Emily Chan

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Emily Chan

Emily Chan



Emily Chan practises in the overlapping areas of energy, environmental and Indigenous law.

She regularly advises clients on proceedings before federal and provincial regulatory tribunals, including the Canada Energy Regulator, BC Utilities Commission, BC Oil and Gas Commission, and BC Environmental Assessment Office. She has recently been recognized by Chambers Canada, as a ranked lawyer in the area of Energy – Provincial Regulatory (British Columbia). 

On environmental matters, Emily provides advice on environmental risks and liabilities in mergers and acquisitions and financings, environmental and impact assessments, approval and permitting of major natural resource and infrastructure projects, and regulatory compliance. Her work also includes advice on contaminated sites, fish and wildlife issues, water law, emergency planning and spill response, and climate change. She is a contributing editor to several environmental law publications and is an executive member and former chair of the CBA-BC Environmental Law Subsection.

Emily also provides legal and strategic advice to clients on Indigenous rights and title issues, consultation, participation in regulatory processes, and the negotiation of agreements, including impact-benefit agreements. She has particular experience in north coast energy projects and Indigenous consultation issues in this geographic region. Emily has been recognized by Legal 500 as a ranked lawyer in the area of Indigenous Law.


Professional experience

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J.D., University of British Columbia, 2011
B.A., University of British Columbia, 2008
  • British Columbia 2012

Ms. Chan has acted in the following matters:

  • Advising on permitting requirements for a major industrial facility and associated proceedings before the BC Environmental Appeal Board and BC Supreme Court
  • Advising on the development of aboriginal consultation protocol and framework for a variety of natural resource and industrial projects
  • Representing customer groups before the BC and Alberta utilities commissions in rates, tariffs, facilities proceedings
  • Representing energy trading entities, hydrocarbon producers, and petrochemical refiners before the National Energy Board in gas and crude oil pipeline toll and tariff proceedings
  • Advising the federal review panel that conducted the environmental assessment of the proposed New Prosperity Mine under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
  • Advising project proponent through a harmonized federal and provincial environmental assessment and on permitting issues related to a marine terminal
  • Advising a mining company in relation to the negotiation of impact benefit agreements with First Nations
  • Advising Prince Rupert Port Authority on First Nations consultation issues and their participation in economic development initiatives at the port


  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Aboriginal Law "Ones to Watch," 2022 
  • Legal 500 Canada: Indigenous Law (Rising Star), 2021-2022
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Energy - Provincial Regulatory, Chambers and Partners, 2020-2021
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers