Certified specialist announcement

Charles J. Birchall, Environmental Law Specialist certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada

August 10, 2015

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is proud to announce that partner Charles J. Birchall has been certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada as an Environmental Law Specialist.

Charles (Chuck) has extensive experience in the environmental compliance and assessment aspects of corporate commercial negotiations and transactions, including assessment of contamination issues, remediation, and approvals requirements. He has advised clients and appeared before Parliamentary Committees in the Senate and House of Commons on environmental legislation: the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Chuck provides advice on environmental assessment issues raised by mining, oil and gas projects and infrastructure projects. He is counsel to two Joint Review Panels conducting environmental assessments of applications by Shell Canada Energy for the Jackpine Mine Expansion Project and the Pierre River Mine.

Chuck is the current Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section.

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP


Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is Canada’s recognized leading environmental law firm, delivering a full range of environmental, Indigenous and energy law services. For nearly 50 years, our clients have benefitted from our innovative, practical solutions and extensive knowledge of environmental, Indigenous, and energy and natural resource issues. With 16 highly specialized lawyers, we are the largest private sector environmental law practice in Canada. Eight of our lawyers are Environmental Law Specialists, certified by the Law Society of Ontario. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Yellowknife. Our lawyers are called to the Bar in Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

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Charles J. Birchall

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

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University of Ottawa

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