Appointed as Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in November 2007. She holds an LL.B. from Western and an LL.M. in constitutional law from Osgoode as well as a diploma in Environmental Health from McMaster. She was called to the Bars of Manitoba and Ontario. Focussing on environmental health and environmental safety, particularly in the areas of energy and water. Theresa has practised public interest environmental law for over 25 years both in private practice and then at CELA. In 2006-7, Theresa was senior water policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of the Environment where she was responsible for overseeing the passage of the Clean Water Act, and implementation of the remaining Walkerton Inquiry recommendations. She has represented clients at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Trial Division and the Ontario Court of Appeal on a range of matters including pesticide by-laws and the Oncomouse patent. Theresa was co-counsel representing the Concerned Walkerton Citizens at the Walkerton Inquiry, and has appeared at a variety of environmental, land use and energy tribunals on behalf of her clients. Theresa has appeared before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on a number of nuclear power environmental assessment and licensing matters including the Darlington new build, Darlington refurbishment, Pickering life extension and the recently held hearing into the proposed Deep Geological Repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste at Kincardine. She has two sons attending Western, and lives in Paris, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.
Staff Biographies and Areas of Expertise
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel
Energy sustainability, water sustainability
Joseph Castrilli, Counsel
Toxic substances, air pollution, environmental assessment
Joseph Castrilli joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in 2008 as legal counsel and is a member of the Ontario and British Columbia Bars practising in the areas of environmental and natural resources law. He also has taught environmental law courses and seminars at Queen's University, University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal
Toxic chemicals, air pollution, pesticides, and human health, environmental links to chronic disease.
Kathleen Cooper has done environmental, health, and policy research for thirty years and joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in 1987. As Senior Researcher at CELA she provides casework support to environmental litigation files and has directed several law reform campaigns. She has conducted extensive research into the effects of environmental contaminants on fetal and child health and related policy issues and has authored numerous publications about child health and the environment. Recent work has included a review of law and policy in Canada concerning radon, a scoping review of the evidence of associations between early environmental exposures and chronic disease, the Healthy Retrofits report that seeks to better integrate children’s environmental health protection into energy efficiency programs, and currently, the RentSafe project, an initiative, led by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment,to address indoor environmental health risks affecting low‐income tenants in Ontario.
Richard Lindgren, Counsel
Environmental assessment, environmental litigation, land use planning, water sustainability
Richard Lindgren is a staff lawyer with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). He represents citizens' groups in the courts and before tribunals on various environmental issues, including air and water pollution, waste management, and natural heritage protection. He served as co-counsel for Walkerton residents at the Walkerton Inquiry, and has been a member of the Environment Minister’s Advisory Panel on Environmental Assessment; Environment Minister's Task Force on the Environmental Bill of Rights; Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Class Action Reform; and Environmental Review Tribunal’s Client Advisory Committee. He is an editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports, and has taught environmental law at Queen's Faculty of Law and Trent University.
Ramani Nadarajah, Counsel
Environmental enforcement, environmental approvals, contaminated sites, SLAPPs (Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation)
Ramani joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) as legal counsel in 1994. She has represented clients before various provincial and federal administrative tribunals and before all levels of court in Ontario. She was also co-counsel for five hundred affected residents during the Walkerton Inquiry. Prior to joining CELA, Ramani was counsel with the Ministry of the Environment where she handled trials and appeals of environmental offences on behalf of the Crown in courts throughout Ontario. She has served on a number of government advisory bodies, including the Ministry of Environment’s Modernization of Approvals Stakeholder Roundtable, the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Penalties Regulatory Development Working Group and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Brownfield Stakeholder Group. Ramani is an editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports and has taught environmental law at the professional LL.M program in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She received her LL.B. (1989) and her LL.M. (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Fe de Leon, Researcher and Paralegal
Toxic substances, Great Lakes, Canadian Environmental Protection Act, international agreements on chemicals management, right-to-know
Fe de Leon is a researcher with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and has worked extensively on toxic substances particularly in the Great Lakes Basin, on the federal chemicals management plan and on international efforts to address persistent toxic substances through the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Great Lakes Quality Agreement, and a global treaty to address mercury. She has works collaboratively with Canadian and international non-governmental organizations to support the listing of chrysotile asbestos for Prior Informed Consent Procedures under the Rotterdam Convention. She has coordinated the efforts of member organizations of the Canadian Environmental Network Toxics Caucus and made numerous submissions regarding the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the National Pollutant Release Inventory, and risk assessment and risk management reports for specific toxic substances, including persistent organic pollutants and endocrine disrupting substances.
Tracy Tucker, Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Tracy Tucker is the Canadian Environmental Law Association's (CELA) Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to working at CELA, Tracy was a legal assistant in private criminal law firms in Toronto, and a payroll clerk at a shipyard in Victoria, BC. Tracy holds a Payroll Manager Certification, is currently studying Project Management, and a Greatest Mom diploma, care of her son, Liam.
Liliana Svartman, Financial Manager and Administrative Director
financial administration, accounting
Dynamic and goal-oriented Liliana Svartman has helmed financial operations across not-for-profit organizations as well as manufacturing industries. Her understanding of the dynamics between organizational objectives and accounting practices has served her well in the last 20 years. As Financial Manager & Administrative Director at the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) Liliana brings leadership to the finance function, in support of the organizational strategic vision for the Canadian Environmental Law Association. In this role, Liliana has overhauled internal financial processes, creating controls, establishing and implementing administration procedures.
Dominic Ali, Communications Coordinator
Dominic is the part-time communications coordinator at the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). He has worked in media for 20 years as a writer, editor, producer, and communications specialist. He has contributed to media outlets such as Time magazine, CBC Radio, and the Vancouver Sun. He has worked with several non-profit organizations in Canada and internationally, such as WWF-Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace, and Jamaicans for Justice. Dominic is the author of the children's book Media Madness: An Insider's Guide to Media.
Andrew Pickles, Administrative Assistant/Librarian
Andrew is a diligent administrator and librarian. He joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in 2014 in the role of Legal Assistant and Librarian. He holds a Master of Information (Library Studies) degree from the University of Toronto and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. Prior to joining CELA, he worked as a database consultant, political campaigner and Ontario Legislature staff person. He is married and his son Leandro was born in early 2015.
Jacqueline is thrilled to be joining the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) as counsel. She has a longstanding interest in environmental law issues, and volunteered with CELA and other environmental law organizations during law school. Prior to joining CELA, Jacqueline was litigation counsel at the Department of Justice, where she represented the federal Crown in cases before both tribunals and courts. She received her JD from the University of Toronto in 2010. Jacqueline teaches an adult literacy class at West Neighbourhood House, and sits on the Board of Directors of two wonderful legal aid clinics, Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario and Willowdale Community Legal Services.
Barbora Grochalova, Counsel
Dr. Anastasia Lintner, Special Projects Counsel - Healthy Great Lakes
Appointed as Special Projects Counsel in December 2016, Dr. Lintner holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Guelph and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Dr. Lintner is Principal of the recently established enterprise focusing on sustainability law and policy – Lintner Law. Prior to moving to private practice, she worked as a staff lawyer and economist with Ecojustice Canada for more than a decade. She has taught and researched at numerous institutions, including the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Osgoode Hall Law School and Queen’s University. She has also combined economic and legal arguments for the Supreme Court of Canada in two cases: one involving the valuation of sensitive environmental lands and the other involving the intersection of insolvency protection and environmental clean-up obligations. Dr. Lintner specializes in environmental assessment, conservation and water law, and Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights.