Hall Of Fame

Rising Stars

Power in Canada

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 's full-service power practice deploys experts across the full scope of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Among the names to note, Toronto-based commercial specialist and national group head Shane Freitag possesses an impressive record in advising major utilities in both Ontario and Alberta, with his broad skill set spanning both regulatory and transactional matters. Other key transactional contacts include Toronto’s Rob Blackstein, who recently acted for SNC-Lavalin on its agreement with Ontario Power Generation to develop the Darlington New Nuclear Project. The group also draws on the senior experience of Toronto-based Mark Rodger, who specializes in commercial, regulatory and government relations-related power issues; and Calgary’s Jonathan Liteplo, who is highly regarded for his focus on energy and utilities regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Shane Freitag

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Rodger; Jonathan Liteplo; Rob Blackstein; John Vellone; Alan Ross KC

Principaux clients


Northland Power

Manitoba Hydro

EPCOR Utilities

BC Hydro

Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Nuclear Laboratories

Government of Alberta

Oakville Enterprises

Capital Power

North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited and Espanola Regional Hydro Distribution Corporation

City of Kitchener

Waterloo North Hydro Inc. and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

Fortescue Future Industries

Elexicon Energy


McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault maintains a dominant commercial power practice that harnesses the wider firm’s signature corporate strength, which is additionally supported by significant regulatory capability. The team’s industry expertise spans a varied mix of wind, hydro, nuclear, and co-generation power projects, while its broad national footprint ensures that it is routinely involved in matters across the country — it also handles US-related work. Toronto-based Seán O’Neill spearheads the department and has a focus on power transactions; he recently advised Renewable Energy Systems Canada on the sale of the Bekevar Wind Project to Innagreen Canada Holdings C and Innagreen Canada Holdings D. The group additionally draws on high-profile infrastructure and projects expert David Lever and transactional power partner Suzanne Murphy — both of whom are based in Toronto — as well as Calgary-based energy regulation specialist Kimberly Howard. Former energy regulation lead George Vegh retired.

Responsables de la pratique:

Seán O’Neill

Autres avocats clés:

David Lever; Suzanne Murphy; Kimberly Howard; Marc Dorion; Sven Milelli; Louis-Nicolas Boulanger

Principaux clients

Renewable Energy Systems Canada

Enwave Energy Corporation

Noventa Energy Partners

NextEra Energy Resources

Innergex Renewable Energy


EDF Renewables Canada and Cypress Renewable Energy Centre

Vale Canada

BHE Rattlesnake Canada, BHE Canada, as Berkshire Hathaway Company

X-Energy Canada

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Equally adept in representing private and public sector clients, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP houses a destination power practice that is well versed across the full industry life cycle, from regulation and environmental law matters, through to project construction and corporate issues. Energy and infrastructure specialist Rocco Sebastiano co-heads the group and continues to represent Bruce Power on the headline-grabbing C$13bn refurbishment of the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station. Department co-chair Jacob Sadikman is also recognized for his commercial expertise and is advising Generate Capital, PBC on the development, acquisition and financing of various power projects. The deep bench additionally draws on transactional partners Richard Wong and Elliot Smith, as well as regulatory specialist Richard King. The team was further boosted in February 2023 with the hire of Calgary-based regulatory specialist Deirdre Sheehan, who joined from Bennett Jones LLP. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rocco Sebastiano; Jacob Sadikman

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Wong; Elliot Smith; Richard King; Deirdre Sheehan; Danna Donald

Principaux clients

Bruce Power

Algonquin Power

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Pattern Energy

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

TransAlta Corporation

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)

BluEarth Renewables

Northland Power


TC Energy

Five Nations Energy

Kineticor Resources

Potentia Renewables

Nova Scotia Power/Emera


Canada Infrastructure Bank

Canada Infrastructure Bank (Darlington SMR Project)

Greenwood Sustainable Infrastructure


From its bases in Toronto and Calgary, Torys’ highly regarded group is active in power matters across the country. Enviably balanced between transactional and regulatory work, the practice acts for an impressive roster of Canada’s major power entities, including Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Networks. Department co-head Krista Hill is a pre-eminent specialist in power transactions and projects; she is currently leading the team’s advice to Ontario Power Generation on Canada’s first on-grid small modular reactor at the site of its Darlington New Nuclear Project, and also on the related C$970m funding agreement with Canada Infrastructure Bank. Other key transactional contacts include projects specialist Valerie Helbronner and Huw Evans. On the regulatory front, department co-head Charles Keizer and Calgary-based Lou Cusano are both sought-after sector experts. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.

Responsables de la pratique:

Krista Hill; Charles Keizer

Autres avocats clés:

Valerie Helbronner; Lou Cusano; Huw Evans; Jonathan Myers; Gino Bruni

Les références

‘The regulations that govern regulated utilities in Alberta are unique and specialized expertise is required.’

‘Lou Cusano is exceptional in all respects. Responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and understands how to be effective when working for a large organization like us. His associate, Gino Bruni, is also exceptional.’

Principaux clients

Ontario Power Generation

Wataynikaneyap Power

Oneida Energy Storage

Hydro One Networks

Sol Ecolution SEZC

Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Toronto Hydro-Electric System

Alectra Utilities Corporation

OMERS Infrastructure Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Ontario Power Generation on multiple matters, including on Canada’s first on-grid small modular reactor at the site of its Darlington New Nuclear Project and on the related C$970m funding agreement with Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • Advised Wataynikaneyap Power (a partnership between 24 First Nations Communities and FortisOntario) on the development, construction, financing and operation of the C$1.9bn Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project.
  • Advised Oneida Energy Storage (a joint venture between NRStor, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, and Northland Power) on a battery storage project in Ontario.

Bennett Jones LLP

Historically better known for its oil and gas practice, Bennett Jones LLP additionally possesses a prominent power offering, which is particularly active in renewable energy and energy transition-related matters. The Calgary-based group enjoys a strong relationship with local energy heavyweight ATCO, with power and renewables lead David Macaulay recently advising ATCO entity Yukon Electrical Company on multiple matters involving Indigenous renewable project development. Other key contacts include transactional partner Thomas McInerney, who has a focus on power, climate change and emissions trading; and energy regulation head Martin Ignasiak, who recently arrived from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Deirdre Sheehan departed in February 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Macaulay; Thomas McInerney; Martin Ignasiak

Autres avocats clés:

Lucas Morrison

Principaux clients

ATCO and its related entities, including ATCO Electric, ATCO Power, ATCO Energy Solutions, Yukon Electrical Company, Canadian Utilities, and CU

Cedar LNG Partners

Stoneway Capital Corporation

InfraRed Capital Partners

Montem Resources / Montem Resources Alberta Operations

BioRefinex Canada

Nauticol Energy

Brookfield Renewable / Evolugen Development


Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure

Westbridge Renewable Energy Corp

RES (Renewable Energy Systems)

Pinebrook Golf & Country Club


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Canadian Utilities on the acquisition of a 252 MW suite of operational wind facilities and also on a development pipeline of wind and solar projects.
  • Acting for the Yukon Electrical Company, doing business as ATCO Electric Yukon, on multiple matters involving Indigenous renewable project development.
  • Acting for InfraRed Capital Partners on its acquisitions, from Algonquin Power & Utilities, of a 49% stake in a portfolio of three wind assets and an 80% stake in the Blue Hill Wind project in Saskatchewan.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s power practice has a strong orientation towards projects and transactional mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and financings. Toronto-based department co-head Vivian Kung is particularly sought after for her broad industry focus, which spans projects, finance, corporate and procurement-related issues. The group additionally benefits from the transactional experience of Keith Byblow, who heads the corporate and commercial group in Calgary; Scott Clarke, also based in Calgary; Montreal-based project finance specialist Sébastien Vilder; and Calgary-based up-and-coming energy partner Ky Kvisle. The team is also increasingly involved in standalone regulatory matters, with Calgary-based regulatory and environmental law expert Terri-Lee Oleniuk a key contact in this sphere.

