Alexandria J. Pike

Partner

Alexandria Pike

Alexandria J. Pike

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1995

“One of the best environmental lawyers in the country.”
Chambers Global 2016

Alex’s strategic approach to assessing environmental risk and resolving issues – whether technical, regulatory or contractual – helps clients minimize their liabilities and exposure. Working on clients’ most complex projects and deals, Alex advises them on transaction risk, permitting requirements, as well as remediation and redevelopment of contaminated lands. She has expertise in Indigenous interests and advised on the creation of an environmental protection regime under Canada’s First Nations Land Management Act. She works with clients that span a variety of industries, with a focus on mining, manufacturing, chemical, pulp and paper, and energy.

Clients trust Alex to represent them in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. She often appears before the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal and provides environmental expertise in civil proceedings, including class actions. Clients regularly seek her advice and guidance on environmental issues related to insolvencies, such as director and officer liability.

Alex is the immediate past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Alexandria J. Pike

Partner

“One of the best environmental lawyers in the country.”
Chambers Global 2016

Alex’s strategic approach to assessing environmental risk and resolving issues – whether technical, regulatory or contractual – helps clients minimize their liabilities and exposure. Working on clients’ most complex projects and deals, Alex advises them on transaction risk, permitting requirements, as well as remediation and redevelopment of contaminated lands. She has expertise in Indigenous interests and advised on the creation of an environmental protection regime under Canada’s First Nations Land Management Act. She works with clients that span a variety of industries, with a focus on mining, manufacturing, chemical, pulp and paper, and energy.

Clients trust Alex to represent them in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. She often appears before the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal and provides environmental expertise in civil proceedings, including class actions. Clients regularly seek her advice and guidance on environmental issues related to insolvencies, such as director and officer liability.

Alex is the immediate past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Various Canadian corporations

Advising various Canadian corporations regarding environmental management issues, including Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, New Gold Inc., Resolute Forest Products Inc., Atlantic Packaging, Canadian National Railway Company, Celestica Inc.

Canadian developers and property managers

Representing various Canadian developers and property managers with respect to environmental matters, including Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., Cadbridge Investors LP, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, SmartCentres Management Inc. and Woodbourne Canada Management Inc.

Wind power developers

Represented wind power developers (Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC and Capital Power Corporation) in six appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal, responding to challenges to the largest wind energy projects undertaken in Ontario. Some of these proceedings included an allegation that Ontario's wind energy regime violates section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Resolute FP Canada Inc.

Acted for Resolute FP Canada Inc. in the sale of its former pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario. Advised on transfer arrangements for permits and financial assurance, including those related to co-generation facilities, international pipelines and an operating landfill.

Amcor Flexibles LLC

Acted for Amcor Flexibles LLC in the sale of three U.S. healthcare manufacturing facilities to Tekni-Plex. Issues included permitting arrangements for division of equipment and shared-site operations, assessing landlord's voluntary remediation efforts, mitigation of soil vapor risk, lease liability clarification from regulator.

Buttonville Airport

Acting for owners of Buttonville Airport with respect to the remediation and risk assessment of the airport to facilitate a mixed-use development.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acting for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its acquisition of all of the exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation, including the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects. Transaction includes allocation of closure obligations.

Boyd Group Income Fund

Acted for Boyd Group Income Fund on environmental matters in Boyd's $193.6-million acquisition of the assets and business of Assured Automotive Inc. and related entities. Issues included allocation of environmental liabilities related to auto body operations at more than 40 sites.

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors. Environmental review addressed approximately 60 sites.

Nortel Networks Limited

Acting for Nortel Networks Limited in connection with environmental liabilities in its Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act insolvency proceedings and related Environmental Review Tribunal appeal.

Forestry company

Acting for the former directors and officers of a forestry company named in a remediation order with respect to mill operations at three landfills.

Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP

Acting for Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP in acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well development at the former Globe & Mail newspaper production site. Negotiations included covenants with respect to remediation to residential standards and indemnification obligations.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in connection with its acquisition of Alusa, the largest flexible packaging business in South America, with operations in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia.

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises. Tenant liability issues were central to the environmental matters in this transaction.

Royal Greenland Seafood A/S

Acted for Royal Greenland Seafood A/S in connection with the investment in Canadian seafood producer Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited. Issues include permitting for disposal at sea and environmental conditions at port facilities.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Advised on issues related to interconnection in financing The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company's $42.5 million equity investment in the 40 MW Suncor Energy Adelaide Wind Power Project.

