Janice Buckingham, KC

Janice Buckingham is past Co-Chair of Osler's Energy Practice. Janice’s practice focuses on the commercial and strategic development, acquisition and divestiture of complex energy production liquefaction, transportation and storage projects in Canada.

She successfully represents clients in upstream, midstream and transportation-related asset and share purchase and sale transactions as well as multi-billion-dollar joint venture developments, ownership and operation of conventional and unconventional energy resources, liquid natural gas (LNG) and oil sands projects.

Janice has become a strategic advisor on all types of contractual issues arising from industry standard form and negotiated production sharing, processing, transportation, storage, marketing, construction, participation, joint operating and service-related agreements.

Her practice is complemented by eight years of oil and gas business experience where she served as Vice President of a TSE listed company. Janice is consistently ranked, recommended and sought after for her extensive and market-leading transactional experience.


Representative Work

  • ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips in its acquisition of the remaining Surmont interest from TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd. for approximately $3.7 billion

  • The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

    Manulife Financial in the sale of its subsidiary NAL Resources Limited to Whitecap Resources Inc.

  • Suncor Energy Inc.

    Suncor Energy Inc. in its takeover of day-to-day operations at Syncrude oil sands mining joint venture

  • Delphi Energy Corp.

    Delphi Energy Corp. in its restructuring transaction under the CCAA

  • ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips in it acquisition of Montney acreage from Kelt Exploration Ltd. 

  • Suncor Energy Inc.

    Suncor in its US$15 million investment in LanzaTech

  • Athabasca Oil Corporation

    Athabasca Oil Corporation in the sale of its Leismer pipeline and Cheecham storage terminal to Enbridge

  • KANATA Energy Group Ltd.

    KANATA in its joint venture with TAQA North to expand the Valhalla Facility

  • Chevron Canada Limited

    Chevron Canada Limited in connection with the sale of a subsidiary that owns a Canadian downstream fuel business to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately $1.46 billion

  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in its proposed acquisition of Cenovus Energy Inc.’s Pelican Lake oil asset for approximately $1 billion

  • Apache Canada Ltd.

    Apache Canada Ltd. in three concurrent transactions totaling $927 million

  • ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips in the sale of its interest in the Foster Creek Christina Lake (FCCL) oil sands partnership, as well as the majority of its western Canada Deep Basin gas assets, to Cenovus for total proceeds of C $17.7 billion.

  • Athabasca Oil Corporation

    Athabasca Oil Corporation in its acquisition of Norway’s Statoil ASA’s Canadian oilsands business

  • Husky Energy Inc.

    The Independent Committee of the Board of Husky Energy Inc. in the disposition of an interest in midstream assets for $1.7 billion

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

    CPPIB in connection with the $975 million funding for an asset purchase by Teine Energy Ltd.

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited

    Canadian Natural Resources Limited in connection with the sale of certain royalty interests to PrairieSky Royalty Ltd for $1.8 billion

  • Kanata Energy Group Ltd. in their $54 million joint venture arrangement with Cequence Energy Ltd. to acquire a 50% share of the Simonette gathering and processing facility in Alberta and to provide midstream services
  • Represented an undisclosed private company in the acquisition of non-core assets located in south central Alberta from Penn West Petroleum Ltd. for $355 million
  • Devon Canada in the disposition of some of its Canadian conventional assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for $3.125 billion
  • Talisman Energy Inc. in its proposed sale of a portion of its Montney natural gas business to Progress Energy Canada Ltd. for $1.5 billion.
  • Apache Canada Ltd. in its announced disposition of certain oil and gas producing assets in western Alberta to Ember Resources Inc. for approximately $220 million
  • Apache Canada Ltd. in its announced disposition of certain oil and gas producing assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan in two separate transactions with a combined value of approximately $117 million
  • Angle Energy Inc. in connection with its disposition of certain gas-weighted assets near Edson, Alberta, for approximately CAD$74 million
  • Parallel Energy Trust in its agreement with Bravo Natural Gas LLC to acquire the remaining 41% interest in the West Panhandle Field for US$189.4 million
  • Nexen Inc. in its sale of a 40% working interest in certain NE BC shale gas assets and in the creation of a strategic joint venture with a consortium led by Inpex Corporation to develop shale gas assets in NE BC
  • Total E&P on the formation of a strategic oil sands alliance between Total E&P Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc. encompassing the Fort Hills mining project, the Joslyn mining project and the Voyageur upgrader project
  • Apache Canada Ltd. on Canadian aspects of their US$3.25 billion acquisition of a partnership and corporation holding oil and gas exploration and production properties located in Western Canada, from BP Canada Energy
  • KM LNG Operating General Partnership and Apache Canada Ltd. in all aspects of its acquisition, joint ownership, development and partial disposition of interests in the proposed Kitimat LNG Project and Pacific Trail Pipelines
  • ConocoPhillips in the sale of a partnership holding their 9% interest in Syncrude to subsidiaries of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company for $4.65 Billion
  • Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. on its agreement to acquire heavy oil assets located in the Lloydminster area of Alberta and Saskatchewan from Nexen Inc. for $975 million
  • Angle Energy Inc. in its $115 million acquisition of oil and gas assets from Compton Petroleum Corporation and subsequent public offering and in its $75 million acquisition of Stonefire Energy Corp. and concurrent financing
  • Hibernia Southern Extension, an offshore development project, on commercial arrangements and the proposed arrangements with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the fiscal regime, benefits and equity participation
  • Hebron- Ben Nevis Consortium (Chevron Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Petro-Canada and StatoilHydro Canada Exploration & Production Inc.) on the Hebron- Ben Nevis Development Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador including proposed arrangements with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the fiscal regime, benefits and equity participation. The estimated development costs for the project (which is expected to produce between 150,000 and 170,000 barrels of oil per day) are in excess of $7 billion
  • ConocoPhillips in its $1.0375 billion sale of four subsidiary corporations to Pengrowth Energy Trust
  • BG Group plc in the reorganization of certain Canadian assets and the sale of the shares of BG Canada Exploration and Production Inc. to Progress Energy Limited for cash proceeds of $526 million
  • NAL Oil & Gas Trust in its acquisition of Seneca Energy Canada Inc. for $245.1 million and public financing of $225 million
  • Anderson Energy Ltd. in its acquisition of oil and gas assets in its core area of greater Sylvan Lake for total cash consideration of $116.1 million
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in its US $4.1 billion acquisition of Anadarko Canada Corporation which holds all of the Canadian assets of the parent company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips on the establishment with Encana Corporation, of two 50/50 partnerships, one relating to upstream Canadian oil sands assets and the other to U.S refinery partnerships

