Canadian Environmental Law

Environmental Rights in Canada

Jamie Simpson

Biography for Jamie Simpson

Jamie Simpson, BSc, MSc, JD

Connection to MELP

Jamie Simpson is a teaching associate with MELP and graduated from MELP in 2014 with an Environmental Law Specialization Certificate.

Current position

  • Executive director with the East Coast Environmental Law Association


  • Juris Doctor (Dalhousie University)
  • MSc in Forestry (University of New Brunswick)
  • BSc in Biology (Acadia University)

Areas of focus

  • Biology
  • Forestry
  • Law


  • Restoring the Acadian Forest
  • A Guide to Forest Stewardship for Woodlot Owners in the Maritimes
  • Journeys through Eastern Old-growth Forests: A Narrative Guide

Career highlights

  • Jamie Simpson has worked as a forester, writer and advocate for sensible forestry practices.
  • Registered Professional Forester
  • Elizabeth May Award for Environmental Service
  • Edward C. Foley Award, Marine and Environmental Law Program, Dalhousie University
  • Environmental Law Prize, Dalhousie University


Canadian Climate Change Mitigation Commitments:

The federal context and the role of the CESD

Dave Wright

Biography for Dave Wright

Dave Wright, BRM, MA, LLB

Connection to MELP

Dave Wright graduated from MELP in 2007 with an Environmental Law Specialization Certificate.  While completing his LLB, he worked as a research assistant with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.

Current position

  • Project leader (acting), Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Ottawa


  • LLM Candidate (Stanford Law School, Class of 2016)
  • LLB, Environmental Law (Dalhousie University)
  • MA, International Development (Dalhousie University)
  • BRM (Acadia University)

Areas of focus

  • Environmental law
  • Energy law
  • Natural resources law
  • Climate law
  • International sustainable development law and policy

Selected publications

  • David Wright and James McKenzie, "Institutions for a Sustainable Future: The Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development", in Treaty Implementation for Sustainable Development , co-edited by Dr. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming in 2015).
  • “Goldie Locks and the three Oceans: Recent observations in the Arctic, the Atlantic and the Indian”, presentation to Oceans Law and Policy seminar at Berkely Law School (2014).
  • “Offshore Oil and Gas Activities South of 60O: Key findings from the Fall 2012 Report of the CESD”, Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Conference, Yellowknife, NWT (2013).
  • Wright, D.V., The Clean Development Mechanism: Climate Change Equity and the South-North Divide, (VDM-Verlag Publications: Saarbrücken, Germany, 2007).
  • Co-Author, “The Regulation Of Tidal Energy Development Off Nova Scotia: Navigating Foggy Waters” (2006) 55 UNB Law Journal 100.

Career highlights

  • Ottawa, Canada: Leading multi-disciplinary teams through independent, systematic assessments of implementation of the Government of Canada’s environmental and sustainable development laws, policies and programs, with specific focus on pipelines, offshore oil and gas, climate change and environmental assessment.
  • Iqaluit, Canada: Practiced in the areas of natural resources and environmental law with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Justice and then worked on climate change and energy policy
  • Melbourne, Australia: Advised on carbon emissions regulation at the state government
  • Maldives: Implemented “Low-Emissions Climate-Resilient Development” with the United Nations