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Anne-Marie Sheahan

Ms. Sheahan is the senior partner of Sheahan LLP and has concentrated her practice in environmental counselling, analysis of new regulations and the environmental issues raised in commercial transactions. She advises clients on current and emerging regulation, on environmental corporate disclosure, on compliance with environmental laws, on the restoration of contaminated sites and on the development and closure of industrial sites. She negotiates and drafts environmental contracts such as rehabilitation and indemnification agreements, sale of offsets and purchase of contaminated assets. She coordinates environmental due diligences for all types of transactions, including initial public offerings, sale of shares and assets of industrial businesses and financing of industrial projects or activities.

Ms. Sheahan acts on behalf of clients which operate in all industrial sectors and has expertise in mining, metallurgic, forestry, pulp and paper, petroleum, infrastructure, food processing, chemical products, recycling and waste management regulation.

Ms. Sheahan is a member of the Permanent Committee on the Environment of the Quebec Bar. She is a past president of the Environment Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Quebec division), past member of the executive of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is a former Board member of RECYC-QUEBEC, a Crown corporation. She has practised environmental law in a large Canadian law firm for twenty years where she headed the national environmental group and was a member of the national Board of Partners for several years.

Ms. Sheahan has authored several articles on environmental law, namely on the civil law and the environment, on environmental issues related to the execution of securities and on environmental disclosure by public companies. She has given conferences on the sale of offsets, Canadian and American climate change regulation, integration of the amendments brought to the EQA (Bill 89), environmental aspects of infrastructure projects, sale of contaminated land, class actions in environmental matters, defenses in penal prosecutions and environmental liens and priorities. She was invited to speak at the annual seminar for Federal Court judges to discuss the application of the precautionary principle in Canadian law.

She appears in all editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory since 1997 as a “leading lawyer” in environmental law. She is ranked “Band 1 – Notable Practitioner” for Canada in the British directory Chambers Global. She is also listed in the Martindale Hubbell, PLC Which Lawyer, Best Lawyers in Canada, in which she was named "Lawyer of the Year 2015 in Environmental Law - Montréal", Who’s Who Legal for Canada and the World Leading Environmental Lawyers. She appears in the Canadian Women in the Lead Directory and the World’s Leading Women in Business Law Directory.

She received BCL and LLB degrees from McGill University in 1989 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1991. She is fluent in the English and French languages.

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Paul Granda

Paul Granda has a vast experience in several fields related to environmental law. Over the years, he has advised clients on a variety of questions pertaining to issues relative to their establishments’ or their operation’s compliance with environmental laws, and potential liabilities associated namely with present and historical land contamination, particularly in the petroleum and mining sectors, as well as in the context of brownfields redevelopment. He regularly provides counsel to his clients in the course of business transactions and his advice is sought as regards developing and implementing, or reviewing environmental management systems. His practice in the field of environmental law has also involved working closely with clients and government authorities regarding project approvals and the transfer of permits and approvals.

His client base includes companies in the manufacturing, mining, petroleum and real estate sectors as well as in the field of waste management and, namely, extended producer responsibility (product stewardship).

He is cited in Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory 2019, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018, Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017, and Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer in Canada in environmental law.

Mr. Granda has written numerous environmental law articles and is regularly invited as a speaker at national and international conferences on a variety of environmental topics, including current trends in environmental laws and regulations, liability for contaminated sites, directors’ and officers’ liability, environmental consultants’ liability and extended producer responsibility. He has been a contributor to Canadian Environmental Law published by Butterworths and has contributed to The Canadian Brownfields Manual published by LexisNexis Butterworths.

Mr. Granda is a director and secretary of the Environmental Auditing Association of Québec (Association québécoise de vérification environnementale) and is Secretary of Société de gestion des huiles usagées (SOGHU), the Québec used oils, oil, anti-freeze and fluid containers and used filters recovery and reclamation association. He is a member of the Québec non-profit organization Les Ailes de l’Espérance/The Wings of Hope whose mission is to finance, support and implement potable water projects in remote villages in Peru.

He received a BCL degree from McGill University in 1975 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1976.

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Mariko Maya Khan

Ms. Khan is an associate at Sheahan LLP. She provides advice on drafting environmental contracts, including in the context of commercial transactions, and on preparing applications for environmental permits. She has advised clients in the context of large industrial and commercial development projects impacting buried residual materials, wetlands and protected species. She also represents clients in the context of applications for review of monetary administrative penalties before the Bureau de réexamen and provides advice in environmental law in the context of civil, commercial and penal litigation matters.

Ms. Khan advises clients on compliance with environmental laws. She has researched various environmental legal questions concerning wind energy, mining, pulp and paper, aboriginal law, extended producer responsibility (waste management), restoration of contaminated sites, protection of wildlife and plant species, regulation of GHG emissions and regulation of noise. She has also provided opinions on the applicability of laws given the constitutional separation of powers.

She advised and gave presentations to clients in various fields regarding amendments made to the EQA in 2017 and 2018 and regarding proposed regulatory amendments.

Ms. Khan holds a BA in political science from McGill University in 2006, an LLB (in civil law) from the University of Montreal in 2009 and a JD (in common law) from the University of Montreal in 2012.

She is the president of the executive committee of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association.

She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2010.

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Élise Théorêt

Ms. Théorêt is an associate at Sheahan LLP, where she has previously completed her professional internship. She has a diversified practice in environmental law litigation and counselling

Ms. Théorêt is mainly involved in litigation matters in environmental law for private and parapublic companies, as well as for individuals. She represents clients in civil actions for contaminated lands, historical migration of contaminants, hidden defects, neighbourhood disturbances, injunctions and claims for damages.

She defends clients in penal actions at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, in proceedings instituted pursuant to the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Environment Quality Act. Ms. Théorêt represents clients which apply for the review of monetary administrative penalties. She has appeared before the Court of Quebec and the Superior Court, in addition to having participated in the preparation of motions filed in the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Théorêt provides environmental counselling, in the field of pulp and paper, hazardous residual waste, factory manufacturing and processing, remediation of contaminated lands and mining. She also advises clients with regards to potential civil, penal and administrative liability.

She co-wrote articles dealing with water protection and natural resources in Quebec. She has prepared and presented on several occasions a conference on the potential liability of environmental consultants. She has also presented a conference on environmental law during the annual congress of The Young Bar of Montréal. She prepares the legal newsletter for the Info-AQVE, which is published four times a year.

Ms. Théorêt received her LLB from the University of Montreal in 2013 and was placed on the Dean's Excellence List. During her undergraduate degree, she was part of the Environmental Committee of the law students from the University of Montreal. She completed a Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Sherbrooke in 2015. As part of her Masters, she received an Award of Excellence and was granted a scholarship from The S.M. Group for her academic results.

She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2014.