Responsables de la pratique:

Scott Clarke; Vivian Kung; Sébastien Vilder

Autres avocats clés:

Keith Byblow; Ky Kvisle; Terri-Lee Oleniuk

Principaux clients

Suncor Energy

Green Impact Partners

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation

Capstone Power Corporation

Elemental Energy

KFW Ipex-Bank

RES Forty Mile Wind


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Suncor Energy on the disposition of its entire portfolio of wind and solar assets to Canada Utilities, valued at C$730m.
  • Advised Green Impact Partners (GIP) and Amber Infrastructure on a strategic partnering agreement, whereby Amber agreed to purchase 50% of the equity in GIP’s Future Energy Park and Iowa Renewable Natural Gas projects, valued at up to C$485m.
  • Advised Capstone Infrastructure Corporation on its acquisition from NaturEner USA of NaturEner Wild Rose 2 Energy, to indirectly acquire an in-development 217.6 MW renewable power generation project.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

According to satisfied clients, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLPprovides exceptional legal services in the power space’. The Toronto-based group is primarily recognized for its transactional prowess, where it specializes in representing energy companies, utilities, lenders, project consortiums and investors on M&A, joint ventures, investments and project finance. Among the key names, Nicholas Williams is widely praised for his extensive energy, finance, infrastructure and corporate expertise; he recently advised Manulife on the financing of battery energy storage systems to be installed at three solar power projects. The group also includes transactional partners Anthony Spadaro and Brooke Jamison, as well as environmental and regulatory specialist Sarah Powell.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicholas Williams; Sarah Powell; Anthony Spadaro

Autres avocats clés:

Brooke Jamison; William Buchner; Florence Simard

Les références

‘The Davies team has an in-depth understanding of the key legal issues pertinent to our business and does an excellent job in tailoring its work product to address the most critical areas of importance to us. I consider Davies a top firm in the sector.’

‘The team as a whole is outstanding. Its lawyers’ strengths include being able to combine their skill set and experience (from the junior level all the way to the most senior partner) to provide seamless legal advice to their clients.’

‘Davies’ work product is of superior quality to other firms. It adds value in its review and drafting of transaction documentation through its collective knowledge and experience.’

Principaux clients


TransAlta Corporation

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)



Renewable Energy Systems (RES)

Axium Infrastructure

Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Stonebridge Financial Corporation

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments)

Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Henvey Inlet Wind on the development of the regulatory framework for the largest First Nation wind partnership project in Canada on the lands of Henvey Inlet First Nation.
  • Acted for Axium Infrastructure on the acquisition from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners of the Travers Solar Project located in Vulcan County, Alberta.
  • Advised Umicore on the development and construction of a first-of-its kind electric vehicle battery materials manufacturing plant in Loyalist Township, Ontario, that will be 100% fuelled by renewable energy.

Gowling WLG

Among Gowling WLG’s industry sweet spots, the power group is distinguished by its skill sets in renewable projects, nuclear-related issues and regulatory work. On the renewable energy front, department co-head Thomas Timmins is particularly noted for his projects experience; he is advising Alectra Utilities on the structuring and roll-out of Ontario’s new generation of advanced metering. Fellow co-head Ahab Abdel-Aziz is highly regarded for his global reputation in the nuclear space, where his record spans commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Energy regulation specialist Ian Mondrow; and nuclear law-focused associate Magdalena Hanebach are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ahab Abdel-Aziz; Thomas Timmins

Autres avocats clés:

Scott Fletcher; Ian Mondrow; Magdalena Hanebach

Principaux clients



Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (AREQ)

Brookfield Capital Partners

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)

Dexterra Group

Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp

General Electric Canada

General Fusion

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Hydrogen In Motion

Hydro One

Keyera Corporation

Kivalliq Inuit Association

Nalcor Energy Marketing Corporation (NEMC)

