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
- Climate change regulatory compliance
- Regulatory investigations and enforcement
- Contaminated sites litigation
- Land-use planning, zoning and cultural heritage conservation
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.
Liane is committed to giving back to her community through environmental education. As part of the Board of EcoSpark, she endeavours to connect youth and their communities to their natural environment through citizen science. She is also active in training the next generation of lawyers, having 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. As part of the Climate Change Lawyers Network, she has brought together lawyers and other professionals to better understand current developments in climate change law and policy.