Consultants in the Environmental and Applied Earth Sciences
A significant part of Bruce Brown’s environmental planning and engineering practice has been assisting with litigation, including attendance at discoveries to assist council on technical matters, preparation of expert reports and giving expert technical evidence at trials and tribunals in matters relating to contaminated soil and groundwater, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites, and the impacts of environmental concerns on the land-use decision-making process.
Areas of expert evidence given at trials and tribunals include valuation of aggregate properties, remediation requirements and cost implications for major redevelopment in urban areas, factors affecting land-use decision-making in relation to extent of clean up on brownfield sites, mitigation or impacts including contaminated soil, groundwater, radioactive wastes and methane gas migration and, siting and design considerations for landfills.
During his seven years of service on City of North York’s Planning Board and later Planning Advisory Committee, including three as Chair, Dr. Brown had opportunity to conduct hundreds of formal public hearings. A natural continuation from this experience, plus professional involvement with several hundred projects which required attendances in the courts or at tribunals on behalf of clients, was participation in the alternative dispute resolution process. To this end, Bruce Brown completed formal training in Civil Justice Process and Mediation Theory and Practice at University of Toronto and Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution through University of Windsor.
Dr. Brown in not on the Province of Ontario’s Mediation Roster and this part of his practice is limited to technical matters relating to disputes relating to land-use, site remediation and environmental impacts, either in the role of sole mediator, or as part of an ADR team typically having a co-mediator with a formal legal background.
Please see: Dr. Bruce A. Brown’s Curriculum Vitae