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Lawson Lundell LLP

Christine J.S. Kowbel

Christine J.S. Kowbel



  • Aboriginal Law
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental
  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Christine practices environmental and aboriginal law, providing advice in respect of major project development, environmental assessment, permitting, operational matters and acquisition and sale of industrial projects.

She provides specialized mining industry advice, representing clients with respect to permitting and regulatory aspects of exploration, development, operation and closure of mining projects. Her other clients include energy, forestry and other natural resource sector companies, as well as banking institutions and real estate developers.

In her practice, Christine:
*works closely with environmental consultants and engineers in providing her clients with practical advice respecting legal obligations and managing risk;
*regularly conducts and coordinates environmental due diligence;
*assists in the negotiation and drafting of agreements related to First Nations and environmental matters;
*counsels project proponents on matters of federal, provincial and territorial jurisdiction, environmental assessment processes, consultation with the public and with First Nations, public hearings, regulatory licences and permits and approvals;
*prepares opinions for clients on various aspects of environmental law, including regulatory compliance, emergency notification, waste transportation and disposal, land rehabilitation, director and officer liability, environmental risk management, and corporate disclosure.

Christine has also been seconded to clients in the mining sector on a part-time basis to provide in-house legal advice, primarily in the areas of environmental assessment and project permitting, environmental compliance, and government and aboriginal relations.

Christine 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.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2002)
Northwest Territories (2009)
Nunavut (2011)
Yukon (2015)


University of Victoria (LL.B., 2000)
Areas of Practice

Aboriginal Law | Climate Change | Environmental | Litigation | Mining | Native Peoples | Natural Resources | Project Law | Project Permitting | Regulatory Compliance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Christine has:

* Acted as in-house permitting manager for a major gold exploration and development project in Nunavut
* Advised clients on the permitting and development of mines and other major projects in various provinces and territories, including BC, Yukon, Nunavut, NWT, Alberta and Saskatchewan
* Advised a number of clients on the current and potential future liabilities relating to the acquisition of current and historic industrial properties
* Represented two major mining companies in the acquisition of advanced exploration properties in Nunavut
* Continued representation of a company developing a gold mine in Nunavut
* Continued representation of a company operating a diamond mining project in the Northwest Territories
* Advised clients on environmental management systems (including ongoing compliance with ISO certification requirements) and due diligence
* Represented various industrial corporations in defending charges under environmental and occupational health and safety laws and regulations
* Represented a natural resource company in obtaining an injunction to prohibit interference with project development and activities
* Assisted various clients during disputes relating to mineral tenure issues and competing interests in land
* Assisted clients with identifying, obtaining and defending permits, fisheries authorizations, water licences, environmental assessment certificates and other authorizations for mines, mills, hydroelectric facilities, and other natural resource projects
* Assisted clients in matters before all levels of Court in British Columbia, as well as various boards and tribunals located in BC and the Canadian North. She has also prepared applications on behalf of clients to the Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Associations

*Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Lands Committee Member
*Canadian Bar Association: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Natural Resources, Member
*Environmental Law for Environmental Specialists, Douglas College, Guest Lecturer
*Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member
*Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Newsletter, Reporter - Canada
*Project Law Blog, Contributor

Recognition and Ranking
*Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2015: recognized as one of the "Corporate Lawyers to Watch"
*Benchmark Litigation: Future Star
*2014 Lexpert Rising Star Award: recognized as one of Canada's Leading Lawyers under 40


"The Fundamentals of Environmental Law in British Columbia: Successfully Navigating the Maze", Pre-Conference Workshop, Environmental Law & Regulation in BC Conference, Canadian Institute, Vancouver, BC (January 21, 2013), Speaker

"Other Federal Environmental Law and Policy", Understanding Environmental Regulations Course, Educational Program Innovations Center (EPIC), Vancouver, BC (February 2 - 4, 2011), Speaker

"Due Diligence in Natural Resources Transactions", 14th Annual Due Diligence Conference, Federated Press, Vancouver, BC (March 16, 2010), Speaker


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

Developing the North: Poised to expand, but challenges are complex, Lexpert (July/August 2014)

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

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

Lawson Lundell Names New Partners (January 3, 2012)

"Mining Law Update - Spring 2010" (May 4, 2010)

Lawson Lundell represents BC Hydro in the $825 million purchase of a 1/3 interest in the 493 megawatt Waneta Dam from Teck Metals Ltd. (March 22, 2010)

"Mining Law Update - Spring 2009" (May 1, 2009)

"Mining Law Update - Spring 2008" (May 8, 2008)

"Mining Law Update - Winter 2008" (April 18, 2008)

Energy Law Newsletter - Spring 2007 (May 3, 2007)

"Mining Update - Winter 2007" (February 4, 2007)


Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

Lawson Lundell's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog follows new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. Our goal is to provide a source of valuable information and insight on a wide variety of matters for our readers.

Privacy & Data Management Blog
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This blog is authored by members of the Privacy & Data Management Department. We follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. We follow emerging issues, legal developments, and new technology as they impact privacy and data management. We will focus on how...

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
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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
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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...

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