Garry Oak meadow
Photo credit: Anthony Ho

“I have worked closely with Chris and his students (e.g. Anthony Ho) over the last five years on environmental issues including the Joint Review Panel review processes for the Northern Gateway and the NEB’s review process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The work that they have done has been outstanding. Their cross examination was critical to improving the quality of the evidence that the government relied on and the integrity of the review process. Their work has also contributed to the education of both their students and to others who have used their research in courses on impact assessment and project review. The CELL concept (training, mentoring, interdisciplinary teamwork) builds on the work Chris and Anthony have been doing and will make an invaluable contribution to improving education and public policy decisions.”

— Dr. Thomas Gunton, Professor & Director of Resource and Environmental Planning Program, Simon Fraser University

“The concept of building environmental law precedents, and harnessing the energy and passion of law students has a powerful and effective tradition. CELL is building on a strong team and track record from Chris and Anthony, and will fill a real need within British Columbia and Canada. This is a timely and important venture, and I welcome the new organization. It will be exciting to watch them serve the public interest and grow.”

— Gregory J. McDade, Q.C., Ratcliff & Company LLP

“Over the last 2 years, when I was President of BC Nature, May 2014 to May 2016, as well during the year before that, as Vice-President, I worked closely with both Prof. Chris Tollefson and Anthony Ho. We cooperated and communicated on a wide number of issues, such as Roberts Bank, LNG, other important environmental cases, and in particular on the Northern Gateway and the Trans Mountain pipeline projects. They have consistently provided BC Nature with timely and high quality advice and assistance on press releases, at public meetings, and in developing and implementing litigation strategies. Last fall, Prof. Tollefson and Mr. Ho represented BC Nature in a complex and high profile court challenge to Cabinet’s decision to approve the Northern Gateway project. Their work in preparation for and oral submissions to the Federal Court of Appeal were highly professional and effective. BC Nature is grateful for their efforts, and we look forward to continue to working with Chris, Anthony and the CELL legal team.”

— Dr. Cornelis Visser, Former President of BC Nature

“Chris Tollefson and Anthony Ho embrace the challenge of issues brought to them and provide clear advice. They are very approachable, and made the legal process less intimidating as their door was always open to support client needs. They explain the law in simple terms so that the ordinary citizen feels empowered to take action. I would recommend this team for those who are concerned about an environmental issue but don’t know the legal process.”

— Elisabeth Stannus, former client

“The growing power of profit-driven corporations to cause irreversible harm to our environment needs to be held in check, and governments can no longer be allowed to bend over backwards to aid them. CELL is a team of battle-tested litigators committed to train the next generation of idealistic young lawyers to carry on the fight for a clean and healthy environment.”

— William Deverell, Canadian novelist, activist, and criminal lawyer