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Michael S. Hebert

Michael S. Hebert

B.A., LL.B.
Professional Corporation
Commercial & Environmental Litigation


Michael Hebert is one of the leading Environmental Law lawyers in Canada.  His visionary work as the Plaintiff’s counsel in Tridan v. Shell, 2002 Carswell Ont 1, 154 O.A.C. 1, 57 O.R. (3d) 503, a benchmark decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal radically changed the face of environmental law and the assistance it afforded to victims of environmental damage.   This case established three leading principles which govern compensation and are today followed by Courts throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada.

 Michael’s work following that decision has continued to demonstrate a careful and innovative approach to environmental claims.  He also provides ongoing consulting to all interested parties dealing with contaminated land, as well as consulting and advocacy in relation to regulatory and compliance matters under applicable environmental legislation.

Michael has been appointed to the Executive of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.  He also assists the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.Michael was born in Ottawa and obtained a B.A. Cum Laude in Economics from Carleton University.  He also graduated Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1977.  He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979 and joined the Beament firm in 1985.

In addition to his environmental practice, Michael maintains a broad base of commercial litigation including corporate, construction, contractual, real estate and financial matters.  He continues to advise public and private organizations in risk management relating to ongoing liabilities arising out of large and complex commercial and environmental matters.

Michael is a member of the Advocates’ Society and has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course.  He has delivered many papers to professional associations within his areas of expertise.

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Articles by Michael Hebert

OBA 2011
Court of Appeal on Smith v. Inco: Rylands v. Fletcher Revisited 

CBA E-Bulletin 2011
Ontario Court of Appeal to hear case involving flyrock

Environmental Law
Environmental Approval Modernization And Presentation Ottawa 2011 Renewable Energy-Practical Considerations

OBA Program 2012
Environmental Causes of Action and Stigma Damages

LSUC 2013
The Six Minute Environmental Lawyer: Federal “Brownfield” Sites

Carleton University 2013

OBA Program 2014
Insolvency Issues in Environmental Law

SMART Remediation
Navigating through the Brownfields Remediation Ottawa 2014 Process

McGill 2014
Nortel Networks: Untidy Intersection of Environmental and Insolvency Laws or Head On Collision?

EnviroNews 2014
The Court of Appeal’s Decision in TMS Lighting Ltd. v. KJS Transport Inc.: Private Nuisance

Caels Conference 2014
Insolvency Issues in Environment Law

Epic Teaching 2014

CCLA Tremblant 2015
A Trip to Quebec: Exploring The New Duty of Good Faith in Contractual Performance