“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.
New Gold Inc.
Acting for New Gold Inc. in its sale of the Blackwater Project in British Columbia to Artemis Gold Inc., including advice with respect to potential environmental liability and indigenous participation.
Brand Industrial Services, Inc.
Acting for BrandSafway, a global leader providing a broad range of solutions to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets, in its acquisition of AGF Access Group, Inc.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Representing Barrick Gold Corporation in international tort litigation regarding tailings discharged from a Philippines copper mine facility operated by its predecessor, PlacerDome Inc.
Amcor Flexibles LLC
Assisted Amcor Flexibles LLC in the disposition of three manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, ordered pursuant to U.S. anti-trust requirements. Environmental issues included the separation of activities and permits at one operating location, indemnification in relation to indoor air and soil vapour intrusion issues, ascertainment of lease liability clarification from the Wisconsin Department of Nature Resources (WDNR) and allocation of liability with respect to historic contamination including negotiations with landlord regarding remediation obligations to WDNR.
Hostess Brands, Inc.
Acted on environmental matters in Hostess Brands, Inc.'s acquisition of Voortman Cookies Limited. Issues included allocation of liabilities related to past manufacturing operations.
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.
Environmental Forensic Tools Help Answer Legal, Groundwater Contamination Problems, co-author
Aug. 19, 2020 - Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, pg. 35-38, August/September 2020
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Due Diligence for COVID-19: Health Exposure Prevention and Response
Apr. 16, 2020 - Companies must ensure that COVID-19 measures in the workplace are robust enough to protect the health of employees and the public and to prevent legal liability. This is equally important whether employers are meeting current regulatory requirements to protect employees or whether they are...
Moderator, American Bar Association, Environmental Summit of the Americas, “Social License in Resource Development”; Mexico City, Mexico
Jan. 16, 2020
Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Environment versus the Economy: Consequences of the Redwater Decision”; Toronto, ON
Oct. 03, 2019
Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit, “A Deep Dive into Rep and Warranty Insurance for Lawyers”; Vancouver, BC
May 02, 2019
In the News
Alex Pike Shares Her Insights on Canada’s Proposed New Impact Assessment Framework with National Magazine
Nov. 23, 2018 - In an article published in National Magazine, Davies partner Alex Pike shares her perspectives on Bill C-69, a package of bills intended to reform Canada’s system of impact assessment for major resource projects. While the promise of C-69 was that it would put the science first, some of...
Green Energy Act Repealed and Municipal Powers to Oppose Renewable Energy Reinstated
Sept. 21, 2018 - The Ontario government has introduced Bill 34, which would repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009. The new legislation, introduced on September 20, 2018, maintains the right of the government to enact regulations to promote renewable energy in the future. However, the current intention to...
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...
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...
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...
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: 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
Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Environment