Renewable Energy Production Association (REPA)

Steel Reef Infrastructure

Town of Grimsby

Unilia (Canada) Fuel Cells

Waste Connections of Canada

Wolf Midstream

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Alectra Utilities on the procurement process design, procurement and roll-out of Ontario’s new generation of advanced metering (AMI 2.0).
  • Advised Canada Infrastructure Bank on the investment financing of the Atlantic Loop transmission project, involving transmission lines in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
  • Advised the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA) in Enbridge Gas’ cost of service rate rebasing application and proposed five-year incentive regulation rate-making plan.

Lawson Lundell LLP

A go-to power group in Western Canada, Lawson Lundell LLP’s activity also extends into Northern Canada and the Western US. The group’s geographical focus is reflected in a client list that includes major regional utilities (BC Hydro and TransAlta), as well as developers, Crown Corporations and local governments, among others. In Vancouver, regulatory litigation head Jeff Christian is highly regarded for his premier track record in energy regulation; notably, he is the relationship partner for BC Hydro. Additionally, Clara Ferguson, who specializes in public utility regulation and power, and transactional partner Lana Shipley are recommended in Vancouver. In Calgary, senior counsel Lewis Manning and Shailaz Dhalla are noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeff Christian; Clara Ferguson; Lewis Manning; Lana Shipley; Karen MacMillan

Autres avocats clés:

Shailaz Dhalla

Principaux clients

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)


Direct Energy Marketing

Province of British Columbia

TransAlta Corporation

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s national power group is marked by its comprehensive geographical and practice coverage, with strong lawyer representation across its six Canadian offices, as well as the ability to work alongside its corporate and finance lawyers to resource major projects and transactional matters. The team’s commercial activity is underpinned by a robust regulatory offering that handles a mix of environmental, Indigenous law and contentious work. Splitting his time between Vancouver and Calgary, department head Matthew Keen specializes in energy regulation and is representing the Alberta Electric System Operator in various proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission. Calgary-based David Eeles and Ottawa-based Alison Babbitt are recommended for project-related matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Keen

Autres avocats clés:

David Eeles; Alison Babbitt; Lincoln Mitchell; Kaitlin Long

Les références

‘The team’s strength is in its knowledge of the Alberta power market and the structure of PPAs.’

‘Lawyers stand out for their experience. They have been involved in multiple PPA agreements in the Alberta market.’

Principaux clients

TransAlta Corporation / TransAlta Renewables

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA)

Corix Utilities


Kiwetinohk Resources Corp

Association of Major Power Customers of BC (AMPC)

Columbia Power

Independent Electricity System Operator

Alberta Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA)

Candu Energy


City of Edmonton

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Well weighted between commercial and regulatory power work, Stikeman Elliott LLP’s full-service practice is reflected in its broad client base, which encompasses a varied mix of buyers, sellers, project developers, lenders, government agencies, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders. Toronto-based sector specialist Glenn Zacher is considered by many as a leader in energy regulatory law, including complex disputes. Among the other names to note, newly promoted Montreal-based partner Dominique Rolland had a banner year that saw him lead transactions for Boralex, Énergir and Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation. The group additionally includes Patrick Duffy, who focuses on regulatory work, and transactional partners Lanette Wilkinson and Aaron Fransen — all are based in Toronto.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chrysten Perry; Glenn Zacher

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Duffy; Lanette Wilkinson; Dominique Rolland; Aaron Fransen

Principaux clients

Canada Infrastructure Bank


ITC Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

LG Energy Solution


Siemens Financial

Suncor Energy

EDF Renewables North America

Kiwetinohk Energy

Aird & Berlis LLP

Alongside Aird & Berlis LLP’s thriving power regulation offering, it is increasingly involved in commercial energy matters, including recent activity in M&A, project development and restructuring work. Ron Clark co-chairs the energy group and is noted for his combination of transactional, energy and municipal law experience. Fellow department co-chair Dennis O’Leary maintains an equally broad practice, which spans energy, environmental, regulatory and contentious issues. The team also includes regulatory partner David Stevens. Former department co-head Fred Cass recently retired.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ron Clark; Dennis O’Leary

Autres avocats clés:

David Stevens

Les références

‘Full service law firm with energy expertise across multiple sub components ie. regulatory, commercial, governance.’

