Melanie has a growing practice in commercial, construction, environmental and energy litigation. She earned her Juris Doctor at Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, with a specialization in Environmental Law. During her time in law school, Melanie enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for the College of Sustainability and as an editor of The Weldon Times. She was also the recipient of a Schulich Scholarship in Law, the Boyne Clarke Prize, as well as the Roman Elster Innovation Award in Intellectual Property.
Melanie is dedicated to helping clients advance their interests by providing exceptional client service. She adopts a collaborative approach to legal problem-solving, applying her knowledge and advocacy skills to ensure that clients always receive the most effective and practical solutions to their legal issues.
In her spare time, Melanie pursues music, fiction writing, and various outdoor activities. Melanie has also played competitive soccer for 15 years. She applies the same work ethic and teamwork in her law practice as she does in sport.
Papers & Presentations
Gillis, M., & MacDuff, J. (2020). When Climate and Construction Collide: How Net Zero Legislation Might Be Used to Challenge High-Emitting Infrastructure Projects. Energy Regulation Quarterly, 8(4).
Feb 4, 2020
Canada’s construction industry is abuzz with the latest innovation in lien legislation. Prompt payment requirements are being added to…
Mar 31, 2017
Legal uncertainty is never a good thing for industry: it’s a barrier to investment, and thus an adversary to growth. Unfortunately, the law is…