Jessica joins Woodward and Company with a strong background in resource development applications, environmental defence work, and commercial litigation. She is a dedicated advocate, committed to amplifying the voices of those calling for thoughtful, sustainable solutions to today’s most pressing issues, like climate change and reconciliation.
An experienced advocate and a pragmatic negotiator, Jessica is well-equipped to advise and represent First Nations in respect of proposed developments/projects, and to assist the firm’s clients to successfully navigate environmental complaints, investigations, prosecutions and related enforcement proceedings. In addition to her regulatory expertise, Jessica has extensive experience handling a variety of commercial litigation matters, ranging from complex, multi-million dollar ICC and ad hoc arbitrations, to more run-of-the mill contractual, leasing and construction-related disputes. She has appeared before various environmental and administrative tribunals and all levels of Court in Alberta.
Jessica’s experience acting as counsel for various mining, utility and government clients has armed her with unique insight and perspective into how these parties typically assess, prioritize and respond to litigation and regulatory intervention. She looks forward to leveraging the insights and learnings acquired from this work to achieve the best possible outcomes for our First Nations clients.
Jessica obtained her undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Victoria (2006), receiving the President’s Scholarship for outstanding academic performance following a year of study in Alicante, Spain. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Alberta (2011). During her studies she served as a Criminal Caseworker (2009-10), and was later elected Executive Coordinator (2010-2011) and Chairperson (2013-17) of Student Legal Services, the largest student-run legal clinic in North America.
Jessica is an active member of the BC and Alberta Law Societies. She is an active member of the CBA, and has served on the executive for Alberta North’s Alternative Dispute Resolution subsection. She volunteers regularly with Pro Bono Law Alberta, and has been a coordinator for the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project since its inception in 2015. She presents regularly at Environmental Services of Alberta Association events, and has written several articles providing practical guidance on environmental release reporting, arbitrating construction contracts and the duty of honest performance.
Selected Presentations & Publications
JH Drilling Inc. v. Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board, et al., 2015 CanLII 22998 (SCC)
TNK Trucking Ltd v 878052 Alberta Ltd (Double LL Towing), 2017 ABQB 85
Member, Law Society of Alberta (2012)
Member, Law Society of B.C. (2021)