‘Legal skill, work ethic and tremendous dedication to customer service.’

Principaux clients

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

City of Cambridge and Township of North Dumfries

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in the drafting and negotiation of its winning bid for The Volkswagen Group and its subsidiary, PowerCo, to establish the company’s first overseas battery cell manufacturing plant in St Thomas, Ontario.
  • Advised municipal shareholders on the amalgamation of electric distribution utilities Energy Plus and Brantford Hydro to create GrandBridge Corporation, including financial, corporate and governance aspects.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Demonstrating increasing activity in the power space, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP’s blossoming regulatory credentials were recently evidenced by its work for Ontario Energy Board, Abengoa and Business Renewables Centre Canada, among others. It also handles a growing volume of power-related transactions. Calgary-based department head Jeremy Barretto chairs the national regulatory law group and contributes experience in energy regulation, environmental law and Indigenous law matters. Vancouver-based environmental and Indigenous law specialist Arend Hoekstra and Toronto-based corporate partner Jason Bullen are also noted for power-related matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Barretto

Autres avocats clés:

Arend Hoekstra; Jason Bullen; Thomas Isaac

Principaux clients

Generation Mining


Business Renewables Centre Canada

Transmission Developers (Canada)

Ontario Energy Board

Polaron Solartech Corp


Over recent years, Dentons’ power group has increasingly leveraged the wider firm’s strong oil and gas offering to work at the intersection of energy transition matters. It also continues to maintain a robust standalone power practice, which has experience across all industry segments, including generation, distribution, transmission, and battery energy storage. Department co-head Vivek Bakshi splits his time between Toronto and Calgary and is recommended for power-related transactions, including M&A and project development. Calgary-based energy regulation specialist Bernard Roth and Montreal-based litigator Pierre Grenier are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Vivek Bakshi; Bernard Roth

Autres avocats clés:

Pierre Grenier; Helen Newland; Hazel Saffery

Principaux clients

Capital Power Corporation

Rio Tinto Alcan

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Ontario Power Generation

Syncrude Canada

Canadian Solar


Investment Management Company of Ontario

Alberta Electric System Operator

Atura Power

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Investment Management Corporation of Ontario on negotiating co-investment arrangements and the collective acquisition — alongside others — of AusNet Services, worth approximately A$10.2bn.


Fasken’s power offering forms a key part of its energy and climate practice, which is distinguished by its strong regulatory dimension. The group also stands out for its ability to draw on complementary offerings in Indigenous law — where it is recognized as a market leader — as well as projects and environmental law. Vancouver-based Ron Ezekiel, who handles a mix of power and oil and gas work, co-heads the department alongside Calgary-based transactional partner Brendan Sawatsky. Other key contacts include managing partner and pre-eminent power specialist Peter Feldberg; and Vancouver-based litigator Christopher Bystrom.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ron Ezekiel; Brendan Sawatsky

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Feldberg; Christopher Bystrom; Brenden Hunter; Bridget Gilbride

Principaux clients

Greengate Power Corporation

BC Hydro & Power Authority


Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec

Nalcor Energy


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised BC Hydro & Power Authority on Indigenous law, environmental matters and litigation connected to the Site C hydroelectric dam project
  • Advised Greengate Power Corporation on a share transaction connected to a purchase agreement between Greengate, Northland Power Alberta Holdings and Northland Power, whereby Greengate sold a wholly owned subsidiary to Northland.
  • Advised BC Hydro & Power Authority on regulatory matters concerning BC Hydro’s filing for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for two large capital projects related to its Bridge River system.