She is a frequent writer and speaker on the move to the low-carbon economy and has become a leading voice on the legal imperative to adapt to climate change. Laura has contributed to numerous research and policy papers on legal liability related to climate change adaptation, the use of existing legal mechanisms to address climate change, and the role of markets and flexibility mechanisms in driving emissions reductions.
Laura has worked in the strategic research division of the Ontario Ministry of Finance and as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations. She is co-founder of the Climate Change Lawyers Network, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) committee on Environmental Law, a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and sits on the board of the Clean Air Partnership. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Laura is called to the Bar of Ontario.
- LawTimes.com. “Change in provincial government impacts clients”. November 2018
- CBC – On the Money. “Ontario’s Carbon Credits”. June 2018
- The Globe and Mail. “Dismantling of Ontario’s cap-and-trade program could render more the $2-billion in emissions allowances worthless”. June 2018
- CBC – “1 year after flood, crisis continues for Eganville couple”. May 2018
- The Works Design Communications. “Ask an Expert: Laura Zizzo on Climate Change Risks and Opportunities”. December 2017.
- Law Times. “Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed”. November 2017.
- University of Waterloo. Entrepreneurship at Environment: Success Stories. “Having founded Canada’s first climate change focused law firm, SERS grad Laura Zizzo is moving on to something even bigger”. September 2017.
- University of Waterloo. Alumni and Friends: Awards. “Laura Zizzo, a 2016 Alumni Achievement Award nominee”. 2016.
- “Innovation in Action,” Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada published by the Canadian Bar Association, August 18, 2014.
- Boothby, Kathryn. “Environmental lawyers are part of the solution,” The Calgary Herald, April 20, 2013.
- Zizzo, Laura. “Beyond the Accord: Reflections from the Copenhagen Conference,” Briefly Speaking, October 2010.
- Furlong, Jordan. “Leading the Way,” Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine, September 2010.
- Zizzo, Laura. “World waits on Washington’s Climate Bill,” Reuters Environment Forum, April 30, 2010.
- Zizzo, Laura. “Going Green: Preparing Your SME for the Carbon Constrained Economy,” Enterprise Magazine, Spring 2010.
- Waltshire, Elain. “Committed to climate change,” The Lawyers Weekly, December 11, 2009.
- Zizzo, Laura. “A Primer for Copenhagen: Canada Lags in Climate Change Commitment,” Canadian Property Management, November 2009.
- Kryhul, Angela. “Ready, Set, Thrive: How to successfully work alone,” The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2009.
- Zizzo, Laura. “Carbon Laws and Markets: What’s happening in Canada?” HazMat Management, September 1, 2009.
- “Companies Can No Longer Hide their Climate Risk“. Globe and Mail. Report on Business. June 13, 2017.
- “State of Play: Study of Climate-Related Disclosures by Canadian Public Companies”. CPA Canada. June, 2017
- “Climate Change Considerations Have Become Business Imperatives: Selected Discussion of International Law, Policy and Market Drivers to Consider Climate”. Zizzo, Laura and Joanna Kyriazis. Ontario Bar Association Institute 2016 – Environmental Law: Hot Topics in Climate Change. February 2016
- “Climate Risk Assessment for Adaptation Planning and Implementation Workshop,” APWA (American Public Works Association) International Congress and Exposition. Toronto, ON., August 20, 2014.
- Moderator, Panel: “Examining the Policy and Innovations Surrounding Climate Adaptation Design and Engineering to Increase Gird System Resilience,” Storm Restoration Conference 2014. Toronto, O.N., June 11, 2014.
- “Legal Implications of Climate Change in Emergency Management,” Hamilton CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) Group. Hamilton, O.N., May 8, 2014.
- “Responsibilities and Risk Management in a Changing Climate,” North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) Workshop. Vancouver, B.C., March 19, 2014.
- “A Changing Legal Climate: Risk Mitigation, Insurance, and Reducing Liability Exposure,” Insight’s 4th Planning and Development Forum. Toronto, O.N., November 25, 2013.
- “Year of the Flood: Building Resiliency Through Legal Risk Management,” 2013 A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium. Alliston, O.N., November 20, 2013.
- “Surviving the Perfect Storm – Managing Your Stormwater Risk in Light of Climate Change,” Credit Valley Conservation Conference. Mississauga, O.N., November 4, 2013.
- “The Legal Climate: Transition to the Low-Carbon Economy – Mechanisms to Reduce GHGs and Adapt to Climate Change,” University of Toronto Faculty of Engineering. Toronto, O.N., September 18, 2013.
- “Legal Considerations – Offsets and Market Based Mechanisms,” Conservation Ontario/CA Watershed Stewardship/Forestry and Restoration Meeting. Newmarket, O.N., February 27, 2013.
- “Hanging Out Your Shingle,” Women’s Law Association of Ontario, CPD Series: Practice Management. Toronto, O.N., April 16, 2012.
- “New Developments in Commercial Rooftop Leasing,” Solar Canada 2011. Toronto, O.N., December 6, 2011.
- “Mechanisms to Finance Mitigation and Adaptation,” Climate Finance: Legal and Regulatory Issues, International Capacity-Building Course at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law (side event to UNFCCC COP 15). Copenhagen, Denmark, December 13, 2009.