Coleman Brinker

Coleman Brinker

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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.

Coleman also has experience with matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Canada Energy Regulator, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

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.

    • 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.
    • Atrum Coal Ltd. in connection with its exploration program and pre-feasibility study for the Elan Hard Coking Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass.
    • Government of Saskatchewan in connection with proceedings before the Canada Energy Regulator pertaining to tolls and tariffs applicable to the Enbridge Canadian Mainline pipeline system.
    • 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.

  • Pro Bono Law Alberta, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project (2020-present)
  • 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

  • How Memory Issues and Delusional Beliefs Invalidated a Will, Money & Family Law, Issue 35-12, 2020
  • 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