Jessica Buhler




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Education & Qualifications

  • Northwest Territories Bar (2023)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2019)
  • Alberta Bar (2016)
  • Ontario Bar (2015, inactive)
  • JD with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2014)

Jessica advises clients on environmental and Aboriginal law matters. She acts for proponents, Indigenous communities, municipalities and landowners navigating project-based permitting and environmental assessment processes. Jessica also advises on matters relating to the duty to consult.

Jessica advises clients on a variety of regulatory matters. She represents clients at all stages of permitting and environmental assessment processes, including related consultation processes. She has advised clients with respect to their liability for remediation obligations and contaminated sites. Jessica has also advised regulators and administrative tribunals on jurisdictional and constitutional matters.

Jessica has experience with constitutional challenges, judicial reviews, injunctions and appeals. She has appeared before the Federal Court, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, the Saskatchewan Court of King’s Bench, the Northwest Territories Supreme Court, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. She has also appeared before the Canada Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board, the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada and other administrative bodies.

Jessica’s experience as a clerk at the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal provides her with a unique insight into effective advocacy in administrative and constitutional matters.

  • Board Member, Saskatchewan Environmental & Industry Managers Association (SEIMA) (2022-present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (2019-2021)
  • Moot Judge, Saskatchewan Association for Environmental Law (2020; 2021; 2023)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (2014-present)
  • Legal Intern, Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa, 2018-2019)
  • Member, YWCA Advocacy Committee (2017-2018)
  • Volunteer, Edmonton Community Legal Centre (2016-2018)
  • Volunteer, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Amicus Project (2016-2018)
  • Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project (2016-2018)
  • Presenter, “2021 Year in Review: The Environmental Legal Landscape,” SustainTech Conference, Saskatchewan Environmental & Industry Managers Association (2022)
  • Sessional Lecturer, “Natural Resources Law” (Saskatchewan, 2021)
  • Presenter, “Liability for Environmentally Impacted Sites in Saskatchewan,” SustainTech Conference, Saskatchewan Environmental & Industry Managers Association (2021)
  • Named a Leading Practitioner, Aboriginal Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2023-present)
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan Bronze Medal
  • Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Merit-Based Scholarship
  • College of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Thomas P. Deis/Cronkite Prize, Constitutional Law
  • W.G. Morrow – R.C. Carter Prize, Aboriginal Law
  • Strayer Prize, Constitutional Law
  • Mary Richiger Prize, Municipal Law
  • Douglas A. Schmeiser Prize, Criminal Procedure
  • Cecil G. Schmitt Prize, Company Law
  • Bereskin and Par Prize, Intellectual Property Law
  • Saskatchewan Law Review Honour
  • Academic Silver Prize (Regina)
  • Dean’s List, College of Arts and Science (Saskatchewan)
  • University of Saskatchewan Entrance Scholarship