Stanley David Berger
Mr. Berger is a partner with the Toronto law firm of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. He has practiced regulatory law for 34 years. He represents nuclear operators, suppliers , the CANDU Owners Group, developers and landowners in a variety of nuclear , administrative law and environmental law work.
He started as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto (1981), became the Deputy Director for Legal Services /Prosecutions at the Ministry of the Environment (1991) and moved on to Assistant General Counsel at Ontario Power Generation Inc(OPG),1998-2012) During his 14 years at OPG, Mr. Berger won the President’s Award for his legal contribution to the Joint Review Panel environmental assessment and licensing hearing into the Nuclear New Build Project for Clarington and a Power Within Award for his legal support of the Hosting Agreement with local municipalities for the project to create a long term deep geologic repository for low and intermediate nuclear waste in Tiverton, Ontario.
Mr. Berger provided legal representation to the Company in the drafting of a new Nuclear Liability Act, the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act , the successor legislation to the Public Works Protection Act and the Ontario Nuclear Funding Agreement. He served on OPG’s committee overseeing access to information requests by members of the public .
He is the author of a loose-leaf service published by Carswell 4 times a year entitled the Prosecution and Defence of Environmental Offences (first published in 1994) and the editor of an annual review of environmental law, also published by Carswell , entitled Key Developments in Environmental Law.
Mr. Berger was the President of the International Nuclear Law Association (2008-2009) in Brussels .He founded the Canadian Nuclear Law Organization in 2008 and served as its President until June of 2015 . He remains a Board member. Mr. Berger has taught nuclear law for the O.E.C.D./Nuclear Energy Agency at the International School of Nuclear Law at the University of Montpellier in France and has been an adjunct professor in Comparative Approaches to Energy Development at Osgoode’sLLM Program in Energy Law. He was a guest lecturer on regulatory law at the Ontario Crown Summer School in 2015.
Ahab Abdel Aziz
Ahab Abdel-Aziz is a partner and Global Director of Nuclear Power Generation of Gowlings. He has been a leader in the global nuclear sector for over 20 years.He has advised leading members of the Canadian and international nuclear energy sector and government agencies in policy and legislative development, nuclear project development and finance, licensing and compliance, and dispute resolution.
He has also advised clients in the petroleum and petrochemicals sectors, mining and forestry, manufacturing, and project developers on regulatory approvals, environmental assessment and risk management.An accomplished litigator, Ahab Abdel-Aziz has represented clients in technically complex civil and regulatory disputes, including a recent multi-billion dollar nuclear project arbitration. He is recognized as one of Canada’s top energy lawyers by the Report on Business / Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Canada and The International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers.
Prior to joining Gowlings, Ahab was a partner in the nuclear energy practice of a large Canadian law firm. He also served as a clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Arthur J. Stone of the Federal Court of Appeal, and worked on secondment as in-house counsel in charge of environmental matters for a major integrated oil company. While acting in that capacity, he advised on environmental regulatory compliance, civil disputes, criminal prosecution and the environmental law implications of transactions.Mr. Abdel-Aziz is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Canadian Nuclear Law Organization (Canada) and a member of the International Nuclear Law Association’s Working Group 1 (Regulatory Affairs).
Mr. Abdel-Aziz was a founding executive member and a director of the National Brownfield Association and a past member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy’s (NRTEE) National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy Task Force and was the principal author of its national policy recommendation titled “Facilitating a Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada”, prepared at the request of the then Prime Minister of Canada. He is past Vice Chair of the Environmental Crimes and Enforcement Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) as well as a member of the ABA’s International Environmental Law Committee and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. He has previously served as an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association Environmental Law Section and as a trustee of the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association.He is co-author and co-editor of the Canadian Brownfields Manual (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2004-2013).
The CNLO is pleased to announce that at the Annual Members meeting on June 24th 2013, Carlton Mathias, Assistant General Counsel at Ontario Power Generation Inc.,responsible for nuclear and regulatory matters before the CNSC and O.E.B., was confirmed as a member of the Board of Directors of the CNLO.
Carlton has considerable experience in the energy law field having served as Director Special Projects at the Ontario Ministry of Energy and having negotiated electricity supply contracts on behalf of Ontario in both Quebec and Manitoba .
Carlton was a partner at the law firms of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP .He has served as Chair of the Natural Resources Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is a graduate of Osgoode Law School.
Krista F. Hill
Krista Hill is the co-head of Torys’ Infrastructure and Energy Practice.
With significant expertise in infrastructure and energy mergers and acquisitions and project development, both within Canada and internationally, she is widely recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas.
Krista has most recently been recognized as a leading practitioner in Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 —Leading Lawyer in Energy: Power (Transactional) and Projects, PPP and Infrastructure, Thomson/Carswell’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 — consistently recommended lawyer in energy (electricity); and named one of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40 in 2007 in Lexpert. She regularly advises Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Cameco Corporation, Borealis Infrastructure, EnergySolutions, Kinectrics and others with respect to their infrastructure and energy matters.
Krista also has extensive nuclear expertise and has worked in the industry for over 13 years. Of particular note, Krista is representing Ontario Power Generation with respect to its Darlington New Nuclear Project in Ontario. Krista received her LLB from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she teaches energy and natural resources law.
Lisa M. Thiele
Lisa Thiele is the Senior General Counsel at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). She joined the CNSC in 2004 as counsel.
