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Partner & Department Head, Environmental, Municipal & Planning, Regulatory Law

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Phone: 519.660.7878
Fax: 519.660.7879

Paula Lombardi practices in the areas of environmental law, municipal law, planning and development law, and class actions.

Education

Western University, LLB
Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, B.A.A.
Urban and Regional Planning and Post-Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Engineering

Called to the Bar in 2002

About

Paula Lombardi is a partner of Siskinds LLP,  and practices in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Prior to joining Siskinds, Paula worked as an associate at a Bay Street law firm where her practice focused on occupational health and safety, environmental and regulatory matters.

Paula recently spent two years as in-house counsel for a major privately owned US corporation, whose owner is on the Forbes 500 list, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business issues relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of contaminated sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in the US and Canada.

Paula has a great deal of experience in: providing due diligence advice; dealing with contamination issues; handling of organic chemicals and hazardous wastes; obtaining environmental approvals; obtaining planning and development approvals; providing advice to municipalities; defending environmental prosecutions; and assisting companies with environmental and regulatory compliance. Paula has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.

Green silhouette of an elgree tree with the type environmental law below.

Memberships and Associations

Professional Women’s Symposium Association 2005 – 2010
Women’s Law Association of Ontario 2004 – 2013
Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing 2002 – present

Publications and Speaking

Academic

Articles

  • January 2008
    Application of PS 3150 and Implications for Local Governments– Public Sector Digest
  • October 2007
    Supervisors and Safety the New Standard – Public Sector Digest
  • August / September 2007
    Building a New Bridge – The Ambassador Bridge Environmental Assessment – Public Sector Digest
  • July 2007
    Environmental Penalties–Public Sector Digest
  • April 2007
    Alternative Energy Sources– Public Sector Digest Inc., Spring 2007 Issue
  • February 2007
    Spills and How to React – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • December 2006
    Municipalities – Duty to be Fair – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • November 2006
    Ongoing Issues Surrounding the Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • September 2006
    What is WHMIS – Definitions and Responsibilities, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • August 2006
    Providing Safe Drinking Water – The New Regulatory Environment, Summer Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • October 2005
    The Holding of Contaminated Land by a Trustee - Risks & Obligations, Vol. 24, Number 4, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal
  • August / September 2005
    ‘Spills Bill’ Impact on Municipalities, Fall Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • June 2005
    Dealing with Contaminated Land, CCH's Ontario Real Estate Law Developments
  • June 2005
    Municipal Act Restrictions on Bonusing, Spring Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • May 2005
    Bill 133, Directors and Officers Liability, Lang Michener Brief
  • March 2005
    Dealing with Contaminated Land the New Brownfields Legislation, Lang Michener Real Estate Brief
  • Fall Issue 2004
    Legal Briefs, Dream Home Worthless, Canadian Abatement & Restoration Report
  • September 2004
    Municipalities Getting Creative with Brownfields Clean-up, Municipal World

Speaking Engagements

  • September 2014
    OACA Workshop
    Environmental Issues in Land Severance Applications and Obligations of Municipalities
  • June 2014
    Siskinds Labour & Employment Conference
    Director and Officer Liability
  • January – December 2013
    Series of 4 Workshops with Pinchin Environmental dealing with Contaminated Sites and regulatory requirements
  • March 2007 – 2009
    Due Diligence Workshop for Professional Applicators and Managers – OMAFRA, Guelph Turfgrass Institute
  • February 2007
    Environmental Due Diligence for International Transactions – Fanshawe College, International Business Program
  • February 2007
    Occupational Health and Safety – The Role of Supervisors, OHS Management, Post-Diploma Program, University of Western Ontario
  • October 2006
    WHMIS – What you need to know,  Siskinds Labour and Employment Law Conference
  • February 2006
    Supervisors and Safety, OHSA Roles & Responsibilities, Employer Advocacy Council Training Session
  • July 2005
    Tackling Environmental Issues in Commercial Real Estate Deals, 4th Annual Law Clerks Forum, Advanced Litigation and Commercial Real Estate Law
  • April 2005
    Brownfields and More, Lang Michener 5 o’clock Lecture Series
  • November 2004
    Opportunities for Brownfield Site Development, Legal Aspects, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • October 2004
    Hazardous Materials, Toronto Construction Association
  • September 2004
    Controlling the Risk of Mould During Construction,Toronto Construction Association
  • February 2004
    Fundamentals of Environmental Law, The Canadian Institute
  • November 2003
    Volunteer Firefighters, Ontario Municipalities Association

Community Involvement

2011 – 2014

  • President, SARI Therapeutic Riding, Board of Directors.
  • SARI provides specialized horse back riding programs for people with special needs. The majority of the participants in SARI are children and youth. The riders receive the physical, mental and emotional benefits of therapy while building relationships with the volunteers and horse who partner with them.

