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Regulatory

As a result of our significant experience and our regular involvement in energy and resource related regulatory matters, our regulatory practitioners are very familiar with not only the current regulatory regimes, but also the policy and decision-makers, organizations, companies and industries involved and affected by these regulatory regimes.

Our regulatory practitioners have extensive experience assisting energy infrastructure clients across Canada on all aspects of law required to navigate the increasingly complex regulatory framework to achieve optimal development results. In addition to providing advice regarding regulatory permitting and hearings, our regulatory experts offer practical and responsive guidance when dealing with regulatory investigations, including assessing and recommending ways to mitigate risk through preventative measures, regulatory audits and by advising on general regulatory compliance. In addition, we counsel companies dealing with the regulatory matters associated with tolls, tariffs and market rules related to electricity, gas and other commodities.

Our Regulatory team, which is ranked Band 1 by leading legal publication Chambers Canada, has represented clients in major regulatory proceedings before almost every major regulatory agency in Canada, including the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board; Alberta Utilities Commission; Natural Resources Conservation Board (Alberta); British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office; the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board; the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board; the Public Lands Appeal Board (Alberta); Energy Resources Conservation Board (now the Alberta Energy Regulator); Ontario Energy Board; Alberta Surface Rights Board; the Ontario Land Tribunal; the Nunavut Water Board; British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission; Alberta Electric System Operator; Independent Electric System Operator; Federal Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panels; and the Canada Energy Regulator.

Key Contacts

Sander Duncanson

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Calgary

Richard J. King

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Toronto

Deirdre A. Sheehan

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Calgary


Representative Work


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In the Media

  • Osler News Mar 12, 2024

    Brad Gilmour joins Osler’s Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental group as a partner

    Brad specializes in complex regulatory and environmental approvals for some of Canada’s largest and most important projects, advising clients across t...

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  • Osler News Oct 26, 2022

    Sander Duncanson named Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land Co-Chair

    Osler announces that Sander Duncanson is the new Co-Chair of the firm’s Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land practice.

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  • Osler News Oct 25, 2022

    Cryptocurrency and Canadian law – Lexpert TV

    A continuing focus on payments and securities legislation in Canada could have a potential impact on cryptocurrency companies.

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  • Media Mentions Mar 8, 2022

    How a tiny First Nation forced an overhaul of land use – The Globe and Mail

    Sander Duncanson, a partner in Osler’s Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land group, spoke to The Globe and Mail about the implications of a l...

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