Bio

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Albert Koehl is an environmental lawyer and adjunct professor in natural resources management at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a community leader on road safety issues, including pedestrian and cycling safety, having helped found Bells on Bloor in 2007 and assisted cycling groups before courts, agencies, and tribunals. Albert has been named iBike TO’s Cycling Advocate of the Year, TCAT’s Active Transportation Champion, and NOW Magazine’s 2013 Cycling Hero. He recently served on the Ontario Chief Coroner’s expert panel on pedestrian safety.

From 2001 to 2014 Albert worked for Ecojustice, a Canadian non-profit environmental law organization where he focused on climate change, energy, and wildlife issues through his expertise in enforcement, particularly private prosecutions, and compliance.

In 1997-98, Albert served with the United Nations in Guatemala as a human rights investigator culminating in the “Memory of Silence” report, which documented 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 (for which work he was nominated for the Lincoln Alexander Award), 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.

Albert is currently pursuing several teaching, advocacy, and writing ambitions and interests.