Tyson is a member of the firm’s Environmental Group, and practises extensively in the areas of Energy and Infrastructure, Mining and Metals and Climate Change. He has been recognized in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in environmental law, in Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading climate change lawyers and in Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.
In the energy and infrastructure sector, Tyson works extensively on the development, permitting and financing of high profile projects across Canada, including more than 50 wind, solar, gas, hydro and energy storage projects, together representing over 5,000 MW in installed capacity. He advises on major transmission and distribution projects, including electricity transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. Tyson provides strategic advice to these clients in navigating complex and often challenging environmental assessment and permitting processes, and advises on negotiations with regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, local municipalities and other stakeholders. He has advised the Canadian Wind Energy Association on key issues facing the industry.
In the mining and metals sector, Tyson acts for companies acquiring, financing, developing and operating major uranium, potash, coal and precious metals operations across the country. He regularly advises these clients on stakeholder relations as well as permitting, compliance and enforcement matters, including investigations and prosecutions under provincial and federal environmental laws. He has worked with the national industry association on matters relating to the Fisheries Act and Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations.
Tyson is also a recognized leader on climate change policy and regulation, particularly on the carbon pricing systems adopted across North America. He has advised clients with responsibility for over 40,000 kilotonnes of greenhouse gas emissions on the formation of and compliance with these systems, as well as on emissions offset projects, emissions trading and climate change-related disclosure. Tyson regularly publishes in these areas and has presented extensively on climate change issues, including at Stanford Law School, the University of Toronto Law School, the McGill University Faculty of Law and Osgoode Law School.
Tyson advises clients in many other sectors, including pulp and paper, water treatment, communications, iron and steel, chemicals and manufacturing. He provides compliance advice on the full range of issues in the environmental and energy-regulatory fields, including environmental assessments, project permitting, contaminated sites remediation, endangered species protection, spills response and reporting and the inspection, investigation and defence of environmental offences.
In his practice, Tyson has advised clients on dozens of proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board, Environmental Review Tribunal, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, National Energy Board, Niagara Escarpment Commission and other administrative tribunals. He also assists buyers, sellers, lenders and investors through all of the environmental, health and safety aspects of a transaction. In a typical year, the firm’s Environmental group is involved in more than 100 commercial transactions.