Robin M. Junger* 

Co-Chair, Aboriginal and Environmental, Co-Chair, Oil and Gas (B.C.)
Vancouver  t: 778.329.7523  |  e: robin.junger@mcmillan.ca

Robin M. Junger*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 778.329.7523
e: robin.junger@mcmillan.ca

overview

Robin advises clients on environmental, aboriginal and administrative law matters. He is recognized for integrating all aspects of a client's interests - legal, business and social - and finding practical solutions to complex problems.

Robin is a Harvard Law School graduate and one of only three Canadian lawyers ranked in both the areas of environmental and aboriginal law by Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also ranked by Lexpert as one of Canada's leading Infrastructure Lawyers.

Prior to joining McMillan, Robin served as British Columbia's Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources and Deputy Minister of Energy and Clean Technology. He also served as head of the BC Environmental Assessment Office, Chair of the BC Oil & Gas Commission and a Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Province of BC. He was integrally involved in the development of some of BC's most significant environmental legislation, including the Environmental Management Act and the Clean Energy Act.

Robin has successfully helped major project proponents obtain environmental assessment approvals for LNG infrastructure, metal mining, coal mining and clean energy projects. He has successfully negotiated a range of impacts and benefit agreements, engagement agreements and capacity funding agreements with numerous aboriginal groups, and he has acted for governmental agencies and aboriginal groups on a range of matters. He has also represented clients in judicial review proceedings in provincial and federal courts.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel for Cedar 1 LNG Export Ltd. (a Haisla Nation company) in successfully obtaining National Energy Board approval for a liquefied natural gas export license
  • Counseled a LNG pipeline company in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for a major intraprovincial pipeline
  • Counsel for Barrick Gold in respect of environmental matters in British Columbia
  • Counseled and represented Avanti Mining in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate, Mines Act and Environmental Management Act permits for the Kitsault Mine project
  • Advised and represented Avanti Mining in successfully negotiating a benefits agreement with the Nisga'a Nation
  • Counseled on the Moose Cree First Nation's equity participation in the $2.6B Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Project in Ontario
  • Counseled Pattern Energy in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for the Meikle Wind Energy Project
  • Counseled and represented a BC coal mine in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate and related compliance matters 
  • Advise CH2M Hill in respect of environmental matters in British Columbia
  • Counsel and represent Noront Resources on environmental and aboriginal law matters regarding the proposed Eagle's Nest mine in Northern Ontario (Ring of Fire)
  • Counseled Constantia Resources in negotiation of an Advanced Consultation and Capacity Agreement with the Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band
  • Counseled an Ontario natural gas-powered electricity generator on First Nation consultation and environmental assessment matters
  • Counsel for Fortune Minerals on environmental and aboriginal issues regarding the proposed Arctos Anthracite project
  • Counseled the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in respect of his decision to approve a Master Development Agreement for Jumbo Resort
  • Conducted a review and provided recommendations regarding the project review (environmental assessment) process for Port Metro Vancouver
  • Negotiated the Roberts Bank Protocol Agreement (a precursor to the Tsawwassen Final Agreement)
  • Represented a disabled aboriginal person in a Charter of Rights case related to equality rights and treaty benefits

Presentations

State of the (Oil) Nation: What's in the Pipeline?
Watch your step...archaeology and project development in BC
Indigenous Rights and Mineral Development: Challenges and Opportunities - Canadian Perspective
Aboriginal Engagement: The Current Context from a Legal Perspective
The Tsilhqot'in Decision - What is Next?
Tsilhqot'in v. B.C. - What does it mean for the resource sector?
Key Aspects of Pipeline Development: Regulatory Process and Structuring of the Contracts
Indigenous and environmental issues
How do we improve certainty in the IA review process?
Environmental litigation regarding impact assessment
Streamlining EIAs and the approval process: How far do we go?
Aboriginal Law - Consultation and Other Emerging Issues
Reconciling the duty to consult with other law
Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers
BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting
2012 Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit
Advanced Administrative Law 2012
Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation
Environmental Assessment of Major Projects in British Columbia
Clean Energy and Innovation in North America

