Jennifer advises clients on regulatory, indigenous, environmental and real property law matters for many industry sectors, including mining, clean energy, transportation, forestry and property development. She has successfully helped major project proponents to obtain environmental assessment approvals for hard rock mines, metallurgical coal mines, LNG facilities, and other projects.
Jennifer has also advised on a wide variety of projects and project expansions, developing regulatory roadmaps for major project permitting, and providing advice as needed throughout the permitting process. She has extensive experience advising on mineral rights, surface rights and water rights, including resolving disputes among rights holders. Her work includes reviewing and advising on mineral tenures, surface rights, and permits, whether in the context of project development or legal due diligence for project financing or acquisitions. In addition, she advises project proponents in respect of Indigenous land matters and impact and benefit agreements.
Jennifer’s work intersects with the firm’s real estate group for linear project development and also contaminated sites due diligence and remediation. Jennifer has assisted in regulatory matters such as public utility rate-setting, tariffs, and access to transmission and storage.
Prior to her career in law, Jennifer worked as an electrical engineer before co-founding a software company. She led the engineering department there for eight years, successfully managed the group through two acquisitions, and gained substantial experience in project management.
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- CBABC Environmental Law Section Executive (2016/17)
- Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, Contributor
- Environmental Managers Association of BC (EMA of BC); Judge for 2019 EMA Awards; Director at Large – 1 year term (2019-2020); Treasurer – 2 year term (Sept 2020 – present)
- Keats Camps Board of Management (2007-2013; 2014-2020); Chair (2008), Past Chair (2009), Vice Chair (2016), Secretary (2010-2013, 2017-2019)
- Okanagan Partnership’s Engineering Advisory Board to the University of British Columbia’s Dean of Applied Science and Intellectual Property Task Force; Member (2005)
- UBC University Industry Liaison Office’s (UILO) Task Group on Sponsored Research Agreements; Member (2005)
- Okanagan Science and Technology Council (OSTEC); Board Member (2003 - 2005)
- Okanagan High Tech Council (OHTC); Board Member (2000 - 2002)
- Advising clients on the permitting and development of mines, electrical generation and transmission projects, other linear infrastructure, LNG terminals, port facilities, and other major projects in various provinces and territories, including BC, Yukon, Nunavut, NWT, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
- Represented major mining project proponents before the Nunavut Impact Review Board.
- Dispute resolution relating to real property issues, particularly mineral tenures and competing interests in land.
- Represented the mineral owner before the Surface Rights Board of British Columbia, in Schaeppi, et al. v. Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd, et al, Order 2191-1, in which the Board agreed it does not have jurisdiction under the Mineral Tenure Act (BC) to settle disputes between surface owners and the owners of Crown granted mineral claims.
- Representing clients in matters before other regulatory boards and statutory decision-makers in western Canada and the Canadian North, many of which are very large projects that are major economic drivers in the provinces and territories in which they are located.
- Advising on the current and potential future liabilities associated with the acquisition or sale of industrial properties.
- Advising major mining companies in the acquisition of advanced exploration or mining properties in BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario and throughout the Canadian North.
- Developing regulatory roadmaps, including identifying the need for and obtaining federal, provincial, territorial or indigenous environmental/impact assessment certificates/approvals, fisheries authorizations, water licences, waste authorizations, navigable waters approvals and other authorizations for mines, mills, hydroelectric facilities, clean power generation, railroads, transmission lines, marine facilities, large-scale real estate development, and other natural resource or infrastructure projects.
News & Publications
News & Publications
- We are proud to promote six associates to the partnership, January 4, 2018
- Canada Chapter: The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mining Law 2018, Global Legal Group, Co-author
- Compliance with Confidentiality Orders: The Ethics of Confidentiality - Preventing Data Leaks and Dealing with Their Consequences, Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation, Volume XII, No. 2, 2015, Author
- Federal Government Approves Meliadine Gold Mine, February 3, 2015
- Redevelopment of Land in B.C. – New Contaminated Sites Reporting Requirements, Real Estate Law Blog, January 25, 2021
- British Columbia Contaminated Sites – New Requirements Start Feb. 1, 2021, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, January 24, 2021
- Does My Project Need an Environmental Assessment? The New Reviewable Projects Regulation in B.C., Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, January 23, 2020
- The New Environmental Assessment Act (BC) Comes Into Force December 16, 2019, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, December 10, 2019
- Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act Coming Into Force August 28, 2019, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, August 14, 2019
- Bill C-69 Follow Up: BC-Federal Impact Assessment Cooperation Agreement, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, July 10, 2019
- Feds Seek Comments on Impact Assessment Triggers (Project List), Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, May 1, 2019
- BC Environmental Assessment Act – Significant Changes Proposed in Bill 51, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, November 7, 2018
- Extended Deadline: June 1, 2018 to provide Government of Canada with comments to Consultation Paper and Time Management Regulations, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, April 12, 2018
- Federal Impact Assessment Act – Does My Project Need An Assessment?, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, February 16, 2018
- Federal Environmental Assessment – What’s Next? – Proposed New Triggers, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, April 13, 2017
- Federal Environmental Assessment – What’s Next? – Expert Panel Releases Report, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, April 7, 2017
- B.C. Court of Appeal review of the BC Environmental Assessment Process – Case Comment on Fort Nelson First Nation v. British Columbia, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, January 6, 2017
- Federal Government Announces Review of Key Environmental and Regulatory Legislation and Processes, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, June 26, 2016
- Changes to “Designated Projects” Triggers under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”) Are Now In Force, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, November 4, 2013
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 – Training Materials Available, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, January 4, 2013
- Federal Environmental Assessment Panel Established for New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project, Environmental, Indigenous and Natural Resources Blog, May 15, 2012
- Environmental Managers Association of BC (EMA of BC) Annual Legal Update, The New Environmental Assessment Act (BC), BCIT Downtown Campus, January 16, 2020, Speaker
- Bill C-69: How It Affects You | Breakfast Seminar, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, December 5, 2019
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- British Columbia (2010)
- Nunavut (2015)
- Yukon (2015)
- Northwest Territories (2015)
Cornell University (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, 1992)
University of British Columbia (J.D. 2009)