UVic Law Prof. Tollefson and ELC team wins National Conservation Award for Enbridge Work

Tollefson & ELC team wins National Conservation Award for Enbridge work

Nature Canada recently announced that it was awarding its prestigious Volunteer Award for 2013 to Professor Chris Tollefson.

Nature Canada is one of Canada’s leading conservation organizations.  It is a member-based organization that includes over 40,000 supporters and more than 350 naturalist organizations across Canada.  The award is made annually to the individual judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the mission or work of Nature Canada.

In the citation to the award, Nature Canada recognizes “the hard work, ingenuity and perseverance of Chris Tollefson and his legal team at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre” in providing legal representation to Nature Canada as an intervenor throughout the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline review process.

Tollefson and his student team (that included Emma Hume, Naomi Kovak, Tasha Gooch and Anthony Ho) conducted four cross-examinations of expert witness panels (three in Prince Rupert and one in Prince George), and in June completed oral argument in Terrace.  A decision from the federal Joint Review Panel is expected by the end of 2013.