Publications

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights: Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)1
Equivalency Agreements, Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation – Implications of Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)
What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?
Knock, Knock: Responding to Search Warrants and Inspections in the Environmental Law Context
What Does Aboriginal Title Mean for Mining in British Columbia?
Amendment to the BC Recycling Regulation Impacts Small Businesses and Franchisees
Supreme Court declares Aboriginal title in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia1
First Nation challenge based on spiritual interests rejected in Jumbo case
New BC Recycling Requirements for Paper Products Coming into Force Soon
BC Supreme Court Quashes Morrison Copper/Gold Project Environmental Assessment Certificate Decision
Case Law Update 2012-2013: Duty to Consult
Update: Louis v British Columbia (Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)
BC Supreme Court Upholds Yet Another Decision of the BC Environmental Assessment Office
BC and Canada Announce MOU on Environmental Assessment Substitution
Yukon Court of Appeal Finds Duty to Consult Exists When Recording Mineral Claims
BC Court of Appeal overturns decision and finds duty to consult met in environmental assessment
BC Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers
Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context
Improving the environmental assessment process
Cumulative Effects
Seven Steps for Navigating the Environmental Assessment Process in British Columbia
Cumulative Effects
Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context
Judicial Consideration of the Administrative Tribunals Act

Education

  • Harvard University, LL.M. - 1993
  • University of British Columbia, J.D. - 1991
  • University of Calgary, B.A. - 1992

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1994
  • Called to the Yukon Territory bar - 2004

Practices

environmental regulation
aboriginal law
administrative law
government relations
public-private partnerships

Industries

energy
food, beverage and agribusiness
mining
natural resources
infrastructure
forest products

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - British Columbia roster of panelists for the British Columbia-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, the New West Partnership Trade Agreement and the Agreement on Internal Trade
  • Board Member and Executive Committee Member – Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia
  • Member, Policy Review Committee, BC Chamber of Commerce

Teaching Engagements

  • Past sessional instructor, Private International Law and Public International Law, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in the areas of both Environmental and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2016 as a leading lawyer in Environmental  and Aboriginal Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2016 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law - Canada and Environment - Canada
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal and Environmental Law
  • Recognized as Lexpert Ranked Lawyers in 2015
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the Report on Business Magazine 2015 as a "Leading Energy Lawyer"
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2015/16 Lexpert Special Edition on Global Mining
  • Harvard Law School Addison Brown Prize (private international law)
  • Law Society of British Columbia Graduate Scholarship
  • Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship

Media Mentions

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Robin advises clients on environmental, aboriginal and administrative law matters. He is recognized for integrating all aspects of a client's interests - legal, business and social - and finding practical solutions to complex problems.

Robin is a Harvard Law School graduate and one of only three Canadian lawyers ranked in both the areas of environmental and aboriginal law by Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also ranked by Lexpert as one of Canada's leading Infrastructure Lawyers.

Prior to joining McMillan, Robin served as British Columbia's Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources and Deputy Minister of Energy and Clean Technology. He also served as head of the BC Environmental Assessment Office, Chair of the BC Oil & Gas Commission and a Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Province of BC. He was integrally involved in the development of some of BC's most significant environmental legislation, including the Environmental Management Act and the Clean Energy Act.

