Nathalie Des Rosiers

Party: Liberal


Riding: Ottawa-Vanier


City: Ottawa


Province: Ontario


Nathalie Des Rosiers was elected to the provincial legislature in 2016, where she currently acts as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Prior to being elected, she spent 13 years as a member of the Environmental Appeals Board. She is a seasoned environmental law lecturer and has supported and encouraged the development of environmental law institutions at the University of Ottawa where she acted as Dean of Law. She is passionate about environmental justice and has represented environmental advocacy groups in an anti-SLAPP case when she served as General Counsel at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association from 2009 to 2013.

Full Environmental History

1987-2000 - Member of the Environmental Appeal Board in Ontario, where she wrote and rendered various decisions on owner/operator obligation to clean and the right of neighbours to participate in environmental hearings.   

2004-2008 and 2013-2016 - Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, where she supported and encouraged uOttawa hosting the IUCN Environmental Law Academy, as well as supported the uOttawa Ecojustice Clinic, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Institute of the Environment. She also was a regular guest lecturer on environmental law for engineering students.

2009-2013 - General Counsel at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where she represented a group of environmental organizations in an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation Case) case.

2014-2016 - Advisory Board member of Evidence for Democracy, where she developed strategies to oppose anti-environment policies and advocated for much needed policies to address climate change.

2016-Present - MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, where she has taken on the following roles:

  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy (October 2017-January 2018), where she worked on the connection to the grid of remote Indigenous communities currently relying on diesel. 
  • Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (January 2018-Present), where she has worked to ensure respect and support for the Ontario Endangered Species Act.

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