Dianne Saxe

Dianne Saxe

Toronto, Ontario
Environmental lawyer | Environmental Commissioner | Expert on Climate, Energy and Environment
Dianne Saxe, Ph.D. in Law and in Environmental Studies (Hon.), is Toronto City Councillor for University-Rosedale, and one of Canada’s most respected environmental and energy lawyers. After 4 decades of practicing law, she became the last independent, non-partisan Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, reporting to the Legislature on environment, energy and climate. Her law firm, SaxeFacts, and her podcast, Green Economy Heroes, focus on the climate and environmental crises. Dr. Saxe is a climate champion on City Council and a Director of Canada’s nation-wide Climate Caucus of municipal leaders. Dr. Saxe has substantial public and private board experience. Senior Fellow, Massey College. Law Society Medal 2020 for exemplary leadership in environmental law. Clean50 honouree.. Global Competent Board Designation. Past Deputy Leader, Ontario Green Party. Featured on Wikipedia.
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  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Politicians
  • Sustainable Development


Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40+ years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. An experienced team leader with substantial board experience; a skilled communicator with a broad strategic vision. Hard-won expertise in government relations, corporate governance, and public consultation.

A can-do person always striving to make a difference. Now heading a consultation practice business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy, and environment.

Leadership training and experience: From 2015 to 2019, Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights.

During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and delivered 17 reports on the environment, energy, and climate.

Board Experience: More than 20 years of experience on public and private boards, including Draxis board and audit committee (public issuer). Non-profit organizations included the Secretary of Evergreen, a $10 million/year environmental charity; the president and chair of the Windshare renewable energy cooperative; Ontario Bar Association Investment Committee.

Extensive professional assistance to boards and board members, especially on issues of personal and environmental liability. Certified “Board-Ready” by Women in Capital Markets. Author: Environmental Protection – Guidance & Recommendations for Boardroom Practice. Canadian Board Diversity Council Get on Board, Intermediate program.

Business Experience: 25 years running her own small business, a highly regarded environmental law boutique. A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized by all major legal rating services, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto.

Professional Qualifications: Ph.D. in Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1991. Ontario Bar, 1976. LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1974. Mediator.

Awards: Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year, selected by Best Lawyers. One of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers, according to Best of the Best, 2008. Recognized by Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers, Martindale Hubble and other rating agencies. Osgoode Hall Alumni Gold Key for Achievement; Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.




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