Northstar Aerospace

Provided opinion regarding remediation liability in litigation involving the former directors and officers of Northstar Aerospace Inc. and Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc.

Forest Resources LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings LLC and Forest Resources LLC in connection with the sale of their Canadian paper and packaging manufacturing facilities, consisting of CanAmPac, Boehmer Box, and Strathcona Paper, to Rosmar Litho, a subsidiary of PaperWorks. Issues included landfills and related financial assurance, dams and nutrient management.

Consortium of developers

Acted for consortium of developers with respect to environmental requirements regarding a land conveyance to City of Toronto.

Hydroméga Services Inc.

Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc., as sponsor in partnership with the Dokis First Nation, and Okikendawt Hydro L.P., as borrower, in connection with the project financing of a 10-MW hydroelectric generating facility on the French River in the district of Parry Sound, Ontario.

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Environment versus the Economy: Consequences of the Redwater Decision”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 03, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit, “A Deep Dive into Rep and Warranty Insurance for Lawyers”; Vancouver, BC

May 02, 2019

Bulletin

Canadian Securities Regulators Report on Climate Disclosure

Apr. 06, 2018 - Following on the heels of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (Task Force), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published its Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project. The CSA reviewed mandatory and voluntary...

Bulletin

Canada Resets Federal Environmental Assessment for Major Project Reviews

Feb. 09, 2018 - In 2016, the Canadian government launched a formal review of key federal environmental assessment and regulatory processes. Expert panels were established and parliamentary committees engaged to conduct consultations and provide recommendations with respect to the Canadian Environmental...

Bulletin

Pan-Canadian Carbon Pricing Update: Federal Backstop Legislation Proposed

Jan. 18, 2018 - This week, the federal government released, for public comment, draft legislation relating to the proposed federal carbon pricing system. The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act provides a complex framework for the implementation of a federal carbon pricing “backstop” to be applied to...

Bulletin

Details Released on Federal Proposal for Pan-Canadian Price on Carbon

May 19, 2017 - On May 18, 2017, following months of speculation on how the federal government will implement its pan-Canadian price on carbon, the government released its technical paper on the federal carbon pricing backstop (Technical Paper). As we previously reported in our October 2016 publication...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment (Band 1)

The Legal 500 Canada—Environment (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Indigenous Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2016, Toronto)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Environment; Who’s Who Legal: Environment—Environment

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Environment

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1995

Education

University of Ottawa, LLB (Magna Cum Laude), 1993
McGill University, BA (Honours), 1989

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships

Heritage Toronto, former chair

Community Involvement

Cambridge Forums Inc., Environmental Law Forum annual conference, organizer
Canadian Bar Association, National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, past chair
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Environment Committee
OECD, Business and Industry Advisory Committee, Environmental Committee

“One of the best environmental lawyers in the country.”
Chambers Global 2016

Alex’s strategic approach to assessing environmental risk and resolving issues – whether technical, regulatory or contractual – helps clients minimize their liabilities and exposure. Working on clients’ most complex projects and deals, Alex advises them on transaction risk, permitting requirements, as well as remediation and redevelopment of contaminated lands. She has expertise in Indigenous interests and advised on the creation of an environmental protection regime under Canada’s First Nations Land Management Act. She works with clients that span a variety of industries, with a focus on mining, manufacturing, chemical, pulp and paper, and energy.

Clients trust Alex to represent them in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. She often appears before the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal and provides environmental expertise in civil proceedings, including class actions. Clients regularly seek her advice and guidance on environmental issues related to insolvencies, such as director and officer liability.

Alex is the immediate past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Various Canadian corporations

Advising various Canadian corporations regarding environmental management issues, including Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, New Gold Inc., Resolute Forest Products Inc., Atlantic Packaging, Canadian National Railway Company, Celestica Inc.

Canadian developers and property managers

Representing various Canadian developers and property managers with respect to environmental matters, including Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., Cadbridge Investors LP, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, SmartCentres Management Inc. and Woodbourne Canada Management Inc.

Wind power developers

Represented wind power developers (Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC and Capital Power Corporation) in six appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal, responding to challenges to the largest wind energy projects undertaken in Ontario. Some of these proceedings included an allegation that Ontario's wind energy regime violates section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Resolute FP Canada Inc.

Acted for Resolute FP Canada Inc. in the sale of its former pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario. Advised on transfer arrangements for permits and financial assurance, including those related to co-generation facilities, international pipelines and an operating landfill.

