Karin E. Buss


Karin has done extensive legal work on behalf of First Nations in relation to treaty rights, consultation, environmental protection, and negotiating impact benefit agreements. She also practices in the area of environmental law, representing landowners, NGOs and companies, and served as the President of the Environmental Law Centre.

As a trial lawyer, Karin has successfully represented clients in litigation in relation to the defence of malpractice claims, the protection of land and environmental rights, and in relation to treaty rights.

She has a B.S.W. in Social Welfare from the University of Calgary, completed Graduate Studies in Social Sciences at the University of Stockholm, and holds a Law degree from the University of Alberta, where she was awarded the Silver Medal in Law.

Professional Activities

Member, Law Society of Alberta

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, International Association of Impact Assessment

Instructor, Business Law and Administrative Law, MacEwan University

Council member, CBA (Alberta)

Instructor, Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Speaking Engagements

Treaty Rights Issues in the Oil Sands (2014) Energy in the Oil Sands Conference, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Aboriginal Consultation – Law & Practice (2013) Environmental Law & Regulation Conference, Canadian Institute