Janet Bobechko

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

    Course Chair: Brownfields & Excess Soils and Environmental Emergencies & Spills

    Janet Bobechko is the lead for the Canadian environmental practice at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Ms. Bobechko is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in environmental law and is recognized as a leading practitioner in environmental law with 28 years of experience. She advises on climate change risk related issues including shareholder disclosure, adaptation and resilience strategies for plant and supply chain due diligence and risk management strategies. She provides advice on corporate social responsibility and environmental social governance issues. Her dispute resolution work includes providing advice on environmental aspects in complex civil litigation for legacy contamination, mediation, for migration of contamination and managing environmental regulatory inspections, charges, orders and providing due diligence advice.

    Janet has extensive experience dealing with compliance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, financings including negotiating representations and warranties and indemnities in many industrial sectors including manufacturing operations, transportation (road and rail), waste disposal, chemical and food processing. She advises on renewable energy projects including solar and wind.

    Janet creates and audits environmental management systems. She has a particular specialty in management of legacy contaminated sites, brownfield development and has been extensively involved in law reform. Janet advises on environmental approvals (all media), waste disposal, water taking, chemical management and importation of new substances into Canada, transportation of dangerous goods, hazardous products, pesticides, emergency planning and spills response.

    She advises boards of directors regarding environmental compliance, corporate reporting strategies and risk mitigation and environmental insurance. She advises in complex civil litigation for legacy contamination. She defends environmental charges and orders under federal and provincial environmental legislation.

    She received a career achievement award from the Canadian Brownfields Network as a person who has had a profound impact on the Brownfield industry in Canada. She is a regular speaker at business and legal conferences. Ms. Bobechko is appointed to the external advisory Committee for Ryerson’s Corporate Social Responsibility Institute.

    She regularly updates “Falconbridge on Mortgages,” chapter 10 “ Environmental issues Affecting the Mortgagee” and wrote the inaugural chapter on “Environmental Considerations for Landlord” in the second edition of Landlord’s Rights and Remedies in a Commercial Lease: A Practical Guide.  Read Janet’s full bio here.