Arlene J Kwasniak is a Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design. Her degrees are a BSc from Eastern Michigan University, an MA (Philosophy) from Wayne State University, an LLB from the University of Alberta, and an LLM from Lewis and Clark, Northwestern School of Law. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2003, Arlene’s law practice was with the Environmental Law Centre (Edmonton, Alberta) for eleven years, the last two as executive director.
Arlene’s primary teaching and research areas are water law, public lands and resources law, municipal law, economic instruments for land conservation, interjurisdictional and watershed management, and in general, the role of law in promoting and effecting sustainability. Arlene has published numerous articles and reports, and her books include Alberta Public Range and Law and Policy (1991), A Conservation Easement Guide to Alberta (1997), Reconciling Ecosystem and Political Borders: A Legal Map (1998), Alberta Wetlands: A Law and Policy Guide (2001), and A Legal Guide to Non-Private Lands in Alberta (2015).
Arlene was the recipient of the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association 2013 Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship. She was the recipient of the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2010–11 academic year. In 2015, the University of Calgary awarded Arlene the Sustainability Award for outstanding Teaching Leadership in advancing the University of Calgary sustainability commitment. Arlene has served as a member or director of numerous non-governmental organizations and has served on advisory committees for all levels of government: federal, provincial, and municipal. She is a member of the Alberta Bar.