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Sarah Powell

Partner
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Sarah Powell is a partner in the Environmental, Aboriginal and Energy practices. She is one of Canada's leading environmental lawyers. Sarah has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law, including strategic advice on environmental and social impact assessments, environmental approvals, energy approvals, contaminated sites, environmental class actions and Aboriginal risk assessments. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law. Sarah is the Public Affairs Liaison and past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Sarah is also past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resource Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.Sarah is a member of the firm's Management Committee.REPRESENTATIVE WORK• Acting as an expert for Windstream Energy LLC in an arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement regarding Ontario's regulatory framework for the approval of a 300 MW offshore wind power project.• Represented wind power developers (Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.,Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC and Capital Power Corporation) in successfully defending the appeals of two renewable energy approvals from Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal to Ontario's Divisional Court for the K2 Wind Project and the Armow Wind Project and the appellants' subsequent motions for leave to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal.• Represented Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC and Capital Power Corporation in five appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal responding to challenges to some of the largest wind energy projects undertaken in Ontario.• Acted for Fortis Inc. (Fortis) and Fortis Properties Corporation (FPC) in connection with the sale by FPC of its commercial real estate portfolio to Slate Office REIT for $430 million.• Assisted New Gold Inc. in connection with its environmental assessment and endangered species approval process for the Rainy River Project.

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