Len Andrychuk, K.C.



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Education & Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan Bar (1981)
  • LLB with distinction (Saskatchewan, 1980)

Len Andrychuk has a broad practice which includes environmental law, First Nations law, property tax assessment, construction contracts, industrial project development and major equipment procurement.

  • Horner v. Saskatchewan, 2013 SKQB 340, establishing the validity of a release of Charter claims against the Province and Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • Prince Albert (City) v. Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc., 2011 SKCA 151. Representing the successful party in a case determining that a tax agreement with the City was ultra vires.
  • Canco Oil & Gas Ltd. v. Saskatchewan, [1991] 4 W.W.R. 316. Representing the successful party in a case determining that a grant of a royalty interest is an interest in land, affecting thousands of royalty interests in the province.
  • Horner v. Saskatchewan, 2009 SKQB 270. Successfully opposing certification of a class action seeking retroactive and prospective benefits under Saskatchewan’s Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Saskatchewan panelist for dispute resolution under the Agreement for Internal Trade (2005-2010).
  • Chapman v. Canada, 2007 SKQB 151. Representing manufacturers in a novel motion to secure a complete dismissal of a third-party claim in a class action.
  • Core team member and author of the recommendations for legislative change in Saskatchewan’s move to a results-based system of environmental regulation: Toward a Results-Based Regulatory System, Clifton Associates Ltd., February, 2009.
  • Ravndahl v. Saskatchewan, 2009 SCC 7. Counsel for the Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan in a Supreme Court of Canada decision establishing that limitation periods apply to constitutional litigation.

As counsel before administrative tribunals, Saskatchewan and Alberta courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada, Len has appeared in more than 150 reported judgments, with more than 90 at the appellate level. He has considerable experience in the resolution of construction, equipment procurement, oil and gas development, and other commercial disputes through the courts and inter-provincial and international arbitration. He routinely represents clients before the Saskatchewan Municipal Board and Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in property tax assessment appeals.

Len has acted as counsel, from conception to completion, on major industrial construction projects in both Canada and the United States. His focus on environmental law issues covers a broad spectrum of industries, including mining, oil and gas, real estate development, construction, and diverse light and heavy industry. He represents clients in environmental litigation, and advises on environmental compliance, liability and remediation.

Len has advised First Nations and corporate clients on the duty to consult with First Nations and Métis peoples, and in matters relating to Aboriginal and Treaty rights. He has represented clients before the Alberta courts in significant First Nations consultation cases.

  • Director, Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association (1998-2004)
  • Former Chair, Canadian Bar Association Environmental Law South
  • “Construction Law: Risk Management Issues in Relation to Engineers and Architects,” Construction Superconference, Canadian Institute (Saskatoon, 2009)
  • “Aboriginal Consultation and Emerging Water Issues: Demystifying Water Claims and the Duty to Consult and Accommodate,” Managing Water Resources and Disputes Conference, Canadian Institute (Calgary, 2009)
  • “When the Regulators Come Calling: An Introduction to Regulatory Compliance and Investigations,” Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (Toronto, 2008)
  • “Overview of Environmental Regulation of Mining and Oil and Gas in Saskatchewan,” Mining, Oil and Gas Seminar, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. (2008)
  • “Consultation by Boards and Tribunals,” Crown and Aboriginal Duties: Practical Implications, Pacific Business & Law Institute (Ottawa, 2007)
  • “Environmental Regulation of Oil and Gas in Saskatchewan” and “Understanding the Environmental Regime under the ‘New’ Environmental Management and Protection Act,” Saskatchewan Energy Forum, Insight (Calgary, 2003 and Regina, 2005)
  • “Liability of Directors, Officers and Employees under Environmental Law, Directors in the 21st Century,” Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. (2004)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Administrative and Public Law, Best Lawyers (Regina, 2022)
  • Recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy (since 2020)
  • One of Benchmark Canada’s “Litigation Stars” – Aboriginal (since 2013), Environmental (since 2016)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers, Aboriginal Law, Administrative and Public Law, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law (since 2011)
  • A leading practitioner, Construction, Environmental, Indigenous, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Selected by Peers as One of the Worlds Leading Practitioners in Environmental Law – International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers (since 2011)
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-HubbellBV Peer Review Rated”
  • Appointed King’s Counsel (2000)