Project Law Blog


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The Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog focuses on updating proponents on new and interesting issues emerging in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. The focus of the blog is on matters relating to environmental assessment and compliance, regulatory matters and aboriginal consultation.


Brad Armstrong, QC

Brad Armstrong, QC Brad has extensive experience in civil litigation, aboriginal law, administrative and constitutional law, and environmental law. He represents clients involved with land use issues, project development, regulatory approvals, environmental assessments, First Nations consultation, and litigation, in a range of natural resource industries including mining, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, energy, independent power projects, oil and gas, and transportation. His practice extends through Western Canada and the North (including Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut). Brad acts as counsel in court hearings and in public review hearings, in all levels of the British Columbia Courts and the Federal Courts, and before federal, provincial and territorial boards, panels and commissions.

Keith Bergner

Keith Bergner Keith advises private sector, public sector and government clients on Aboriginal law and regulatory matters. He has appeared as counsel before numerous regulatory tribunals and all levels of Superior and Appellate Courts (both Federal and Provincial), including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has acted for clients in a number of natural resource industries including hydro-electric generation and transmission, oil and gas, mining, aquaculture, forestry, transportation and independent power projects. His practice extends throughout Western Canada and the North (Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).



Jeff Christian

Jeff is a litigation partner in the Vancouver office, with a practice focused on energy and regulated utilities. He appears regularly before administrative tribunals such as the B.C. Utilities Commission. In addition, he has acted for clients in the insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors at all levels of court, in arbitrations and in mediations.




Laura Duke

Laura Duke Laura practices civil litigation, with a particular focus on environmental, aboriginal and constitutional law issues. She has appeared before the British Columbia Provincial Court, British Columbia Supreme Court and has appeared as junior counsel at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Prior to law school Laura had a career in public service. For several years Laura was a consultant for the Federal Government on matters relating to aboriginal rights and title claims.




Toby Kruger

Toby Kruger Toby practices general civil litigation with a focus on environmental and real property issues as well as in regulatory and climate change law. He has appeared as counsel before the British Columbia Provincial Court and the British Columbia Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Toby worked in international development. For several years he worked on rule of law, advocacy and good governance development programs across West Africa and South Asia.




Christine Kowbel

Christine Kowbel Christine practices environmental and aboriginal law, providing advice in respect of major project development, environmental assessment, permitting, operational matters and acquisition and sale of industrial projects.

She provides specialized mining industry advice, representing clients with respect to permitting and regulatory aspects of exploration, development, operation and closure of mining projects. Her other clients include energy, forestry and other natural resource sector companies, as well as banking institutions and real estate developers.