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Brad Armstrong, Q.C.

Brad Armstrong, Q.C.

Partner

Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

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Brad has extensive experience in civil litigation, aboriginal law, administrative and constitutional law, and environmental law. He represents clients involved with land use issues, project development, regulatory approvals, environmental assessments, First Nations consultation, and litigation, in a range of natural resource industries including mining, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, energy, independent power projects, oil and gas, and transportation. His practice extends through Western Canada and the North (including Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut).

Brad acts as counsel in court hearings and in public review hearings, in all levels of the British Columbia Courts and the Federal Courts, and before federal, provincial and territorial boards, panels and commissions.

Brad also has extensive experience in corporate and commercial litigation, injunctions, and environmental prosecutions, as well as competition law.

Brad was the firm's Managing Partner from 2000 through 2003.

Brad is also a regular contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on developments in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada.

Brad also teaches a course in Oil and Gas Law at the University of British Columbia

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (1981)
Northwest Territories (1998)
Nunavut (1999)
Queen's Counsel, British Columbia (2002)
Yukon Territory (2006)

Education

University of British Columbia (B.A., 1976)
London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., 1977)
McGill University (LL.B., 1980)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

* Represented a major diamond mining company in environmental assessment and project approval in the Northwest Territories

* Advised government agencies in connection with the regulatory review process for hydroelectric projects in Nunavut

* Represented a major marine transportation agency in Federal Court proceedings involving aboriginal and environmental issues

* Represented a major industrial company in an extensive public environmental review of a hydroelectric project

* Represented a mining company in Federal Court proceedings respecting federal environmental assessment compliance

* Represented various industrial corporations in defending charges under environmental laws and regulations

* Represented a mining company in environmental assessment and project approval in Nunavut

* Represented various resource and industrial companies, and governments, in litigation involving First Nations, aboriginal law, treaty law and constitutional law

* Represented various natural resource companies in obtaining injunctions to prohibit interference with project development and activities

* Represented corporate and shareholder interests in litigation concerning contractual issues, amalgamations and arrangements, take-over bids, proxy materials and oppression remedies

* Represented various businesses in litigation and compliance issues relating to the Competition Act


Professional Associations

Recognition and Ranking
*Chambers Global: recognized in the categories: Aboriginal law (Canada) and Environment (Canada)
*Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for environmental law and aboriginal law
*Lexpert's Leading Canadian Energy Lawyers 2014
*Legal 500 Canada 2014: recognized as a Leading Individual in the Environment category
*Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for environmental law and Aboriginal law
*Benchmark Canada: The Guide to CanadaÃÆ'¢â‚¬â„¢s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized for Aboriginal and energy and natural resources litigation in British Columbia
*Who's Who Legal Canada: recognized for environmental law
*Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated
*2011 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility for his contributions to Family Services of
Greater Vancouver

Professional Activities
*Canadian Bar Association, Member
*Canadian Bar Association, Administrative Law Section (BC Branch), Chair (1990-92)
*Canadian Bar Association, Constitutional Law Section (BC Branch), Co-Chair (1992-93)
*Elected Member of the Provincial Council of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association from 1999 through 2001
*Project Law Blog, Contributor

Community Activities
*Chairman, St. GeorgeÃÆ'¢â‚¬â„¢s School Foundation, 1990 to 1992 (Director, 1988 to 1992)
*Chairman and President of Family Services of Greater Vancouver Society, 2004 to 2006 (Director, 1998 to 2007)
*Member of the Environment Committee of the British Columbia Business Council
*Member of the Board of Governors of Crofton House School and Chair of the Risk Management Committee (2010 to present)
*Geoscience BC, Board Member


Seminars

"Cooperation Agreements and Benefits Agreements with First Nations", Major Business Agreements Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (September 26-27, 2013), Speaker

"Environmental Assessment Process", Environmental Law: Managing Risk, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (November 18, 2011), Speaker

"The Duty to Consult in the Context of a Modern Treaty (A Summary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of Beckman v. Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, 2010 SCC 53)", and "The Latest Environmental Regulations and Cases Impacting Consultation, 5th Annual Aboriginal Law, Consultation & Accommodation Conference, Canadian Institute, Toronto (February 23-24, 2011), Speaker

2nd Annual Northeast BC Natural Gas Summit (September 29, 2010), Co-Chair

"Canadian Environmental Assessment Act", The National 2010 Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit: A New Environment - 2010 and Beyond, Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, QC (April 16-17, 2010), Speaker

