Albert Koehl - headshot

Albert has been an environmental lawyer for 25 years. He is an adjunct professor in natural resources management at Osgoode Hall Law School. Albert is a community leader on road safety issues such as lower speed limits. He helped found Bells on Bloor in 2007 and has assisted cycling groups before courts, agencies, and tribunals. In 2012, he served as an expert on the Ontario Chief Coroner’s expert panel on pedestrian safety. Albert has been named iBike TO’s Cycling Advocate of the Year, TCAT’s Active Transportation Champion, and NOW Magazine’s 2013 Cycling Hero. In 2016, he was nominated for CBC’s Torontonian of the Year.

From 2001 to 2014, Albert worked for Ecojustice, a Canadian environmental law organization where he focused on climate change, energy, and wildlife issues. He lead two private prosecutions against major corporations resulting in February 2013 in the legal precedent of Podolsky v. Cadillac Fairview, which established the liability of building owners for bird-window strikes that cause millions of preventable bird fatalities. In 2013, he appeared before the National Energy Board on behalf of groups challenging the Line 9 tar sands pipeline.

In 1997-98, Albert served with the United Nations in Guatemala as a human rights investigator culminating in the “Memory of Silence,” a report documenting the genocide of indigenous peoples by the military dictatorship. He has also worked as a prosecutor with the Ontario Ministry of Environment. He is a former chair of the Education Rights Task, which advocates for children denied access to school.

His writing on topics ranging from social justice and transport to humour and adventure have been published in Canadian newspapers, magazines, journals, and on-line publications.

He is fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish along with a rudimentary knowledge of Mandarin (thanks to a six-month sojourn in Beijing). He counts among his adventures traveling across Africa by barge, bush taxi and box car, across Europe by bicycle, and across the Atlantic by freighter.

Albert is currently writing a book on climate change and sustainable transportation.

This website contains a compilation of Albert Koehl’s published writings, media interviews, and select presentations. The site also includes his advocate’s transport guide, Road Follies.