Peter provides innovative, strategic solutions in the environmental and health and safety areas to clients’ complex regulatory and litigation challenges.
Peter is a partner in our Litigation and Mining Groups and co-head of the firm’s National Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal Group. He regularly advises and represents clients in all legal aspects of regulatory litigation, with particular emphasis in the areas of environmental law, occupational health & safety law, mining law, and extractive industry projects. Peter also has significant experience in anti-corruption compliance, investigations, and due diligence for transactions involving Canada, Indonesia, China, the USA, and Africa.
Peter has argued matters at all levels of court and relevant administrative tribunals, and has advised and litigated matters relating to contaminated sites, derailments, international TDGA issues, tailings dams, air emissions, and multi-party development projects. As a first point of contact in crisis situations, Peter is known for his responsiveness and ability to react effectively under pressure. Clients value his skill in coordinating and managing multiple teams while implementing innovative strategies to minimize legal risk.
In 2014, Peter rejoined the partnership after seven years overseeing a global legal mandate for a multinational mining company. During this time, he developed a keen understanding of how to tailor his work to provide clients with a seamless experience. This is demonstrated by his practice and by receiving the Canadian General Counsel Award for Litigation Management in 2014.
An active member of the community, Peter sits on the board for a hospital in Eastern Ontario and participates in a range of mentorship programs. He is a frequent writer who regularly publishes thought-provoking ideas regarding changes and developments within the legal landscape.
Peter obtained his BA (Hons.) in 1990 from the University of Guelph and his MA in 1991 from the University of Windsor. His master’s thesis involved a detailed analysis of sentencing in environmental cases in Ontario. He earned his LLB from Queen's University and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1996 after clerking for Chief Justice Allan McEachern of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Peter was also called to the Ontario bar in 1999.