Adam Chamberlain

Adam Chamberlain

Gowling WLG

Recognized since 2008

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

Aboriginal Law / Indigenous Practice

Energy Law

Energy Regulatory Law

Environmental Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Environmental Law
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Adam Chamberlain is an active member of Gowling WLG's Environmental Law, Indigenous Law and the Canada North Practice Groups. Certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Adam has practised environmental and energy law for most of his career, focused on infrastructure development. Adam's practice encompasses diverse matters related to the environmental and other regulatory requirements involved with project development. Adam is also extensively involved in relationships between Indigenous communities, project proponents and governments (provincial and territorial) related to all manner of developments.

As part of his practice in the North Adam works in, and frequently travels to, all three Canadian territories as well as northern parts of several provinces. Adam is called to the Bar in Nunavut, the NWT and Yukon (as well as his home province of Ontario).

Specifically, Adam has extensive experience with:

  • Environmental Assessment (EA) of projects including energy, mining and wastewater facilities.
  • Providing strategic legal advice regarding Aboriginal involvement in infrastructure development as proponents of communities being consulted and accommodated, and regarding the provincial and federal environmental regulatory framework.
  • Regulatory matters related to Canada's north from the differing points of view of private sector, Indigenous and government clients.
  • Assisting with compliance with provincial and federal environmental legislation and regulations generally.
  • Acting as counsel regarding litigation related to EA and other environmental approvals, including judicial review of government decisions and related appeals.
  • Acting as defence counsel for environmental and other similar quasi-criminal proceedings.
  • Advising on environmental aspects of corporate transactions, brownfield redevelopment and risks related to climate change, management of carbon and other emissions, and the related regulatory and business risks.

  • 1 First Canadian Place
    100 King Street West, Suite 1600
    Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
Bar Admissions
  • Northwest Territories, 2017
  • Ontario, 1994
  • Nunavut, 2011
  • Yukon, 2016
  • Camp Awakening - Director - Past President
  • Georgian Bay Forever - Director
  • NWT and NU Chamber of Mines - Director
  • Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation - Director

Gowling WLG
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario

241 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

41 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Environmental Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Environmental Law, Toronto, Canada (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 for work in:
  • Aboriginal Law / Indigenous Practice
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law


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