Ms. Thiele received her law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada in 1995, after an undergraduate arts degree at the same university. After a clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada and call to the Ontario bar, she began her legal career within the Canadian government. Before joining the nuclear regulator, she worked within several federal quasi-judicial administrative tribunals operating at arm’s-length from government, including the RCMP External Review Committee and the Canadian Judicial Council.
Ms. Thiele is a regular contributor to the Nuclear Law Bulletin, and is involved in the International Nuclear Law Association, as well as its Canadian branch, the Canadian Nuclear Law Organization. She has served as a facilitator in the IAEA’s Nuclear Law Institute, and lectures at the International School of Nuclear Law, a yearly diploma program offered through the OECD/NEA at the University of Montpellier, France.
David J McFadden
David McFadden is Chair of Gowlings’ National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group. He acts for a broad range of clients involved in infrastructure development and in power generation, distribution, sales and financing.
Mr. McFadden was a member of the Electric System Working Group, part of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and much of the Northeastern United States in August 2003. The final report of the Task Force, issued in April 2004, set out a blueprint to enhance the reliability of the North American electricity grid.
Mr. McFadden served on the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force, which issued its final report in January 2004, providing a strategy to meet the future energy demands of the province.
Since October 1996, he has been Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, a broad coalition of business and energy-related organizations including the Association of Major Power Consumers, Association of Exporters and Manufacturers, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario, the Ontario Energy Association and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.
From 1996 to 1999, he served as Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Task Force on the Electricity Industry.
Mr. McFadden served as a director of the Toronto Board of Trade, Canada’s largest Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce from 1993 to 2001. He served as both Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Board of Trade from 1999 to 2000 and Vice-Chair from 1996 to 1999, Chair of the Governance Committee and Chair of the World Trade Committee. He is currently a member of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Electricity Task Force.
Mr. McFadden is currently Chair of the Board of the Detroit and Canada Tunnel Corporation and PCI Geomatics Inc. and Deputy Chair of the Board of Macquarie Canadian Infrastructure Management Limited. He is director of 407 International Inc., Anthony-Domtar Inc., Sanyo Canadian Machine Works Incorporated and the Toronto Economic Development Corporation. He previously served as President and Chairman of the Board of Environics Research Group.
Mr. McFadden was a member of the Ontario Legislature from 1985 to 1987.
R. Liam Mooney
Liam is the Vice-President of Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Regulatory Relations for Cameco Corporation. Liam joined Cameco in 2005 after completing a clerkship with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and successfully practising at the Calgary offices of two of Canada’s national law firms. Since moving back to Saskatoon to join Cameco, he has been focused on safety, health and environmental issues related to Cameco’s production facilities in northern Saskatchewan (mines and mills) and Ontario (refining, conversion and fuel manufacturing) as well as assisting as required in support of projects or activities in the United States, Kazakhstan and Australia. In addition, to complement these efforts, he has been involved with matters relating to Cameco’s interactions with First Nations and Métis people.
In 2009, Liam joined Cameco’s Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Regulatory Relations group to lead the Environmental Affairs department before being appointed to his current role in 2011. He continues to work closely with Cameco’s in-house counsel on matters involving safety, health and environmental matters as well as First Nations and Metis Relations.
Liam is currently a member of the Canadian Nuclear Association’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee. In 2007 and 2011, he was on the Organizing Committee for Sudbury’s Mining and Environment International Conference. Liam also taught the Natural Resources Law class at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan from 2007-2011.
Bill Schnurr is an Assistant General Counsel with Bruce Power. He joined Bruce Power’s Law Division in September 2003, focusing primarily on corporate and commercial matters, power marketing/sales contracts, regulatory law (including nuclear law issues), and environmental law.
Prior to joining Bruce Power, Bill was an associate in the Corporate Commercial Group at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in their energy law practice from January 1999 to August 2003. With the advent of the new electricity regime in Ontario, Bill was actively involved in matters such as the corporate restructuring of municipal electric utilities, utility sales transactions, and the drafting of power purchase agreements. He articled with Smith Lyons, Gowlings’ predecessor firm, from 1997 to 1998.
Called to the Ontario Bar in 1999, Bill received a BA (Honours) in English from Queen’s University and a T.E.S.L Certificate from Carleton University. He earned his JD, an LLB equivalent, from the University of Toronto in 1997. Bill also received a diploma in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier in 2009.
Judy L. Wilson
Judy Wilson is a partner at the law firm of Blakes and has practised commercial law for over twenty years having experience dealing with infrastructure (hospitals, water, wastewater, solid waste, energy etc.) and public procurement of goods and services as well as outsourcing. Judy has advised clients locally, nationally and internationally on the full spectrum of infrastructure and public procurement issues. She has extensive international and domestic experience in contracts to engage the private sector in the provision of traditional “government” services including design-build, operations and maintenance and facilities management of public sector facilities as well as the provision of clinical services in the community care sector.
Recent projects include:
- Ontario’s nuclear new build project;
- various projects with Infrastructure Ontario with respect to alternative financing for hospitals and other public facilities;
- various types of contracts between government and the private sector with respect to nursing homes, long term care facilities, air ambulance, telehealth and community care access centres; and
- legal services related to management contracts, operating contracts and leases in the water and wastewater sector in Canada, South Africa, the West Bank, Jordan, Gaza, Armenia, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, Zambia, India, the Ukraine and Mozambique
Judy also taught part time in the Department of Law at Carleton University for approximately twelve years. Her areas of teaching experience include municipal law, contract law, business law, labour law and building contracts and public tender systems.