Selina’s leading industry insight provides clients with creative solutions to their most complex legal challenges.
Selina is a partner in our Vancouver office and a member of the firm’s Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal Group, Energy & Mining Group, Retail and Consumer Markets Group, Defence Initiative and Asia Group. Recognized for her in-depth knowledge and range of experience, her practice focuses primarily in the areas of environmental law, corporate/commercial law, regulatory law, compliance, and Aboriginal issues in the energy and natural resource sectors.
With experience working in an advisory capacity in both the public and private sectors, combined with her knowledge of provincial and federal legislative frameworks, Selina is well positioned to provide practical, innovative legal advice to businesses and organizations. Clients value her ability to gain an in-depth understanding of their business and risk tolerance in order to tailor a solution best suited to their needs. Selina offers practical, value-added guidance to clients on the impacts of common law, statutory, and policy developments on their business operations. She also regularly advises clients on the commercial aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and procurement processes.
Selina's practice specializes in climate change law, where she provides strategic, innovative advice to clients on matters relating to carbon pricing, emissions trading, offset systems, compliance, and clean technologies. She is trained in the ISO 14064-1 standard for Organization Level Quantification and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removal. Some of her notable work includes:
- advising project proponents on environmental and regulatory issues (including environmental assessment, due diligence, permitting and Aboriginal matters) relating to the development of projects in the renewable energy, oil and gas, power, mining and infrastructure sectors across Canada;
- advising clients on carbon market opportunities and the impacts of new and evolving climate change regulations on business operations across Canada;
- negotiating and drafting contracts for the aggregation of emission offset credits and the purchase and sale of emission offset credits and renewable energy credits in both mandatory and voluntary markets;
- advising on compliance issues in connection with greenhouse gas reporting obligations;
- assisting clients with corporate carbon disclosure requirements pursuant to securities laws and voluntary initiatives (TCFD, CDP, Global Reporting Initiative), as well as negotiating and drafting agreements for the trading of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulphur oxide (SO2) allowances in the Ontario electricity sector;
- assisting clients with the development of emission offset protocols, reviewing verification documents and managing the registration of emission offsets;
- advising clients on remediation obligations, directors’ and officers’ liability, and risk allocation in respect of contaminated sites and other industrial activities;
- negotiating and drafting remediation agreements and environmental indemnity agreements;
- advising clients on regulatory requirements in connection with product and multi-material stewardship programs across Canada;
- assessing the operational impacts of federal fuel regulations (including renewable fuel regulations) and low carbon fuel standards;
- advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues relating to consumer products (including product safety) and the import/export of commodities and commercial goods;
- negotiating and drafting business agreements (including impact and benefit agreements, partnership and joint venture agreements, sub-contracts and services agreements) between project proponents and Aboriginal groups in connection with the development of infrastructure, energy and resource projects across Canada;
- advising project proponents and investors on the potential impacts of regulatory and Aboriginal law developments within the context of upstream, mid-stream and downstream LNG sectors (including hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, LNG processing facilities, and marine transportation). Structuring business arrangements to facilitate the participation of Aboriginal groups in energy and resource development projects;
- advising on procurement processes within the context of preferential employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal groups;
- advising project proponents on mineral tenure issues in connection with mining projects in British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories;
- drafting corporate environmental, health and safety, ethics and compliance, and corporate social responsibility policies for private and public-sector clients; and
- advising on regulatory and compliance issues in Western Canadian electricity markets, including issues relating to mandatory reliability standards, load-shed services, transmission must-run services, and generation remedial action scheme services.
Widely published in the areas of carbon transactions and emissions trading, Selina is a frequent contributor to industry blogs and publications. She is committed to keeping clients updated on policy and legal developments related to their business needs and values the importance of consistent engagement with clients. Additionally, Selina is an active participant in various mentorship programs and has advised non-profit organizations on certain regulatory and commercial aspects of managing plastic waste in the ocean on a pro bono basis.
Selina obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London (England). She also earned a Master’s degree in public administration (specializing in innovation, science and environment) from Carleton University in 2002 and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia. She is fluent in Cantonese and conversant in German.
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