Charles (Chuck) Birchall is a Director and Conference Planning Committee Member for the OAIA. Chuck is a Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and certified as an Environmental Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Chuck has over 27 years’ experience devoted exclusively to environmental law and the intersection of environmental law with Aboriginal law, consultation and economic development. Chuck has particular expertise with environmental assessment and compliance, contaminated lands and energy law.
Chuck advises clients across Canada, including environmental boards and tribunals, about environmental assessment issues raised by mining, oil and gas, and energy and infrastructure projects. He also advises about Aboriginal law and consultation in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. Chuck has acted and continues to act for Joint Review Panels conducting environmental assessments of oil sands projects in northern Alberta. Chuck has extensive experience advising clients about environmental compliance respecting contamination issues, remediation and approvals requirements. He also provides advice about environmental aspects of corporate/commercial negotiations and transactions. Chuck defends clients being investigated or prosecuted for breaches of environmental laws and orders. Chuck advises clients and has appeared before Parliamentary Committees in the Senate and House of Commons on proposed environmental legislation.
Chuck is peer selected annually for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada© for Environmental Law, and was named Best Lawyers 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for Toronto Environmental Law. He is also named annually in both the International Who’s Who Legal: Canada for Environment and the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers.
Chuck received his LL.B. from Queen’s University and his LL.M. in Common Law from the University of Ottawa. Chuck also has a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Chuck is called to the Bar in Ontario, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.