"BC Legal Issues Workshop - Developing Resources in BC", Northeast BC Natural Gas Summit on Maximizing Oil & Gas Development Opportunities in Northeast BC, Insight Information (September 30-October 1, 2009), Speaker

Northeast BC Natural Gas Summit (September 30, 2009), Speaker

"Jurisdiction: Various Issues", Administrative Law: Key Concepts and Thorny Issues, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, BC (February 5, 2009), Speaker

2nd Annual Environmental Law & Regulation North of 60ÃÆ'‚Ã"¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚°, Canadian Institute, Edmonton, AB (November 13, 2008), Speaker

"First Nations and the Environment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Quality Standards; and Environmental Monitoring", Fundamentals of Environmental Law and Regulation North of 60ÃÆ'‚Ã"¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚º Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB. (May 15-16, 2008), Speaker

"Project Challenges, Blockades and Injunctions", Environmental and Aboriginal Issues for Oil and Gas Development in Northeast British Columbia, Lawson Lundell Conference, Calgary, AB. (March 13, 2008), Speaker

"Legal Issues and Risks in the Project Review Process", Project Development Legal Workshop, Lawson Lundell, Vancouver, B.C. (May 30, 2007), Speaker

2nd Annual Western Canada Aboriginal Law Forum: Understanding the Changing Legal and Business Horizon, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (May 8-9, 2006), Co-Chair

"Aboriginal Issues in the Forest Sector", CBA National Aboriginal Law Section Conference: The New Realities of Doing Business Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB. (March 10-11, 2006), Speaker

"Roles and Responsibilities for Industry and Federal/Provincial Regulators", The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, BC (March 8, 2006), Speaker

"Regulatory Approaches to Air Emissions: Practical Impacts", 5th Annual Environmental Law in BC Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC (February 8-9, 2006), Speaker
Blogs

Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

The Lawson Lundell Project Law Blog focuses on updating proponents on new and interesting issues emerging in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. The focus of the blog is on matters relating to environmental assessment and compliance, regulatory matters...

Real Estate Law Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

Our Real Estate Law Blog provides brief commentary on current legal trends and developments affecting your business. The topics addressed in Lawson Lundell’s Real Estate Law Blog are of interest to commercial real estate developers, real estate and strata agents, investors, landlords and tenants,...

The Business Law Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

This blog is authored by members of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. We intend to follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. The wide range of experience among the members of our litigation group will provide a diverse and insightful...

Articles

Federal Government Approves Meliadine Gold Mine (February 3, 2015)

Cooperation Agreements and Benefits Agreements with First Nations (September 26, 2013), Author

Lawson Lundell Recognized in Chambers Global 2013 (March 22, 2013)

Lawson Lundell Recognized at the Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards (February 6, 2013)

Brad Armstrong, Q.C.'s article, "Bill streamlines environmental act", appears in The Vancouver Sun (May 24, 2012), Author

Lawson Lundell Launches the Project Law Blog (May 10, 2012)

Project Law Bulletin: Environmental Assessment Streamlining Federal Government Initiatives (April 20, 2012), Co-Author

Project Law Bulletin: Environmental Assessment – Improving the Process (March 23, 2012), Author

Lawson Lundell Recognized in Chambers Global 2012 (March 19, 2012)

Lawson Lundell's Zenith Award Wins Recognized in Lexpert Magazine (October 3, 2011)

Lawson Lundell wins Lexpert Zenith Award for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility (September 22, 2011)

Brad Armstrong, Q.C. successful in Supreme Court of Canada Decision (March 12, 2010)

"Jurisdiction: Various Issues", Pacific Business & Law Institute Conference on Administrative Law: Key Concepts and Thorny Issues (July 21, 2009), Author

"Aboriginal Law Issues" (May 15-16, 2008)

"Permitting Issues in British Columbia and Alberta: Wind and Run-of-River Projects", Insight Conference: British Columbia Power Summit (December 6-7, 2005) (June 2, 2006), Co-Author with Krista L. Hughes and Monica Balaski

"Consultation Requirements in the Post-Treaty Context" (November 1, 2005), Co-Author

"Consultation Issues in the Context of the Oil and Gas Industry" (April 25‑26, 2005), Author

"The Environmental Review Process for Mines in British Columbia and Northern Canada" (April 14-15, 2005)

"Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Implications for British Columbia Industry" (Updated to November 2004 – December 1-2, 2004)


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