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Jonathan provides advice and representation to multinational companies on a variety of environmental and product compliance matters, including extended producer responsibilities, dangerous goods transportation, GHS, regulated wastes, consumer product and food safety, and contaminated lands matters. He assisted in the founding of one of North America’s first Circular Economy Producer Responsibility Organizations and provides advice and representation to a number of domestic and international industry groups in respect of resource recovery obligations.
Jonathan is a Partner and a member of the firm's Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) leadership team. He is a frequent speaker and writer on environmental issues and has authored numerous publications.
As the International Bar Association’s first Sustainability Officer, Jonathan is spearheading a strategic relationship with the World Business Council Sustainable Development on its Circular Economy Program. Prior to joining BLG, he headed a national firm’s Environmental practice group.
Jonathan is actively involved in numerous initiatives across the environmental industry, including:
Plastics and packaging
International project development for regional/global plastic waste management
Works with consulting firms for plastic packaging projects, including beverage containers and legacy plastics pollution risk management
Creating independent producer responsibility organizations to meet regulated resource recovery obligations for hardware and lighting
Advises appliance sector industry association in Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act obligations
Founding member of one of North America’s first producer responsibility organizations under end-of-life tire laws
Advises industry on regulated resource recovery obligations for EV batteries and tires
Part of strategic international working group on tire environmental market opportunities
Actively involved with International Aviation Waste Management Association
Provided airport waste assessment for public and private industry stakeholders
Textiles and apparel
Founded international joint venture for Canada’s first circular economy clothing project
Strategic advisor to Canada's principal textile recycling proponent
Together with a European Commission research organization, advancing commercial food packaging standards for industry use in biogas production
Represent a principal Canada-wide proponent of recycling certain medical devices
Represent anaerobic digestion proponents in international renewable natural gas markets
Waste to energy
In Sault Ste. Marie, negotiated Canada's first municipal solid waste to energy agreement
Represent proponents in Canada's two legally-mandated Renewable Natural Gas markets
Advised and counseled on environmental compliance issues for resource, energy manufacturing and other production facilities, including matters involving air emissions, water discharges, the management, transportation and disposal of waste, and occupational health and safety obligations across Canada.
Managed environmental liabilities under provincial/territorial and federal statutory and tort law, including purchase, sale, lease, project development, and exit matters.
Prepared product safety notifications, recalls and other negotiated resolutions with Health Canada, including those under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.
Advised on Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act matters, including import, safety documentation, labeling and transit requirements.
Counseled on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System compliance, including Globally Harmonized System implementation and related Hazardous Products Act requirements.
Assisted with product certification/labelling, including under the Canada Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.
Designed and implemented environmental compliance programs, sustainability policies and corporate audit initiatives.
Advised and represented importers and retailers on waste diversion and extended producer responsibility obligations under a myriad of provincial and territorial programs, including waste electronics and electrical equipment, on- and off-road tires, used oils, paints, batteries, printed paper and packaging, and other municipal hazard/special waste streams.
Made strategic voluntary disclosures and negotiated compliance agreements under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and provincial/territorial equivalents for new substances, notified chemicals, toxic substances and other regulated materials.
Defended resource development, energy and industrial operations in government enforcement actions under federal/provincial/territorial environmental protection acts and related environmental quality statutes.
Managed food contamination matters with Health Canada and provincial/territorial food safety authorities.
Negotiated with federal port authorities under the Canada Port Authority Environmental Assessment Regulations in permitting, compliance and redevelopment matters.
Advocated before environmental review/appeals tribunals, provincial offences and civil courts on EHS matters.
Provided industry product compliance advice for electronics, chemicals/polymers, automotive, toys, food, pharmaceuticals and other controlled substances.
Managed food production licensing, permits and compliance with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and provincial equivalents.
Audited facilities and projects for EHS compliance.
Completed project development work on energy conservation, smart metering and demand management projects in Canada and the Caribbean.
Advised and represented clients on Radiocommunications Act requirements for radio-emitting devices.
Participated on behalf of industry groups in federal and provincial regulatory standards and policy-making processes, including occupational exposure limits and waste diversion plan content.
Completed renewable energy project work for solar, wind, biomass, municipal solid waste-to energy and energy storage projects in Canada, United States, Latin America, Caribbean, European Union, China and Southeast Asia, including Canada's first direct MSW-to-energy sourcing agreement.
Provided compliance advice on Radiation Emitting Devices Act obligations.
Advised on Energy Efficiency Act and Regulations requirements and related provincial requirements.
Author, "Canada First: North America Adopts Circular Economy Laws," Detritus: Multidisciplinary Journal for Waste Resources & Residues, Volume 6, June 2019.
Co-speaker, "Urban Waste Management: What Africa is Doing," International Bar Association's African Regional Conference on the Environment, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2018
Co-speaker, "Sustainability: What's Driving the Agenda and How Can Your Business Evolve to Meet and Stay Ahead of Demand?" Luxury Law Summit, London, United Kingdom, 2018
Speaker, "North America's First Circular Economy WEEE Law – Strategies for Compliance," Webinar hosted by Compliance & Risks, April 18, 2018
• Speaker, "The Emerging New Circular Economy Focused on Using Products in a Closed Loop System," Biennial Conference of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), April 2018
Author, "Extended Producer Responsibility Models for Delivery Design for the Environment," Law Text’s Environmental Liability – Law, Policy and Practice, 2018
Author, Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Chemicals chapter), Edward Elgar Publishing Co., United States, 2018
Author, The Environment and Climate Change Law Review (Canada chapter), The Law Reviews, United Kingdom, 2017
Author, "The 'Transparency Pledge' at the Crossroads of Human Rights and Sustainability," Compliance and Risks, Ireland, 2017
Speaker, “Contracting Risk Under IPR,” Canadian Waste-to-Resource Conference, 2017
Speaker, “North America's First Independent Producer Responsibility Framework - Challenges and Opportunities,” Waste to Resources 2017 VII International Symposium, Cuvillier Verlag Gottingen, Germany, 2017