Wally is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Advocacy Group, and is one of Western Canada’s most highly regarded energy, Indigenous law and environmental lawyers. He has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in these areas, and by The Best Lawyers in Canada and Who’s Who Legal as one of Canada’s foremost environmental lawyers.
Wally maintains strong working relationships with federal and provincial regulators to keep abreast of unfolding policies and requirements. He has previously acted for regulators in litigation matters (including a precedent-setting case that imposed liability on a foreign subsidiary for environmental problems caused by its Canadian subsidiary), as well as law reform (such as the drafting of B.C.’s contaminated sites legislation, regulations and policy advice to the federal government on imports of hazardous waste).
Wally is a frequent commentator on energy-related legal developments, having authored numerous articles and presented at many conferences. He is also a contributing editor for the Environment Law journal. Before joining Gowling WLG, he was a partner at another well-respected Canadian law firm and served as the co-chair of that firm’s Aboriginal law practice group.