Amcor Flexibles LLC

Acted for Amcor Flexibles LLC in the sale of three U.S. healthcare manufacturing facilities to Tekni-Plex. Issues included permitting arrangements for division of equipment and shared-site operations, assessing landlord's voluntary remediation efforts, mitigation of soil vapor risk, lease liability clarification from regulator.

Buttonville Airport

Acting for owners of Buttonville Airport with respect to the remediation and risk assessment of the airport to facilitate a mixed-use development.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acting for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its acquisition of all of the exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation, including the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects. Transaction includes allocation of closure obligations.

Boyd Group Income Fund

Acted for Boyd Group Income Fund on environmental matters in Boyd's $193.6-million acquisition of the assets and business of Assured Automotive Inc. and related entities. Issues included allocation of environmental liabilities related to auto body operations at more than 40 sites.

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors. Environmental review addressed approximately 60 sites.

Nortel Networks Limited

Acting for Nortel Networks Limited in connection with environmental liabilities in its Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act insolvency proceedings and related Environmental Review Tribunal appeal.

Forestry company

Acting for the former directors and officers of a forestry company named in a remediation order with respect to mill operations at three landfills.

Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP

Acting for Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP in acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well development at the former Globe & Mail newspaper production site. Negotiations included covenants with respect to remediation to residential standards and indemnification obligations.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in connection with its acquisition of Alusa, the largest flexible packaging business in South America, with operations in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia.

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises. Tenant liability issues were central to the environmental matters in this transaction.

Royal Greenland Seafood A/S

Acted for Royal Greenland Seafood A/S in connection with the investment in Canadian seafood producer Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited. Issues include permitting for disposal at sea and environmental conditions at port facilities.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Advised on issues related to interconnection in financing The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company's $42.5 million equity investment in the 40 MW Suncor Energy Adelaide Wind Power Project.

Northstar Aerospace

Provided opinion regarding remediation liability in litigation involving the former directors and officers of Northstar Aerospace Inc. and Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc.

Forest Resources LLC

Acted for Atlas Holdings LLC and Forest Resources LLC in connection with the sale of their Canadian paper and packaging manufacturing facilities, consisting of CanAmPac, Boehmer Box, and Strathcona Paper, to Rosmar Litho, a subsidiary of PaperWorks. Issues included landfills and related financial assurance, dams and nutrient management.

Consortium of developers

Acted for consortium of developers with respect to environmental requirements regarding a land conveyance to City of Toronto.

Hydroméga Services Inc.

Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc., as sponsor in partnership with the Dokis First Nation, and Okikendawt Hydro L.P., as borrower, in connection with the project financing of a 10-MW hydroelectric generating facility on the French River in the district of Parry Sound, Ontario.

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Environment versus the Economy: Consequences of the Redwater Decision”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 03, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit, “A Deep Dive into Rep and Warranty Insurance for Lawyers”; Vancouver, BC

May 02, 2019

Bulletin

Canadian Securities Regulators Report on Climate Disclosure

Apr. 06, 2018 - Following on the heels of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (Task Force), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published its Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project. The CSA reviewed mandatory and voluntary...

Bulletin

Canada Resets Federal Environmental Assessment for Major Project Reviews

Feb. 09, 2018 - In 2016, the Canadian government launched a formal review of key federal environmental assessment and regulatory processes. Expert panels were established and parliamentary committees engaged to conduct consultations and provide recommendations with respect to the Canadian Environmental...

Bulletin

Pan-Canadian Carbon Pricing Update: Federal Backstop Legislation Proposed

Jan. 18, 2018 - This week, the federal government released, for public comment, draft legislation relating to the proposed federal carbon pricing system. The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act provides a complex framework for the implementation of a federal carbon pricing “backstop” to be applied to...

Bulletin

Details Released on Federal Proposal for Pan-Canadian Price on Carbon

May 19, 2017 - On May 18, 2017, following months of speculation on how the federal government will implement its pan-Canadian price on carbon, the government released its technical paper on the federal carbon pricing backstop (Technical Paper). As we previously reported in our October 2016 publication...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment (Band 1)

The Legal 500 Canada—Environment (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Indigenous Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2016, Toronto)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Environment; Who’s Who Legal: Environment—Environment

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Environment

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1995

Education

University of Ottawa, LLB (Magna Cum Laude), 1993
McGill University, BA (Honours), 1989

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships

Heritage Toronto, former chair

Community Involvement

Cambridge Forums Inc., Environmental Law Forum annual conference, organizer
Canadian Bar Association, National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, past chair
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Environment Committee
OECD, Business and Industry Advisory Committee, Environmental Committee