Environmental Law for Construction

Why Should you Care?

The construction industry must contend with an increasingly complex maze of environmental regulation and exposure to both regulatory and civil liability. Authorities at all levels of government and the Courts have significant and varying powers to uphold environmental laws.

What Does the Construction Industry Need to Know?

  • environmental compliance obligations
  • how and when governments may take action and for what
  • how to stay out of environmental trouble, and
  • how to respond when in environmental trouble.

During this half-day seminar, you will meet lawyers who deal with these issues day-to-day. They will highlight for you today’s most pressing environmental law issues facing contractors and builders.

What Topics will the Lawyers at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers Talk About?

  • who regulates environmental law & key environmental statutes
  • the definition of “contaminant”
  • environmental regulatory liability
  • environmental civil liability
  • spills & spills response
  • water takings, discharges & approvals
  • sediment & silt control & the OWRA
  • waste & waste management
  • contaminated sites, records of site condition and fill regulation.

Testimonials from Previous Seminars for the Construction Industry

Excellent course put together by the OCA with exceptional speakers brought in from a reputable law firm. Environmental law has become a specialized topic that needs to be brought to the attention of businesses in the construction/industrial fields. Looking forward [to] similar courses!” – Technical Project Manager from the Ottawa Construction Association seminar, 2013

True honest opinions – law and experiences… [The course materials are] my new reference guide” – Sustainability Consultant from the Ottawa Construction Association seminar, 2013

I felt it was an overall beneficial seminar. It definitely opened my eyes to some deficiencies we may have in our company. I found the anecdotes pertaining to cases that individuals had worked to be beneficial, because it gave an idea of what a ruling may be in the event of certain situations/how to prevent such incidents from occurring”. – Attendee from the Ottawa Construction Association seminar, 2016

The seminar has led me to investigating the legislation a bit more closely, and I know that if there are things in which I am uncertain, I can contact the presenters for clarification. Thanks for hosting the seminar!” – Attendee from the Ottawa Construction Association seminar, 2016

Please click here for the full agenda.

October 12, 2016 (half-day seminar)
Wed. 9am – 12pm
TCA, 70 Leek Cres. Richmond Hill, Ontario
Marc McAree and Charles Birchall,
Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
TCA member:
$150.00 + HST
$175.00 + HST

Marc is an Environmental Law Specialist, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He leads the firm’s litigation group. Marc litigates environmental civil claims and appeals MOE Orders and Approvals to the Environmental Review Tribunal. He also defends prosecutions. Marc is an original member of TCA’s Environment Committee.

INSTRUCTOR: Charles (Chuck) Birchall

Chuck is an Environmental Law Specialist, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has extensive experience in advising about environmental compliance, assessments and approvals. Chuck acts for construction companies with environmental offences charged under the Ontario Water Resources Act.