Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel

416-960-2284 ext. 7219
Areas of expertise: 
Energy sustainability, water sustainability
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.