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Robin Junger is widely regarded as an authority in environmental and Aboriginal law. He is a trusted advisor to clients in the energy, mining, and oil and gas sectors, and to property developers, governments and First Nations. Chambers Global and other directories consistently recognize Robin as a leading lawyer in both areas of practice.

As part of his environmental practice, Robin provides guidance on environmental assessments, permitting and compliance matters, National Energy Board (NEB) permits, contaminated sites, Environment Appeal Board appeals, recycling stewardship plans, Agricultural Land Commission applications, impact and benefit agreements (IBAs), exploration agreements and reconciliation agreement negotiations. He also represents third parties affected by government actions. Robin appears before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Having served as deputy minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, deputy minister of Energy and Clean Technology, head of the Environmental Assessment Office, chair of the Oil and Gas Commission and chief provincial treaty negotiator, Robin brings deep and practical insight into the workings of government. Robin played a central role in the development of some of British Columbia’s most significant environmental legislation, including the Environmental Management Act, the Clean Energy Act and the Public Health Act.

Robin is a frequent commentator on major development projects and is quoted extensively on issues relating to Aboriginal law. He is also a member the national public affairs firm McMillan Vantage Policy Group , a leader of the firm’s Environment and Oil & Gas groups, and the national leader of the firm’s Aboriginal Law Group.


Expertise


Representative Matters

  • Advised the Court Appointed Monitor in respect of environmental law issues associated with the Walter Energy CCAA proceedings in British Columbia.
  • Advising Centerra Gold / Thompson Creek Metals Corp. in respect of environmental and Indigenous engagement issues at its Mt. Milligan mine.
  • Counsel to Tahoe Resources in respect of Indigenous law matters.
  • Counsel to the WSANEC Leadership Council, a society established to represent collective interests of the WESANC bands on the Saanich Inlet.
  • Advised China Minerals Mining Corporation in challenging a BC government agreement with First Nations that adversely affected access to mineral right.
  • Counsel to the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (BC product stewardship organizations).
  • Counselled Cedar 1 LNG Export Ltd. (a Haisla Nation company) in successfully obtaining National Energy Board approval for a liquefied natural gas export license.
  • Representing an adventure tourism operator affected by negotiations between the province and the Tsilhqot’in National Government (following the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 declaration of Aboriginal title).
  • Counseled an LNG pipeline company in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for a major intraprovincial pipeline.
  • Represented Stewart Bulk Terminals in relation to a civil claim against the District of Stewart and related waste management issues.
  • Advised and represented Avanti Mining in successfully obtaining environmental assessment approval and negotiating a benefits agreement with the Nisga’a Nation.
  • Counseled on the Moose Cree First Nation’s equity participation in the $2.6B Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Project in Ontario.
  • Counseled Pattern Energy in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for the Meikle Wind Energy Project.
  • Counseled and represented a BC coal mine in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate and related compliance matters.
  • Advised CH2M Hill in respect of environmental matters in British Columbia.
  • Represented a disabled Indigenous person in a Charter of Rights case related to equality rights and treaty benefits.
  • Counseled an Ontario natural gas-powered electricity generator on First Nation consultation and environmental assessment matters.
  • Advised the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in respect of his decision to approve a Master Development Agreement for Jumbo Resort.
  • Conducted a comprehensive review and provided recommendations regarding the project review (environmental assessment) process for Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Negotiated the Roberts Bank Protocol Agreement (a precursor to the Tsawwassen Final Agreement).

Speaking Engagements

Working Together and Moving Forward Post Tsilhqot'in Panel Speaker - Minerals North Conference, Smithers, BC

May 2016

State of the (Oil) Nation: What's in the Pipeline?

February 18, 2016

Indigenous Rights and Mineral Development: Challenges and Opportunities - Canadian Perspective

July 17, 2015

Aboriginal Engagement: The Current Context from a Legal Perspective

January 27, 2015

The Tsilhqot'in Decision - What is Next? CLEBC Mining Law 2014

November 5, 2014

Tsilhqot'in v. B.C. - What does it mean for the resource sector? McMillan Seminar, Vancouver, BC

July 16, 2014

Key Aspects of Pipeline Development: Regulatory Process and Structuring of the Contracts

May 10, 2014

Indigenous and environmental issues

May 7, 2014

How do we improve certainty in the IA review process? Theme forum presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment 34th Annual Conference in Viña del Mar, Chile

April 8, 2014

Environmental litigation regarding impact assessment Chair, paper presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment 34th Annual Conference in Viña del Mar, Chile

April 8, 2014

Streamlining EIAs and the approval process: How far do we go? 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Calgary, Alberta

May 13, 2013

Aboriginal Law - Consultation and Other Emerging Issues Lexpert Events, Calgary, Alberta

November 8, 2012

Reconciling the duty to consult with other law Aboriginal Law - Consultation and Other Emerging Issues, Toronto, Ontario

November 2012

Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers

June 20, 2012

BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

May 26, 2012

2012 Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit

April 26, 2012

Advanced Administrative Law 2012

April 25, 2012

Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation speaker, Robin Junger - Environmental Law Forum, Cambridge, Ontario

January 2012

Clean Energy and Innovation in North America Canadian and America Business Council 16th Annual Policy Forum and Business Achievement Award Luncheon, Vancouver

November 2010

Special Address: British Columbia's New Policy for Development of New Renewable & Green Energy Sources Law Seminars International Canada/U.S. Energy Transactions Conference, Vancouver

August 2010

Promoting Clean Energy Partnerships in the Western Interconnection

August 2010

Provincial Government Approaches to Environmental Assessment (Canada) Forum of Federations Environmental Assessment in Federations Conference, Ottawa

September 2009

Legislative Responses to Administrative Law Developments Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, The 3rd Annual National Forum Administrative Law and Practice

September 2007
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Teaching Engagements

  • Past sessional instructor, Private International Law and Public International Law, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law

News


Media Mentions


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2021) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyers in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized in the 2020 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as a Leading Infrastructure Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Indigenous Law and a Consistently Recommended lawyer in the area of Environmental Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2020) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized in the 2019 Lexpert/ROB Infrastructure – Special Edition as one of Canada’s Leading Infrastructure lawyers
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized in the 2019 Lexpert/ROB Energy – Special Edition as one of Canada’s Leading Energy lawyers
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas of Environmental Law and Indigenous Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law and Environmental Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2019 as a leader in Aboriginal Law and Environment Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas of Environmental Law and Indigenous Law
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Report on Business 2018 – Special Edition, as one of Canada’s leading Energy lawyers
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) as a leading lawyer in the areas of both Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized in Chambers Global 2018 as a leading lawyer in the areas of both Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in the areas of both Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in the areas of both Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Repeatedly recommended, Environmental and Aboriginal Law, in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2017 as a leading lawyer in Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law – Canada and Environment – Canada
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the Special Edition – Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2016/17
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the Special Edition Report on Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2016 as a leading lawyer in Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal and Environmental Law
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the Report on Business Magazine 2016 as a “Leading Energy Lawyer”
  • Recognized in Lexpert’s Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2016
  • Recognized as Lexpert Ranked Lawyers in 2015
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2015/16 Lexpert Special Edition on Global Mining
  • Harvard Law School Addison Brown Prize (private international law)
  • Law Society of British Columbia Graduate Scholarship
  • Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member – British Columbia roster of panelists for the British Columbia-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, the New West Partnership Trade Agreement and the Agreement on Internal Trade
  • Board Member and Executive Committee Member – Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia
  • Member, Policy Review Committee, BC Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, British Columbia roster for the Bid Protest Mechanism arbiter

Education & Admissions

2004
Called to the Yukon Territory bar
1994
Called to the British Columbia bar
1993
LLMHarvard University
1992
BAUniversity of Calgary
1991
JD University of British Columbia

