Peter Pickfield

Peter Pickfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Peter Pickfield has practiced exclusively in the areas of environmental, municipal and planning law since being called to the Bar in 1986. Mr. Pickfield also obtained his Master of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990.

He has been certified as a specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995.

Mr. Pickfield appears regularly as lead council on hearings before the Ontario Municipal Board, Environmental Review Tribunal and the Joint Board. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor at both the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, where he lectures on environmental, municipal and planning law. He recently co-authored a book on Environmental Law and Policy in Canada.

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental law
  • Municipal and Planning law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Facilitation, Negotiation and Mediation Training Program, Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, 1986


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.M., Master of Laws - 1990
    • Major: Constitutional Law
  • Queen's University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B. - 1984
  • University of Western Ontario
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: With Honours
    • Honors: Dean's Honour List
    • Major: Politics

Published Works

  • Co-author, Environmental Law and Policy in Canada, Environmental Law text book, 2015
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Environmental Law Reports, 1993 to 2008
  • Source Water Protection: the Regulatory Challenge, Canadian Institute Seminar, 2004
  • Groundwater Protection and Land Use Planning, the Municipal Challenge, Ontario Bar Association Annual Institute, Toronto, Ontario, 2003
  • Air Pollution Regulation in Ontario. Kitchener Energy and Environment Forum, Kitchener Ontario, 2002
  • Environmental Approvals in Canada, author of Reporting Service, 1998 to 2002
  • Co-author, Environment on Trial, David Estrin and John Swaigen ed., "Chapter 8: Land Use Planning", 1993
  • Solid Waste Diversion 1992, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law & Policy, Toronto, Ontario, 1993
  • Metro Waste Reduction Task Force Report: Achieving 50% Diversion by 1993, 1991
  • From Pollution Prevention to Waste Reduction: Toward a Comprehensive Hazardous Waste Reduction Strategy for Ontario, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, March, 1989
  • Control at Source: Regulating Industrial Sewer - Use in Ontario Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, November, 1988
  • Hazardous Waste Policy: A Provincial Forum, (Background Paper and Proceedings) Canadian Environmental Law Research Foundation, November, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Certified Specialist, Environmental Law