Speakers

Julie Abouchar

Julie Abouchar

Partner

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Julie Abouchar, B.Sc. (Hons.), LL.B., B.C.L., LL.M., is a Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and is certified as a specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues and Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario. Julie is recognized by her peers as an expert in environmental, Indigenous and energy and natural resources law.

Julie has a substantial Indigenous legal issues practice. She negotiates and drafts impact benefit and other agreements for Indigenous, municipal, and industrial clients, and advises on legal duty to consult obligations related to regulatory authorizations, planning policies, archaeology law, and land and resource management and regulation. She facilitates dispute resolution in the mining, infrastructure, and energy sectors.

Julie advises about resource and infrastructure development, providing advice and representation to clients about environmental compliance and due diligence, environmental assessment and approvals, environmental prosecutions, and contaminated land remediation. Julie appears before resource tribunals and assists clients with environmental inspections and investigations and negotiates with regulators.

Julie is called to the Bar in Ontario, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Devin Gambler

Devin Gambler

Business & Economic Development Manager

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Devin Gambler is the manager of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) Economic & Business Development and KIBDC, responsible for the professional development, delivery, direction, planning, and operational implementation for economic development for TteS and members.  Since 2017, Mr. Gambler has performed various roles in economic development within the organization. His experience extends into not-for-profit work with the Home Free Committee (Indigenous Co-Chair), A Way Home Society (founding society member) & John Howard Society Thompson Region (Bladerunners Program).  Additionally, Mr. Gambler served as the Director of Operations at the Bonaparte Indian Band. Mr. Gambler is a member of the Woodland Cree, Jean Baptiste-Gambler Reserve, Northern Alberta, and moved to Kamloops where he completed his high school education at NorKam Senior Secondary. Currently, he is working towards his Master of Business Administration, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) & Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).  Mr. Gambler proudly lives a holistic life with his wife and three amazing sons. Mr. Gambler holds a mastery level in historical sword fighting (side-sword) and enjoys participating in armored combat. Mr. Gambler is a huge proponent of community building.  He is the President of Volunteer Kamloops, and an active volunteer with TRU.  He credits family, community and his high school’s staff for helping him build resiliency and recognize the importance of community support for all.

Natalia Back Gosende

Natalia Back Gosende

Associate lawyer

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Natalia Back Gosende, B.C.L/B.Soc.Sc., LL.M., B.C.L./J.D., is an Associate lawyer at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. Natalia practices environmental, Indigenous and energy law. She represents clients with environmental approvals, appeals and prosecutions. Natalia helps clients to understand and meet compliance requirements under federal, provincial and municipal environmental regulatory law. She also advises clients regarding environmental liability and environmental risks arising from  transactional due diligence and compliance. Natalia assists clients with the regulatory process, environmental assessment, and negotiation with regulators in the context of orders and prosecutions.

Natalia is called to the Bar in Ontario and in Brazil.

Dave Kerr

Dave Kerr

Independent Consultant, Sessional Instructor

Dave Kerr is an Independent Consultant with over 35 years of environmental consulting experience in both Canada and internationally. He has spent much of his career consulting in the energy and natural resource management field, working on projects ranging in size, complexity and duration. Dave has worked to establish indigenous partnerships primarily within Canada with a focus on environmental services. Most recently, he has taught Biogeography as a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Jerome Lamarre

Jerome Lamarre

Business Development and Indigenous Relations

Lakewood Electric Ltd.

Gene Ouellette

Senior Advisor Economic Development

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Lionel Robins

Lionel Robins

EVP Business Development and Indigenous Relations

Renewable U Energy Inc.

As one of the founders of RenewableU Energy Inc. in 2018, Lionel Robins brings his broad experience in many industries to the team, with 20+ years of senior management and C-suite experience in retail, finance, hospitality, and oil and gas. Mr. Robins, a process and results-driven businessman, is skilled in project management, corporate finance, and recruiting and training high-impact teams.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Robins has devoted a large amount of his off-work time to community and other non-profit projects, including 7 years as a Board of Director for STARS Air Ambulance for Western Canada, and over 25 years involvement in local youth sport culminating in the Chair of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.

Zishan Shah

Zishan Shah

Leader – Indigenous Partnerships and Sustainability

EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.

Zishan Shah is an economic development and strategic partnerships professional with over 17 years of experience in designing and managing collaborative projects across the globe. He supports Indigenous communities and corporations in building and negotiating sustainable economic development projects. He created over 50 project partnerships and negotiated several partnerships between Indigenous communities and corporations. He led several Indigenous communities’ economic development corporations and departments in British Columbia.   He serves as a board of director and advisor to several not-for-profit, Indigenous businesses, and government at various levels. He designs community relations, engagement strategies, and mentors Indigenous entrepreneurs and youth. He manages collaborative projects in oil and gas, mining, forestry, renewable energy, digital economy, education, and skills development.

Besides his professional experience he has Master in International Studies – Regional Relations from University of Northern British Columbia, Master in International Business from Jamia Millia Islamia University, and Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designations.

Scott A. Smith

Scott A. Smith

Partner, Environmental and Indigenous Resource Law

Gowling WLG

Jacquelyn Stevens

Jacquelyn Stevens

Partner

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Jacquelyn Stevens B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., M.S.E.L., LL.B., is a Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and is certified as a specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario. Jacquie has significant expertise representing a wide range of clients in environmental civil litigation, defense of prosecutions by environmental regulators, and at administrative appeals and hearings. Jacquie also provides effective advice and solutions for environmental due diligence and compliance, brownfields/contaminated site remediation, and environmental approvals for air, odor, noise and waste. Jacquie advises on cross-boundary migration of contamination and remediation options and has significant expertise involving contamination issues at dry cleaning operations and gas stations. Jacquie is called to the Bar in Alberta and Ontario.