Publications

  • B.C.’s new UNDRIP act — more questions than answers“, Vancouver Sun (December 2019)
  • Supreme Court Law Review, 2nd Series, Volume 83” Third Party Rights in the Context of Aboriginal Consultation and Negotiations (May 2018)
  • A ‘duty to consult’ aboriginals is no excuse to delay project approvals“, Financial Post (November 2016)
  • Aboriginal Title and Mining in Canada – More Questions than Answers“, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2015)
  • Canada: First Nation Challenge Based On Spiritual Interests Rejected In Jumbo Case“, Mondaq (April 16, 2014)
  • “Case Law Update 2012-2013: Duty to Consult”, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Aboriginal Law Conference – 2013 (October 2013)
  • “Sustainability report: Will B.C.’s major projects be decided in a courtroom?”, Business In Vancouver (July 9, 2013)
  • Minerals and Mining – Canada Chapter“, Globe Law and Business (May 2012)
  • “BC Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers”, BC Continuing Legal Education Society (May 2012)
  • “Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context”, Canadian Journal of Administrative Law Practice, Vol. 25, No. 1 (March 2012)
  • “Improving the environmental assessment process”, The Vancouver Sun (February 2012)
  • “Mining – Recent Developments of Importance”, The 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – 14th Edition (January 2012)
  • “Cumulative Effects”, Canadian Aboriginal Law 2011 Conference, Pacific Business Law Institute (November 2011)
  • Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context“, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, 2011 Administrative Law Conference (October 2011)
  • “Judicial Consideration of the Administrative Tribunals Act”, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Administrative Law Conference (October 2010)
  • “Judicial Consideration of the Administrative Tribunals Act”, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Administrative Law Conference (October 2008)
  • British Columbia’s Experience with the Administrative Tribunals Act” (2006)
  • “Judicial Consideration of the Administrative Tribunals Act”, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Administrative Law Conference (October 2006)
  • “Judicial Oversight of Voluntary Organizations”, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Administrative Law Conference (2004)
  • “British Columbia’s New Drinking Water Protection Act”, The Advocate, Vol. 62, Part 1, page 25 (January 2004)
  • “Authorization of Waste Discharge” Waste Management Act Review Discussion Paper #1 Prepared for the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (September 2002)
  • “Developments in International Law”, Annual Review of Law & Practice The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1996, 1997 and 1998 editions (1998)
  • “Case Comment: Tolofson v. Jensen”, Manitoba L.J., Vol. 23, Nos. 1 & 2, 689 (1995)
  • “A Proposed Choice of Law Methodology for Tort in Canada: Comparative Evaluation of British and American Approaches”, 26 Ottawa Law Review 75 (1994)
  • 34 Harvard International Law Journal 288 reviewing “Blaine Sloane, United Nations General Assembly Resolutions In Our Changing World”, 1991 (1992)

Insights by Robin M. Junger (9 Posts)

Court of Appeal Holds Duty to Consult Does Not Apply to Statutory Interpretation

Jan 6, 2020

Court of Appeal Holds Duty to Consult Does Not Apply to Statutory Interpretation

Sacred places and the duty to consult: SCC confirms governments must balance Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Interests

Nov 7, 2017

Sacred places and the duty to consult: SCC confirms governments must balance Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Interests

Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

Apr 17, 2017

Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

An update on aboriginal law and best practices for the C-suite

Feb 2, 2017

The session will focus on practical issues and questions commonly faced by senior managers and executives in the development, sale, acquisition and financing of major projects.

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights:Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)[1]

Apr 28, 2016

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights: Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)1

Equivalency Agreements, Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation – Implications of Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)

Jan 20, 2016

Equivalency Agreements, Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation – Implications of Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)

Lexpert Seminar Toronto – Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections and Investigations

Dec 2, 2015

Our expert faculty will provide their "lessons learned" and best practices for general counsel, in-house lawyers, compliance and risk management professionals dealing with these everyday challenges.

What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?

Sep 30, 2015

What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?

Knock, Knock: Responding to Search Warrants and Inspections in the Environmental Law Context

Feb 22, 2015

Knock, Knock: Responding to Search Warrants and Inspections in the Environmental Law Context