Olivia Dixon

Olivia Dixon is a corporate and commercial litigation lawyer with a primary focus on energy litigation, construction litigation and international commercial arbitration.

In her energy litigation practice, Olivia's experience includes complex contractual disputes involving leases, ownership interests, operating agreements and processing agreements. Olivia has also acted in litigation surrounding major resource projects, including judicial review applications, regulatory appeals, and environmental, administrative, constitutional, Charter and Indigenous claims.

Olivia's construction litigation experience includes dealing with construction bonds (performance, bid and labour and materials bonds), and disputes that arise in the course of construction, such as scope changes and schedule changes. Finally, with respect to her international commercial arbitration practice, Olivia has experience in conducting arbitrations held under the auspices of the UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules.

Olivia has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, the Federal Court of Appeal and in various alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including domestic and international arbitration and mediation.  

Prior to joining Osler, Olivia articled and practised with another prominent national law firm.


Representative Work

  • Trans Mountain Canada Inc.

    Trans Mountain Canada Inc. in its successful defence of four judicial review applications at the Federal Court of Appeal, challenging the June 2019 federal approval (Order in Council) of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

  • Trans Mountain Canada Inc.

    Supreme Court of Canada rules in favour of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

  • Terra Nova Consortium

    Terra Nova Consortium in a challenge over its calculation of past and ongoing provincial royalties

Latest Insights

  • Blog Oct 19, 2023

    Federal Court determines criteria for Court to appoint arbitrator

    For the first time, two parties asked the Federal Court to appoint an arbitrator under the federal Commercial Arbitration Act. Olivia Dixon,...

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    Federal Court determines criteria for Court to appoint arbitrator
  • Osler Update Jul 7, 2021

    British Columbia Supreme Court issues precedent-setting cumulative effects decision

    In their Osler Update, authors Sander Duncanson, Martin Ignasiak, Tommy Gelbman, Olivia Dixon and Tyler Warchola comment on the recent British...

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    British Columbia Supreme Court issues precedent-setting cumulative effects decision
  • Blog Dec 23, 2020

    Alberta Court of Appeal upholds pre-certification stays of duplicative class proceedings

    On November 27, 2020, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued its decision in Ravvin v Canada Bread Company, Limited, and upheld a stay of two proposed...

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    Alberta Court of Appeal upholds pre-certification stays of duplicative class proceedings
  • Osler Update Feb 26, 2020

    A Trojan Horse at the gates: Alberta Court of Appeal finds federal carbon tax unconstitutional

    In a 4-1 majority decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal found the federal carbon tax legislation (the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act)...

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    A Trojan Horse at the gates: Alberta Court of Appeal finds federal carbon tax unconstitutional
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Litigation: General Commercial (Alberta)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Recognized as “Future Star”; “40 & Under List”

Media Mentions

  • 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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  • Osler News Aug 2, 2023

    Osler lawyers recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s ‘40 & Under List’ 2023

    Osler congratulates four partners for being recognized in the 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under List.”

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  • Osler News Dec 4, 2020

    Osler advises on three of Lexpert’s Top 10 Cases of 2019-2020

    Osler is pleased to announce it has been recognized in three of Lexpert’s Top 10 Cases of 2019–2020 and has also received an honorable mention.

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  • Osler News Jul 2, 2020

    Significant win at the Supreme Court of Canada: Leave to appeal Trans Mountain Pipeline decision denied

    On July 2, 2020, the SCC denied leave to appeal the February 2020 judgment of the FCA in the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project matter.

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

  • CanArbWeek 2024
    Speaker, ICDR Canada – Debate on Proposed Rule Changes, June 4, 2024
  • Arbitration Advocacy Alberta 2023
    Speaker, Traps/Pitfalls for the Unwary, November 22, 2023
  • Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society – Commercial Arbitration Conference
    Speaker, Hot Topics #1: Will we ever stop litigating about the applicable standard of review, May 3, 2023
  • California International Arbitration Week
    Speaker, Inclusion, Access, Community and Elimination of Bias in International Dispute Resolution in California and Abroad, March 14, 2023

 


Credentials

Education

  • Columbia University, LLM, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of Saskatchewan, JD, with distinction

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Association of Women Lawyers
  • Young Women in Energy
  • Alberta Law Society
  • Calgary Bar Association