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Dec 7, 2021

    Alberta well cleanup: Directive 088 comes into effect with new mandatory closure spending targets for oil and gas operators

    Alberta Energy Regulator takes major step towards reducing province’s inventory of orphan and inactive well sites with Directive 088.

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    Alberta well cleanup: Directive 088 comes into effect with new mandatory closure spending targets for oil and gas operators
  • Webinar Dec 1, 2021

    Directorial responsibility for end-of-life oil and gas liabilities

    Osler partners Sander Duncanson and Janice Buckingham and associate Emily Paplawski address director and officer obligations and review the...

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    Directorial responsibility for end-of-life oil and gas liabilities
  • Osler Update Jun 17, 2021

    Alberta well cleanup: Alberta Energy Regulator releases draft licensee life-cycle management directive, new mandatory closure spending targets

    On June 8, 2021, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released draft Directive XXX: Licensee Life-Cycle Management (the Draft Directive), Bulletin...

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    Alberta well cleanup: Alberta Energy Regulator releases draft licensee life-cycle management directive, new mandatory closure spending targets
  • Osler Update Apr 22, 2021

    Alberta Energy Regulator’s New Directive 067 increases scrutiny on licence eligibility

    In July 2020, the Alberta government issued its new Liability Management Framework , aimed at reducing the province’s inventory of orphan and...

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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (Band 1)
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) (Band 1)
    • “Clients appreciate her rapid responsiveness, thoroughness and knowledge of current industry practices.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Commercial Law; Energy (Oil & Gas); Calgary’s leading oil and gas lawyers in 2021
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Energy (Oil & Gas)
  • Lexology Client Choice Award​: Recognized in Energy & Natural Resources Law in Alberta and Canada-wide
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Energy Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law; “Lawyer of the Year”, Oil and Gas Law (2021); “Lawyer of the Year”, Energy Law (2022)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Leading Lawyer, Energy: Oil & Gas
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Project Development; M&A (Notable Practitioner)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Energy (International); Energy (Canada)
  • Alberta Venture: Recognized as One of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Apr 3, 2024

    Osler partners Janice Buckingham and Andrea Whyte appointed as King’s Counsel

    Calgary-based partners Janice Buckingham, the former co-lead of the Energy Practice and Andrea Whyte, of the Corporate Group, have been appointed as...

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  • Osler News Feb 16, 2024

    Osler recognized as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2024 Guide

    Osler recognized as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2024 Guide

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  • Osler News Nov 29, 2023

    Janice Buckingham wins 2023 Women in Law Leadership Award

    Congratulations to Janice Buckingham for being recognized with the Women in Law Leadership Award for Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)...

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  • Osler News Sep 25, 2023

    22 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023

    Osler is proud to announce that 22 of our lawyers are featured in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023, recognizing leading lawyers in the oil...

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

  • Standard Energy Contracts, presented at Canadian Energy Law Foundation Fundamentals Seminar at Banff  Seminar, March 2015
  • Current Issues facing the Oil & Gas Industry, Assention Mentium Seminar- Panelist at the University of Calgary, February, 2015
  • Foreign M&A and Joint Ventures, moderator at the Oil Council 2014 Canada Assembly, May 28, 2014
  • The New Dawn: Commercial and Regulatory Considerations Affecting LNG Export from BC, presented at Canadian Energy Law Foundation 2012 Jasper Research Seminar, June, 2012.
  • British Columbia Government Investment Support for Share Gas. Montney/Horn River Infrastructure Finance & Development Summit – Brining Gas and NGLs to Market, April 27-29, 2011, Calgary.
  • Issues facing Women in the Legal Profession, Women in Law Conference, May 15, 2008, The Ranchmen’s Club.
  • Introduction to Purchase and Sale Agreements, CPLF Kananaskis Seminar in Fundamental Oil & Gas Law, January 24, 2008, Kananaskis.

 

Published Work

  • Tendering and Purchasing Law in Upstream Oil, Gas and Oilsands: The Competitive Bidding Process and Obligations When Contracting for Work, Alberta Law Review, Volume 47 No. 497, August, 2009.
  • Coalbed Methane: “Convention Rules for an Unconventional Resource”?, Alberta Law Review, Volume 42 No. 1, July 2004.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Calgary, LL.B.
  • University of Manitoba, M.P.A.
  • University of Manitoba, B.A.

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Director Canadian Energy Law Foundation