Liane Langstaff is an environmental lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She draws upon her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, her MBA and law degree to provide strategic regulatory advice and representation to her corporate and municipal clients.
Liane is a problem solver. She relishes the challenge of distilling complex legislation, translating the opinions of expert scientists and land-use planners for judges, and crafting persuasive legal arguments to help her clients succeed before courts and tribunals.
Liane frequently acts on cutting-edge environmental and legal issues, including environmental assessments, species at risk, climate change and constitutional law. She helped the Canadian Public Health Association intervene in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional cases before the Courts of Appeal of Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. As a member of the firm's ESG Advisory Service practice and as a Climate Governance Expert with the Canada Climate Law Initiative, Liane advises on the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and biodiversity.
As an accomplished speaker and teacher, Liane has provided her insights to the Governance Professionals of Canada, Women Get on Board and the Ontario Bar Association. She has also served as a past co-instructor of the environmental law course at Osgoode Hall Law School. She writes extensively on the latest developments in environmental law as a regular contributor to Gowling WLG's environmental law newsletter, co-author of A Guide to Canada's Impact Assessment Act, 2020 Edition and as an author for a chapter in A Business Guide to Environmental Law.
Liane honed her legal skills as a clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, where she was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship and Hennick Medal for Academic Excellence.