Course Description

This two-day course will cover the current provincial and federal environmental statutes and regulations and apply them to the day-to-day experiences of managers. Participants will have the opportunity to apply legal tools to practical day-to-day environmental issues. The course will include presentations, discussion and time for Q & A with legal experts. With this knowledge of the regulatory regime, the manager will be equipped with one of the essential tools for managing issues which have an environmental component.


Federal regulation of toxics, fisheries, endangered species

  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • Fisheries Act
  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Provincial regulation of water, contaminated soil, environmental impact assessment

  • Nova Scotia Environment Act
  • Environmental Goals & Sustainable Prosperity Act

Regulating Contaminated Sites
Regulatory Offences and Defences
Environmental Impact Assessment


To gain an understanding of the environmental regulatory regime within which individuals, business and the government operates. To examine and work through examples of practical day-to-day environmental issues so that participants are equipped with the necessary regulatory background and knowledge in order to efficiently and effectively resolve environmental issues.

Who Should Attend

Managers or individuals in public and private enterprise including middle to senior government personnel, managers from lending institutions, representatives of community and non-governmental organizations, oil and gas industry, engineers, scientists and consultants, municipal officials and lawyers who may not practice full-time in environmental matters.

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included.

Day 1

8:30 Registration
8:45 Introductions
9:15 The Legal System and the Creation of Law
Presentation 1:  Legal Process
Presentation 2:  Court Structure
Presentation 3:  The Constitution and the Environment
10:45 Break
11:00 Federal Regulation of the Environment
Presentation 4:  Canadian Environmental Protection Act  
Presentation 5:  Fisheries Act
Presentation 6:  Migratory Birds Convention Act
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Provincial Regulation and the Environment
Presentation 7:  Nova Scotia Environment Act
Presentation 8:  Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act
1:30 Break
1:45 Regulation of Contaminated Sites
Guest Speaker
3:00 Break
3:15 Q & A / Quiz
4:00 Adjournment

Day 2

8:30 Environmental Impact Assessment
Presentation 1:  Overview of the federal and provincial
9:45 Environmental Offences and Defences
Presentation 2:  Regulatory Offences
Presentation 3:  Defence of Due Diligence
10:45 Break
11:00  Environmental Management Systems
Presentation 4:  Due Diligence and Environmental Management Systems
Presentation 5:  Sentencing in Environmental Offences
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Quiz
1:15 Group Exercise
Case Study
2:00  Break
2:15 Environmental Policy and Regulation
Guest Speaker
3:30 Debrief
4:00 Adjournment


Lisa J. Mitchell, M.E.S., LL.B, is a lawyer (Dalhousie, 1991), principal of LJM Environmental Law and staff lawyer for the East Coast Environmental Law Association. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (Dalhousie, 1994), and twenty years of experience working in the areas of environmental law, policy and environmental management. Lisa's law practice is exclusively in the area of environmental law. She has developed a broad-ranging practice base that includes government, non-government organizations, private-sector companies, community groups and individual clients. Her expertise in this area originated in the challenging field of agri-environmental law and has expanded to include contaminated sites, environmental impact assessment, water regulation, professional and corporate environmental liability, coastal management and other areas. Lisa has provided advice and training on federal and provincial environmental legislation and policy in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Ontario. She is familiar with the legislative frameworks that address environmental concerns in all of these jurisdictions however she has an intimate knowledge of the Nova Scotia framework based on her role in the development and review of the Nova Scotia Environment Act in 1994 and 2000.


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"Great presentation style - clear, articulate, passionate, committed. Very good flow and the level of content was manageable and well-paced for the audience." - Darren Auchterlonie, Oct 22, 2015

"Excellent Instructor, very well spoken, easy to understand, very good at explaining complex issues." - Jenny Pratt - NSPI, Oct 17, 2012

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