Liane Langstaff Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-814-5637

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Liane Langstaff

Liane Langstaff is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the areas of environmental law, indigenous law and land use planning law.

Liane has a diverse practice, serving corporate, municipal and indigenous clients. She is a passionate advocate and provides comprehensive legal advice on a range of environmental issues, including:

  • Environmental assessments
  • Environmental and energy approvals and permitting
  • Environmental management and compliance
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement
  • Contaminated sites litigation

As an Environmental Sciences (BSc), Law and MBA graduate, Liane uses her technical expertise, legal skills and business acumen to meet her clients' needs. As a result of her former role as a law clerk to Justices Weiler, Juriansz, Simmons and Brown of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, she leverages an intimate knowledge of the courts to represent her clients in complex litigation proceedings.

Liane brings broad experience in the environmental field, having previously been a sustainability consultant to the food and beverage industry. She has held various positions in government, with a focus on municipal planning, and has conducted extensive research, working with Aboriginal communities in Northern Canada.

An alumnus of Osgoode Hall Law School's Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, she strives to participate in the ongoing project of reconciliation in Canada.

From a volunteer perspective, Liane has worked with environmental non-profits, including the National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH) and Plug'n Drive - an organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. She has also delivered guest lectures and facilitated aboriginal law negotiation simulations for students at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2015

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School & Schulich School of Business, York University, JD/MBA
    • Rankings & Awards
      Arthur Charles Pape Memorial Prize for Native Rights
    • Rankings & Awards
      Hennick Medal for Academic Excellence
    • Rankings & Awards
      Research Prize in Corporate/Commercial Law
    • Rankings & Awards
      Business for a Better World Case Competition, World Economic Forum, Third Place
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian National Corporate and Securities Law Moot, Third Place
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
    • Rankings & Awards
      BLG Professional Excellence Award
  • 2011

    • Education
      University of Guelph, BSc (Hons.)

Articles & presentations

"Renewable Energy Projects with Northern Ontario First Nations: Considerations, Challenges and Solutions", Lecture and Aboriginal Law Simulation Negotiation, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (January 2016) and Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University (November 2016).

"SCC recognizes federal jurisdiction to deal with Métis and non-status Indian peoples" (April 2016).

"Federal budget & low carbon investments: Canada puts its money where its mouth is" (March 2016).

"Sustainability shift: The evolution of Canadian water policy" (September 2015).

"Sweating the small stuff: Canada's emerging regulatory approach to nanomaterials" (October 2014).

Liane has experience managing technical experts and navigating fast-paced administrative tribunal proceedings. She has successfully represented a grassroots community group at the Environmental Review Tribunal. She has assisted in client mediations, settlement conferences, international arbitrations and court proceedings.