Radha Curpen

Vice Chair and Vancouver Managing Partner & National Leader, ESG Strategy and Solutions, Bennett Jones LLP

Radha specializes in environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law, including ESG and the transportation of dangerous goods. She provides strategic counsel to clients regarding regulatory compliance, environmental and social risk management, environmental litigation and prosecutions, crisis prevention and management, CSR, mitigating business disruption and reputation management.Radha is responsible for managing relationships and strategy with some of the firm’s most significant clients, and regularly advises corporations, Boards and Special Committees on internal and regulatory investigations, governance, ESG and risk assessments. She has been far ahead of the curve in advising clients on the importance of ESG and CSR and has acted on a number of recent high-profile matters.

She led the defence of the regulatory investigation arising out of the Lac Mégantic train derailment on behalf of an oil company. She is the lead counsel for a multinational company relating to mercury contamination in Ontario involving various First Nations. She was involved in the defence of an international diesel emissions case, and is providing in-depth regulatory compliance review of the crude oil by rail business of two major energy companies. Radha is involved in advising Global Container Terminals on all aspects of development of its port terminal expansion in B.C.

Radha is the national leader for Bennett Jones’ ESG strategy and solutions. She is a frequent speaker and was on a recent Institute of Corporate Directors panel on climate change and competitiveness in Canada. In February 2021 she spoke one-on-one with Leo E. Strine, Jr., former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court on what ESG investing means for corporations and lawyers in an American Foreign Law Association online event.

Proficient in both French and English, Radha practises across Canada and advises on cross-border issues, including relating to the United States.