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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, LL.B
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 at Siskinds LLP and has a diverse regulatory practice providing advice and representation in the areas of environmental, municipal/planning, and administrative law.

Paula has a great deal of experience in providing strategic and practical advice on environmental liabilities and deal structures, contamination issues, handling of hazardous wastes, development applications, litigation matters, environmental compliance, environmental aspects of agreements of purchase and sale and indemnifications, transactional due diligence and compliance, regulatory compliance and assists clients in navigating the permit and approvals process.

Paula successfully defends clients charged with environmental and regulatory offences under federal and provincial legislation, appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal, and defends and prosecutes environmental litigation claims before the Ontario Court. Paula also regularly represents clients in connection with planning applications, expropriation proceedings and appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Paula has represented clients at all levels of the Ontario Courts on actions, applications, judicial reviews and appeals.

Paula gained a great deal of experience working for an international crossing, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business matters relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of Canadian (and CERCLA) sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in both the United States’ and Canada.

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

Memberships and Associations

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Environmental Law, 2019 – 2020
  • Member of Executive, Environmental Law Section Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), 2018 – 2020
  • Middlesex Law Association, Member
  • Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Member
  • 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

  • Instructor, Sustainability and Compliance, Fanshawe College, 2013
  • Instructor, Environmental Law, University of Western Ontario, 2017 - Present

Articles

  • OBA Newsletter, “Approvals from Federal Authorities May Not Protect Against Charges under Provincial Environmental Laws” April 2020
  • OBA Newsletter, “The Aftermath of Mikisew Cree First Nation – Cancellation of Ontario’s Cap and Trade” December 2018
  • 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

  • The Canadian Institute, “Lability and Non-Compliance following Environmental Reporting Suspension” June 2020
  • Ontario Bar Association “Stigma Damages – Where are we now?” December 2019
  • London Home Builders’ Association “Update on Bill 108 – Housing Supply Action Plan”, June 2019
  • Law Society of Ontario “Six Minute Environmental Lawyer 2018 – Section 18 Orders an Overview” October 2018
  • September 2014 OACA Workshop Environmental Issues in Land Severance Applications and Obligations of MunicipalitiesSeptember 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

  • Board Member, Unity Project, 2020 – to present
  • President, SARI Therapeutic Riding, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2014
    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.
  • Vice-Chair, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal, 2009 – present
    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
  • Professional Women’s Symposium Association, 2005 – 2010
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario, 2004 – present
  • Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing, 2002 – present

Paula Lombardi is a partner at Siskinds LLP and has a diverse regulatory practice providing advice and representation in the areas of environmental, municipal/planning, and administrative law.

Paula has a great deal of experience in providing strategic and practical advice on environmental liabilities and deal structures, contamination issues, handling of hazardous wastes, development applications, litigation matters, environmental compliance, environmental aspects of agreements of purchase and sale and indemnifications, transactional due diligence and compliance, regulatory compliance and assists clients in navigating the permit and approvals process.

Paula successfully defends clients charged with environmental and regulatory offences under federal and provincial legislation, appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal, and defends and prosecutes environmental litigation claims before the Ontario Court. Paula also regularly represents clients in connection with planning applications, expropriation proceedings and appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Paula has represented clients at all levels of the Ontario Courts on actions, applications, judicial reviews and appeals.

Paula gained a great deal of experience working for an international crossing, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business matters relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of Canadian (and CERCLA) sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in both the United States’ and Canada.

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Environmental Law, 2019 – 2020
  • Member of Executive, Environmental Law Section Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), 2018 – 2020
  • Middlesex Law Association, Member
  • Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Member
  • 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

  • Instructor, Sustainability and Compliance, Fanshawe College, 2013
  • Instructor, Environmental Law, University of Western Ontario, 2017 - Present

Articles

  • OBA Newsletter, “Approvals from Federal Authorities May Not Protect Against Charges under Provincial Environmental Laws” April 2020
  • OBA Newsletter, “The Aftermath of Mikisew Cree First Nation – Cancellation of Ontario’s Cap and Trade” December 2018
  • 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

  • The Canadian Institute, “Lability and Non-Compliance following Environmental Reporting Suspension” June 2020
  • Ontario Bar Association “Stigma Damages – Where are we now?” December 2019
  • London Home Builders’ Association “Update on Bill 108 – Housing Supply Action Plan”, June 2019
  • Law Society of Ontario “Six Minute Environmental Lawyer 2018 – Section 18 Orders an Overview” October 2018
  • September 2014 OACA Workshop Environmental Issues in Land Severance Applications and Obligations of MunicipalitiesSeptember 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
  • Board Member, Unity Project, 2020 – to present
  • President, SARI Therapeutic Riding, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2014
    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.
  • Vice-Chair, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal, 2009 – present
    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
  • Professional Women’s Symposium Association, 2005 – 2010
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario, 2004 – present
  • Member of Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing, 2002 – present

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