Who We Are


Professor Sharon Mascher, Faculty of LawProfessor Sharon Mascher, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Sharon held faculty positions at Thompson Rivers University, the University of Western Australia, the University of Saskatchewan and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).  While at the University of Western Australia, Sharon was the Deputy Director (Environment and Climate Change) of the Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law.  Sharon is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

Sharon has previously served as co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice (2003-2005) and the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Journal (1997-1989).  While in Australia, Sharon was a long standing management committee member for the Environmental Defender’s Office Western Australia.  She has also been a principal policy officer to the Government of Western Australia’s Greenhouse Unit, Department of Environment and Conservation and a legal consultant to the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Water.

Sharon has published on a variety of topics relating to environmental law including climate law, natural resources law, property law and laws affecting Indigenous peoples. Her recent publications include: a co-edited book entitled Property and Sustainability: Selected Essays (Sydney: Thomson Reuters, 2011) and a chapter on the operation of the Australian Native Title Act in Bankes and Kiovurova (eds) The Proposed Nordic Saami Convention: National and International Dimensions of Indigenous Property Rights (Hart: 2013).

Professor Meinhard DoelleProfessor Meinhard Doelle, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Professor Doelle specializes in environmental and energy law, with a focus on climate change and environmental assessment processes. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the NS Environment Act. He currently is environmental counsel to the Atlantic Canada law firm of Stewart McKelvey.

From 2000 to 2006, Professor Doelle was a non–‐governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. From January to May 2008, he was a  visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. He served on the Lower Churchill Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel from 2009 – 2011, and is currently co-chairing a provincial panel on aquaculture.

Professor Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision–‐making. His most recent books are entitled “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials”, “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime”, “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique”, and “From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law”.

Martin OlszynskiProfessor Martin Olszynski, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Martin joined the University of Calgary Faculty in 2013, following several years of public service experience in environmental and natural resources law and policy. From 2007 to 2013, he was counsel with the federal Department of Justice, practicing law in the legal services unit at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. During this period, he also spent time on secondment to the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Division at Environment Canada (2009). Martin holds a B. Sc. (Biology) and an LL.B., both from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LL.M. (specialization in environmental law) from the University of California at Berkeley. Following law school, Martin clerked for the Hon. Justice Denis Pelletier of the Federal Court of Appeal (2006). Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was a part-time professor with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where he taught environmental law (2011 and 2012).

Martin’s primary research interests are in environmental, water and natural resources law and policy.  His current interests include environmental valuation and the ecosystem services approach in particular, ecosystem management, and adaptive management. He is also interested in the continuous development of related core areas of law, including constitutional, administrative, tort and regulatory law.

Editorial Assistant

Michelle HalvorsonMichelle Halvorson, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

Michelle is currently an Administrative Assistant at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. She joined the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice in January 2003 as their Administrative Coordinator, and has years of experience doing editorial work and desktop publishing for the Saskatchewan Law Review.

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