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Coleman Brinker

Coleman Brinker

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7061



Bar Admission

Alberta, 2019

  • University of Alberta, J.D. (with Distinction)
  • University of Alberta, B.Sc. (with Distinction)

Coleman’s practice focuses on environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law issues relating to natural resource development projects. He has worked on matters before Alberta’s Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, and Court of Appeal.

Before joining Osler, Coleman completed his articles at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and worked at a regional law firm in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his J.D. from the University of Alberta, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Alberta Law Review and as an executive for the Environmental Law Students’ Association. He also volunteered with Student Legal Services’ Civil Division.

Prior to returning to school for his J.D., Coleman worked in forestry as a wildland firefighter and resource analyst. His varied work experience has informed his legal practice and contributed to his ability to find innovative solutions for his clients.

    *Notable matters prior to joining Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

    • Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. with regard to the expansion of its $870 million Vista coal mine near Hinton, Alberta
    • Riversdale Resources with regard to regulatory and environmental permitting for the Grassy Mountain Steelmaking Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass. The Project will be the subject of public hearings before a Joint Review Panel
    • Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC with regard to regulatory approvals, including detailed route hearings, for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project which will transport 890,000 bbl/d of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to Canada’s west coast
    • *Assisted regulatory bodies in matters relating to professional discipline and registration
    • *Negotiation of settlements on a number of civil litigation matters before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
    • *Assisted employers in responding to human rights complaints made by employees and members of the public
    • *Assisted in successfully representing a corporation in a dispute with an employee regarding allegations of wrongful dismissal
    • *Successfully represented a corporation in collecting unpaid fees owing under construction contracts

  • Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Volunteer (2019-2020)
  • Alberta Law Review, Editorial Board Member (2016-2018)
  • Environmental Law Students’ Association, Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2018)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals

  • Contentious Matters in Wills and Estates: Recent Alberta Surrogate Case Reviews, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2018
  • A Constitutionalized Right to a Healthy Environment: Problems and Prospects, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2017