Chris Hummel Associate


Parle :  Anglais

Téléphone principal : +1 416-862-3540

Fax : +1 416-862-7661

Courriel : chris.hummel@gowlingwlg.com

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Bureau principal :  Toronto


Chris Hummel

Both a litigator and regulatory lawyer, Chris Hummel practises at the intersection of environmental, Indigenous, energy and land use planning law. A former Nunavut resident, Chris is also a member of the Canada North Practice Group, serving Canada's remote and northern communities.

During law school, Chris won awards for academic achievement and was selected as a Dean's Fellow in constitutional law. He graduated from Osgoode Hall's JD/Master in Environmental Studies program where he also completed the intensive program in Indigenous, Lands, Resources and Governments.

Chris routinely navigates complex and novel legal issues ranging from technical, science-driven advocacy to uncharted questions in constitutional and Indigenous law. He is actively learning to speak French and Inuktut.

Civil litigation and tribunal advocacy

  • Land contamination, contract and property disputes
    • represented, and obtained an interim injunction in favour of, residential landowners asserting possessory rights and trespass against their local municipality
    • represented various litigants in actions related to migrating land contamination
    • represented an electricity company in an contractual arbitration relating to complex energy policies and financial incentives
  • Constitutional litigation
    • counsel to cannabis growers challenging by-laws on grounds of Charter of Rights and Freedoms and division of legislative powers.
    • counsel to a not-for-profit organization intervening in favour of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in constitutional challenges by several provinces.
    • counsel to a municipality challenging a major railway infrastructure project on constitutional and administrative grounds.
    • launched a Charter challenge of Ontario' Safe Streets Act on behalf of a not-for-profit legal clinic representing homeless individuals.
  • Administrative boards and tribunals
    • counsel to northern Indigenous organizations in environmental assessments and regulatory board proceedings in relation to mines and infrastructure
    • counsel to a municipality in a federal environmental assessment of a major railway infrastructure project, involving complex and multi-faceted expert evidence and constitutional issues
    • represented cannabis growers challenging a municipal by-law before the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board

Regulatory advice

  • Energy law
    • provided advice respecting regulations applicable to electric vehicle charging stations
    • advised microgrid developer on electricity licensing and distribution requirements
    • advised fuel distribution companies on exposure to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act
    • advised industry organization on Ontario Energy Board electricity capacity markets
    • advised northern electrical utility on various regulatory matters
  • Indigenous law
    • advised multiple northern Indigenous organizations on rights and regulatory strategies in relation to Indigenous-owned infrastructure projects
    • advised northern Indigenous organization on development of internal by-laws, policies and other corporate governance matters
    • advised First Nation on powers under the First Nations Land Management Act
    • advised First Nation on wildlife harvesting rights and co-management regime
  • Waste, hazardous materials and product stewardship
    • advised manufacturers and retail sales companies about their extended producer responsibilities (waste stewardship obligations) for packaging and printed paper, electronic materials, machine oils and containers.
    • advised companies on obligations under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and other environmental legislation.
  • Environmental permitting (air, noise, water and waste)
    • advised several companies on requirements for Environmental Compliance Approvals for noise, air emissions, stormwater and waste management