David McRobert (Environmental Lawyer, Community)

David S. McRobert is an environmental lawyer based in southern Ontario with offices in Peterborough and Toronto. He has worked on waste reduction policy issues since the early 1980s and worked on development and drafting of Ontario's 3Rs regulations between 1991-1994.

Between October 1994 and June 2010, he was In-House Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor at the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and was involved in the establishment of the office. David has a B.Sc. in Biology from Trent University (1980) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University (1984). He graduated with an LL.B. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (1987) and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1990.

Before joining the ECO, David was a senior policy advisor in the Waste Reduction Office in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. From 1989 to 1991, he coordinated research and advocacy on waste management and global warming at Pollution Probe. He has also worked for the Workplace Health and Safety Agency in Toronto, the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

David has published numerous articles and reports on a range of environmental issues. In the past two decades, he has prepared a number of reports, articles, and conference papers on a range of environmental subjects, including public participation and government accountability for environmental decision-making. His books include My Municipal Recycling System Made me Fat and Sick (2012).

Between 1991 and 2009, he taught courses on environmental law and policy to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the University of Toronto and he continues to guest lecture on a wide range of topics.