Robin has successfully helped major project proponents obtain environmental assessment approvals for LNG infrastructure, metal mining, coal mining and clean energy projects. He has successfully negotiated a range of impacts and benefit agreements, engagement agreements and capacity funding agreements with numerous aboriginal groups, and he has acted for governmental agencies and aboriginal groups on a range of matters. He has also represented clients in judicial review proceedings in provincial and federal courts.
  • Counsel for Cedar 1 LNG Export Ltd. (a Haisla Nation company) in successfully obtaining National Energy Board approval for a liquefied natural gas export license
  • Counseled a LNG pipeline company in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for a major intraprovincial pipeline
  • Counsel for Barrick Gold in respect of environmental matters in British Columbia
  • Counseled and represented Avanti Mining in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate, Mines Act and Environmental Management Act permits for the Kitsault Mine project
  • Advised and represented Avanti Mining in successfully negotiating a benefits agreement with the Nisga'a Nation
  • Counseled on the Moose Cree First Nation's equity participation in the $2.6B Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Project in Ontario
  • Counseled Pattern Energy in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate for the Meikle Wind Energy Project
  • Counseled and represented a BC coal mine in successfully obtaining an environmental assessment certificate and related compliance matters 
  • Advise CH2M Hill in respect of environmental matters in British Columbia
  • Counsel and represent Noront Resources on environmental and aboriginal law matters regarding the proposed Eagle's Nest mine in Northern Ontario (Ring of Fire)
  • Counseled Constantia Resources in negotiation of an Advanced Consultation and Capacity Agreement with the Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band
  • Counseled an Ontario natural gas-powered electricity generator on First Nation consultation and environmental assessment matters
  • Counsel for Fortune Minerals on environmental and aboriginal issues regarding the proposed Arctos Anthracite project
  • Counseled the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in respect of his decision to approve a Master Development Agreement for Jumbo Resort
  • Conducted a review and provided recommendations regarding the project review (environmental assessment) process for Port Metro Vancouver
  • Negotiated the Roberts Bank Protocol Agreement (a precursor to the Tsawwassen Final Agreement)
  • Represented a disabled aboriginal person in a Charter of Rights case related to equality rights and treaty benefits
September 2015
What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?
Environmental and Aboriginal Law Bulletin
October 2013
Case Law Update 2012-2013: Duty to Consult
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Aboriginal Law Conference - 2013
January 2013
Yukon Court of Appeal Finds Duty to Consult Exists When Recording Mineral Claims
Aboriginal and First Nations Law Bulletin
May 2012
Minerals and Mining – Canada Chapter
Globe Law and Business
Co-authored by Robin Junger, Henry Krupa, Laurel Petryk and Darrell Podowski
May 2012
BC Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers
BC Continuing Legal Education Society
March 2012
Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context
Canadian Journal of Administrative Law Practice, Vol. 25, No. 1
Co-author Robin Junger and Nika Robinson
February 2012
Improving the environmental assessment process
The Vancouver Sun
January 2012
Mining - Recent Developments of Importance
The 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 14th Edition
Co-authored by Robin Junger, Darrell Podowski, and Laurel Petryk
November 2011
Cumulative Effects
Canadian Aboriginal Law 2011 Conference, Pacific Business Law Institute
Co-authored by Robin Junger, Eugene Meehan, QC, Keith Clark and Nika Robinson
November 2011
Cumulative Effects
Canadian Aboriginal Law 2011 Conference, Pacific Business Law Institute
Co-authored by Robin Junger,  Eugene Meehan, QC, Keith Clark and Nika Robinson
October 2011
Administrative Law Remedies in the Aboriginal Law Context
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, 2011 Administrative Law Conference 
Co-author Robin Junger and Nika Robinson
October 2010
Judicial Consideration of the Administrative Tribunals Act
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Administrative Law Conference
Co-authored with Karrie Wolfe
February 18, 2016
State of the (Oil) Nation: What's in the Pipeline?
Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario
September 16, 2015
Watch your step...archaeology and project development in BC
Seminar hosted by McMillan and Stantec
July 17, 2015
Indigenous Rights and Mineral Development: Challenges and Opportunities - Canadian Perspective
61st Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
January 27, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement: The Current Context from a Legal Perspective
AME BC Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015
November 5, 2014
The Tsilhqot'in Decision - What is Next?
CLEBC Mining Law 2014
July 16, 2014
Tsilhqot'in v. B.C. - What does it mean for the resource sector?
McMillan Seminar, Vancouver, BC
May 10, 2014
Key Aspects of Pipeline Development: Regulatory Process and Structuring of the Contracts
Round-Table Discussion, Energy Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference, Vancouver, BC
May 7, 2014
Indigenous and environmental issues
2nd Coaltrans Conference - West Coast, Vancouver, BC
April 8, 2014
How do we improve certainty in the IA review process?
Theme forum presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment 34th Annual Conference in Viña del Mar, Chile
April 8, 2014
Environmental litigation regarding impact assessment
Chair, paper presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment 34th Annual Conference in Viña del Mar, Chile
May 13, 2013
Streamlining EIAs and the approval process: How far do we go?
33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Calgary, Alberta
November 8, 2012
Aboriginal Law - Consultation and Other Emerging Issues
Lexpert Events, Calgary, Alberta
November 2012
Reconciling the duty to consult with other law
Aboriginal Law - Consultation and Other Emerging Issues, Toronto, Ontario
June 20, 2012
Administrative Law Practice Manual, Chapter 2 – Administrative Law Decision Makers
Continuing Professional Development Seminar, Vancouver
May 26, 2012
BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting
luncheon address by Robin Junger on Major Project Development in British Columbia: Challenges & Solutions, Penticton, BC
April 26, 2012
2012 Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit
Speaker, Robin Junger - Hot Topics in Environmental, Energy and Resources Law, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC
April 25, 2012
Advanced Administrative Law 2012
Speaker, Special Duties and Obligations, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
January 2012
Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation
speaker, Robin Junger - Environmental Law Forum, Cambridge, Ontario
November 2011
Environmental Assessment of Major Projects in British Columbia
presenter, Robin Junger - McMillan LLP Continuing Professional Development Seminar, Vancouver
November 2010
Clean Energy and Innovation in North America
Canadian and America Business Council 16th Annual Policy Forum and Business Achievement Award Luncheon, Vancouver