The Environmental Law Club is dedicated to engaging the law faculty interested in exploring issues and opportunities in environmental law. We host a series of educational and social events, as will as aim to develop accessible environmental law resources for students. In doing so, we strive to maintain a vibrant environmental consciousness at the Faculty of Law. See below for a list of this year’s tentative events and external resources. We kindly welcome new members and are always receptive to event suggestions!

Club objectives

  • Provide a social network for individuals interested in environmental law
  • Promote greater awareness of the legal aspects of current environmental law
  • Create professional networks and offer opportunities to understand the practice of environmental law


ELC Chair: Samuel Bayefsky
3L Advisors: Yin Cai, Holly Elizabeth, Raeya Jackiw
2L Rep: Paul Zhang
1L Reps: Forrest Finn, Alexandra Hergaarden Robertson, Patrick Sobchak

For more information, contact the ELC Executive at and visit our Facebook page.

Activities and Opportunities

Yearly activities and opportunities include:

  • Informal social outings such as hikes and potlucks
  • Hosting a career panel with practitioners from Bay Street, environmental firms and government offices
  • On campus film screenings

Our events vary from year-to-years depending on membership, but the Environmental Law Club is a great way to build contacts and share experiences and resources between students with an interest in environmental law.


2016-2017 Tentative Events

  • The Canadian Water Literacy Tour: Mark Mattson presents and discusses water law literacy
  • Co-hosting (with Charity Law Interest Group) - Environmental Charities and Political Activities, an informal discussion regarding environmental charities and their activities
  • Fall hike

Previous Events

  • General Meet & Hike at Evergreen Brick Works
  • Environmental Law Overview presentation
  • Career Panel with representatives from: various-sized Firms, Government, and NGOs
  • Documentary Film Screening
  • Firm Tour at Williams & Shier
  • Environmental Practitioner Pub Night
  • Co-hosted (with Women and the Law) an informal discussion session with Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Interesting Environmental Law Resources

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP)
Climate Change Lawyers Network (CCLN) 
Environment Canada 
Environmental and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) 
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
Ontario Ministry of the Environment 
Saxe Law - Environmental Law and Litigation 
Toronto Faculty of Law - Environmental Law Focus Area
West Coast Environmental Law
Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP