Venetia Whiting is an environmental lawyer with experience across a range of sectors, including chemicals, transportation, manufacturing, energy and natural resources, real estate and agribusiness and food.
Venetia provides advice to clients on a full range of environmental issues, including issues relating to defending environmental prosecutions and class actions, contaminated property, responding to spills and environmental incidents, director and officer liability, waste management, and sewage and drinking water.
Over the course of her career, Venetia has developed expertise in guiding clients through compliance with complex regulatory issues, including the transportation of dangerous goods, the export and import of substances and products, and pest control products.
Venetia helps clients prepare for inspections and investigations by regulatory authorities, as well as civil and administrative proceedings (including orders) relating to environmental liability.
In the transactional context, Venetia acts for a range of parties, including buyers, sellers, lenders, investors and underwriters, assessing due diligence and environmental liability, and negotiating and drafting agreements.
Venetia advises corporations with respect to the development of ESG policies and practices, including the identification and management of ESG risks and opportunities.
Venetia is proud to be the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Executive. Prior to joining Bennett Jones in Toronto, Venetia summered, articled and practiced in the firm’s Regulatory Group in Calgary.