2009 – present

  • Vice – Chair, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal
  • Member of tribunal that hears and decides appeals concerning matters in the agriculture and food industry. The tribunal consist of: Board of Negotiation (under the Environmental Protection Act); Crop Insurance Appeal Board; Farm Organizations Accreditation Tribunal; Farm Products Appeal Tribunal; Ontario Drainage Tribunal

2005 – 2010

  • Professional Women’s Symposium Association

2004 – present

  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario

2002 – present

  • Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing

Paula Lombardi is a partner of Siskinds LLP,  and practices in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Prior to joining Siskinds, Paula worked as an associate at a Bay Street law firm where her practice focused on occupational health and safety, environmental and regulatory matters.

Paula recently spent two years as in-house counsel for a major privately owned US corporation, whose owner is on the Forbes 500 list, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business issues relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of contaminated sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in the US and Canada.

Paula has a great deal of experience in: providing due diligence advice; dealing with contamination issues; handling of organic chemicals and hazardous wastes; obtaining environmental approvals; obtaining planning and development approvals; providing advice to municipalities; defending environmental prosecutions; and assisting companies with environmental and regulatory compliance. Paula has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.

Green silhouette of an elgree tree with the type environmental law below.

Professional Women’s Symposium Association 2005 – 2010
Women’s Law Association of Ontario 2004 – 2013
Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing 2002 – present

Academic

Articles

  • January 2008
    Application of PS 3150 and Implications for Local Governments– Public Sector Digest
  • October 2007
    Supervisors and Safety the New Standard – Public Sector Digest
  • August / September 2007
    Building a New Bridge – The Ambassador Bridge Environmental Assessment – Public Sector Digest
  • July 2007
    Environmental Penalties–Public Sector Digest
  • April 2007
    Alternative Energy Sources– Public Sector Digest Inc., Spring 2007 Issue
  • February 2007
    Spills and How to React – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • December 2006
    Municipalities – Duty to be Fair – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • November 2006
    Ongoing Issues Surrounding the Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites – Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • September 2006
    What is WHMIS – Definitions and Responsibilities, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • August 2006
    Providing Safe Drinking Water – The New Regulatory Environment, Summer Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • October 2005
    The Holding of Contaminated Land by a Trustee - Risks & Obligations, Vol. 24, Number 4, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal
  • August / September 2005
    ‘Spills Bill’ Impact on Municipalities, Fall Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • June 2005
    Dealing with Contaminated Land, CCH's Ontario Real Estate Law Developments
  • June 2005
    Municipal Act Restrictions on Bonusing, Spring Issue, Public Sector Digest Inc.
  • May 2005
    Bill 133, Directors and Officers Liability, Lang Michener Brief
  • March 2005
    Dealing with Contaminated Land the New Brownfields Legislation, Lang Michener Real Estate Brief
  • Fall Issue 2004
    Legal Briefs, Dream Home Worthless, Canadian Abatement & Restoration Report
  • September 2004
    Municipalities Getting Creative with Brownfields Clean-up, Municipal World

Speaking Engagements

  • September 2014
    OACA Workshop
    Environmental Issues in Land Severance Applications and Obligations of Municipalities
  • June 2014
    Siskinds Labour & Employment Conference
    Director and Officer Liability
  • January – December 2013
    Series of 4 Workshops with Pinchin Environmental dealing with Contaminated Sites and regulatory requirements
  • March 2007 – 2009
    Due Diligence Workshop for Professional Applicators and Managers – OMAFRA, Guelph Turfgrass Institute
  • February 2007
    Environmental Due Diligence for International Transactions – Fanshawe College, International Business Program
  • February 2007
    Occupational Health and Safety – The Role of Supervisors, OHS Management, Post-Diploma Program, University of Western Ontario
  • October 2006
    WHMIS – What you need to know,  Siskinds Labour and Employment Law Conference
  • February 2006
    Supervisors and Safety, OHSA Roles & Responsibilities, Employer Advocacy Council Training Session
  • July 2005
    Tackling Environmental Issues in Commercial Real Estate Deals, 4th Annual Law Clerks Forum, Advanced Litigation and Commercial Real Estate Law
  • April 2005
    Brownfields and More, Lang Michener 5 o’clock Lecture Series
  • November 2004
    Opportunities for Brownfield Site Development, Legal Aspects, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • October 2004
    Hazardous Materials, Toronto Construction Association
  • September 2004
    Controlling the Risk of Mould During Construction,Toronto Construction Association
  • February 2004
    Fundamentals of Environmental Law, The Canadian Institute
  • November 2003
    Volunteer Firefighters, Ontario Municipalities Association

2011 – 2014

  • President, SARI Therapeutic Riding, Board of Directors.
  • SARI provides specialized horse back riding programs for people with special needs. The majority of the participants in SARI are children and youth. The riders receive the physical, mental and emotional benefits of therapy while building relationships with the volunteers and horse who partner with them.

2009 – present

  • Vice – Chair, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal
  • Member of tribunal that hears and decides appeals concerning matters in the agriculture and food industry. The tribunal consist of: Board of Negotiation (under the Environmental Protection Act); Crop Insurance Appeal Board; Farm Organizations Accreditation Tribunal; Farm Products Appeal Tribunal; Ontario Drainage Tribunal

2005 – 2010

  • Professional Women’s Symposium Association

2004 – present

  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario

2002 – present

  • Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing

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