Rod Northey C.S. (Environmental Law), M.A., LL.M.
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Rod is head of Gowlings’ Practice Group for Environmental Law. He is in his 30th year of private practice in environmental law and certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in this field. His current practice focuses on regulatory approvals and strategies across the full range of approval regimes involving the environment — including green energy, environmental assessment, land use, endangered species, cultural heritage, and transportation approvals.
Recent work includes assistance to Henvey Inlet First Nation to develop its own environmental assessment and protection laws for a 300 MW windfarm on its Reserve lands. Rod was previously counsel for Suncor in Ontario’s first renewable energy approval hearing.
Rod is author of the Guide to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (LexisNexis Canada), published annually, and was a member of the federal expert panel appointed in 2016 to review Canada’s environmental assessment process.
Ongoing client work includes leading legal teams for several major environmental assessments and hearings, including work for Kitikmeot Inuit Association in its proponency of a first-of-kind deep water port on the Arctic Ocean and all-season 230 km road across Nunavut.
Rod is an adjunct faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School for graduate and undergraduate courses on environmental law. He is recognized by his peers in national and international listings for environmental law, including Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in Canada.