Alex Sadvari is a lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the areas of environmental, land use planning, and development law. She advises corporate, municipal, and Indigenous clients, providing strategic regulatory advice and representation.
Alex recently spent a year on secondment at Ontario Power Generation Inc. where she handled all environmental law issues, including: environmental risk management, regulatory compliance, inspections, and investigations. Her in-house experience has given her energy sector knowledge as well as a unique understanding of the demands faced by in-house counsel, allowing her to successfully and efficiently anticipate and meet client needs.
Often working at the intersection between environmental and land use planning law, Alex delivers timely, practical legal advice on a wide array of complex matters, including:
- Environmental assessments (both provincial and federal);
- Planning policy and land use development;
- Technical and strategic advice to various industrial sectors (including manufacturing and waste disposal);
- Environmental risks in transactions (including real estate acquisitions, mergers, lending transactions and leases);
- Environmental management and compliance, including regulatory inspections, investigations and enforcement;
- Natural resource management and development (including mining and aggregate operations);
- Endangered species approvals;
- Environmental issues related to food and agriculture;
- Import and export of environmentally regulated substances and products;
- Transportation of dangerous goods; and
- Environmental and energy permitting and approvals.
Alex works effectively with multi-disciplinary teams of ecologists, hydrogeologists, land use planners, economists, and other specialized, technical experts. She has obtained a variety of key approvals for her clients, including: environmental compliance approvals, zoning by-law amendments, official plan amendments, and permits under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
In addition, Alex acts as an advocate for clients in regulatory prosecutions, administrative and planning appeals, and judicial reviews. She appears in front of administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Environmental Review Tribunal), as well as in court.