice on environmental aspects in complex civil litigation for historic contamination, mediation for migration of contamination and managing environmental regulatory inspections and charges and providing due diligence advice.

Ms. Bobechko is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in environmental law and is recognized as a leading practitioner in environmental law. She recently received a career achievement award from the Canadian Brownfields Network as a person who has had a profound impact on the Brownfield industry in Canada.

She regularly updates “Falconbridge on Mortgages,” chapter 10 “ Environmental issues Affecting the Mortgagee” and has written the inaugural chapter on “Environmental Considerations for Landlord” in the upcoming second edition of Landlord's Rights and Remedies in a Commercial Lease: A Practical Guide to be published in 2017.

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  • Education

    Certificate, Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Windsor, 1995
    B.A., York University, 1986
    J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1989
    LL.B., University of Windsor, 1989

  • Representative experience

     

    Matters in which Ms. Bobechko has acted include:

    • Advice to client regarding applicability of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for remediation project
    • Advice to Downsview Park in relation to Toronto Transit Commission environmental assessment for Spadina-York subway extension ​
    • Advice to Downwview Park on Canadian Environmental Assessment Act issues related to infrastructure 
    • Advice to commercial client relating to Mississauga bus rapid transit environmental assessment (federal and provincial EA) ​
    • Advice to federal non-agent Crown corporation in relation to Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requirements for construction projects
    • Advice to chemical company regarding decommissioning of facility and provincial environmental assessment requirements
    • Counsel to mining company on assessment and permitting issues arising from re-opening of a graphite mine
    • ​Provided environmental advice for Calstock Power Project, Ontario (Constance Lake First Nation)
    • Provided environmental advice for TCPL Main Line Looping Pipeline Project (Constance Lake First Nation)

     

  • Admissions
    • Ontario 1991
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Environment, Chambers and Partners, 2019
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2016-2017): recommended in Environmental Law
    • Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law
    • Lexpert® Canadian Legal Directory as a Leading Practitioner (repeatedly recommended) in Environmental Law
    • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers
    • Listed in Who's Who Legal Canada (Environmental Law)
  • Memberships and activities
    • Law Society of Upper Canada
    • Ontario Environment Industry Association
      • Co-chair, brownfields committee
      • Chair, climate change committee 
    • Board of Trustees, Toronto Lawyers Association, 2012 - present
    • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, 2012 - present 
    • Canadian Bar Association
      • Executive committee member, national environmental and energy and resources law section
    • Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
      • Excess soil engagement group
    • Ontario Bar Association
      • Chair, environmental law section - 2010 to 2012
    • Province of Ontario, brownfields stakeholders advisory panel (past member)
    • Environment and Land Tribunals (ERT) Ontario
      • Past member, advisory committee, renewable energy appeals (REA) rules
      • Past member, focus group, development of ERT rules dealing with REAs