Adam Chamberlain is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, and leader of the firm's Climate Change and Environmental Law Group. He is also active in the firm's Indigenous Law and Canada North groups.
Certified as a specialist in both environmental law and Indigenous legal issues (corporate and commercial) by the Law Society of Ontario, Adam has a broad practice with work related to these areas at its heart.
Issues that he addresses regularly include: climate change, GHG and other emissions regulation and transactions, impact assessment, defense of environmental prosecutions, corporate commercial and other relationships involving Indigenous owned and operated entities, natural resource regulation and related business relationships, as well as litigation related to and arising from aspects of his practice.
Adam’s work is geographically diverse, and he is an active member of the bar in all three of Canada’s territories, in addition to his home province of Ontario. Sectors in which he has project and other experience include: waste management, energy (renewable generation, distribution and transmission), mining, infrastructure development, water and wastewater, contaminated land management, as well as municipal infrastructure.
Adam’s practice has long been centred on matters now described as “ESG” (environmental, social and governance). He has advised corporate officers and directors on such matters for more than 25 years. Adam has a unique blend of experience and a pragmatic approach to relationship building and problem solving that equips him well to provide strategic legal advice and to assist a wide variety of different clients that include Indigenous organizations (Inuit, Métis, and First Nations), governments, agencies of government, and private companies of various sorts in several sectors.
Adam is non-Indigenous, but has lifelong relationships and experience with Indigenous Canadians. He considers himself an ally of his Indigenous friends, colleagues, clients, and business acquaintances.